Taught course (will run subject to approval)

International Hospitality Management

University of Essex · Edge Hotel School

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A degree with an overall 2.2 or international equivalent in a Hospitality related undergraduate degree or a degree in a related subject area, including business, economics and management.

A degree in any area will be considered dependent on any relevant professional or voluntary experience, previous modules studied and/or personal statement.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

In one of the world’s most global industries employers are looking for creativity, confidence and passion from the next generation of hospitality leaders.

It takes more than knowledge to succeed – it takes experience, strategy and understanding. Edge Hotel School is the first hotel school of its kind in the UK, with learning and student experience bolstered by the use of its own fully-commercial 4* country house hotel, Wivenhoe House.

The growth of the worldwide hospitality industry has been dominated by American and, to a lesser extent, Western European multinational brands. However, the last decade has seen a significant increase in the emergence and growth of successful hospitality organisations from a range of emerging nations and cultures from across the world. This programme is designed to reflect the increasing cultural and geographical diversity of the hospitality industry.

As a global industry, the hospitality sector is driven by human connection and personalisation, relying on the experiences its workforce can deliver and the memories its customers create. To be a leader in the hospitality or events sector you’ll need the creativity to think outside of the norm and the confidence to manage everything thrown at you in an industry where no two days are the same.

With the MSc International Hospitality Management, these two strands are intertwined. Led by the Edge Hotel School and delivered in collaboration with Essex Business School, this programme combines a deeper understanding of the hospitality sector with the skills and knowledge of successful management. Complimented by contextualised learning in Wivenhoe House hotel, you can learn from experts across the spectrum of hospitality and management.

The MSc International Hospitality Management consists of a mix of compulsory modules. As this programme is led by the Edge Hotel School and supported by Essex Business School, the majority of the modules will be delivered by the experienced and dedicated team of industry professionals within the Edge Hotel School.

The content covered as part of your Masters will include:

 Contemporary Issues in the International Hospitality Industry

 International Marketing and Customer Experience for the Hospitality Industry

 Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour for the International Hospitality Industry

 Food, Beverage and Accommodation Management for the International Hospitality Industry

 International Management (with Essex Business School)

 Accounting and Finance for Managers (with Essex Business School)

 Research Methods, and a Dissertation

In a sector facing immense change to combat the challenges of a post-pandemic world, our teaching is continually evolving. To ensure your teaching reflects the needs of our sector, your core modules may be subject to change to ensure your course is as relevant and as up to date as possible.

Information for international students

International requirements

Entry requirements - You can find international entry requirements for most countries on our webpage www.essex.ac.uk/international. If your country is not listed, please contact Postgraduate Admissions at pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

Pre-sessional English Language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before joining your main degree course, we offer pre-sessional English courses on our campuses in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. To learn more, please visit www.essex.ac.uk/international/pre-sessional.


You can explore scholarship opportunities for your country at www.essex.ac.uk/international or view our university-wide scholarships at www.essex.ac.uk/scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are a wide range of funding options for postgraduate study, including scholarships, bursaries and alumni discounts. You can check your eligibility at https://www.essex.ac.uk/postgraduate/masters/fees-and-funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations5
Written coursework / continuous assessment103
Dissertation40 (8000 words)
Presentation and Dissertation Proposal Poster32

Course contact details

George Hones