MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management and MBA in Hospitality Management


Programme Description

Objectives and Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret the practical, theoretical and personal skills required for senior management roles within a variety of international hotel and tourism organizations.
  2. Synthesize strategic, organizational and marketing processes of a commercial hospitality enterprise within the context of the global nature of the business.
  3. Cultivate a professional management attitude by nurturing the creative development of innovative ideas and solutions.
  4. Confidently debate, research and synthesize theories while evaluating organizational learning.
  5. Critically analyse different multilateral institutions and transnational organizations including an evaluation of their impacts involved in international tourism and heritage tourism management.



MSc Taught Modules

Tourism Management

This unit aims to introduce students to the concept of international tourism and the core tourism activities in an international context. The course puts a lot of emphasis on the students’ independence to gain knowledge from different sources, in order to deepen their knowledge and to critically assess the concept of international tourism.

People Management and Performance

This unit requires developing a critical approach to the analysis of people as performers in service organizations and problem-solving in similar contexts. It encourages examination and questioning of traditions and the nature of perceived constraints and the contribution of other functional aspects of people management and performance processes.

The aim of the unit is to get concrete answers to the simple yet always controversial and enigmatic question: How can leaders influence people and themselves to create service quality and a productive work environment. As such, this unit does not intend to make you a better hospitality administrator, but rather to excite in you the ability to look beyond common duties and roles and to expand your competence in areas that require discipline for searching deeper meaning and empathy for human behavior.

Modern Hospitality Marketing

This module aims to enable students to gain an understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of marketing strategy and has been designed to apply to any profit or non-profit organisation, or to any product or service. Students will choose one tourist destination and analyse their marketing strategy.

You are asked to demonstrate an understanding of the nature of strategic decisions, and the problem types that require their implementation. Thus the study of marketing is studied at a level of some sophistication, yet is appropriate to students with a variety of marketing expertise.

The module aims to develop student ability in managing a complex assessment that mirrors the thought process involved in outcome prediction. This is the study of risk reduction, a perspective fundamental to the study and practice of marketing.

The assessment for this unit is concerned with the critical analysis of potential marketing strategies in terms of their suitability and applicability to analyse a market with which they are currently involved, or with which they aim to become involved, and therefore is intended to have both educational and pragmatic outcomes.

Strategic Management

The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and ability to explain the strategic management processes, procedures, and issues within various organizations. Additionally, it seeks to provide students with the opportunity to research the current developments associated with the strategic management of a business at a corporate level.

Creative Manager

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to hypothesize and exercise appropriate judgment regarding the principles and theories of learning in the context of the individual, team and the organisation. The module is designed according to the following domains of creativity:

  1. Individual creativity
  2. Team creativity
  3. Creativity within organizations

Moreover, students will demonstrate and critically evaluate creative solutions in pursuit of the personal, group and organizational aims and objectives. Students are expected to undertake an individual and team approach to creative management and development that delivers a guided process of assessment and reflection.

Research Methods

The main aim of this module is to give students the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge of the research process and produce an independent extended research proposal.

This is to enable progressive development toward the MBA research paper. Students will choose a research area that interests them and will add to their professional development. The study will focus on effective secondary and primary research methods appropriate to their chosen topic.

The ability to use search engines and the library with academic journals and books is an integral part of the course. Students need to read extensively throughout this research process to develop knowledge and understanding of their chosen subject area. This module is very student-centered. The learner will need to demonstrate the ability to work independently and provide evidence of an individual approach in the finished work.

Management of Heritage Tourism

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the nature, role, and management of heritage tourism around the world.

This module is about the management of heritage tourism, one of the key sectors of the tourism industry. This can include heritage visitor attractions such as castles, theme parks, heritage sites, battlefields, natural sites and many other sites that have either been built specifically to attract visitors or been converted to accommodate visitors. This means that the study of how to manage heritage tourism can be very varied and diverse, though the one aspect that they all have in common is their ability to draw visitors in to see their resources. It is often a heritage site that motivates a visitor to travel to a destination, and therefore their effective management is of critical importance in the development and delivery of quality destination management.

MBA Taught Module

Hotel Finance and Control Systems

This unit requires developing a critical approach to the analysis of the management of Hotel Finance and control systems and the problem-solving skills that management require for the successful and profitable control of a hotel business. It is not designed to train students to be accountants, but rather to provide the knowledge and skills required by managers to operate a profitable business, via the understanding of financial information.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: Postgraduate Diploma in International Hotel and Tourism Management, or a Bachelor Degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in any discipline, or have a minimum of three years suitable experience in the hospitality and tourism industry and suitable academic qualifications.
  • Age requirements: 21 and above for direct entry
  • Language proficiency: Required English level by interview / HTMi test or have TOEFL 547 or IELTS 6 or equivalent HTMi English Placement Test Score.
  • Prior work experience: None or three years minimum experience in the hospitality or tourism industry if not a degree or a postgraduate diploma holder.

Delivery and Assessment Methods

  • Mode of delivery: Face-to-face, blended learning platforms, online, research, student-centered learning, tutorials, lecture, presentations, assessments, project-based assignments, and applied to learn.
  • Final assessment: Written exams and final projects. Dissertation to be completed within 6 months following the completion of the academic semester.
  • Graduation requirements: 60%
  • Average student-teacher ratio: 15 students per 1 teacher
  • Total contact hours: 320 hours full-time
  • Duration of program: Academic Study: 20 Weeks and Work Placement / Internship: 20-24 Weeks


Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded the MBA Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Management by HTMi Hotel and Tourism Management Institute.

MBA Postgraduate Diploma graduates need to complete a dissertation to be awarded the Masters (MSc) in Hospitality and Tourism Management by Edinburg Napier University and MBA in Hospitality Management by HTMi Hotel and Tourism Management Institute.

The dissertation of 12,000 words should be completed within 6 months of the completion of the taught course, and students will be given online support following the semester to assist them in doing this, as well as direct contact to a Supervisor who will provide advice and guidance. The topic should be based on the hospitality and tourism industry. This research is expected to be largely desk-based, making use of academic resources.

Masters students may choose to join the optional Dissertation Course following the completion of the taught course.

Last updated Sep 2019

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