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Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality Management (Top Up)
Department of Hospitality & Tourism

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Awarding Body  University of Derby Course Title  BA(Hons) International Hospitality Management (Top Up)
Award  Bachelor of Arts  Award Level  6
UCAS Code N832 Study Mode 
Start Dates January 2019 and September 2019 Duration 1 year
  1. About this course
  2. What you will cover
  3. Entry Requirements
  4. How to apply
  5. Fees and Finance
  6. Careers and employability

About this course

As the international hospitality industry draws upon a variety of vocational, analytical and management skills, it is essential that the subject develops a balance between these various skills.

You are expected to develop critical analytic skills and formulate strategies that make the best use of available resources. You will develop transferable skills through a variety of real world learning activities and module assessments.

This course offers you:

  • the knowledge and skills you'll need for a successful career in the hospitality industry
  • the access to membership of the Educational Membership Scheme of the Institute of Hospitality, giving you great opportunities to network and make industry contacts.
  • all the extra benefits from getting recognised industry membership from the Institute of Hospitality.
  • tutors with industry experience within different areas 
  • support from your personal tutor and other staff throughout your course
  • the chance to continue studying and gain a master’s degree.

Our staff and students represent a wide diversity. This enables you to broaden your perspectives, as we talk about own life experiences in the classroom.

You will be taught using demonstrations, lectures and tutorial, developing skills such as brand awareness, recognition and understanding your market.

The programme aims to produce graduates with:

  • Abilities to evaluate and apply vocationally relevant concepts associated with the operational and strategic management of financial, human and physical resources within an international hospitality management context.
  • Understandings of and ability to apply concepts associated with the allocation of available resources within a global hospitality business.
  • A range of intellectual, analytical and managerial skills and knowledge appropriate for obtaining positions in the contemporary service sector.
  • The transferable skills that will empower them to pursue other career options and to adapt to changing patterns of employment.


You will benefit from an innovative variety of assessment modes. Assessment is mainly via coursework which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, group project work, research and consultancy projects, presentations, posters, and design of digital materials. There are also in-class tests and computer-based assessments.

Teaching & Learning                                                      

The course incorporates formal lectures, sometimes involving guest speakers; tutor-led and student-led seminars; one-to-one and small group tutorials; work experience projects; work-related learning and self-directed study.  By stage three, you are expected to be more in charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.

As a partner student you will be granted access to the University’s online learning environment ‘University of Derby Online (UDo)’. From within UDo you will be able to access the University’s Library (including an extensive range of eBooks, eJournals, audio and video resources), course resources related to your programme and your grades.


    Course Entry Requirements

    • Higher National Diploma in Hospitality or Travel & Tourism or business related major
    • Foundation Degree in Hospitality or Travel & Tourism or business related major

    Note: All applications are subject to approval by the University of Derby

Careers and employability

Students who undertake the BA International Hospitality Management will be able to pursue a range of exciting careers within this sector.  A significant number of University of Derby students attain a good degree and have gone on to management positions in the industry, ranging from private 4 star properties to a 5 star hotel resort. Some have become entrepreneurs and established their own thriving businesses

This programme also provides a foundation for further study at postgraduate level on Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management or Strategic Management or a relevant master's degree.

Local and regional employers are represented via employer forums held at the University of Derby which are structured to encourage views on the design, content and delivery of hospitality programmes.

The University of Derby works closely with local, national and international employers such as the Crieff Hydro, Gleneagles, Engineers Country Club, USA, White Manor Country Club USA, Carnegie Club (Skibo Castle), Hilton International, and Marriott.

Support is established using a university online e-recruitment portal, a method of tracking volunteering and work placements, academic engagement in conferences and generic and subject specialist skills.  There are also opportunities to participate in extra training courses run by external providers.  Both these will enhance students’ employability and link to the programme curriculum.  You will be further supported by a personal tutor via your professional and academic development modules, who ensures that timely guidance and advice is available throughout the degree programme.

What you will cover

    You'll take these modules:

Year 1
6HO 501Contemporary Issues620
6HO 506Managing Cultural Issues in Hospitality620
6HO 507Strategic Management620
6HO 510International Resort Management620
6HO 997Independent Study (Double Module)640

Online Application & Eligibility Assessment

Note: Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail.

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Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees for Academic Programmes

Tuition fees for Full-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
Higher National Certificate £6,165.00   1 year
Higher National Diploma
£6,165.00   2 years
Foundation Degree FdA £6,165.00   2 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £6,165.00   3 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up
£6,165.00   1 year

Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
Higher National Certificate
£4,500.00   2 years

Higher National Diploma

£4,500.00   3 years
Foundation Degree FdA £4,500.00   4 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £4,500.00   5 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up

£4,500.00   2 years


Undergraduate funding (2018/19)

Student Finance England

Full-time study
The majority of undergraduate funding comes from the Student Loans Company and is assessed by your funding authority. Please visit Student Finance England (SFE) website pages for detailed information.



Eligible Undergraduate students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,165 to cover the full cost of their annual tuition fees. A maintenance loan (for living costs) of up to £11,354 is also available. This can be used to pay for general living costs, accommodation, travel and other course related costs.

The simple online calculator (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator) will give you an accurate idea of what level of student funding you may be eligible for.

Part-time study
If you are a part-time student on a degree course you can apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. The maximum tuition fee loan you can get if you are a part-time student is £4,625 per year. The amount you get depends on the cost of your tuition fees. Your maintenance loan will be paid at pro-rata of full time study. The amount you get depends on your household income.

The tuition fee loan is paid directly to your university or college.

For more information and downloadable guides, visit the Direct Gov website

Repaying loans
You will not start repaying your student loans for fees and living costs until you have finished studying and you are earning over £25,000 a year. For more information visit the Direct Gov website https:// www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan

Other Sources of Funding
You do not have to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company to fund your studies. Some students use private funding or employer sponsorship to pay for their course.


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Contemporary Issues [6HO 501]

Unit type:Core

    Your final year as an undergraduate will see many of the elements of your degree coming together as you prepare to leave University to enter a career or profession of your choice.  In the present labour market it is absolutely essential that you are able to present your skills and knowledge in the best possible way to enhance your prospects of employment.

    This is an individually centred module that will need the maximum degree of personal reflection and critical analysis of your views on the future for the industry.

    This module will enable you to do this in the following ways:

    • Provide the in depth analytical knowledge needed to address key strategic developments in your chosen industry/sector to ensure that you can see what the future may look like for you and where you fit within that future direction.
    • Help you at job interviews by knowing how to contextualise your academic learning, and reflect and confirm that you possess the transferable skills necessary for your chosen industry/sector.

Managing Cultural Issues in Hospitality [6HO 506]

Unit type:Core

    With the globalisation of service, managing a multicultural workforce to meet the expectations of an increasingly diverse market has become a major task for hospitality managers. This module attempts to provide the students with an opportunity not only to understand cultural difference and how this impacts upon the organisational performance within the hospitality industry, but also to critique relevant theories with applications into practice and formulate an appropriate strategy to deliver quality service that meets expectations of international clientele. Managing cultural issues will be addressed as competitive advantage throughout the module using key mimetic themes of cross cultural analysis.

Strategic Management [6HO 507]

Unit type:Core

    Service sector organisations must recognise the need to stay abreast of changes in the external environment and remain goal focused to ensure company objectives are met in both the short and long term. Increasing competition, dynamic customer demand and the pace of technology have led to a realisation that organisations need to flexible, agile and responsive to change. To this end, businesses need to identify and critically examine future developments within the service sector, and develop appropriate management strategies and actions to facilitate change. Organisations that are risk averse will take longer to proactively meet the changing external environment and this module seeks to develop an awareness of the organisational approach to risk by analysing appetite and maturity levels.  The module aligns with the nationally recognised need for undergraduates to have a far deeper understanding and greater knowledge of international issues and general awareness of the global agenda.

International Resort Management [6HO 510]

Unit type:Core

    This module examines how international resorts develop and manage their business in a competitive global environment. Resort based leisure is now a key component in the tourism industry at a regional, national and international level. Students will examine and evaluate the diverse range of resort developments including mountain-based, beach and marinas, time-sharing, golf-based, and specialty resorts, as well as spas, pools and indoor waterparks, casinos, and floating resorts (cruise ships). Aspects of resort operations will also be introduced and discussed.

Independent Study (Double Module) [6HO 997]

Unit type:Core

    This module offers you the opportunity to develop your analytical and critical skills in an extended analysis of a service sector topic, selected by you and supervised by a member of the teaching team.


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