International Tourism and Hospitality Management BSc (Hons)

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Make the world your oyster. Gain a solid tourism and hospitality education with a focus on management. Graduate and launch your career in a thrilling and fast-paced industry.

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The content on the BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management course reflects our close links with employers, and our teaching emphasises the connections between theories and practice.

A distinctive feature of this course is the core module ‘Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions’, which gives you a fundamental understanding of theories relevant to successful international tourism management.

Field trips are an integral part of the course, and previous destinations have included New York, Paris, Barcelona and Prague. You’ll also go on field trips to places within the UK, and we regularly invite industry speakers to come to us in Sunderland.

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Why us?

  • This course has 100% Overall Satisfaction according to the National Student Survey 2017
  • 'World-leading' research in Leisure and Tourism, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • 94.2% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DHLE 2015/16 (based on UK undergraduate students)
  • All students on this course are eligible to register for the Institute of Hospitality Education Membership Scheme
  • National and international work experience opportunities
  • Local, national and international field visits, including study abroad opportunities
  • Available as a sandwich year course where you can engage in a one year industrial placement

Course structure

You’ll be taught by passionate staff who produce world-leading and internationally excellent research.

A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, open and resource based learning, and supervised project and group work. There is an emphasis on developing independent study skills. You’ll also have opportunities to present ideas and information to other students and also develop concepts and analyses within groups.

Residential field study visits are important components throughout all three years of studies.

Assessment methods include written coursework, projects, presentations, practical exercises, time-constrained and multiple-choice examinations and the major project in your final year.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Tourism and Heritage Management (20 credits)
  • Impacts of Festivals and Events (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality (20 credits)
  • Global Tourism (20 credits)
  • Study Skills for the Hospitality Sector (20 credits)
  • Marketing and Business for the Hospitality Sector (20 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2 (national level 5):

Core modules

  • Current Issues in Tourism and Hospitality (20 credits)
  • Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (20 credits)
  • Consultancy for Tourism, Hospitality and Events (20 credits)
  • Research Methods for Tourism, Hospitality and Events (20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Tourism Fieldwork 2 (20 credits)
  • Cultural Tourism, Festivals and Events (20 credits)
  • Destination Branding (20 credits)
  • Tourism, Hospitality and Events Independent Study (20 credits)
  • Planning Hospitality Environments (20 credits)
  • Exploring Human Resource Management in Hospitality Environments (20 credits)

Year 3:

  • International Hospitality Management (20 credits)

Optional Modules:

  • Gastronomy (20 credits)
  • Service Quality (20 credits)
  • Hospitality Management Major Project (40 credits)
  • Leadership and Management for the Hospitality Sector (20 credits)
  • Tourism Fieldwork (20 credits)
  • e-Tourism (20 credits)
  • Urban Tourism (20 credits)

The Reg Vardy Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,


  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Library Services - St Peter's Library
  • The Student Learning Space is designed for business students, and it includes a boardroom as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and clients from outside the University. There are also areas to facilitate group work and collaboration.

    Student Learning Space


You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Reg Vardy Centre is a modern building with views of the river, and just a short walk from both the coast and Sunderland town centre.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer will be in the region of 112 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £10,750 if you are from outside the EU

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


The BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management degree reflects our close links with employers, and our teaching emphasises the connections between theories and practice. Many of our graduates go on to progress in managerial roles within the tourism and hospitality industry.

Career destinations

Upon graduation from BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management you’ll have a wealth of career options to explore. Many of our graduates go on to work in managerial roles within the tourism and hospitality industry. Job titles include Hotel Manager, Tourism Development Officer or Resort Office Manager. Employers include hotels, airlines, travel agencies, events organisers, heritage attractions, Local Authorities and other public sector bodies. Additionally, you’ll have a broad set of transferable skills that will equip you for a much wider range of graduate-level employment. Your course could also be a stepping stone to further study and research.

Field trips

The course involves visits to a range of tourism and hospitality venues and initiatives. These visits are local to the North East, national throughout the UK, and international including destinations such as Dublin, Prague, Barcelona and New York.

Paid placements

We encourage you to undertake a 48-week paid placement between your second and final year to further enhance employability. It effectively becomes the third year of a four-year course. You’ll earn an average annual salary of £14,000-£18,000 depending on your location.

Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. Contacts you make during placements can also be valuable for future job offers.

  • Sunderland had one of the best reputations in the country for Tourism.
    Chelsea Sinclair, Tourism graduate

    Chelsea Sinclair

  • I have applied theoretical knowledge to a real working environment and developed my skills.
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    Lingjia Guan

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