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International Hospitality Management

BSc (Hons) - single

The Oxford School of Hospitality Management

The Oxford School of Hospitality Management has an impressive international reputation as one of the world’s principal providers of hospitality management education. We ensure a great student experience and access to excellent graduate careers opportunities.

This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become an effective and ethical manager in international hospitality. The school’s reputation is maintained by the achievements of our alumni; as leaders of hospitality organisations worldwide, they help shape one of the most dynamic and innovative industry sectors

The Oxford School of Hospitality Management is ranked in the top three best hospitality schools in the world (Worldwide Hospitality Schools Award, 2016).

You will develop valuable work experience through a one-year paid work placement with an employer such as Marriott, Four Seasons, Dorchester Collection, BaxterStorey, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and D&D London.

So if you have passion for hospitality and the determination to succeed, this is the right degree for you.

Come and visit us.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: BSc (Hons): 4 years
  • Part time: BSc (Hons): up to 8 years

UCAS code

N201

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Our Bacchus Mentoring Programme links every final-year student with a senior figure from the industry, who can provide invaluable advice on taking their career forward. There are now 200 mentors contributing to the school’s Bacchus Mentoring Programme. Our final-year students also act as mentors to our first-year students.
  • Your learning will be enhanced by exposure to international environments through our excellent work placement programme, through opportunities to study at one of our partner institutions abroad in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Thailand and the USA, and through our volunteering programmes in Kenya and Romania.
  • We host a series of careers and visiting speaker events, which deliver unparalleled opportunities for you to network and secure an exciting graduate career.
  • In addition to excellent teaching and learning facilities, students benefit from our multi-award-winning Brookes Restaurant, in which they gain invaluable experience in event management and food and beverage operations.
  • In the 2019 Guardian University Subject League Table, Oxford Brookes University is ranked in the top 10 for Hospitality, Event and Tourism Management. 

The school offers a wide range of modules from which you can construct a programme that suits your particular interests and career aspirations. You will study compulsory modules that progressively build your understanding and knowledge in core management disciplines of marketing, human resources management, finance and revenue management, and operations, alongside your research skills. Please note that your uniform for working in Brookes Restaurant is at an additional cost of £128.55.

In Year 1 you are introduced to the fundamentals of management and organisation behaviour and provided with the skills to evaluate the external environment in which international hospitality businesses function. In addition you will be introduced to basic financial management techniques, as well as information and communications technology, and learn how these are used by industry. A distinctive aspect is our focus on your professional development through all four years of the course. As part of your first-year Personal and Professional Development module, you will be assigned a student mentor from our final-year Leadership and Professional Development module. They will support your effective transition into university and help you understand what it means to be a professional in industry. Our first-year students will also spend time enhancing their practical skills in Brookes Restaurant and our modern kitchen.

During Year 2 you will spend your time on a paid work placement either in the UK or abroad, and our dedicated team of tutors will ensure you are matched to a placement that is suitable for you.

In Years 3 and 4 you will deepen your understanding of the core subjects of finance, marketing and human resources management, and we offer specialist core modules in Revenue and Pricing and Event Management, both of which have been recognised by industry for the invaluable skills they provide for our graduates. The Bacchus Mentoring Programme links all final-year undergraduate students with senior, experienced executives from the international hospitality and tourism industry. You will have a dedicated mentor who provides realistic insights into the challenges and opportunities in hospitality and tourism, and can help guide you when applying for graduate jobs. This programme has had a major impact on the learning experience of our students and many of these relationships are so strong that they continue long after students have begun their careers. Alongside the core modules, elective modules such as Planning a Successful Event, e-Marketing for Service Businesses and Intercultural Management provide an opportunity for students to tailor their programme and to expand their knowledge base into areas that reflect their own interests and that draw on the specialist expertise of faculty members. The modular course structure allows you to develop a personalised study programme that reflects both your personal interests and your career aspirations.

Foreign languages are an option for students who choose to develop their skills in this area and we offer languages from beginner's through to advanced level. You can view the detailed course structure and list of modules in the Downloads section. 

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Work placements

In the second year of the course you will gain invaluable work experience on a compulsory one year paid work placement.

Some of the most prestigious employers worldwide, including Marriot, Hilton, Dorchester Collection, Soho House, 'rhubarb' and The Savoy, offer work placements to our students. 

Our dedicated team will ensure you secure a placement that matches your aspirations and interests.

The fee during the placement year is £1380 if you are a UK/EU student and £3,840 if you are an international student. This fee is the equivalent of a module. It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role.

During your placement year you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location.

You will be responsible for all travel and living costs as part of your placement.

Applying for your placement

During the first taught year of your course, you and your tutors will discuss the type of placement that would best suit your interests and future career.

You will be given guidance by your tutors on how to apply for a position. This includes workshops on CVs and how to prepare for your placement year.

You can also receive advice through the Careers Centre including interview techniques and creating LinkedIn profiles.

Study abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the third year.

We have more than 100 agreements with  partner universities worldwide in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, New Zealand, Thailand, the United States, Uruguay and Vietnam.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • Improving your employment prospects within an international market
  • Boosting your language skills
  • Building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • Improving your knowledge of different cultures

While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

You will develop skills in critical enquiry along with a firm grounding in business practice, which together will enable you to confidently take on the demands of graduate jobs in leading international businesses. 

You will be encouraged to take an active approach to your studies and to participate in a range of stimulating learning and teaching experiences including lectures, live case studies, seminars, project management, face-to-face tutorials, and role plays. Field trips*, volunteering and opportunities to study abroad also offer an international dimension to your studies.

Your learning experience will be greatly enhanced through involvement in extra-curricular activities such as attending alumni networking events hosted at Oxford Brookes, participating in our very active Bacchus Society, mentoring less experienced students and formally representing the University at external events and competitions. 

The school has a strong and collaborative research culture. You will benefit from teaching delivered by lecturers who are experts in their field who publish leading textbooks and academic articles, used by hospitality schools around the world, which are based on their research and business consultancy work.

*Field trips are optional and may incur a cost.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 27%73%0%
2 (sandwich year)1%8%91%
3 17%83%0%
4 23%77%0%

Approach to assessment

We do not rely on one method of assessment – instead you will be assessed in a range of ways that set targets and monitor all aspects of your personal, professional and intellectual development. Some examples include problem based learning and assessments, Dragons’ Den-style assessments involving entrepreneurial employers, and working with industry mentors to develop presentation and professional skills. Most of all we want you to enjoy developing the skills you will need to succeed in a competitive global business world.

The majority of teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays, 9am to 7pm. There may be occasions when such activities may fall outside of these hours.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 8%15%78%
2 (sandwich year)0%0%100%
3 25%0%75%
4 0%0%100%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,360 2019/20: £13,630

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920 2019/20: £4,000

*Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30 points

BTEC: DMM

 

2 AS-levels will be recognised in place of a maximum of 1 A-level; may include a 12-unit vocational A-level.

 

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English (grade C/grade 4 or above)

Part-time/holiday work within the industry is advantageous, especially for those who wish to undertake work experience abroad.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford is one of the world's great student cities. With a reputation built on education, literature and the arts, the city has a multicultural population and offers a vibrant location to have fun and explore, with choices of eateries, clubs, sport activities, theatres and museums.

Oxford attracts visitors from all continents, making it the perfect location in which to study hospitality. You will benefit from the School’s close links with all sectors of the Oxfordshire hospitality industry; from the famous Randolph Hotel to the Michelin starred Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons.  You will also benefit from the School's participation in the cultural life of the city through events such as the Oxford Literary Festival.

Oxford is also a great base from which to travel further afield, located only an hour from London and international airports. Every year London hosts the World Travel Market exhibition and other major events of interest to hospitality students.

Support for students studying International Hospitality Management

All first-year students are mentored by a final-year student. They gain expertise and knowledge from an experienced student in order to help them settle in and make the most of their time here. Final-year students gain valuable mentoring experience ahead of their careers in management and learn how to work closely with others. In addition, you will receive support from academic advisers and tutors.

The Bacchus Mentoring Programme links all final-year undergraduate students with senior, experienced executives from the international hospitality and tourism industry. Each student has a dedicated mentor who provides realistic insights into the challenges and opportunities in hospitality and tourism and can help guide them when applying for graduate jobs. This programme has had a major impact on the learning experience of our students and many of these relationships are so strong that they continue long after students have started their careers.

Specialist facilities

Brookes Restaurant is both a commercial restaurant - among the finest in Oxford - and a teaching resource. The restaurant provides hospitality management students with modern facilities in which to learn, develop and demonstrate their kitchen and restaurant skills*.

The modern, spacious restaurant won a design award and is as suitable for an intimate dinner as it is for a large corporate lunch or private party. The restaurant is managed by dedicated professional staff who are passionate about the food and wine they prepare and serve. 

Students of International Hospitality Management will also have access to a unique culinary library which provides valuable insight into the development of food culture, and includes collections donated by John Fuller, Prue Leith, Ken Hom and Sophie Grigson - who donated her mother Jane Grigson's collection.

* You will be required to purchase a uniform and food hygiene course, which will cost approximately £200 in total.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

The Oxford School of Hospitality Management has an outstanding record of students securing high-level employment on graduation. Many very prestigious employers are invited on campus each year to recruit directly from the School. Our students benefit from direct access to the very best employers from around the world including InterContinental Hotels Group, Four Seasons, Marriott, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Malmaison and D&D Restaurants.

Our graduates go into roles in a wide range of sectors and our outstanding worldwide reputation and links with industry ensure students have unparalleled opportunities to secure the very best careers in the international hospitality industry. Some examples of recent positions taken by our graduates include:

  • Director of Sales – Marriot Hotel, Sydney Harbour
  • Special Events Sales Executive – Thistle & Guoman Hotels, London
  • Manager Corporate Communications – Hilton Worldwide, UK
  • Revenue Manager – Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Oslo
  • Human Resources Manager – Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire
  • Events Manager - Richmond Creative Events, London
  • Sales and Marketing Project Analyst – Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
  • Sustainable Development Researcher – Kittian Hill, St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Floor Manager – Soho House, London
  • Director of Revenue and Management – Scandic, Sweden

Further study

Course downloads

  • Course Structure Chart: International Hospitality Management
  • International Hospitality Management Brochure