Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 4 years with professional training
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 5 years with foundation year and professional training
Why choose this course
From hotels to casinos, airlines to cruise ships, tour operators to resort development, our BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management will prepare you for a career in this exciting and fast-growing sector.
We are one of the UK’s top universities for events, hospitality, tourism and transport, ranked 2nd by The Complete University Guide 2021.
Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management also has an outstanding global reputation. We’re ranked fifth for hospitality and tourism management in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 and in the top 10 for hospitality and leisure management in the QS World University Rankings 2020. We are also ranked in the top six for hospitality, leisure and tourism in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
What you will study
Our innovative BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management course combines core business and management studies with specialist hospitality and tourism modules.
In the business modules, you’ll explore the approaches and techniques vital to managing and running an international business. Our specialist modules give you a detailed appreciation of the unique features, opportunities and challenges of the hospitality and tourism industries.
Our course combines theory and practice to give you the chance to apply your knowledge, making use of case studies, business simulations and site visits. This balance gives you both the in-depth knowledge to thrive in international hospitality and tourism, and a broader range of transferable skills that can be applied to a variety of managerial and entrepreneurial roles.
"I got to study Japanese and spent an entire year working as a corporate travel coordinator and business developer for a large tour operator in Tokyo, Japan.” Guillermo Huertas, student
"What makes my course special is the opportunities that are on the table. All you have to do is reach and new doors are sure to open to a world of experiences and more opportunities.” Kelly Saramunda, student
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Graduates of our course have proven to be highly employable across a range of organisations, not just within hospitality and tourism.
Some of our graduates choose to go into operational management roles, running hotels, holiday companies and resorts around the world.
Others specialise in marketing, human resources, IT and other head office positions in large hospitality and tourism-based corporations. Many find excellent career opportunities in hospitality and tourism consultancy businesses.
Recent BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management graduates have entered employment in roles such as:
Graduate Management Trainee, Hilton Worldwide
Product and Commercial Executive, Monarch Travel Group
Voyage Management Trainee, Grosvenor House JW Marriott Hotel
HR Coordinator, Sofitel London Heathrow
Front Desk Management Trainee, Hilton Hotels
Vita Futura Graduate Management Programme, Marriott International
Graduate Trainee, Lexington Catering
In addition to holding senior/director positions in hospitality and tourism companies, many of our graduates have built successful, multimillion-pound companies of their own, such as:
Caper & Berry
TRI Hospitality Consulting
"Surrey gave me the flexibility to run and develop my business whilst gaining a respectable degree from one of the top ten universities in the UK.” Kevin Patrick, graduate
BSc (Hons): BBC
Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
BSc (Hons) with foundation year: CCD
GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
International Hospitality and Tourism Management placements
The Professional Training placement is an integral part of our course. Our partner organisations will provide opportunities for you to gain valuable experience in a professional working environment, increasing your confidence, skills and employability when you graduate.
You can choose to spend your placement in the UK, Europe or even further afield.
Some examples of organisations that participate in this scheme include:
Four Seasons Hotels
TUI UK & Ireland
The Hospitality Company
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, but you will also develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas for one semester during your second year (typically the autumn semester).
Our international partners include:
La Trobe University, Australia
University of Queensland, Australia
MODUL University Vienna, Austria
Ryerson University, Canada
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
University of Central Florida, US
Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and they enable you to enhance your international outlook.
"My exchange semester in Hong Kong has been one of the richest and amazing experiences in my life. I have learnt a lot, not only in terms of academic studies but also about building personal connections and different cultures.” Alisa Kurtcenovskaia, student