International Tourism and Hospitality Management BA (Hons)

This course will prepare you for an exciting global career in one of the world's largest industries. You will focus on current industry practices, opportunities and challenges within both the UK and international markets.

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Block teaching designed around you

You deserve a positive teaching and learning experience, where you feel part of a supportive and nurturing community. That’s why most students will enjoy an innovative approach to learning using block teaching, where you will study one module at a time. You’ll benefit from regular assessments - rather than lots of exams at the end of the year - and a simple timetable that allows you to engage with your subject and enjoy other aspects of university life such as sports, societies, meeting friends and discovering your new city. By studying with the same peers and tutor for each block, you’ll build friendships and a sense of belonging.

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Tourism and Hospitality is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. You will gain an understanding of key skills in international tourism and hospitality management, which will enhance your prospects for a successful career within this growing and changing market sector in the 21st Century. 

You will be introduced to the theory and practice of tourism and hospitality with a focus on sustainability, innovation, resilience and effective leadership. You will learn to analyse complex problems facing the industry and to make strategic and operational decisions using critical thinking.

This course will prepare you for an exciting international career in hospitality and tourism by developing your understanding of different cultures and consumer behaviours, the use of digital platforms to inform decision-making and real-world knowledge and experience of the industry through your placement and research project.

This course is closely linked to Arts and Festivals Management at DMU which is ranked number one in the UK in the ‘Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism’ subject area (Guardian University Guide, 2023).

Key features

  • You will work in partnership with travel agents, tour operators, airports, major tourism and hospitality brands and independent hotels.
  • You will benefit from an exciting range of events in collaboration with local, national and European tourism and hospitality providers including a DMU Global trip.
  • You will study a range of exciting topics essential for your future career in hospitality and tourism including sustainable methods of travel, the growing use of digital marketing across the industry and a research visit to a European city.
  • Benefit from top-quality teaching by industry experts, who are actively engaged in international research so up-to-date on current industry practices, opportunities and challenges.
  • Benefit from block teaching, where most students study one subject at a time. A simple timetable will allow you to really engage with your learning, receive regular feedback and assessments, get to know your course mates and enjoy a better study-life balance.


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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: N842

Duration: Three years full-time, four years full-time with a placement. Six years part-time.

Fees and funding: 

2024/25 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

UCAS course code: N842

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding: 

2024/25 tuition fees for international students: £15,750

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • 112 points from at least 2 A levels or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points or
  • T Levels Merit

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE  English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above.

We will normally require students have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above

Interview required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

English language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS tariff information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS tariff.

Contextual offer

To make sure you get fair and equal access to higher education, when looking at your application, we consider more than just your grades. So, if you are eligible, you may receive a contextual offer. Find out more about contextual offers

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments


First year

  • Block 1: Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality

  • Block 2: Sustainable and Responsible Travel and Business

  • Block 3: Strategic Management in Tourism and Hospitality

  • Block 4: Marketing for Tourism and Hospitality

Second year

  • Block 1: Programming and Planning Festivals

  • Block 2: International Tourism and Hospitality Research Visit

  • Block 3: Tourism, Society and Culture

  • Block 4: Research Methods: Dissertation and Placement

Third year

  • Block 1: Tourism and Hospitality Products: Natural, Cultural, Eco and Dark Tourism

  • Block 2: Enterprise: Tourism and Hospitality Project

  • Block 3: Destination Management Marketing

  • Block 4: Placement or Dissertation


In the first year, you will be introduced to the theoretical foundations, historical development and contemporary context of the Tourism and Hospitality sectors. Sustainability has become a core focus within the industry so you will consider sustainable methods of travel and also research ideologies of community-based and international tourism models. Management, finance and digital marketing will also be taught as well as key academic skills.

In the second year, the focus is deepening your understanding of the sectors and you will also gain an understanding of event planning via the Programming and Planning Festivals module. This also incorporates the need to understand city tourism. To be a successful manager it is important to understand the customer, their needs, different cultures and behaviours. You will begin preparation for your third-year placement or dissertation and take part in a research visit to a major European city through DMU Global. 

In your third year, you will complete a dissertation or placement, with a focus on developing your entrepreneurial skills and it is an opportunity to advance the knowledge and skills previously gained and explore Destination Marketing and place branding. Tourism niche products such as Natural, Cultural, Eco and Dark Tourism are taught and the Enterprise Project allows you to write a commercially viable business plan for a sustainable business.

Contact hours

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, group work and self-directed study. You will normally attend around 6 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and seminars/workshops) each week, with some additional field-trips and tutorials. We expect you to undertake at least 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Facilities and features

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including the Virtual Learning Environment, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Campus Centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

Opportunities and careers

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During this course, you will have the option to complete a paid placement year, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice.

This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress into your chosen career.  

Our Careers Team can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement. 

There is also a four-week period (20 days) placement opportunity in the final year with a placement host of your choice.


DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers. 

Through DMU Global, we offer an exciting mix of overseas, on-campus and online international experiences, including the opportunity to study or work abroad for up to a year.

Students on this course also have the opportunity in the second year to participate in a 5-day international research visit to a European city.


Graduate careers

This course is designed for those wanting a career in Tourism and Hospitality. Employability skills are embedded into the curriculum with many opportunities to meet and work with industry professionals. Students on this course have the opportunity to participate in a 5-day international research visit to a European city.

Completing this programme will give you the chance to progress to the Cultural Events Management MSc at DMU, gaining two degrees in two years.

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