BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management

International Hospitality Management - BA (Hons)

Key Facts

​​​​​Accredited by:
Institute of Hospitality

UCAS Codes: 
N220: International Hospitality Management – BA (Hons)* 

NN28: International Hospitality & Events Management – BA (Hons)

N892: International Hospitality & Tourism Management – BA (Hons)

*Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length: Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year long work placement.


Course Overview

​Professionally accredited by the Institute of ​Hospitality, the International Hospitality Management course offers the following pathways of study:​

  • International Hospitality Management (IHM) - BA (Hons)
  • International Hospitality & Events Management (IHEM) - BA (Hons)
  • International Hospitality & Tourism Management (IHTM) - BA

The programmes encompass a range of core and optional modules, which will develop the skills you need for specialist roles within the Tourism, Hospitality and Events (THE) industries, particularly hospitality. Industrial work experience is a core part of the programme allowing industrial input into these programmes in which vocational and academic themes are integrated throughout. For example embedded into the main BA (Hons) programmes are opportunities to gain internationally recognised professional qualifications alongside your degree.

The work placement usually takes place between the end of year one and beginning of year two. It usually comprises either a 15 week 10 credit option or an 48 week 20 credit option. The placements may be undertaken in the UK or abroad. In some circumstances, a further placement period may also be undertaken at year three.

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry

​Course Content​

Foundation Year (Year 0):​

This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

​​1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


Year One

​Compulsory modules for all programmes:​

  • Hospitality in Practice
  • International Hospitality Operations
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Finance for Managers
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Business Applications

With specialist modules for pathways:
For International Hospitality Management: Principles of Hospitality
For International Hospitality and Tourism Management: International Tourism Management in Action
For International Hospitality and Event Management: Fundamentals of Events

Year Two 

Compulsory modules for all pathways:

  • Global Hospitality Management Today
  • Marketing for THE
  • HRM​ for THE
  • Research Skills
  • Industrial Work Experience or Experience Through Work

With specialist modules for pathways:

For International Hospitality Management: Integrated Project
For International Hospitality and Tourism Management: Developing a Competitive Destination
For International Hospitality and Event Management: Event Design & Project Management

Optional modules:

  • Certification Module
  • Developing a Business
  • Field Study 2
  • Financial Planning for Business
  • International and Contemporary Cuisines
  • Large Scale and Event Catering
  • Niche Tourism
  • Social Events and Party Planning
  • Sociology of THE
  • Visitor Attractions Management.

Year Three

Compulsory modules for all pathways:

  • International Food and Beverage Management or Venue Design and Project Management
  • Strategic Management for THE
  • Dissertation or Enterprise Project or Independent Study or Marketing Plan and Report
  • Employability and Career Development

With specialist modules for pathways:

For International Hospitality and Tourism Management: Tourism Ethics
For International Hospitality and Event Management: Conferences, Exhibitions and Corporate Events or Global Sporting Events or Festivals and Cultural Events or Charity & Fundraising Events

Optional modules:

  • Branding and Advertising
  • Corporate Finance
  • Employee Resourcing
  • Field Study 3
  • Industrial Work Experience
  • Public and Media Relations for THE
  • Tourism Culture, Power and Identity
  • Wines and Spirits Studies.

Learning & Teaching

A range of teaching methods are used in the new Cardiff School of Management. Lecture and seminar rooms are state of the art facilities with excellent IT equipment. Hospitality students have a practical facility designed specifically for their use. The hospitality suite is on site and can cater for formal dinners up to 100 covers or buffets for 250. All students will have the opportunity to work in groups to manage a hospitality event open to the general public in the first year of study. All students have a year tutor and a personal tutor. The hospitality team has a great deal of hospitality industry experience and a passion for hospitality.


Some modules will be assessed purely by coursework whilst others will be purely examination based. In practice, most modules are a mix of tests and assignments, some vocational modules will also use competence-based practical assessments.

Employability & Careers

This programme is designed to provide graduates with the range of skills and knowledge required for management positions in one of the largest employment sectors both globally and in the UK.

The skills acquired enable graduates to develop into senior managers in a relatively short period of time in a wide range of areas including employment in hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars, licensed retail management, conference and event management, personnel and marketing within hospitality; plus hospitality sections within the armed services, contract, health service and welfare catering.

The BA (Hons) programmes are accredited by the Institute of Hospitality. Successful graduates are eligible for licentiate membership of the Institute of Hospitality.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff.  Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.

Foundation route:

Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points (or equivalent).


Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) , plus one of the following:

  • 112 points from at least 3 A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as the third subject
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit
  • 112 points from at least 3 Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x H2 grades.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search  for entry requirements.

We encourage applications from other applicants who may not have the entry requirements who may, as a result of interview and submission of a satisfactory CV/references, be admitted onto the course​.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Andy Roberts: 
Tel: 029 2041 6413​

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting