Heriot‑Watt University
Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management

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A 3 year programme leading to a highly regarded Heriot‑Watt University degree.

Course overview

This three year bachelors degree programme, provides students with a combination of tourism and hospitality management skills underpinned with the business knowledge that is now so important for running modern hotels and tourist resorts.

Many of the business units on this degree are taken from the University's renowned Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and the programme is taught jointly by the business and tourism & hospitality departments.

What it produces is well rounded business graduates that have the specialist skills to manage international hotels, tour operations and tourist resorts.

Tourism is the biggest industry in the world, and also one of the fastest growing

In 2014 there were in excess of one billion tourist arrivals world-wide. In the United Kingdom alone, where London has overtaken Paris as the world's most visited city, the tourism industry now employs more than two million people. And this ever increasing demand for travel, for business and pleasure, is creating a wealth of exciting career opportunities across the globe for people with the necessary skills.

A global industry means global job opportunities

Working in the tourist industry is not just about financial reward; there are other benefits too. One is the quality of the working environment, which exists to provide comfort and for its customers and so provides that same comfort for its senior employees. Managing a five star hotel, beach or ski resort is a pleasure for those that value good food, social and recreational facilities. A further advantage is global employment mobility. Many of the big hotel chains have premises in every major city in the world. As a general manager with an organisation such as Starwood or Intercontinental you can choose where in the world you work, and if you wish, move from hotel to hotel, particularly if you have a degree from a top British university on your CV.

Hotel visits & work experience

The College is located in the heart of London, and there are plenty of five star hotels and famous tourist attractions within walking distance of the campus. These provide ideal field trip opportunities for our students as well as a ready source of industry professionals for guest lectures.

Many of our students choose to work part-time and during vacations for these establishments to gain valuable experience and perhaps have a world class employer on their CV.

Course structure/syllabus

Year 1 (Admission now closed)
Management In A Global Context The Business Of Hospitality & Tourism Introduction To Accounting Critical Writing
Enterprise & The Bus. Environment Business Skills Hospitality & Tourism Concepts Introduction To Finance
Year 2 (Last admission January 2016)
Human Resource Management Fundamentals Of Marketing Managing The Service Experience elective
Operations Management Tourism Destinations Marketing Perspectives Food and Beverage Management
Year 3
Business Research Methods The Evolution Of H&TM Strategic Perspectives In H & T Consumer Behaviour
Critical Hospitality Studies Critical Approaches To Management Contemporary Tourist Behaviour Enterprise Concepts

Tuition, Course Materials and Assessment

An iPad Mini is provided with this course

Students take four subjects per semester and are assessed in each by a 2 hour written examination in which they must achieve 40% to pass. University-prepared course materials and lecture notes for each subject are provided via an Apple iPad Mini which is given (as a gift from the College) to all new students on this programme .Whilst on course students have access to optional English language training, support in the Tuition Support Centre and lecture notes and additional learning materials via the campus Virtual Learning Environment, my-WLC.

Student Finance (UK/EU)

This programme has been designated by the UK government for Student Finance, which means that UK/EU students may apply for Student Loans for their tuition fees and, in the case of UK students, maintenance costs as well. See our Student Finance page for further details.

Credit Entry

Credit entry, and a consequent reduction in tuition fees, may be granted to students with relevant existing qualifications.

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