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MSc International Hospitality & Events Management

MSc International Hospitality & Events Management

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2 years part time
Part Time
Fees (Total)
Annual Breakdown
Year 1 - 35,000 Year 2 - 35,000 (Part Time)

The MSc International Hospitality and Events programme will provide students with an opportunity to develop their management knowledge and skills while strengthening their critical awareness of the current socio-economic, marketing and political challenges currently affecting the profession. Students will gain industry insights and networking opportunities that will enhance their career – expanding their knowledge around management issues facing hospitality and events in specialised international contexts.

The course is designed for current professionals and those seeking careers in the hospitality and events sectors. Most graduates will likely hold an undergraduate degree in the area of hospitality, tourism, business and other social sciences and are looking to acquire specialist knowledge and skills in hospitality and events management.

Why Study MSc International Hospitality & Events Management?

  • Students can uniquely blend options that are largely industry and practice focused with modules that are more orientated towards the social sciences.
  • Benefit from our strong industry links and industry experienced lecturers with a hands-on and supportive approach.
  • Integrated experiential learning and co-curricular activities including a practicum module, expert speakers, networking opportunities, seminar programmes, research events and field trips.
  • A  specialised dual focus masters degree, which acknowledges the multiple relationships between hospitality and events management 
  • An international focus prepares students for a global career
  • Opportunities to apply learning to existing employment and utilize professional experience as a foundation for assignments
  • International and local field trips foster experiential learning 
  • Transferrable skills development opens multiple career trajectories
  • Expert faculty in academia and practice
  • Interaction with leading tourism, hospitality and events organisations
  • Opportunities to engaged in a live business problem
  • Creation of a portfolio of learning evidences skills to prospective employers
  • Join a fun and friendly multicultural cohort and widen your network

The programme can be studied full time (over one year) or part-time (over two years). The university academic calendar consists of two (2) terms a year. New students are admitted to the programme in the autumn term which starts in September each year.

A wide range of teaching and learning approaches are used to build up your skills and knowledge – mainly through lectures, seminars and practical activities. Teaching and learning will also be informed by lecturers’ current research and industry engagement.

You will take part in case study based discussions, field trips and in-class activities. You will supplement all of this with your own guided and independent reading and research. The mix of delivery modes will be varied and suitable to the content being delivered.

Module and programme information may be subject to change. Not all modules listed will be available in any one year. Module availability is dependent on staffing and the number of students wishing to take each module.

    • International Tourism in the 21st Century (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This core module provides a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of tourism. This module identifies a range of environmental, social, cultural and economic issues that arise out of mass tourism development in different parts of the world. In order to identify the causes as well as to examine possible solutions, the module critically examines the socio-political environment in which mass tourism is situated namely neo-liberal globalisation. 
    • Managing Contemporary Hospitality (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop a critical understanding of contemporary trends within the international hospitality environment whilst providing students with the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the impacts of these trends on hospitality businesses and operations.

    • Events Management (15 Credits) - Compulsory
      The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the events management field and to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be able to a) effectively assess events’ impacts and legacy, b) analyse the role of business, conference, cultural/heritage, sporting, religious and other festivals and events in the development and revitalisation of destinations at local, regional and national levels, c) compare and contrast the motivations and roles of the various stakeholders of events along with the motivations of participants drawing on theoretical frameworks. 
    • Hospitality and Events Practicum (15 Credits) - Compulsory
      The aim of this module is to provide students with practical experience in the contemporary hospitality and events industry. This will normally take the form of a work placement at an agreed location, however it can also take the form of practical work related activities such as researching an agreed work location. Students will normally be engaged on one or more specific practical projects agreed between the organisation and the University and drawing upon the skills and resources of the student. 
    • Research Methods & Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to assist students to develop an understanding of the research process and to conduct research leading to successful completion of their dissertation. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in relation to scoping the issue/problems, consideration of appropriate literature, collection and analysis of data and developing specific recommendations or conclusions in relation to the research project. 
    • Destination Management (15 Credits) - Optional
      The aim of this module is to equip students with the knowledge and skills in order to apply appropriate operational and strategic destination management and marketing solutions. The first part of the module draws on destination management theory; students will critically evaluate the challenges and opportunities destinations face. Utilising case studies students will also evaluate the range of stakeholders involved in destination management in various destinations. The second part of the module focuses on the nature and role of destination management organisations (DMOs) in different contexts, destination competitiveness, how destination managers create value to differentiate themselves and gain a superior position in a competitive market. 
    • Tourism and Development (15 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to equip students with a critical understanding of the complex, contested, multi-dimensional nature of the opportunities provided by the tourism industry to drive positive change in developing countries. The module adopts a strong focus on the evolving nature of stakeholder relations, policy narratives and conceptual understanding of key issues with respect to the tourism – development nexus. In addition, it draws on practice-based insight in order to deliver a balanced, holistic understanding of the role and impact of tourism across key areas of the developing world. 
    • Entrepreneurship in Tourism (15 Credits) - Optional
      The aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge and skills that support the development and critical evaluation of entrepreneurship in tourism. Various theoretical frameworks will be introduced to enable students to appreciate the value of tourism enterprise and the complexities of exploiting entrepreneurial opportunities offered by the tourism industry. The module will develop students’ understanding of the resource needs for tourism venture start-ups, underlying processes of entrepreneurial activity and the outcomes of tourism enterprise. Students will also be able to identify key issues affecting tourism entrepreneurship and tools for effective management of tourism businesses. 
    • Digital Marketing (15 Credits) - Optional
      The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge and skills for understanding the complexity of the new digital landscape. The module provides a critical context in which to analyse the current digital developments. In particular, the module will facilitate students’ learning of e-marketing models, social media and e-tailing in order to produce a coherent digital marketing strategy. 
    • Open Module (15 Credits) - Optional

      Students can choose another 15 credit module from postgraduate programmes in the Business School.

Located in the Department of Marketing, Branding and Tourism, you will have a unique opportunity to study all three subject areas together and apply this in the context of contemporary hospitality and events management. The study of digital marketing, place branding, sustainable development, consumer behaviour and entrepreneurship are at the core of the Department’s work, with several academics who are leading researchers and practitioners in these areas.

Core modules will help you develop your management knowledge and skills while strengthening your critical awareness of the current contemporary challenges that will affect your profession.

Optional modules provide more specific knowledge and skills alongside deeper insights into management issues facing hospitality and events in specialised contexts. Students will have the opportunity to tailor the programme to their own interests and career aspirations through the selection of two optional modules.

An MSc/PG Cert/PG Dip in International Hospitality and Events Management will enable you to develop the professional and subject expertise to make you a valuable asset from day one of your career.  

Academic Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

  • A good honours degree in business, management, hospitality, events, tourism, geography and other social sciences awarded by a UK university, or
  • An equivalent qualification accepted by the University, or
  • A professional qualification deemed to be of an equivalent standard.
  • Applicants with a degree in a different field may be considered, provided that they can demonstrate extensive professional experience in the area of travel and tourism, hospitality, attractions or events management.

Those without formal qualifications are welcome to apply, and may be required to come in for an interview. Additionally, these applicants will need to provide evidence of a minimum of three years of middle to senior management experience in a relevant industry (e.g. tourism, events or hospitality sectors).

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic


TOEFL-IBT home-based test


Accepted for September 2020 only and in territories where standard version of the test is not available due to test centre closure  
PG: 87


Accepted for September 2020 only
PG: Overall 110 

IELTS Indicator 

Accepted for September 2020 only and test certificate must be dated after 20 May 2020.

Note: this test is accepted only in territories where IELTS test centre is closed.  

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An MSc in International Hospitality and Events Management will enable you to develop the professional and communication skills and subject expertise necessary to take your career to the next level. Graduates can embark on roles within; hotels and resorts, event management companies, conference management, exhibition organisers, performing arts companies, public relations and entertainment venues and attractions. For those who have taken a career break to study, this programme will enhance opportunities for career progression. The Careers and Employability Service offer postgraduate students support in planning their career.

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