Tourism/Hospitality/Events - MSc/PgD/PgC 

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Course Overview

These cohesive programmes in Tourism Management, Hospitality Management and Events Management are designed to enable students to develop concepts and theories relating to tourism management, hospitality management or events management, stimulate critical thinking and use multidisciplinary perspectives to transform management problems into opportunities by the provision of an industry-relevant, research-led and student-driven programme designed to develop the next generation of self-reflexive managers.

Course Content

The core modules will provide you with strategic business skills and an essential knowledge of the tourism or hospitality or events sector, whilst optional modules and different types of independent research projects enable you to have more control and flexibility over your learning and allow you to tailor the MSc programme to your individual career development needs. Teaching input is drawn from subject specialists, industry contacts and field visits. Research and transferable skills are a strong feature of the programme and you will be encouraged to develop these skills throughout the programme. The ‘THE’ Integrated Project module embraces our industry links by facilitating groupwork on real industry projects. The programme also provides you with the opportunity to further develop managerial and entrepreneurial skills. A Study Skills package is incorporated to support student learning and individual career development needs.

Three pathways of study are offered:
• Tourism Management
• Hospitality Management
• Events Management

Postgraduate Certificate modules:
• Managing strategic change
• Strategic marketing & communications
• Managing strategic resources
• Methods of Enquiry
• Contextualising the Tourism Industry OR Contextualising the Hospitality Industry OR Contextualising the Events Industry

Postgraduate Diploma modules:

The above modules, plus:

• Creativity and Critical Analysis
• Business Stewardship in Tourism OR Business Stewardship in Hospitality OR Business Stewardship in Events
• THE Integrated Project
• Choice of ONE option: THE Field Study OR Professional Development and Leadership OR Crisis and Risk Management.

MSc (180 credits)
Progression to the MSc is based on successful completion of 120-credits of taught M-level modules. To gain the award of MSc a 60-credit Independent Research Project must be completed. For your Independent Research Project, you may choose to do ONE of the following: Dissertation OR Enterprise Project OR Consultancy Project.

All taught modules are undertaken throughout the academic year comprising three terms starting at the end of September and finishing in April/May. After completion of 120-credits of taught M-level modules, you will progress to a 60-credit Independent Research Project and this should be submitted in late September/early October.

Employability & Careers

Tourism, hospitality and events have assumed a critical role in the global economy accounting for about 10% of jobs worldwide. One way to stand out from the crowd is a Masters in Tourism, Hospitality or Events Management. Our programmes have many distinct features that will directly benefit students and give a competitive edge. For example, our cutting-edge Business Stewardship modules promote business ethics, responsible management and the legacy of the tourism, hospitality and event industries. The programmes are designed to promote and encourage the development of advanced management knowledge and skills. Applicants include people progressing from undergraduate qualifications in the social sciences and humanities as well as from more applied and inter-disciplinary undergraduate programmes such as tourism management, hospitality management or events management. The course is also designed to meet the career and personal development needs of professionals from the public, private or voluntary sectors.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • Hold an appropriate initial degree (2.2 or above) OR,
  • An appropriate initial degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body (2.2 or above) OR,
  • A non-graduate qualification which the University has deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission.

We also welcome applications from students who possess significant work experience in a relevant area.

Key Facts

Campus: Llandaff

School: Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
Postgraduate Certificate: minimum two terms full-time or two years part-time Postgraduate Diploma: minimum one year full-time or two years part-time MSc: minimum one year full-time or two years part-time

The intention is to deliver the full-time programmes across one and a half days per week, with some activities possibly outside of the scheduled days. Part-time students normally attend one half-day per week.

The programmes demonstrate strong links with the tourism, hospitality and events industry and have a flexible design in order to meet the educational and professional needs of each student, offering three awards and exit points: Postgraduate Certificate; Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

All the modules are assessed through coursework. Students are expected to invest additional time outside of the normal timetabled hours to commit to reading and researching to advance their learning and individual responsibility for time management is expected. It is anticipated that the choice between a Dissertation, Enterprise Project or Consultancy Project as an independent research project will help students with their professional ambitions and, alongside the 10-credit optional module, will enable students to tailor the MSc to suit their individual needs.

Selection Procedure:
All applicants are required to complete an application form. Normally, applicants are interviewed, either face-to-face or by telephone.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
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

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Emma Bettinson:
Tel: 029 2041 7132

See Also:
Cardiff School of Management Website