Strategic Hotel Management MSc

University of Surrey
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
February 2024

September 2024

February 2025

About this program

Strategic Hotel Management MSc

If you’ve already studied a course in hotel management or have hands-on industry experience, then our MSc is designed for you.

We are ranked 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world for hospitality and tourism management in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022. We are 1st in the UK and 15th in the world for hospitality and leisure management in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023. We are also 1st for tourism, transport, travel and heritage studies in the Complete University Guide 2024.

Our world leading academic experts and research centres are complemented by renowned industry leaders and connections that will help you to appreciate and evaluate hotel management strategies in theory and practice, besides developing your thinking, networks and identity needed to succeed as future leaders.

Studying with us will put you in a good position to progress your career. We have an excellent graduate employability employment record, with 95 per cent of our postgraduate students finding work or going on to further study after graduating (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA).

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Admission requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in hospitality or hotel management, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

Alternatively, we’ll also consider you if you have a 2:2 UK honours degree in business or management, or a recognised equivalent international qualification, combined with three years of work experience in the hospitality industry.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

These are the English language qualifications and levels that we can accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

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Program content


Year 1

  • Hotel Investment and Finance
  • Hotel Operations Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Business Analytics in Services
  • Business Plan
  • Contemporary Issues in Sustainability
  • Designing Digital Services
  • Ethics and Csr
  • Hospitality Information Systems
  • Research Methods
  • Revenue Management
  • Strategic Management of Int'nl Hotel Companies
  • Strategic Marketing and Brand Management
  • Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


February 2024

Full-time - 1 year

  • UK: £11,900
  • Overseas: £21,500

September 2024

Full-time - 1 year

  • UK: £10,900
  • Overseas: £19,800


What you will study

Our MSc in Strategic Hotel Management will equip you with the technical as well as professional skill sets and knowledge to develop and apply strategic thinking practices needed to manage international hotel companies successfully.

The programme is underpinned by modules that enhance digital capabilities, innovative thinking, resourcefulness and resilience, through understanding current and strategic priorities in hotel business operations and management. This MSc programme provides you with critical knowledge and professional skills around key areas of strategic management that are fundamental to become a successful leader in the hotel sector.

Offering excellent industry connections and research, while keeping you updated with the latest industry trends, this course will inspire you to build on your existing knowledge and skills. We draw upon a range of subject areas and industry experts to help you become the kind of graduate who can go on to become a senior manager or an executive, or fulfil a variety of other professional roles within the industry.

We’ve also tailored our course to offer you a truly international perspective while giving you the opportunity to specialise with optional modules that reflect your interests and strengths.

Career paths

Some of our graduates have gone on to start their careers in the following areas:

  • Hotel and restaurant management
  • Revenue and asset management
  • Events management
  • Catering
  • Cruise ships
  • Tourism and travel
  • Hotel property development
  • Hotel technology.

Find out more about the exciting career prospects that our hospitality and tourism postgraduate degrees can offer.

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Students at the University of Surrey are getting ‘best in class’ career services. We’re the winner of the Best University Careers/Employability Service in the UK for 2022 (National University Employability Awards). 95 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes 2023). This performance is a combination of talented and hard-working students and our commitment to helping you get the best work experience and career advice while you are here.

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