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Strategic Hotel Management MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Hotel Management

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course

Our MSc in Strategic Hotel Management will guide you to discover the strategic thinking that goes into making a memorable customer experience in the hospitality industry and more.

What you will study

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

Offering excellent industry connections and research, while keeping 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 mould you into the kind of graduate who can go on to become a senior manager, 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.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will recognise the importance of human resources to the successful operation of hotels but will emphasise the strategic aspects of Human Resource Management (HRM) that will influence the development of hotel chains. Hotel companies need to develop and implement effective human resource practices and policies to achieve competitive success, especially in the current economic climate. The module is intended to provide an opportunity to review models and concepts underpinning Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) and current trends and issues in the strategic HRM for international hospitality industry. It therefore approaches the economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects of managing hospitality businesses world-wide from a critical perspective and asks students to consider how societal and organisational advantage can be achieved through strategic approaches to the management of HR. The module will provide a grounding in the knowledge and application of strategic HRM practices within the global hospitality industry such as Employee Resourcing, Employee Development, Pay, Appraisals and Performance as well as Employment Relations. The content of the module will review several case studies from the hospitality industry delivered by industry experts and lectures/ tutors.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry 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.

University information

The University of Surrey is proud of the cultural diversity of its international community. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from more than 120 countries across the globe, come to Surrey each year. As a research-led university, Surrey's outstanding contributions benefit society as a whole and address major global challenges. The research-intensive learning environment makes it the perfect choice if you want to study somewhere where you can...more

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