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Strategic Hotel Management MSc

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1 year

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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.

Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is ranked in the top 10 worldwide for hospitality and leisure in the QS World University Rankings 2020.

Studying with us will put you in a good position to progress your career. At Surrey, we have an excellent graduate employability employment record, with 94 per cent of our graduates gaining employment after six months (HESA 2018).

What you will study

If you’ve already studied a course in hotel management or have hands-on industry experience, then our MSc Strategic Hotel Management 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 you become 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.


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.

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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

Each year the University of Surrey welcomes over 4,000 postgraduate students, from more than 120 countries worldwide. The university prides itself on its excellent international community, celebrating cultural diversity of all students and staff. The university has a rich history, originally dating back to 1891 when the university’s forerunner the Battersea Polytechnic Institute was founded. In the early 1960s the institute was moved to a...more

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