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Why study hotel management?

If you love people and want to work in a 5-star hotel or want to help run your family business, a hotel management course could be the key to your future. Find out more.

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A qualification in hotel management isn’t just for hotel managers. The skills and experience you gain from a degree in the subject can easily be applied to a great many jobs around the world. From managing a 5-star hotel or restaurant to helping your family business become more successful, or maybe you have dreams of owning your own business. Whatever the reasons, a degree in hotel management would help you pursue your ambitions. Let’s find out more.  


What types of hotel management courses are there? 


Courses range from diplomas to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. 


A diploma in hotel management can take anywhere between one and two years to complete and can be followed by a bachelor’s degree, or you can go straight into the workplace.  


Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management can take two to three years of full-time study. Some courses offer a placement year as part of the course. Courses include hotel management, international hotel management, hotel and restaurant management, and resort and hotel management.  


Postgraduate courses include master’s degrees in international tourism and hotel management, strategic hotel management, and even a PhD in hospitality and hotel management.  


Courses are offered worldwide, including in the UK, the USCanadaAustraliaHong Kong and Malaysia, among others. 


Each institution will have its own entry requirements for international students. You’ll need to check what their minimum qualification requirements are as well as what IELTS score they need as proof of your English language ability. 


What will I study in a hotel management course?  


There are a great many course units that are covered in a hotel management degree. Some will be core units that you must take; others will be electives where you can choose from a range of modules. Here are examples of some of the units you may cover: 




What are the benefits of studying hotel management? 


As you can see from the course units above, the knowledge and skills gained on a hotel management course are incredibly wide. The benefits of a career in hotel management include (but are not limited to): 


  • enjoying a mix of both business and customer service 

  • taking responsibility in many areas: front of house, housekeeping, maintenance, catering, human resourcesfinance, public relations, marketing, etc. 

  • experiencing job satisfaction if you’re a people person 

  • feeding creativity – to be successful, you need to be creative in coming up with new ideas for the business. 

  • developing strong leadership skills 

  • having the opportunity to travel 

  • gaining the knowledge and skillset to start your own business 


Along with these personal benefits, a hotel management graduate can take the skills and knowledge learned and apply them to a great many industries. Graduates have gone on to have careers in hotel technology, hotel property development, events, the cruise ship industry and become sales and marketing directors. The opportunities are endless. 


If you feel that hotel management is for you, why not use the course matcher tool to find the perfect course?  


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