IST College - MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Rationale of the Programme

The MSc in International Tourism and Hospitality Management is intended for students wishing to develop a career in the tourism and hospitality sectors. It is suitable for those with or without work experience in the sector as this may be gained as part of the course of study. The Subject Area’s reputation (LSBU has taught Hospitality since 1987 and Tourism since 1993) is one of the most vocational of the tourism and hospitality degree courses in England. The emphasis is on equipping students with the ability, skills and knowledge to successfully develop careers in tourism and hospitality companies or to start their own businesses.

Admission Requirements



  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline at award level 2:2 or above
  • Extensive work experience (usually 2 years or more at managerial level in the sector) may allow admission based on the faculty’s APEL policy

Aims of the Programme

  • Τo ensure students gain an appropriate range and depth and critical appreciation of knowledge regarding the issues around the management of tourism and hospitality organisations in the international business environment
  • Τo equip students with an appropriate range of research, transferable and practical skills appropriate to them working within the international arena
  • Τo ensure students develop an appropriate ethical approach to tourism and hospitality management
  • Το instill in students the ability to work effectively, both independently and in collaboration, in order to solve issues surrounding the management of international tourism and hospitality businesses and other organisations
  • Τo foster and develop within students the ability to generate creative and resourceful solutions to problems via the adoption of intellectually rigorous methods of enquiry
  • Τo demonstrate, through the satisfactory completion of a dissertation or extended management report, the ability to undertake a substantial self-managed field or desk research study that synthesises skills of problem and issue identification, research methodology, critical analysis and the drawing of logical conclusions.

Career Prospects

Both London South Bank University and IST have strong links with employers through their alumni, professors and participation in events such as local career fairs. IST is an active member of various organisations in Greece and has a collaboration agreement with the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), the largest Chamber of Commerce in Greece and the Balkans, as well as with the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). 

Our alumni hold senior positions within international companies, management consultancies, research companies, large FMCG organisations, banks and financial institutions, as well as not for profit organisations. Our alumni and other business executives regularly act as visiting speakers to individual modules and in extra - curricula sessions. Students also gain direct contact with employers through their dissertation research, often undertaking face-to-face interviews with managers across the full spectrum of business functions.

In the context of a rapidly evolving business environment, emphasis will be placed on the need for life-long learning. Students will be given the opportunity to engage with “experts” (visiting lecturers and speakers from professional bodies and businesses) so that they enhance their knowledge and skills.

Moreover, the Tourism and Hospitality subject area maintains close links with employer organisations via several mechanisms including research and consultancy projects are undertaken covering a range of employer types and industry stakeholders and field trips which include visits to tourism and hospitality operations and talks by operators and tourism planners.

In these ways students and staff benefit from direct contact with industry managers, keeping up to date with their interests, concerns and developing skills and knowledge while they indirectly update their knowledge of industry issues and working practices.


Structure of the Programme


Stage 1

  • Critical Issues in Tourism and Hospitality Industry
  • City Marketing
  • Cross-cultural Management
  • Business and Management Strategy
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Professional Leadership

Stage 2

  • Dissertation
  • Extended Management Report