Hospitality Management BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

Scotland and the Highlands have a proud heritage in hospitality. The BA (Hons) Hospitality Management allows an opening into this diverse and dynamic industry through a well thought out mix of practical and hands-on education with a strong management focus. A wide range of industry links provide opportunities for networking and developing broad based experience, both at home and abroad.

The course provides a strong element of work experience across each year of study to develop skills and experience. 

A blended learning approach to delivery includes video conferencing, peer working groups and online tutorials and discussions. All are fully supported by tutors and studies advisors. This will be enhanced by regular networking, field trips and guest lectures.

First year students can apply for The Kingsmills Scholarship.

Special features

  • The course strongly focusses on work placements
  • This is a highly practical course where you learn through direct experience working in the sector
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above PLUS
  • 2 Standard Grades at 3, or 2 GCSEs at grade C
  • You may enter year two of the degree if you have successfully completed an HNC in a tourism, hospitality or business subject, in some cases with a bridging unit 
  • You may enter year three of the degree if you have successfully completed an HND in tourism, hospitality, professional cookery, or business subject.
  • If you have other relevant academic or professional qualifications or experience your application will also be considered

Access routes

Year 1 - CertHE

Subjects include:

  • Introduction to food production services
  • Introduction to food beverage services
  • Introduction to tourism and hospitality
  • Introduction to hospitality management systems
  • Introduction to customer centred business
  • Introduction to people management and organisational behaviour
  • Preparing for work-based placement learning

Year 3 - BA

Subjects may include:

  • Quality customer care in the hospitality industry
  • Corporate responsibility and sustainability in hospitality
  • Collaborating in the digital economy
  • Marketing communications Employment law in the HR context
  • Work placement
  • Research skills

Year 2 - DipHE

Subjects include:

  • Skills for hospitality managers
  • Food and beverage operations
  • Work placement
  • Contemporary marketing
  • Management accounting
  • Event planning and organisation
  • Management information systems

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Subjects may include:

  • Research and planning a new venture
  • Business strategy
  • Work placement
  • Major event analysis
  • Employee relations
  • Strategic marketing
  • Global management

You must also complete a dissertation or research and present a plan for a new business venture.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures in the classroom, as well as individual online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), supported by your tutors and classmates 
  • You will learn practical skills in college and working with local hospitality businesses

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Start date

  • September
  • January – Part-time only

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2016-17 and 2017-18)

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.


International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2016-17 2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000 £10,500
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040 £5,250
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680 £1,750

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Extensive and diverse opportunities within hospitality operations and management
  • Front-of-house and customer-facing roles in hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs etc

Can I progress into further study?

Possible progression from the BA (Hons) Hospitality Management, after gaining relevant professional experience, to the following courses:


Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Hospitality Management BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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