MSc in International Business Management (International Tourism and Hospitality Management)

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Course Overview

The MSc in International Tourism and Hospitality Management has strong links with the tourism and hospitality industries and has a flexible design in order to meet the educational and professional needs of each student.

The course is completed over a one year full-time, or two year part-time mode. Part-time students can spread the modules over a longer period of time and tailor the programme structure to meet their needs following a meeting with the Programme Director.

Why Study International Business Management at Griffith College?

Our MSc programme in International Business Management is available on a full- and part-time basis and prepares graduates by providing an academically rigorous and intellectually challenging educational experience.

  • flexible study model gives students the option of either full-time or part-time study with class size, structure and assessment tailored to each individual module.
  • highly practical learning approach taught by a Graduate Business School lecturing team with outstanding industry experience.
  • An international course perspective increases the variety of career opportunities open to graduates.
  • Students have the opportunity, after gaining management experience, to return and convert their MSc to an MBA award.

    Course Highlights

    • Variety of modules covering all aspects of International Business Management
    • Flexible study modes
    • Lecturers chosen from industry
    • Opportunity for advancement in dynamic industries of hospitality & tourism

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    Intake Dates

    We run two intakes for this course, commencing as follows:


    • Autumn: September*
    • Spring: February*


    *subject to sufficient numbers

    Course Details

    The course is completed over a one year full-time, or two year part-time mode. Part-time students can spread the modules over a longer period of time and tailor the programme structure to meet their needs following a meeting with the Programme Director.

    Upon successful completion of the taught modules, students complete a dissertation with a credit volume of 30 ECTS.

    Core Modules

    The module provides the learner with a well-rounded financial understanding of the role and goals of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. The module also aims to provide learners with the analytical tools necessary for determining the financial implications of business activities and decisions in an entrepreneurial context.

    This module introduces and develops the concepts, perspectives, and tools associated with the discipline of strategy formulation and development within the complexities of undertaking business in different industrial and market contexts, countries and cultures. As well as providing the learner with a core body of knowledge of strategy, the module aims to go beyond the prescriptive “toolbox” approach to strategy making and develop and instil in the learner an appreciation of the complexities, subtleties and behavioural factors that fundamentally shape what businesses do and why.

    Research Methods introduces the learner to the purpose and role of research in business and the different qualitative and quantitative traditions and approaches practised in research. These research abilities are central to improving business decision making through solid research and data collection. The majority of learners on the PGDip will progress to MSc or MBA programmes and this module ensures they are well prepared for the dissertation by the development and production of a solid, well informed research proposal that provides them with a sound basis for carrying out independent research under supervision.

    This module is concerned with the nature and scope of human resource management and the strategic application of human resources activities and techniques. It examines Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) from a management science perspective, enabling learners to know and improve how they contribute to the strategic process of management of human resources. It aims to provide knowledge to understand the external environments and internal capabilities, resources and processes that underpin SHRM. 

    This module provides learners with a solid underpinning of the theories, frameworks, and models of international marketing combined with a strong sense of global awareness and cultural sensitivity essential for today’s business world. It gives them the skills to discriminate between markets and enable them to select those that present the greatest opportunities. It also provides learners with the knowhow for developing appropriate marketing plans and programmes and to determine whether a global, local or global approach to marketing is best.

    This module examines the role played by leadership and management in organisations (commercial, public and voluntary) and in determining organisational culture. There are contested and competing views (both in theory and in practice) about management and leadership: what they are and about how leadership affects management. The main purpose of the module is to encourage learners to critically examine leadership and management models. Learners gain knowledge and understanding of new models, which allows consideration in how they might modify their own current or future leadership and management behaviours. It recognises the importance of continuous development in leadership and management roles.

    International Tourism and Hospitality Management Modules

    This module explores the subject of sustainability from a local, European and International perspective and its application to the tourism industry. The understanding of such an area of tourism management at all levels (local, national or other) is essential to sustaining and developing tourism. Tourism overall requires in depth analysis of economic, environmental, political and many other external factors to ensure long-term viability and sustainability. The module will enable the learner to develop essential skills in engaging with policy and planning measures for sustainability. 

    This module is designed to provide learners with a diverse and current knowledge of contemporary issues within the overall global tourism and hospitality sector. The module examines the emerging issues in tourism and hospitality and as such, the module content evolves and develops in line with industry trends and projections. Typically, learners will be exposed to a range of current issues influencing tourism and hospitality organisations, both domestically and internationally. Learners will research, reflect on and interrogate issues, to identify the challenges and opportunities they present to organisations, and explore the proactive strategies that can be employed. 

    This module investigates the regulation of the international tourism sector and examines key current issues in the subject area. It equips learners with the knowledge, skill and competence to provide legal and policy advice to a wide range of stakeholders in the tourism industry. Successful learners possess a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights regarding international tourism law that will enable them to manage tourism businesses within a professional legal context.


    This module explores sports and leisure tourism on an international scale. The areas of sports and leisure influence tourism businesses and it is vital for learners to be aware of its key elements and characteristics to aid strategy design and management for the sports and leisure industry. The climb in demand for sport and leisure tourism has been influenced by several socio-cultural impacts. Rapid developments make it ever more important for learners to understand and critically engage with these developments for their future progression in hospitality management. 

    The module provides participants with an advanced insight into and appreciation for the complexities of the international event industry. It will also equip them with the competence to successfully plan and manage different types of events while adopting innovative approaches to ensure industry best practice. It will provide participants with an advanced understanding of the typology of international event forms, placing the industry in an environmental context that facilitates learning and understanding of a growing global diverse industry sector. 


    Timetables to be confirmed

    How to Apply

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants must normally hold an approved honours degree, to at least H2.2 level, in a business related discipline or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary/or professional institution. Non-business graduates or candidates with substantial work experience may apply but will be subject to interview.

    Griffith College is now accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details.

    How to Apply

    You can submit an application on our website. Once we receive your application a member of our admissions team will be in contact with you to outline the documents required to process your application.


    For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from the time of application.

    Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

    Tuition Fees

    Study Mode: Full-Time

    Limerick: EUR 8,763.00


    Study Mode: Part-Time

    Limerick: EUR 8,763.00

    Study Mode: Full-Time


    Non-EU Living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.


    Non-EU students: a Student Services and Administration fee of EUR200 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

    General Fee Information 

    An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.


    Opportunities and Career Development

    The Graduate Business School lecturing team includes practitioners from a wide range of industries. These lecturers bring their expertise to the classroom and offer insights to students of a practical and applied nature. There is also extensive use of the Faculty’s industry network to provide opportunities for students to engage with companies through their project work, research and through guest lecturing seminars.

    Griffith College has endorsed and embraced the Bologna spirit of the transfer and progression of students between institutions in different countries and in doing so, a number of close working relationships have been developed. The College’s APL policies provide an opportunity for students with previous academic studies at Masters Level in a Business/Management discipline to apply for exemptions to a maximum of 30ECTS, or capitalise on our strong international network to spend a semester of your studies in a partner college. 


    Progression Opportunities 

    Graduates who attain appropriate management experience after graduation, can opt to return their MSc and “convert” to MBA award. This is facilitated through the completion of an experiential learning report, which marries the graduate’s academic achievement with their subsequent management practice.

    As an internationally recognised level 9 award, graduates may also be eligible for doctoral studies.

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