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About the course

If you want to combine your love of travel and tourism with ensuring guests receive a memorable experience, Solent’s international hospitality management top-up degree will help you realise your ambitions in this fast-growing sector.

Solent’s international hospitality management top-up degree is designed for students who have completed a foundation degree, HND or equivalent international qualification in hospitality, tourism or management. Completion of this course will allow you to top-up your existing qualifications to a career enhancing BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Management degree.

The course combines practical, industry-focused content with management training. You’ll study global trends and analyse management strategies, whilst learning techniques to help develop your research and critical thinking. You’ll also hone your communication and pitching skills, to develop a broad knowledge to enable you to develop a career in this dynamic sector. 

There is often a good mix of international students on this course, providing you with the perfect opportunity to enhance your intercultural awareness and develop your interpersonal skills, sharing experiences from around the world.

Think a career in hospitality management is for you? By helping you build on your existing knowledge of the tourism industry, Solent’s well-balanced and exciting international hospitality management top-up degree could be your springboard into an exciting career in this growing industry.

After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up degree

Convert existing experience and qualifications into an internationally recognised UK honours degree, you will study strategy, finance and marketing with a specific focus on cross-cultural liaison and management skills in the global market.

What does this course lead to?

This top-up will equip you with the key skills and confidence to enter the field of international travel, tourism or hospitality and apply your talent to managerial positions.

Students may find themselves working with cruise operators, travel agencies, or as an in-house hospitality specialist.  

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those who already have a foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification in tourism-related subjects, who wish to advance their career in hospitality management within the international tourism industry.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with Merit Overall (55 per cent) 

  • or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the link below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time  1 year  Apply 
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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Business Consultancy/Management Project
  • Strategy for Management and Marketing
  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism
  • International Travel, Hospitality and Tourism in Action
  • Hospitality Management


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Joanne Hooker academic profile Joanne Hooker Course Leader View profile
Whysnianti Basuki academic profile Whysnianti Basuki Senior Lecturer View profile
Patsy Morgan academic profile Patsy Morgan Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Power academic profile Lisa Power Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students will have access to HOTS software for developing skills with online booking systems in Hospitality Management.

The team are dedicated to making the course as interactive as possible and to this end Solent University's own VLE, Solent Online Learning, is used extensively to make materials, course information, assessment details and tutor availability accessible at all times to all students. Solent Online Learning is also used to upload and grade written assessments. We are also extending the use of lecture capture to allow students to access lectures and review materials.

The team feel that Solent Online Learning is integral to the student experience and compliments class based learning to allow students access to all they need to successfully complete their studies.

Students are encouraged to develop their own academic research, learning key critical thinking and analytical skills. Students are given time to study a foreign language under the guidance of qualified native speakers.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:  

  • Hospitality management  
  • Sales and marketing management  
  • Tourism management     
  • Running your own travel or hospitality company
  • Global cruise industry
  • International tourism marketing
  • International tour operation

Industry links

The course team has built close relationships with cruise companies such as Carnival UK, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Saga Cruises (RSSC), Norwegian Cruise Line, AB Ports, Intercruises and other organisations such as University of Dubrovnik and Port of Dubrovnik and Cruise Line International Association (UK and Ireland). These connections have enabled past students to benefit from networking opportunities and guest lectures, bringing real-world experience into the classroom. 

The course is taught by experienced practitioners who will help to encourage you to use both academic knowledge and practical skills to enhance your employability potential. You will also be encouraged to develop a personal online branding portfolio to showcase your skills and talents to potential employers, as well as attend employability fairs to network directly. 

Our experienced team have a wealth of industry experience in all aspects of travel, tourism, hospitality, cruise and event management. As a result, the team has built up a range of dynamic relationships across the sector. For example, each year students can volunteer at the International Cruise Convention, dealing with up to 700 delegates and gaining valuable experience.  Students have taken part in ships visits including Cunard ships, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line. Our graduates have gone on to work at prestigious venues and continue to support Solent University with facilitating interesting field trip visits to local tourist destinations that include Portsmouth Historic Docks and the Mary Rose Museum. 

Further study

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