SCOPE OF THE MASTER PROGRAMME
The joint master in International Hospitality and Tourism Management is a forward-thinking and intellectually rigorous higher degree programme, which aims to offer the opportunity to career minded individuals, irrespective of their academic background, to enter the fascinating and globally career promising world of tourism. At the same time, the programme offers the opportunity to professionals already in the industry to enhance their career progression to senior managerial positions. The same is programme is offered in the Greek language.
The programme is designed to provide students with essential knowledge surrounding the operational and organizational side of the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as lay the foundations on the managerial and strategic business skills needed to excel in this sector. Moreover, it’s designed to enable students to stimulate critical thinking into creating new opportunities whilst at the same time tackling specific industry challenges, hence opening up new horizons for the industry at large as well as for the development of the next generation of self-instinctive hospitality and tourism managers. Furthermore, the programme equips students with the ability to tackle complex business situations and touches upon global issues and trends in the sector, deals with competing demand, strategic planning, strategic marketing, human resource management, service quality, and corporate social responsibility. Overall, graduates are primed to become influential business leaders.
The programme is offered jointly by the Open University of Cyprus and the Cyprus University of Technology.
The tourism industry is, and has been, among the major influential industries in the World. Despite the economic instability that might prevail at times in different parts of the world, tourism has a steady annual growth. In times of economic crises, tourism can withstand big economic shocks and in fact, it can be used as a vehicle for economic development. Needless to mention the importance of tourism into direct and indirect employment; into foreign exchange earnings; into public and private income; into cultural exchange; and into publicity of the country. The list of benefits emanating from tourism activity is non-exhaustive.
In many countries, the tourism industry is characterized by shortages in people at the top end of the scale who will be well equipped to take the industry forward. It is well documented that in many parts of the world, the hospitality industry lacks visionary management, whilst at the same time; there is abundance of skilled front-line employees.
This world class integrated programme is explicitly designed at preparing future professionals to strategically manage the challenges in contemporary tourism and hospitality. Through this programme, participants will:
review and critically analyze current issues and trends in hospitality and tourism,
gain appropriate knowledge of complex tourism related issues and examine the role of tourism in the international context,
engage in an array of modules which cover a broad spectrum of specialized knowledge topics (including, sustainable management, planning and development, destination management, strategic hospitality operations and management, service quality management, marketing management and consumer behavior, organizational behavior and human resources, financial management and business analytics),
build a solid foundation upon which they will combine strategic thinking with creativity, knowledge and practical skills,
investigate, critically analyze and synthesize primary and secondary sources of information,
conduct research in hospitality and tourism.
The Master programme in "International Hospitality and Tourism Management" is offered in the English language.
The same is programme is offered in the Greek language. More information about the Greek programme can be found HERE
EUROPEAN CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM - ECTS
For the successful completion of the Master programme, students must follow and successfully pass examinations in six (6) compulsory Modules (credited with 10 ECTS per module) as well as successfully complete the Master’s Thesis module (credited with 30 ECTS).
Students are required to prepare two written assignments in each Module under the supervision and guidance of a tutor and if they gain the necessary grades they become eligible to participate in the final exams.
The University's academic year begins in mid-September and ends in June, with the final written exams at the end of each Semester, i.e. January and May.
The selection of 30 ECTS per semester is equivalent to full-time, whereas the selection of less than 30 ECTS per semester is considered as part-time.
IHT 511 - Hospitality Management -10 ECTS
IHT 512 - Accounting and Finance for the Hospitality Industry -10 ECTS
IHT 513 - Tourism Management-10 ECTS
The above modules are offered only in the first semester. Part time students may take the above modules only during the first semester of each academic year.
IHT 521 - Hospitality and Tourism Marketing - 10 ECTS
IHT 522 - Alternative and Special Interest Forms of Tourism -10 ECTS
IHT 523 - Hospitality Human Resources Management -10 ECTS
The above modules are offered only in the second semester. Part time students may take the above modules only during the second semester of each academic year.
IHT 701Α - Master Thesis Ι- 10 ECTS
IHT 701Β- Master Thesis ΙΙ- 20 ECTS
The Master Thesis can only be taken after the successful completion of five modules of Semesters 1 and 2 (511,512,513,521,523).
Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from a valid/recognized higher education institution.
All candidates must have a very good knowledge of the English language in order to be successfully attend the programme.
Competency in the use of computers.
Prior specific knowledge (academic and/or experience related) in the fields of hospitality and tourism, is not essential
The Master programme in International Hospitality and Tourism Management seeks to attract those people who are already employed in industry and wish to enhance their qualifications and progress to higher levels of authority. Furthermore, anyone with genuine interest in the fascinating world of tourism and hospitality can join the programme.
An array of employment opportunities within the tourism, leisure and hotel industries are available, offering dream opportunities for highly qualified professionals who excel at customer service and have passion for attention to detail. Employment opportunities are quite plentiful covering a broad spectrum of direct or indirect travel, tourism, leisure, and hotel related jobs in the following industry sectors:
Hotel, Leisure, Recreation, Gaming, Conferences, Food and Beverage, Entertainment
Regional and National tourism boards
Destination management positions
Travel and tour operation management,
Travel marketing, Online Travel
Airline, Airport and Cruise Management
The tuition fees for each Module (Thematic Unit) amount to 670€, while for the Master Thesis I & II amount to 1980€.
The tuition fees for the completion of the Master programme in "International Hospitality and Tourism Management" amount to 6,000€.
For the academic year 2016-2017, the University's Governing Board has approved a 10% reduction of the tuition fees of each Module
For the academic year 2016-2017, the application period is from 15 March 2016 until 09 May 2016.
Applications are only filled in and submitted electronically, through the University's website.