Master of Business Administration - Hospitality Management MBA

Postgraduate (1 year, 2 years full-time, part-time)

ARU London

May, September, January

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Learn to respond effectively to the challenges of the modern hospitality sector. Our MBA will give you an opportunity to develop strategic leadership expertise and skills.

Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.

Full description


The course is designed for hospitality professionals who are in management, or executive management positions, and who are seeking to broaden their strategic leadership expertise.

The academic experience provided to you on this course ensures the development of a number of your key transferable skills, such as team working, presentation, analytical, critical evaluation, benchmarking, appreciation of diversity and cross- cultural management plus the synthesise of theory and practice. To supplement this effort, guest presentations by a variety of successful hospitality management business people will add to your knowledge and provides insights to the practical challenges associated with working in the industry.

During your studies there will be the opportunity to participate in the ARUL Employability Scheme with the specific objective of enhancing your future employment prospects. This includes CV workshops, interview techniques, career counselling and visits from prospective employers.

While studying on the programme students will be registered as Associate Members of the Institute of Hospitality with corresponding professional benefits. Moreover, this MBA (Hospitality management) will provide you with the opportunity to progress to a DBA or PhD.

Modules & assessment

  • Strategic Management in a Global Context
    The module focuses on the managerial, multi-business, multi-industry, multicultural, and multinational complexities of achieving and sustaining competitive advantage. The overarching goal of the module is to have students demonstrate their capacity to develop and execute organisational strategies in actual or simulated business situations. A key feature of this module will be the use of a business simulation as a problem based learning vehicle for student cognitive development.


Assessment is through a combination of assignments designed to have a strong practical and professional orientation and will enable you to develop a range of strategic leadership skills.
Your learning culminates with a Major Project Report based on identifying and developing solutions to a strategic aspect of your own hospitality organisation, or the hospitality sector.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Where can I study?

ARU London

Our campus in the City of London offers courses in business, management and accountancy.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU Students 2019/20 (total cost)


How do I pay my fees?

UK students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us.

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Entry requirements

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Applicants must:

  • have the equivalent of a UK first degree at 2:2 or above plus relevant experience
  • have previously been taught in English and have sufficient command of English to undertake postgraduate study, or have an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 or better.

If you have completed a bachelors degree or an equivalent non-UK qualification and did not achieve our required grades for entry, but can demonstrate that your life/work skills would make you suitable, you should still consider applying.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

Studying during COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic all our students can choose to study face to face on campus or online only, and students are able to change their mode of delivery at given dates throughout the trimester.

For on campus teaching, we offer at least four hours of face to face teaching-related contact time per week for our undergraduate full-time programmes, supported by online learning using our established online learning systems. The number of contact hours varies course by course, and you can contact us for further information. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering face to face teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment.

In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place within the UK due to the pandemic, we may need to move some courses online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.

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