Overview

The MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management Programme is being offered by the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University. The programme provides expertise in tourism with a practical orientation related to management and strategic issues in the fast-evolving tourism sector at the national and international level. Greece provides the ideal place to study Hospitality and Tourism and more specifically, Thessaloniki, which has been at the crossroads of many different cultures and a student metropolis. The courses are taught exclusively in English.

The IHU MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management is designed to:

  • Enable students to acquire the expertise and develop the skills for the acquisition and application of integrated solutions for the effective management of tourist enterprises in a highly competitive international environment with an emphasis on the management and economic activity of the tourist industry as well as environmental issues related to the tourism sector.
  • Develop skills and expertise targeted at effective decision-taking and critical assessment of issues concerning management in the specific sector and also to provide practical orientation related to management and strategic issues in the fast-evolving tourism sector at the national and international level.
  • Enable students to acquire the knowledge required for the strategic planning of enterprises and organisations concerning their compliance with environmental legislation; in general teach them how to minimize the environmental impact of their operation on the environment through voluntary activities.
  • Enhance students’ self-awareness and self-confidence through the acquisition of knowledge and practical skills in disciplines related to tourism management.
  • The terms with the core courses aim to lay solid analytical foundations in all areas related to hospitality and tourism. During the electives period, students are encouraged to deepen their knowledge and specialise in more specific areas, through four courses. A choice of a dissertation or a consulting project concludes the programme.

Some interesting points

Tourism | one of the fastest growing industries in the world
The tourism industry is becoming extremely important to most countries’ economic growth. Tourism creates and sustains jobs, brings new business, and contributes to the quality of life, which constitutes the key to development and prosperity. According to the World Tourism Organization, International tourism is expected to increase by 3.3% per year in the period between 2010 and 2030.

Greece | the ideal place to study Hospitality and Tourism
Steadily and traditionally recognized as one of the most popular leisure destinations, Greece provides the ideal place to study Hospitality and Tourism as you can find every type of tourist facility, a rich cultural heritage, some of the most stunning beaches in the world, and impressive mountain ranges. According to SETE, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, and the World Travel &smp; Tourism Council, Greek tourism contributes 16.3% to GDP and is expected to employ nearly 850,000 people by 2024.

Thessaloniki | a World Heritage City with a large student community
Recognized by UNESCO as one of the most important cities in the history of mankind, Thessaloniki combines a fresh, dynamic outlook with a leading international reputation. Home to Greece’s largest student population, Thessaloniki qualifies as a student and cultural metropolis. Built between the sea and the mountain, Thessaloniki has been at the crossroads of many different cultures, constituting a truly cosmopolitan city in South-East Europe. The growth and diversity of the tourism industry has driven companies and organisations to seek out and hire skilled, dynamic, flexible and international-oriented managers.

Official Government Gazette:

Re-establishment PDF (in Greek)
Regulation PDF (in Greek)

Key facts

Start date: November 2020

Application deadline: 1 November 2020 or until places are filled

Campus: Thermi, Thessaloniki

Duration/Mode:
2 years part-time/weekdays evenings either face-to-face or by distance learning or a combination of both

Recognition and Partnerships:
The programme runs under the auspices of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) and forges partnerships with the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

Taught language:
English

Entry requirements:
An undergraduate degree from a recognised University

Language requirements:
IELTS (academic 6.5 and above), TOEFL (IBT, 90 and above) or TOEIC (850 and above) score, or a recognised by the Greek State certificate of proficiency in English

Fees:
5,000€ (total)

How to apply:
Programme announcement (en+gr)

Testimonials
Dimitris Efthyvoulou
MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management
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I had the opportunity to extend my networking within the hospitality sector and explore possibilities for future cooperation.

Who can apply

To be considered for the programme, candidates are required to have:

  • an undergraduate degree from a recognized University
  • proof of English competence [a recognised certificate of proficiency, recently acquired IELTS (academic 6.5 and above), or TOEFL (IBT, 90 and above) or TOEIC (850 and above) score]

Course content

The core courses

The core courses ensure that you acquire knowledge of practical concepts and attain skills directly relevant to your career aspirations.

First Year

Second Year

The elective courses

The following list is indicative and continuously updated. Electives may vary from year to year depending on current interest and student demand.

Students choose four courses from the following list according to their interests and their current and future career orientation:

The Dissertation

As part of the MSc programme, students submit an individual project on a subject relating to their studies and career. The topic is chosen by the student with input and advice from a faculty member, who acts as supervisor, working closely with the student. The dissertation is an individual 10,000- word paper of original scientific work, which upon completion is submitted for examination and approval by a three-member committee chaired by the student’s supervisor.

Consulting Project

http://www.ihu.edu.gr/gateway/expertise/sprojects.html
During the last part of the taught terms, students participate in a consulting project relevant to their interests. In groups, students study an actual problem of a particular tourism firm or organisation. Following analysis of the problem, the students prepare and present concrete and practical solution(s).

Activities

Schedule

The duration of the MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management programme is 2 years part-time (from November to April). Teaching takes place on weekday afternoons, either face-to-face or by distance learning or a combination of both. The programme starts every November.

Strategic Partnerships with the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

As part of the MSc, students will have the opportunity to attend the “Integrating Seminars” Series which include talks by Managers from well-known companies related to hospitality and tourism management issues. Also, students will participate in fieldtrips which include sessions with the Directors of Luxury Hotels and Museums and fascinating guided tours. Graduates will be able to meet face-to-face with employers to discuss internships, as well as full-time and part-time employment opportunities.

Fees & Financing

Fees

The programme fees for the MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management is 5000€. The amount is payable in two instalments for the full time mode or in four instalments for the part time mode at the beginning of each semester. The fees are also eligible for financing through LAEK 0,45% – OAED programme.

Deposits

If you have been accepted to a postgraduate programme, you will need to make a payment of the deposit of 500 Euros to secure your place. This amount will count towards the first instalment of your tuition fees. The deposit is non-refundable once you have commenced your studies at the IHU. Prior to that, a refund can be made but a 20% administrative fee will be retained. The deposit can be paid by bank transfer or bank draft. Credit card payments can be made through electronic banking (contact your Bank as handling fees may apply).

Scholarships

The School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics offers a number of scholarships for the programmes it offers, covering a significant proportion of the fees. These scholarships are competitive. Award criteria include the quality of the first degree, the undergraduate grades of the candidate, his/her command of the English language and overall profile. Candidates for scholarships should include a separate letter with their application documents in which they request to be considered for a scholarship, stating the reasons why they think they qualify.

Programme announcement – Admissions

Next MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management class starts in November 2020. Interested parties are invited to submit their application by November 1st 2020 or until places are filled, by following instructions at the page ‘Apply to UCIPS’.

Programme announcement (English)

Programme announcement (Greek)

Ideal career path

The programme is designed for those who are aiming for a career in travel, tourism or related industries. The programme supports students and professionals who aim for careers in:

  • Tourism business
  • Government agencies
  • Museums/Heritage centers
  • Travel agencies
  • Event management
  • Real estate

The Careers Office of the International Hellenic University provides students with focused events, access to career information, vacancy information, career fairs, Erasmus opportunities and internships.

Location

The MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management takes place in the facilities of the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University in Thermi-Thessaloniki.

Contact

Postal address:
School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics
Department of School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics
University Center of International Programmes of Studies
14th km Thessaloniki – Nea Moudania 570 01 Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece

Tel: +30 2310 807 526/529

Email: infoseba@ihu.edu.gr