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Bachelor of Science (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Awarded by University of Sunderland, UK)

About the Course
Course Curriculum
International Application
Local Application

Objectives

  • The programme focuses in providing the underpinning knowledge of business and the specialist knowledge that is required within the industry and hospitality industries. The blend of academic and vocational skills will enhance employability and also allow progression to professional qualifications
  • The programme recognises the need for graduates to be pro-active and versatile in ways in which they approach new problems and opportunities working from a sound foundation knowledge of tourism and hospitality management and development issues
  • Graduates will possess generic competencies which will enable them to acquire career positions in the tourism and hospitality industries or in the broader service sector of the economy

Assessment Methods

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods including workshops, lectures, practical projects, seminars, fieldwork and work-based learning. Each module will be assessed through a combination of individual and group practicals, presentations, written assignments, learning logs, evaluations and/ or written examinations.

Graduation 

Students who have successfully completed and passed the examinations for Year 1 & 2 modules, and the internship programme may exit with the Foundation Degree in Travel & Tourism, awarded by University of Sunderland, UK. Students who have successfully completed and fulfilled all the requirements of the degree programme will be awarded the Bachelor of Science (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management by the University of Sunderland, UK. In addition, graduates from the programme are entitled to use the designatory title BSc (Hons).

University Details

The University of Sunderland is an innovative, forward-thinking university with high standards of teaching, research and support that sits at the heart of one of the UK's most up-and-coming cities. We have strong industry links and work closely with some of the world's leading companies. Testament to our growing reputation, the University was nominated for University of the Year in 2012 (Times Higher Education Awards)

Our Faculty of Business and Law is recognised worldwide; with students from over 70 countries and a presence on three continents, we are playing a major role in preparing tomorrow’s leaders for long and succesful careers.
The Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Events deliver high-quality programmes with a focus on meeting the needs of one of the world’s fastest growing industries. Our courses focus on applied learning, influenced by the latest research in the field, something which is demonstrated by Sunderland’s World-Leading research status for Tourism (Latest RAE exercise)

Our programmes are highly regarded in terms of student experience, teaching standards and relevance to the real world. This has been recognised in the National Student Survey 2012, where Tourism at Sunderland was voted best in the UK for Overall Satisfaction.

We believe that employability is at the heart of the university experience, and this is underpinned by the drive to develop six key attributes in our graduates: capable, enquiring, creative, enterprising, ethical and global in outlook.
Whatever your future ambitions, make a life-changing decision by choosing to study at the University of Sunderland.

Testimonials

Rebecca Ong
The internship programme definitely opened doors of opportunities for me in my chosen field and made me rethink a lot of things. Now, it has broadened my perspective that it does not matter if we start at the bottom of the hierarchy, for as long as you put your heart into the work, work hard, have great time management, and with a little luck, success will certainly come your way!

Tuan Tang
MDIS was first recommended by a friend of mine who is Singaporean and had finished his post graduate at the school before. I was then looking for information about the school reputation and was very impressed that MDIS is very well-known for the ‘life long learning’ slogan that has attracted more than 12000 students from Singapore and more than 50 countries in the world. Before making my decision to choose MDIS as a destination to achieve an internationally recognised degree. The wonderful campus facilities, suitable courses offered as well as interesting activities organised for students, have won my favour and positive thinking about MDIS since then.

 

 

University of Sunderland, UK

The University of Sunderland places its 20,000 students at the heart of everything it does, providing life changing opportunities for a diverse and vibrant learning community.

Sunderland is an internationally connected university, with 18 educational partners in 12 countries. Almost a third of our students study for a Sunderland degree off-campus in their own country – meaning the University is regarded as a pioneer in transnational education. In addition our international reach is growing and we attract students to Sunderland and to the University of Sunderland in London from over 100 countries.

The University is acknowledged as one of the UK’s top providers of Transnational Education with over 6,500 students studying for University of Sunderland academic awards with quality assured partners in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Botswana, Germany, Kenya, Uzbekistan and Trinidad.
Our student support and research-informed curriculum mean learners develop the skills and flexibility employers are looking for, and the behaviours and values that contribute towards social responsibility and citizenship.

Our research has been classed as 'world leading' in 10 subjects and 'internationally excellent' in an additional three subjects, by the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).

 

Foundation Degree in Travel & Tourism (Year 1 & 2)

 

International Tourism Development

The aim is to provide a course of study, which will enable the student to understand, interpret and apply tourism definitions and concepts. The emphasis will be on the impact tourism makes on physical and human environments and how the need for sustainability is essential for all future developments. The nature and role of the visitor product will be investigated.

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Fieldwork I

This module will introduce students to a variety of research methods, data interpretation techniques and reporting skills essential to fieldwork analysis. Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to reflect upon, assimilate and synthesise a range of travel, tourism and hospitality knowledge and apply it to a ‘real-world’ situation. Students will also be able to demonstrate an ability to carry out the fundamentals of empirical travel, tourism and hospitality field research.

Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Information

This unit will allow students to identify, locate and discuss a range of information and ideas relating to tourism, travel and hospitality. Students will be able to attain knowledge of the abstraction of tourism, travel and hospitality information from the World Wide Web, and achieve an understanding of graphs and the graphical presentation of tourism, travel and hospitality information using EXCEL. Inclusive are discussions on appropriate strategies and techniques for a range of learning and presentation skills, including information gathering, critical reading, note taking, essay writing, verbal presentations, exam preparation and group work knowledge. Students will also be asked to maintain a student progress file.

Travel and Hospitality Environments

The objective is to provide students with an understanding of the structure, regulatory and economic environments within which the travel, tourism and hospitality industry operates. It highlights the significance of the industry to global and national economies, and sets the present day situation within a historical context.

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Human Resources

This unit enables learners to investigate and evaluate the key elements of human resource management in relation to the strategic and operational needs of travel and tourism organisations. This will involve an introduction to, and rationale for, management strategies; the key management processes related to human resource management including recruitment induction, training and termination, staff training and development and their relationships to organisational goals, reward structures within the travel and tourism industry and the relationship between these and personnel processes.

Travel and Tourism Operations Management

The aim is to introduce students to key management principles and provide the opportunity to learn how to use them in the management of tasks in travel and tourism organisations. This will require further investigations into the structure and organisation of the industry, industry cultures, theories of management and leadership styles applied to travel and tourism. There will be opportunities to apply problem-solving techniques to real-world case studies. Theories, structures and application of quality control will also be examined.

Travel and Tourism Work Placement

The objective of the internship is to assist students in synthesising the theoretical and analytical content within the practice environment of travel, tourism and hospitality. Through this, students will be able to develop abilities to take responsibility for and demonstrate initiative for their own learning experience. Credits will be gained for the learning achieved as part of the placement activity, and students will reflect upon and learn from the experience. Upon successful completion of the internship, students will be able to comprehend the aims of the chosen organisation, its structure and customer relations, as well as the methods used to achieve organisational objectives. In addition, students will acquire the necessary group and team dynamics related specifically to the placement experience, and develop the relevant experiential learning theory and application. Students will be asked to maintain a student progress file for discussion purposes and the internship will allow students the opportunity to enhance their written and oral communication skills, time management skills, and ability to work independently and with others.

Managing Finance for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

The aim is to provide the process and skills required to understand financial information, encompassing principally the comprehension, investigation and interpretation of the key elements, structures and processes of financial accounts, the principles and practices of budgetary control, costing and financial planning, assimilation and evaluation of key business variables like cost, profit, volume and factors influencing profit whilst identifying the foreign exchange markets and key variables affecting them. The impact of foreign exchange markets upon organisations in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors will also be looked into. In addition, this module will emphasise on management accounting, focusing on the principles and practices and analysing and comparing management accounting across different travel, tourism and hospitality organisations.

International Marketing for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

This module will introduce students to the key principles, concepts and functions of marketing applied to the travel, tourism and hospitality industry whilst identifying the key factors affecting marketing environment in each sector. Upon successful completion of this module, students will have learnt the principles, concepts, key characteristics, the role, rationale and primary functions of marketing within travel, tourism and hospitality organisations, as well as recognising the functional and operational aspects of marketing at a strategic level. Students will learn to define through the marketing mix, definition, key components, role of each component within overall strategies, marketing and advertising for the travel, tourism and hospitality industries, and the strategic marketing plan. More significantly, students must be able to explain and analyse the components and role of the marketing mix within an overall marketing strategy and be able to plan an advertising campaign for a travel, tourism or hospitality organisation.

Research Methods for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

This unit will allow students to attain knowledge of ethnography and participant observation, and perform content, textual and discourse analysis. Furthermore, students will learn the finer points of fieldwork preparation, methods, health and safety, and achieve an understanding of questionnaire design and administration. Students will also be trained in the collection of samples and sampling, statistical testing, and the process of data analysis. Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have gained an in-depth comprehension of both qualitative and quantitative data collection methodologies, as well as the ability to conduct methods of qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Students’ ability to communicate concepts and analysis in written form will be enhanced.

Law for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

The objective is to provide students with an insight of the laws affecting the travel and tourism industry, together with the underpinning knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework. The key legal areas highlighted will include employment law, health and safety legislation, data protection, consumer protection, passenger transport operations and law, and accommodation services law. At the end of the module, students will be able to discuss on laws relating to the carriage of passengers and explain the legal and regulatory framework of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry.

Travel and Tourism Management Independent Study

This module provides an opportunity for students to explore areas of their programme of study that are not part of the formal curriculum or to examine in more depth and at greater length issues and ideas that are introduced in other modules. Students will receive guidance and training in devising a proposal, information gathering and presentation techniques. Upon successful completion, students will be able to devise and employ a research proposal and a learning contract, examine a coherent topic, issue or theme pertaining to travel and tourism, and analyse a range of secondary and primary information, literature and data relating to travel and tourism topics. In addition, students will develop more confidence in taking responsibility for their own learning and in managing a significant piece of independent research.

BSc (Hons) International Tourism & Hospitality Management (Final Year)

 

Strategic Planning for Tourism and Leisure *

This unit will allow students to express the rationale for visitor industry planning and be able to utilise and evaluate standard techniques and approaches to strategic visitor industry development. Students will also be able to apply the principles and practice of marketing at the strategic level and draw upon a range of approaches when formulating appropriate strategies. Upon completion, a working knowledge of the practical constraints associated with strategic planning for tourism in a mixed economy will be achieved.

Urban Tourism

The urban environment has only recently been re-discovered as a tourist destination. Tourist arrivals in cities are constantly growing and increasingly more research has been undertaken to investigate the phenomenon of urban tourism. This module will provide students with an insight into the characteristics of urban tourism and allow them to identify and critically evaluate the nature and role of specific components of the visitor product provided by urban destinations. Furthermore, students will be able to define and discuss the characteristics of visitors to urban destinations and debate on management and marketing features distinct to urban sites. Upon completion, students can conduct independent research; demonstrate skills of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and application in dealing with concepts and data within the fields of urban tourism, as well as present research results in professional and creative ways.

E-Tourism

The relations between IT and tourism, and a fundamental understanding of both backgrounds and how they come together; decision support systems, travel recommendation systems and destination systems; body and layout of different travel websites; Internet and the tourism search and decision process; evaluation methods (qualitative and quantitative) of websites, with a special focus on travel websites; mobile technologies and tourism; (tourism) management systems.

International Hospitality Management

International Hospitality Management will cover many aspects of the hospitality industries and aims to critically evaluate contemporary issues in hospitality management, the impact of globalisation on strategic hospitality management and traditional approaches to management in the hospitality industries. This module will enable students to communicate their ideas in written form.

International Tourism and Hospitality Management Major Project

This module facilitates the design and implementation of a significant piece of primary research on a topic of interest in International Tourism and Hospitality Management.
Students will be able to demonstrate the capacity for independent thought and analysis in the critical application of appropriate theory to an empirical problem within the field of international tourism and hospitality management related to the development of tourism/leisure product or the market basis for such a product. In addition, students will also be able to design and formulate a piece of independent empirical research or an empirically-informed product, and critically review and appraise the appropriate literature in tourism and hospitality.

Upon completion, the capabilities to collect, analyse, interpret and present primary data and other information will be developed, and students will be able to draw conclusions from their research projects which follow logically from the literature review, document search and data collection processes. A capacity and proficiency to present research in written and visual forms in a clear, relevant and accurate manner will be acquired and demonstrated.

This major project will include 10 hours of supervision and students should commence on the project at the same time as the first and second modules of the programme in Year 3.

Applied Research Methods for the Hospitality Sector

The Applied Research Methods for the Hospitality Sector module is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of applied research methodology and design with particular application to research undertaken in the hospitality sector. A range of quantitative and qualitative research methods are discussed and critically assessed with the view to give students the confidence, critical understanding and skills to enable them to embark on their own research project. The module also aims to provide a basis for informed judgements about research methods that hospitality professionals need in order to be able to evaluate different types of research e.g. academic, policy, market, consultancy, evaluative. Topics that are covered in the module include: the purpose of research, types of research, research design, ethical considerations, research proposals, research process, case study research, action research, sampling, questionnaire design, statistical tests, ethnography, interview design, visual methodologies, textual analysis, data collection, processing and analysis, presenting research findings.

* A recent programme modification for the BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management was approved by the University of Sunderland through our quality management processes to add an additional module (Applied Research Methods for the Hospitality Sector) to the programme. This covers particular applications of research methods to the hospitality sector. We anticipate that this new module will impact positively on student achievement for only those without prior research methods experience, and that it will have particular relevance to the research project. This addition means that the core module Strategic Planning for Tourism and Leisure is now also an optional module, the two modules being alternatives to each other.

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 100 (lecture)

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 40 (tutorial)

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Structure and Duration

 

Full-Time Programme (for International students only)

  • Duration of 32 months, inclusive of 6 months internship
  • 3 modules per term over a period of 7 terms

* Subjected to University Approval

Commencement Date

Course Commencement Date Completion Date
32-Months Full-Time Programme (Year 1 - 3) Jan 2014 Jul 2016
  May 2014 Dec 2016
8-Months Full-Time Programme (Final Year) Jan 2014  
  May 2014 Dec 2014

Fees:
 

: : Application Fee       S$321.00

: : Tuition Fees            S$35,310.00

* All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
* Non-tuition fees are not included.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must possess one of the following entrance requirements:

  • Other relevant diplomas from recognised polytechnics or other Private Education Institutes (PEIs)

    OR

  • Mature candidates (> 21 years of age with appropriate work experience)
  • Other qualifications from professional institutes may be considered on a case-by-case basis

Other equivalent qualification may be considered on a case by case basis

Additional Criteria

All applicants must also possess a minimum C6 grade in English (EL1) at GCE 'O' Level:

  • Completed MDIS Professional Certificate in English (PCIE) test

    OR

  • A minimum of band 6.0 with no sub-band below a score of 5.5 in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) conducted by the British Council

    OR

  • A minimum of 550 points (paper–based) or 213 points (computer-based) or 79 points (Internet – based) in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) conducted by the United States Education & Information Centre

Advanced Standing

Applicants who possess relevant tourism and hospitality qualifications will be able to gain advance standing based on the relevancy obtained and are subjected to the final approval of University of Sunderland.

Such qualifications pertain specifically to relevant diplomas obtained from recognised polytechnics or institutes.

Examples include:

  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
    - Diploma in Tourism & Resort Management
  • Republic Polytechnic
    - Diploma in Hotel and Hospitality Management
    - Diploma in Integrated Events Management
    - Diploma in Customer Relationship and Service Management
    - Diploma in Restaurant and Culinary Operations
    - Diploma in Wellness, Lifestyle and Spa Management
    - Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management
  • Temasek Polytechnic
    - Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management
    - Diploma in Culinary & Catering Management
    - Diploma in Leisure & Resort Management
    - Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Business

To be considered for advanced entry to the BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Year 3), it is necessary to have a diploma equivalent to two years of a UK honours degree in the subject area relevant to the programme.

Students may also be granted advanced standing into the second year of the Foundation Degree based on recognised Diplomas.

The university accepts all internationally-recognised qualifications for entry onto its programmes.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Completed application form that can be obtained from MDIS website or at any of our centres;
  • Certified-true copies of all education certificates and transcripts; and
  • Registration fee (non-refundable)

* Reservations will not be entertained.

MDIS permits students to pay their course fee in instalments. An administrative charge of S$107.00 (inclusive of GST) will be levied on each late instalment payment of the course fee. Fees are payable upon confirmation and acceptance of the place in the programme before the programme commencement. You may pay your fee by cash, NETS, VISA, MasterCard, AMEX or by cheque or through our financial assistance scheme.
If payment is by cheque, please indicate the details of the programme applied for on the back of the cheque, stating clearly you personal particulars and company name. Unless otherwise stated, all fees are inclusive of GST.

A membership fee is applicable upon admission.
Please note that under the Private Education Act, all students will enter into a Fee Protection Scheme contract with MDIS.

Student Pass Application

International student is required to apply for student pass if he/she wishes to study full-time in Singapore. Please click here for more information.

 

Structure and Duration


Full-Time Programme (for Local students only)

  • Duration of 32 months, inclusive of 6 months internship
  • 3 modules per term over a period of 7 terms


Commencement Date

Course Commencement Date Completion Date
32-months Full-Time Programme (Year 1 - 3) Jan 2014 Jul 2016
  May 2014 Dec 2016
23-months Full-Time Programme (Year 2 & 3) Jan 2014 Nov 2015
  May 2014 Mar 2016
8-months Full-Time Programme (Final Year) Jan 2014  
  May 2014 Dec 2014

 

Fees:

  •  Application Fee        S$32.10

Full Time Programme (1 - 3 Years)

  • Tuition Fees             S$31,851.76
  • Non-Tuition Fees      S$805.61
  • Total Fees                S$32,657.37

Full Time Programme (2 - 3 Years)

  • Tuition Fees             S$26,796.01
  • Non-Tuition Fees      S$673.16
  • Total Fees                S$27,469.17

Full Time Programme (Year 3)

  • Tuition Fees             S$15,561.01
  • Non-Tuition Fees      S$512.92
  • Total Fees                S$16,073.93

Note:

  • All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • Non-tuition fees for part time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees and fee protection scheme.
  • Non-tuition fees for full time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees, MDIS experience seminars, medical insurance and fee protection scheme.
  • The above does not include Miscellaneous Fees, which refer to any non-compulsory and non-standard fees which the student will pay only when necessary or applicable.  Such fees are normally collected on an ad-hoc basis by the PEI when the need arises.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must possess one of the following entrance requirements:

  • 2 GCE 'A' Level or equivalent

    OR

  • MDIS Diploma in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management

    OR

  • Other diplomas from recognised polytechnics or other Private Education Institutes (PEIs)

    OR

  • Mature candidates (> 21 years of age with appropriate work experience)
  • Other qualifications from professional institutes may be considered on a case-by-case basis

Other equivalent qualification may be considered on a case by case basis

Additional Criteria

All applicants must also possess a minimum C6 grade in English (EL1) at GCE 'O' Level:

  • Completed MDIS Professional Certificate in English (PCIE) test

    OR

  • A minimum of band 6.0 with no sub-band below a score of 5.5 in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) conducted by the British Council

    OR

  • A minimum of 550 points (paper–based) or 213 points (computer-based) or 79 points (Internet – based) in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) conducted by the United States Education & Information Centre

Advanced Standing

Applicants who possess relevant tourism and hospitality qualifications will be able to gain advance standing based on the relevancy obtained and are subjected to the final approval of University of Sunderland.

Such qualifications pertain specifically to relevant diplomas obtained from recognised polytechnics or institutes.

Examples include:

  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
    - Diploma in Tourism & Resort Management
  • Republic Polytechnic
    - Diploma in Hotel and Hospitality Management
    - Diploma in Integrated Events Management
    - Diploma in Customer Relationship and Service Management
    - Diploma in Restaurant and Culinary Operations
    - Diploma in Wellness, Lifestyle and Spa Management
    - Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management
  • Temasek Polytechnic
    - Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management
    - Diploma in Culinary & Catering Management
    - Diploma in Leisure & Resort Management
    - Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Business

To be considered for advanced entry to the BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Year 3), it is necessary to have a diploma equivalent to two years of a UK honours degree in the subject area relevant to the programme.

Students may also be granted advanced standing into the second year of the Foundation Degree based on recognised Diplomas.

The university accepts all internationally-recognised qualifications for entry onto its programmes.

Financial Assistance Scheme

Student loans from the organisations listed below are available to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. Please contact the organisations directly to find out how you may benefit from their services.

 

  1. STUDY LOANS
     

    Organisation Contact Number Website
    TCC Limited Tel : 6319 3700 www.tcc.org.sg
    DBS Bank Tel : 1800 111 1111 www.dbs.com.sg
    Maybank Tel : 1800 629 2265 www.maybank2u.com.sg

  2. CREDIT CARD INTEREST FREE 0%  INSTALMENT PLANS

    For all programmes (Available in 6, 12 or 24 months)

    Organisation Contact Number Website
    Standard Chartered
    Bank
    Tel : 1800 747 7000 www.standardchartered.com.sg
    DBS Tel : 1800 111 1111 www.dbs.com.sg
    POSB Tel : 1800 339 6666 www.posb.com.sg
    Maybank Tel : 1800 968 2265 www.maybank.com.sg
    UOB Tel : 1800 226 6121 www.uob.com.sg
    OCBC Tel : 1800 363 3333 www.ocbc.com.sg
    Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225 www.citibank.com.sg
    Bank of China Tel : 1800 669 5566 www.bankofchina.com/sg

 

 

 
 
QUICK INFORMATION
Duration of Course | 32 months
Award | DEGREE

COMMENCEMENT DATE  

Class Intake for 2014

For Day Programme
Jan & May

CONTACT DETAILS  

MDIS Dhoby Ghaut  :+65 6372 1000
MDIS Main Campus :+65 6247 9111

 

Local Enquiries
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+65 6278 8000
International Enquiries