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"UWIC - one of the leading new universities"
The Sunday Times Newspaper University Guide, 2000

The Welsh School of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Management
UWIC (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) is one of the leading vocational universities in the United Kingdom. One of its more prestigious departments is the Welsh School of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management, which is the largest of its kind in Wales and one of the largest in the whole of Britain. The school has over 800 students and 30 full-time academic staff.
The School was recently ranked amongst the top five universities in Britain and first amongst all the universities in Wales in the Research Assessment Exercise. The School has five senior researchers including one professor and two University of Wales readers. Industrial Links The School works very closely with a number of industrial partners. The Wales Tourist Board is a long-term partner, and has based its South East Wales section at the university campus. Businesses such as Hilton Hotels regularly employ graduates from the school. The school also employs visiting lecturers from various companies to give students greater experience of the industry. Most of the undergraduate courses require students to spend up to a year on an industrial placement, giving them full practical knowledge of their field of study before they graduate. Students have undertaken placements in companies such as the Celtic Manor resort in Newport, which will host golf’s Ryder Cup in 2010. The school hosted the international interdisciplinary research conference, Tourism Research 2002, which indicates the international reputation of the school. Located on-campus is the university’s own training restaurant, the Celtic Suite Restaurant. This facility provides the perfect opportunity for students to practice their skills. It is open to the general public and also is used on a regular basis for a series of public dinners that the university hosts.

Undergraduate Courses The school has a wide range of expertise and runs undergraduate courses in the following subjects : • BA (Hons) Hospitality Management* • BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management* • HND Hospitality Management • HND Culinary Management • BA (Hons) Leisure and Sports Management • HND Leisure and Sports Management • BA (Hons) Leisure & Tourism Facility Management+ • BA (Hons) Tourism Studies+ • BA (Hons) Tourism Management+ • HND Tourism Management Studies
*Denotes a four-year course, one year of which is a industrial placement +Denotes a three or four-year course, depending on an optional one year industrial placement

For full details of the undergraduate programme, students should refer to the undergraduate prospectus or visit the UWIC webpage at Course Fees For 2003/2004, courses will cost £7,500 per year for international students. Where a student is required to take a one-year industrial placement, the full fee will not be required to be paid for that year. However, as the industrial placement is an assessed part of the course, an administration fee of approximately £1,500 will be payable.

Further information Students can find specific information on the School’s website at : or via email at : General Entry Requirements Students should apply via UWIC’s International Office using the international student application form. This form is available on request, or online at Applications will be considered on an individual basis but we would expect all applicants to have graduated from their own country’s secondary school system. We welcome applications from foundation year students. We also require appropriate English Language skills, and students will be expected to have a minimum level of IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 570 or equivalent.

Postgraduate Programme The school offers both a taught and research-based postgraduate programme. The taught masters courses available are : • M.Sc. Hospitality Management • M.Sc. Leisure Management • M.Sc. Tourism Management The full Masters course consists of a total of nine modules. The three courses all follow the same core route. The 4 core modules are designed to provide insights into the issues and research within hospitality, tourism and leisure industries. The additional 2 modules are in the form of a double module reflecting the student’s choice of course. There are no elective modules. Learning for Competitive Advantage (Research Methods) This module aims to introduce the student to Masters level study and to improve their capability to systematically inquire into the hospitality, tourism and leisure management industries. There is a strong emphasis here to apply research techniques and approaches to industry-based problems. Contextualising Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Here the student will be studying contemporary management issues in hospitality, tourism and leisure industries, locating them in the wider social, political and economic context. The emphasis within this module is to examine current practice and use published sources to capture the current applications necessary in the workplace. Managing in a Changing Environment This module aims to evaluate the major trends in environmental change. It will include a review of the nature and role of strategic development and planning in conditions of change. It will assess the impact of environmental change on organizational structure and culture, and appreciate the development of globalisation. It will also include the examination of changes in industry structures and the basis of competition and to develop knowledge of effective change management. Strategic management of Human Resources This module aims to establish the characteristics of management that will bring about the effective use of the resources within an organisation, to explore the systems and processes that will enable the manager to integrate the human resources within the strategic needs of the organisation. Human Resource management and development needs to be understood within the strategic framework of the organisation. To specialise, students then complete ONE of the following double modules • Hospitality Management • Leisure Management • Tourism Management The aim of the double module is to offer the student the opportunity to engage with the key themes of the course within the context of their specialism. The central themes of the course including quality, sustainability, partnership and innovation are all studied in relation to the hospitality, tourism or leisure industries. The financial and legal aspects are included within this specialist module to give students significant insights into current practice. Dissertation The dissertation should be 16,000 – 20,000 words and makes up the final 3 modules for the MSc. It is intended to provide students with the opportunity to work independently in an area of specific interest and therefore providing an opportunity to develop a specialism. The student works independently but is supported by their supervisor throughout. Industrial visits In order to translate theory into practise visits are inseparable from the teaching programme. Recent visits include the ITB in Berlin, which is the world’s largest tourism fair and the Celtic Manor Hotel Resort just 10 miles away. Course Duration The course starts in September. The taught aspect of the course finishes in June, and the dissertation should be completed by the following September. Students may choose not to submit a dissertation, and may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) provided that all other aspects of the course are completed successfully. Course Fees The programme costs £7,500 for the period of study. This price does not include the cost of any industrial study visits that the student may wish to undertake. Contact Details The International Office, PO Box 377, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2SG, United Kingdom. Tel: + 44 (0) 29 20416045 Fax: + 44 (0) 29 20416928 email:

Applications • Applicants should be over the age of 21 and have a good first degree. The degree does not have to be in a related subject although it would be an advantage. • We can accept applications from students with no formal degree if the student is over the age of 25 and has significant work experience within the industry. • We would also require students to have a level of English Language equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 570. For further information or an application form, students should contact the International Office at the address overleaf or at

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