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University of Sunderland

100% online MBA with Hospitality Management

Lead the way in hospitality management with an MBA from a global university

Apply By 20 August 2024
To Start 3 September 2024
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Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online MBA within 24 months
  2. 5 star rating for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities*
  3. Top 50 UK University**
  4. Member of AACSB, CABS, EFMD and PRIME
  5. £9,146 total fees, option to pay £762 per module
*QS World University Rankings 2023
**Guardian University Guide 2023
***Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

A hospitality MBA catered to your professional development needs

Careers in the service industry put you at the frontline of delivering an optimal customer experience. Learn how you can help businesses successfully grow and optimise their operations in the highly competitive hospitality sector.

This MBA Hospitality Management MBA is a specialised course designed for those seeking advanced expertise in the hospitality sector. Develop your own critical thinking and the skills needed to form strategic insights and manage effectively in service industry contexts by exploring the sector’s complexity and issues related to ownership and strategic expansion.

You will grow a keen awareness of the operational functions unique to the sector including accommodation, food and beverage, and examine the characteristics of hospitality production and consumption, as well as the importance of branding and consumer behaviour to service development and delivery.

Overall, you’ll gain the understanding needed to make informed decisions in strategic hospitality leadership roles and graduate armed with the knowledge, skills and qualities needed to help steer the success of service industry enterprises on a local, national and global scale.


5 star teaching rating (QS 2019)
95.3% of graduates are in employment within six months of graduating, DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students)
95.3% of graduates are in employment within six months of graduating, DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students)
95.3% of graduates are in employment within six months of graduating, DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students)

An online MBA that puts your progress in your hands

Our MBA Hospitality Management can help you prepare for your future as a service industry leader from anywhere in the world. Taught and delivered completely online, you can work to gain the qualifications and skills you need to progress your career without any on campus requirements.

The course’s design reflects the need for flexibility in completing your studies around important life commitments including full-time work, family and friends, and learn on a wide range of digital devices, at times suitable to you.

You can choose to study part-time, fitting your studies in around your life, or fast-track your career development with full-time study.

Finally, six start dates per year mean you can get started advancing your career within a matter of weeks, no matter what way you choose to study.

Making the grade in teaching, research and skills development

We’re proud of our business school’s research contributions, elements of which have been  recognised as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally important’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021), recognising the work of our academics as leaders in their fields.

Our teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities all make the grade globally too, with five stars in the QS World University Rankings 2023. It is the highest a university can be rated in these areas and a key acknowledgement of our commitment to progressing the careers of students worldwide.

Business graduates from Sunderland have secured roles in organisations such as Facebook, Microsoft, Sage, HSBC, IBM, Enterprise, Nissan, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, Merck & Co, Barclays, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, Viacom 18, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Adidas.

What will you study?

This online MBA Hospitality programme will develop your capacity to lead and manage in hospitality settings, equipping you with an understanding of the complexity of the service sector including ownership and expansion. You will learn about hospitality operations including accommodation, food and beverage, as well as production and consumption and how optimising these can contribute to business success.

You will also develop a broader capacity to lead and manage in other key areas of business environments.

Key knowledge and skills taught on this course:

  • Ownership and strategic expansion in hospitality
  • Current hospitality industry practices and trends
  • International trade
  • Global corporate strategy
  • Operations management
  • Financial management
  • Organisational behaviour and cultural change
  • Big data analytics
  • International marketing

A university with global reach and equipped with the expertise to educate the world’s online learners

The University of Sunderland has been educating students across the globe for over 40 years and our international perspective is brought to life through our campus locations in Hong Kong, Sunderland and London, and partnerships spanning the globe including in the Caribbean, Greece, Kenya, Malaysia, Lanka, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tashkent and Vietnam. We’re proud of our work developing diversity among our learners, who in turn benefit from collaborating and learning together, while building their own international professional networks.

We have a high percentage of international students and have distance learning students from all corners of the globe. We’re also a leader for widening participation in the UK and are 7th in the UK for social inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024)

Our expertise, our cutting-edge technology and our vast experience delivering excellent online learning experiences to global students is key to what sets the University of Sunderland and our online MBA with Hospitality Management apart.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:
  • At least a UK 2.2 undergraduate degree plus a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • A UK master’s degree (or international equivalent) plus a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • A third-class honours degree or an ordinary degree (without honours) or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of three years’ appropriate work experience
  • Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant organisational experience

    The work experience must be at a graduate level, in either a managerial or professional capacity which may include voluntary work, placements, internships, or project management


Total course fees
Per 15-credit module fee

If you are based in the UK, you may be eligible for a government-backed postgraduate loan to cover the full costs of the course.

In addition, if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction on our postgraduate programmes.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £762.