An explosive growth of leisure, travel and tourism over the past decade has led to an inevitable global expansion of the hospitality and tourism industries which has made a significant contribution to national and global economies. This, in turn, has identified the need for well educated and innovative managers. The hospitality and tourism industries have evolved in many different ways and are characterised by growth, diversity, vitality and volatility within an ever-changing world. This course offers you an understanding of the nature of the product itself; an understanding of the political, economic and social context within which the production and consumption of these products and services take place; an understanding of the management and organisations involved in the provision and consumption of hospitality and tourism products and services; and a range of specialist applications and skills such as law, and an understanding of the research process. In Year One you will study a range of modules which provide the opportunity to engage in high-level food service and preparation skills, which will be delivered at the prestigious Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, and hospitality skills with the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, as well as practical tourism skills such as tour group leadership. In Year Two, you will study a range of management modules and you will also receive preparation to enter industry for a challenging six-month internship. This may take place in the UK or overseas. In Year Three, you will study a broad range of management techniques that are contextualised to the successful operation of a hospitality or tourism business. In Year Four, you will study strategic issues and contemporary challenges for managers and complete a dissertation in an area of your choice.