Master in International Hospitality Management

School of Hospitality

School of Hospitality

About The Programme

Hospitality is a growing industry that continually innovates to meet the demands of global customers. As the Master in International Hospitality Management represents the service industry, which is evidently growing in advanced economies, this programme will open doors to numerous specialised fields. The Master in International Hospitality Management (MIHM) is curated to meet the constantly evolving hospitality industry needs. Graduates of the MIHM will be equipped with the industry insights, inter-disciplinary knowledge, global management styles and strategic decision-making, techniques, preparing individuals for managerial roles in hospitality and tourism.

In this programme you can expect critical discussions concerning emerging issues and key principles from international dimensions with regards to hospitality management. Students can also expect thorough yet in-depth research studies comprising planning, organisational insight, strategy, and data analyses at a higher-level, crucial to the development and innovation of the industry.




“The great experience during my undergraduate programme has encouraged me to pursue the Master programme at the School of Hospitality and Service Management. I am confident to join this new programme as I trust the lecturers and the administrative staff of the School. They have always provided their kind assistance as well as professional advice. The School also provides state-of-the-art resources, in terms of facilities and any related software. Even during the MCO period, I was still able to attain fruitful learning and received a lot of information. The teaching and learning were not narrowed to academic perspective only, but also extends to updated industry practices. This enables me to have a deeper understanding and expands my knowledge even though I am not an industry player. I believe that I can do better in the future with what I learn during this Master programme.”

- Khoo Ke Xin, Purchasing - Twinsup Industrial Supply Sdn Bhd

“It has been an honour to be part of the very first cohort of students for the inaugural Master in International Hospitality Management programme at the School of Hospitality and Service Management, Sunway University. It was not a difficult decision to return to where I obtained my bachelor's degree, knowing the quality of the education provided. However, pursuing a specialization can be daunting, but the academic staff's constant support has reaffirmed my commitment and passion for the industry. The experiences and lessons imparted to me have led me to successfully complete a management trainee program and succeed in my role as a duty manager. Most importantly, the programme developed my critical analysis and problem-solving skills and prepared me to look at situations from different perspectives with added insights from academic and industrial experts. The experience helps me stand out amongst my peers and allows me to be efficient and innovative in the workplace. At the Master's level, students are encouraged to discuss and debate with professors, lecturers, and peers and defend decision-making with factual reasoning. Research-wise, I was readily prepared with research methodologies and techniques that enabled me to produce a research paper that I am proud of. Additionally, the habit of research has helped me find new solutions in my workplace. Last but not least, being the student representative of this postgraduate programme, I can confidently say that the programme will allow individuals to accomplish their ambitions and goals. A word of advice - no one can take your experience and knowledge away from you and those are greatest assets. ”

- Ng Kok Ann


January, April & September



1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)


International Hospitality Management Preview Session

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Bursaries and Scholarships Available

Sunway University Taught Masters Scholarship
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SHSM Service Industry Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies
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Alumni Bursary
Applicable to Sunway University & Sunway College (VUBB)'s Degree Graduates: 30% off total tuition fee


Career Prospects

  • Management and leadership roles in the service sector industries
  • Regional General Manager / Operations Director / Executive
  • Business Development Manager
  • Hospitality education in the further and higher education sectors
  • Destination planner
  • International liaison for market development
  • Market surveys / Market Intelligence Manager
  • Consultant for the service sector and business start-ups
  • International planner for events / projects


Programme Structure: 9 Modules and 1 Research Project

  • Marketing Innovation for Hospitality Business
  • Competitive Strategies for Hospitality Business
  • Research Methods for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Brand Management for Hospitality Business
  • Global Food Management
  • Leadership for Hospitality Business
  • Advanced Revenue Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Hospitality
  • Events Planning and Management
  • Hospitality Research Project


Areas of Research

  • Hospitality management
  • Hotel studies
  • Tourism and hospitality service marketing
  • Heritage and culture tourism
  • Tourism and hospitality human resources management
  • Branding and promotions in tourism and hospitality
  • Sustainability in tourism and hospitality
  • Culinary studies
  • Halal food studies
  • Business travel and MICE
  • Green events
  • Communication in event studies


Entry Requirement

Bachelor’s Degree

A recognised Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 out of 4.00 or equivalent from a recognised institution of higher education, as accepted by the University’s Senate;
A Bachelor’s degree with CGPA of below 2.50 out of 4.00 or its equivalent qualification can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years of working experience in relevant field.

Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


English Language Requirements

IELTS                         6.0
TOEFL                        600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based)
PTE Academic            70 overall