BA (Hons) Hospitality Management and Food Studies

Course summary

This course allows you to develop your technical, supervisory and managerial skills for the hospitality business, with a focus on food-related subjects.

On this course you will learn about the management of hospitality products and services, and we will encourage you to develop a strategic approach to the ever-changing business, economic and social demands placed on the industry.

All of our teaching staff are experienced hospitality practitioners, with many undertaking research, while others are recognised authors.


Course detail

Course overview
This course will help you to develop a strategic approach to the ever-changing business, economic and social demands placed on the industry, while developing your knowledge and skills in food and beverage management. Throughout the course, you will take a range of modules relating to hospitality operations and management. In addition, you will study specific food studies modules and business modules, to help you develop the appropriate business skills to successfully manage a hospitality business.

To complement your academic studies, you will undertake a one year work placement between your second and third years. The work placement can be undertaken in any sector of the hospitality industry, either in the UK or abroad, and will provide you with essential experience and knowledge of working within the industry.


Year One

  • Food and Beverage Service Studies
  • Food Production Operations
  • Rooms Operations
  • Business Environment
  • Personal and Professional Development for Managers
  • Management Information.

Year Two

  • Restaurant and Food Management
  • Food, Culture and Society
  • Management Accounting and Decision-making
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Managing People in Practice.

And one option from:

  • PR and Reputation Management
  • Corporate and Event Management
  • International Beverage Management
  • Applied Science of Modernist Cuisine
  • Diet and Nutrition.

Year Three

  • Service Industries Dissertation
  • Strategic Hospitality Management
  • Contemporary Issues and the Management of Change.

Plus one or two option(s) from:

  • Global Marketing
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Strategic Facilities Management
  • Business Leadership and Professional Development.

And one or both Food option(s) from:

  • Food Policy
  • Food and Beverage Management.

And one Hospitality option (if only one Food option chosen) from:

  • Hospitality Information Technologies Strategy
  • Consultancy Project
  • Hotel Project Management.

Entry requirements

260 UCAS points normally in a minimum of two subject areas, plus GCSE English and Maths at grade A*–C, or equivalent.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


UK fees

Main fee

International (non-UK/EU) fees

Main fee
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Find out more about funding, scholarships and bursaries

Please note that fees given are per academic year unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to change. Costs can increase each year.

How to apply

Tips on applying

Please highlight any customer service skills or experience you have in your personal statement, and tell us why you wish to pursue a career in hospitality.

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During the course

Notable aspects

Students who want to manage a restaurant, or start up their own, have found that this course prepares them for a career in food service management.

Student support

Throughout the course you will have access to support from university staff and teams, depending on your needs. Apart from your course leader, the modules leaders and your thesis supervisor, there is also a range of other help, support and services available, including:

Careers and Employment Services
Student Advice Team
Disability Team
Information and Funding Team
Accommodation Team
Medical Centre

Teaching staff

What our students say

Beatriz Torres, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management and Food Studies graduate

"At The University of West London I studied a module, which allowed students to build a project based on a real hotel issue. After my group and I finished the project, the Human Resources Manager from the hotel we had chosen approached us and encouraged us to send our CVs, and take part in an assessment day for a Graduate Programme. After many weeks of activities, including presentations and tests, I am now one of the Graduate Trainees with a two-year contract. I have to thank the University for giving me this opportunity."

Ritesh Jaiswal, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management student

"I did my work placement at The Royal Air Force Club in Green Park, it was a fantastic experience. I learned and enhanced my knowledge and skills. It was a dream come true and after 4 months all my hard work paid off as they promoted me to a supervisor in the restaurant.  They even sponsored me for a wine and spirit course from WSET London. All credit goes to the placement office and UWL."

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

The food service sector offers excellent employment prospects for successful graduates of this course. There are a range of possible career routes that you might consider; including food and beverage management, restaurant management, banqueting management, or conference management.

Study progression

If you are interested in further study and successfully complete, you can progress onto our MA in Hospitality management dependent on meeting the entry criteria.