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The contemporary hospitality industry encompasses a hugely diverse range of sectors.

It is an industry that relies on educated people, passionate about what they do and who are committed to providing exceptional levels of service, attention to detail and above all, to making their guests feel special.

Graduates enjoy a wealth of opportunities in luxury hotels, fine restaurants , bars and clubs, corporate events and conferences and of course, starting their own businesses.

Hospitality courses

We offer courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

International Hospitality Management BA(Hons) is one of the longest established courses of its kind and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence, student achievement and graduate success. The course attracts students from all over the world.

Find out more about our hospitality courses

Meet our staff

Course leader for Hospitality, Gillian Parfitt talks about the course, the school and the benefits of studying for a undergraduate degree in Hospitality at the University of Brighton.

Practical focus

Hospitality is a very hands-on industry and to help you prepare for this, the first year the course includes practical modules in our Culinary Arts Studio.

Find out more about the Culinary Arts Studio

You will learn about every aspect of running a restaurant. The Culinary Arts Studio offers lunches to the public and to staff of the school on Thursdays and Fridays.

On these days you will learn everything from preparing the menus and cooking the meals, to learning how to deal with customers and the financial aspects of running a service operation.

Industry links

As part of our teaching programme we have welcomed guest speakers including alumni from:

  • JD Wetherspoon
  • Umi Hotels
  • Yotel

We have forged strong links with industry both through our placement programme and our research and consultancy.

Industry representatives also advise on the content and development of our courses and contribute to teaching as guest lecturers.


On the undergraduate degree you will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by taking a 48-week work placement between years two and three.


Louise Pullen, on placement with Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club

Find out more about Louise's placement

The completion of a placement-based final year project can replace the dissertation.

The placement gives you the opportunity to use practical skills, gain hands-on experience and make industry contacts.

Previous companies hospitality students have gone to on placement include:

  • Universal Studios, Orlando
  • Corney & Barrow Wine bars
  • Radisson Blu Hotels
  • The Doyle Collection
Find out more about placements

Graduate outcomes

We are extremely proud of our excellent track record of graduate success in the hospitality industry, many graduates are recruited on to specialist management programmes.

Our students are employed by companies including

  • Four Seasons Hotels
  • J.D. Wetherspoons
  • Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts
  • Marriott

A significant number of our graduates have gone on to start up their own businesses in the restaurant and corporate hospitality sectors.



“Whilst studying hospitality I learnt to become more self-confident, self-aware, self-motivated, and generally learn more about myself as a person and what I wanted from life. I now have a catering management job and have also launched my own street dance company with the knowledge gained from my degree.”

Dave Berry, International Hospitality Management BA(Hons)

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Rick Stein opens the Culinary Arts Studio



Winetasting in an oenology module



Nutritional Research

Hospitality student has a taste of luxury at top London hotel


International Hospitality Management student Adam Pierce spent his work placement year at the luxurious Park Plaza County Hall on the South Bank...


Institute chief gives inspiration to hospitality students


Hospitality students were privileged to hear an inspirational talk from one of the most important and influential leaders of the hospitality industry....


Exhibition provides an interactive showcase for hospitality students' ideas


Visitors to the annual student exhibition saw a wide variety of hospitality issues tackled in innovative, yet practical, ways....