Pre-Masters in Management, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism

About this route

The Management, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism Pre-Masters programme provides the subject knowledge, language proficiency and study skills you need to progress to postgraduate study in a related field at the University of Surrey.

During the programme you will study a core unit of general subject skills and subject-specific units, which are carefully designed for your academic development.

If you need to improve your English language to reach the required level, you can take our English for Pre-Masters programme over one or two semesters before starting your Pre-Masters programme.

Modules

Core units

Academic English skills

The Academic English Skills module aims to give you the right knowledge in language and related academic skills, enabling you to achieve your academic potential at University.

These include:

  • Academic writing
  • Effective and extensive reading strategies
  • Effective participation in seminars
  • Delivering presentations
  • Listening to and recording information from lectures

You will also develop your vocabulary and accuracy in written and spoken English, giving you the ability to use language effectively and appropriately with clarity and confidence in an academic context.


Career Ahead

This module provides the opportunity for students to identify and develop skills for success, both in their studies and future career. The focus on employability skills reflects the fact that Pre-Masters students are closer to the job market than other students.

Students will learn to evaluate their own level of personal development, recognise and analyse the importance of behavioural competencies required for success in their own chosen field.

They will also reflect on the application of a range of effective interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills through independent learning and group work.


Contemporary issues in business management

The aim of this module is to provide students with the background knowledge and skills to enhance their commercial awareness and business communication skills through studying contemporary business issues and their impact on business practices and performance

Students will be provided the opportunity to understand key business and management concepts, alongside the ability to develop their research skills in a business and management context.

The module provides a clear and comprehensive understanding of the latest thinking, behavioural practices and management functions within contemporary businesses and their impact on performance.


Research skills for Masters

This module is designed to promote the integration of the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your programme, leading to an assessment where you will demonstrate what you have learned.

Students will deepen their knowledge and develop their ability to critically analyse theories related to their chosen field, through exploration of secondary resources. The module also prepares students to submit a literature review, including an executive summary, within the framework of a Masters degree.

This will help foster a process of critical reflection and active self-management in the learning and research cycles during your Pre-Masters Programme.


Finance & investment management (elective module)

The main aim of the module is to introduce students to concepts relating to financing and investment decision making. This will equip them with a broad knowledge of managerial decision-making.

The module also introduces students to theories relating to financing and investment decision-making, and how these theories might differ from what can happen in practice. Students will develop an understanding of financial management and investment models in the decision-making processes of financial managers.

This module provides students with the knowledge and skills to apply financial tools to construct, rebalance and evaluate a portfolio of financial assets. Students will be exposed to a wide range of techniques in rebalancing, comparing and analysing financial assets and applying learned techniques in their chosen specialism. 


The international visitor economy (travel, tourism, hospitality and events) (elective module)

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the visitor economy from an international perspective, alongside the principles and practices of sustainability within industry, focussing on consumer theory and business behaviour.

By developing their knowledge and understanding, students will be able to develop a framework for recognising sustainable tourism, hospitality and events operations in the context of an international market. There will be a focus on mission, ethics, strategic direction and competitive advantage.

Throughout the module, key challenges facing the industry will be explored so that students gain a clear understanding of the current and possible future issues relating to the International Visitor Economy.

Core units

Academic English Skills


Business Environment

This module will provide students with an insight into the fundamental concepts found within the global business arena.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Analyse how the structure, size, and scope of different organisations link to the business objectives and product and services
  2. Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of relationships between organisational functions and their impact
  3. Apply a range of frameworks for business analysis
  4.  

    Subject-specific

  5. Analyse types, purposes and functions of organisations and how they link to organisational objectives and structure
  6. Critically evaluate the social and environmental impact business operations have on the macro environment, supported by examples
  7. Critically evaluate the impact on sustainability that both macro and micro factors have upon business objectives and decision-making
  8.  

    Key Skills

  9. Work independently and with peers in the selection, evaluation and presentation of materials
  10. Develop interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills through independent and group work

Finance and Investment

This module provides students with the knowledge and skills to use financial tools to construct, rebalance and evaluate a portfolio of financial assets and equities.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Apply an understanding of what institutional investors are and how they operate
  2. Analyse important historical trends in the innovation of markets, trading and financial instruments
  3. Analyse the drivers of diversification as an investment strategy
  4. Apply knowledge and understanding of the tools of portfolio management and investment analysis
  5.  

    Subject-specific

  6. Critically analyse the key challenges in employing portfolio risk-adjusted performance
  7. Apply financial tools to construct, rebalance and evaluate a portfolio consisting of different assets
  8.  

    Key Skills

  9. Communicate technically challenging concepts
  10. Critically analyse problems in both academic and practical contexts

Management and Leadership

This module aims to provide students with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning management and leadership.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Understand the relationship between management and leadership
  2. Apply management and leadership theory to support organisational direction
  3. Plan the development of leadership skills
  4.  

    Subject-specific

  5. Analyse the impact of management and leadership styles on decision making
  6. Review the impact theories of management and leadership to have on organizational strategy
  7.  

    Key Skills

  8. Use appropriate methods to review current leadership requirements
  9. Plan the development of leadership skills for specific requirements

The Visitor Economy

This module provides an understanding of the visitor economy in terms of hospitality, events management, travel and tourism.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Acquire an understanding of the key characteristics of the tourism and hospitality industry
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge on sustainable tourism, hospitality and events operations through case studies
  3.  

    Subject-specific

  4. Evaluate the strategic importance of the visitor economy
  5. Critically analyse the role of sustainability in the tourism, hospitality and events industry
  6.  

    Key Skills

  7. Appraise arguments on topical issues
  8. Develop communication and interpersonal skills through group work

Critical Reading

In this module, students will build their critical skills familiarising themselves with a range of academic texts they are likely to encounter in their Masters studies.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Prepare for and participate in seminar discussions based on a set text, producing a portfolio of readings with relevant worksheets and critical summaries
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Demonstrate the ability to access and analyse the content of academic texts
  4. Use reading strategies and critical skills in order to produce critical synopsis of texts
  5.  

    Key Skills

  6. Demonstrate the ability to understand and discuss the position and key arguments of a text within a wider context
  7. Demonstrate the ability to be an active reader and critically evaluate the content of an academic text

Research Skills for Masters (MFE)

This module is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the ability to frame questions and apply learned techniques of inquiry.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Summarise the main concepts and components needed to produce quality research
  2. Evaluate the importance and process of Research Ethics, a Literature Review and Data Analysis
  3.  

    Subject-specific

  4. Develop and justify a quality research proposal as a rationale for research
  5. Summarise a research project in visual form
  6.  

    Key Skills

  7. Carry out and document an investigation to address a research question
  8. Evaluate an investigation and assess similar investigations in a peer-review process

Career Ahead

This module provides the opportunity for students to identify and develop employability skills.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Evaluate own level of personal development through the application of Kolb’s learning cycle
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Recognise and analyse the importance of behavioural competencies required for success in own chosen career area
  4.  

    Key Skills

  5. Self-assess relative strengths of career resume and identify areas for self-development
  6. Reflect on the application of a range of effective interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills through both independent and group work

Entrepreneurship

This module is designed to provide students with an introduction to entrepreneurship and the process of starting up a business. Students will gain an understanding of the nature and characteristics of entrepreneurs and identify their own potential entrepreneurial capabilities, exploring a business start-up and preparing a business plan.

The module will also focus on employability, giving students the opportunity to do the following:

  • develop self-management skills
  • develop their business awareness
  • develop interpersonal skills such as working in a team, listening and written communication
  • develop their creativity and problem-solving skills
  • learn how to plan, influence and negotiate
  • learn how to self-reflect
  • how to apply IT and numeracy skills
  • independent research

It will also develop students' awareness and engagement with their own personal development as they reflect on the skills they have gained.


Management and leadership

The aim of this module is to introduce students the importance of interpersonal skills, using them to manage people, teams and groups in organisations. Students will gain an insight into the current thinking on leadership from an organisational perspective. They will examine the links between management and leadership, particularly the skills a leader needs to support organisational direction.

The module will help students understand the impact of management and leadership styles on strategic decisions in differing scenarios, through examining the competencies and styles of successful leaders. 

Applying management and leadership theories and models to specific situations will enable students to assess their impact on organisational strategy. The module will draw on a selection of established principles, including the influence of emotional intelligence on leadership effectiveness. This will enable students to assess how organisations can plan to meet current and future leadership requirements. Students will develop their analytical and planning skills through case studies and research.

Finally, this module will enable students to research a range of management and leadership development methods, evaluating their own skills for effective leadership.

Progression degrees

This programme can lead to one of the postgraduate degrees in the table below. Grades and progression degree titles are guidelines and subject to change.

Study plans

One-semester

IELTS requirement* Length Feb-May Jun-Aug Sept
6.0 1 semester     Progress to your Masters degree

  Pre-Masters Programme   Vacation

Two-semester

September intake

IELTS requirement* Length Sept-Jan Feb-May May-Aug Sept
5.5 2 semesters     Progress to your Masters degree

  Pre-Masters Programme   Vacation

February intake

IELTS requirement* Length Feb-May May-Aug Sept
5.5 2 semesters   Progress to your Masters degree

  Pre-Masters Programme

* For entry to the Pre-Masters Programme we now accept a wide range of IELTS equivalent qualifications as part of the English assessment for students joining from September 2019 onwards visit our entry requirements page for full details.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Accounting and Finance MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Business Analytics MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Business Analytics (with Placement Year) MSc 60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
Digital Marketing and Channel Management MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Digital Marketing and Channel Management (with Placement Year) MSc 60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
Economics (Conversion) MA 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Entrepreneurship and Innovation MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Human Resource Management MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Human Resources Management (with Placement Year) MSc 60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
International Business Management MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
International Corporate Finance MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
International Events Management MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills

The following degrees are offered with a placement year and have additional requirements:

  • MSc Management
  • MSc Business Analytics
  • MSc Human Resources Management
  • MSc Strategic Marketing
  • MSc Digital Marketing and Channel Management

Academic progression grade required for Masters + placement year: 70%
AES Skills L/R/W/S minimum: 60%

Key facts

Course length:
one or two semesters

Entry points:
September and February

Teaching time:
21 hours per week

Semester dates

Dates for two semesters:

September 2019

Semester 1: 30/09/2019 – 07/02/2020

Semester 2: 17/02/2020 – 12/06/2020

February 2020

Semester 1: 10/02/2020- 12/06/2020

Semester 2: 15/06/2020-25/09/2020

Dates for one semester:

February 2020

10/02/2020 – 12/06/2020

Age: students are normally 21 years of age or older on the first day of their academic programme at the International Study Centre.

Entry requirements: visit our entry requirements page for a list of academic, English language and country-specific entry requirements for all programmes.