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Master Of Science In International Hospitality Management

The Master of International Business in Hospitality Management, validated by the University of Derby (UK), is an academically rigorous programme and hospitality training that develops critical thinking and the problem-solving skills required for management level positions. This master in hospitality management is designed to expand candidates’ aspirations in management development, consultancy, research, education and training and is the foundation for continuing onto a Ph.D.


9 Months :

Brig Campus
3 Academic terms
(1 term: 11 weeks)

4-6 Months :

Paid Internship
in Switzerland or worldwide

3 Months :

Brig Campus
2 academic term
(11 weeks)

Master of International Business in Hotel and Tourism Management awarded by César Ritz Colleges Switzerland

Master of Science in International Business and Tourism Management awarded by Universtiy of Derby, UK

Term 1 (11 weeks)

  • Food and Beverage Service Management
  • Information Technology and E-Business
  • Language 1

Term 2 (11 weeks)

  • Management Accounting and Finance
  • Consumer Behaviour and Strategic Marketing
  • Language 2
  • Elective (Optional)

Term 3 (11 weeks)

  • Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • Research Methods
  • Language 3
  • Elective (Optional)

Internship (4-6 months)

Practical Experience

Internship periods of four to six-months are an integral part of the academic programme giving you the opportunity to gain ‘hands-on’ experience in a real-life working environment.

Prior to taking up an internship position, students are well prepared for their first year of studies thanks to the course structure, which focuses on the operational aspect of working life in a hotel: this gives students a practical understanding of how hotels operate at every level.

Students are assisted with all aspects of the interview process, from developing a professional curriculum vitae and cover letter to practising interview skills. An emphasis is placed on languages for first-year students, many of whom will remain in Switzerland for their first internship.

Ultimately, internships will benefit you in a number of ways:

  • Practising the theoretical skills learned in class
  • Gaining valuable work experience in the hospitality industry
  • Providing the opportunity to develop an additional language

The internship office on each campus works diligently to place students in a variety of different establishments from five-star hotel chains to family-owned boutique hotels in Switzerland and across the globe. First internship experiences are generally in the area of food and beverage. Second internships usually take place in the departments of front office, food and beverage, housekeeping, administration or sales and marketing. The culinary students experience the heat of the kitchen during their training.

Students can be found doing their internship in:

Paid Internships In Switzerland
  • City Life
  • Beau Rivage, Geneva (The Leading Hotels of the World)
  • InterContinental, Geneva
  • Lausanne Palace & Spa (The Leading Hotels of the World)
  • Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
  • The Dolder Grand, Zurich (A member of Design Hotels)
  • Hotel Baur au Lac, Zurich (The Leading Hotels of the World)
  • Marriott, Zurich
  • Mövenpick Hotel Zurich-Airport
  • Alpine Experience
  • Hotel Christiania, Gstaad
  • Hotel Alpenrose, Wengen
  • Hotel du Glacier, Saas-Fee
  • Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, Zermatt (Swiss Deluxe Hotels)
  • The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St. Moritz
Worldwide Internships
  • Ritz Paris
  • The Dorchester, London
  • The Lowell, New York (The Leading Hotels of the World)
  • LesConcierges, San Francisco
  • Sandals luxury resorts, Caribbean Islands
  • Cape Grace boutique hotel, Cape Town (The Leading Hotels of the World)
  • Armani Hotel, Dubai
  • Conrad Maldives (part of Hilton’s hotel brands)
  • Anantara luxury hotels, resorts and spas, Thailand
  • Raffles Singapore
  • Pangu 7 Star Hotel, Beijing

Students completing an internship in Switzerland receive a minimum gross monthly salary of CHF 2,172.–. International internship salaries vary depending on the conditions in each country.

Term 4 (11 weeks)

  • Dissertation Part 1
  • Elective (Optional)

Term 5 (11 weeks)

  • Dissertation Part 2
  • Elective (Optional)
  • Elective (Optional)

International Business:

International Business
Global E-Commerce
Revenue Management
Marketing Strategy and Development
Destination Marketing
Front Office Operations

Business Start-Up:

Entrepreneurship: Starting your Own Business
The Art of Business Negotiation

Culinary Trends in partnership with the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland:

Food Media
Culinary Trends and Gastronomy
Advanced Wine and Beverage Management

Tourism and Sustainability Management:

Contemporary Issues in International Tourism
Sustainable Tourism Ventures
Strategic Tourism Management

The above electives are for all Master programmes and may vary each term and are subject to availability.

Students will graduate with:

Master of International Business in Hotel and Tourism Management awarded by César Ritz Colleges Switzerland
Master of Arts in International Business and Tourism Management awarded by University of Derby, UK

G.Patrick Gruhn

Tim Daum