Hospitality School 8

MSc Hotel Innovation and Sustainability

  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2024

This unique MSc degree in Hotel Innovation and Sustainability adopts a research-informed and practical approach to your learning experience. You’ll grow your skill set within analytical and strategic vision, whilst gaining a broader understanding on how to make ethical decision and take a global perspective. 

You’ll benefit from work-experience at Missenden Abbey, a former 12th century former medieval abbey, and our links with the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME). 

Why study this subject? 

This sector contributes significantly to the national and global economy and is moving towards a more sustainable and innovative way forward. Employers and consumers are looking to the hospitality sector to make change in the way we live now and in the future. This masters in Hotel Innovation and Sustainability will give you the knowledge and skill set you’ll need to find solutions, helping to transform and drive the sector forward. 

Why study at BNU? 

This MSc Hotel Innovation and Sustainability course has been developed to mirror today’s Hotel and Hospitality industry. 

Working closely with professionals from the sector, we’ve made sure the course helps you to develop the skills and knowledge the industry is looking for. We’ve used the pillars of sustainability, innovation, and social responsibility. You’ll be taught an important mix of core leadership approaches, theoretical input and industry practice to ensure the relevance of your studies to employability.

Undertaking work experience at our Missenden Abbey Hotel and Conference Centre is an integral part of the MSc Hotel Innovation and Sustainability programme. This unique approach to studying at BNU is underlined by our core belief that practical, hands-on experience must always complement a theoretical, research-informed teaching strategy. 

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities, by taking part in community projects organised in collaboration with local hotels, as well as attending guest talks, industry visits and a wide range of networking events, conferences and seminars organised by our school and our industry partners.

Council for Hospitality Management Education

As part of the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME), you’ll benefit from our connections to the industry and have opportunities to gain work experience and build your professional networks.

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Institute of Hospitality Educational Membership Scheme

You’ll benefit from our connection with the Institute of Hospitality Educational Membership Scheme, the world’s leading, award-winning, professional membership body for hospitality professionals around the globe.

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What facilities can I use? 

During your time studying on the MSc Hotel Innovation and Sustainability degree, you will spend time at Missenden Abbey Hotel and Conference Centre. A former medieval abbey with a history of over 800 years, Missenden Abbey provides the professional backdrop for linking theory to practice. It enables a unique, experiential learning approach that will help to cement your knowledge and skills during your studies. You will also benefit from the industry mentorship programme offered by our partner organisations, where you have the opportunity to learn directly from successful hotel leaders.

As well as this you’ll have access to our High Wycombe Campus. Here you’ll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, as well as newly built study and social areas. Our Library is open 24/7 and offers a range of resources to support your studies. We also have a Student Learning Achievement Team, who offer tailored support with research skills, critical thinking and referencing . 

You’ll also be automatically a member of our Students’ Union, which was rated as 1st in the UK in the 2023 National Student Survey. We are the only university in the UK to offer free access to a huge range of events and entertainment,  CV building activities,  as well as competitive and recreational sport and wellbeing activities to enrich your time with us as part of our ‘Big Deal’.

What will I study? 

The MSc Hotel Innovation and Sustainability programme empowers you to drive innovation and shape the hotel management landscape by seamlessly merging innovation and sustainability. 

With a deep understanding of cutting-edge concepts, practical skills, and a commitment to ethical responsibility, you will be poised to drive positive change, enhance guest experiences, and contribute to a more sustainable and responsible future for the industry. 

You’ll benefit from a mixture of theoretical and practical knowledge, including undertaking work experience at our Missenden Abbey Hotel and Conference Centre. This will enhance and develop both the ‘soft’ skills the industry needs as well as the industry specific knowledge that will be required for supervisory and managerial roles. The programme draws upon the research, knowledge, and expertise of our lecturers and industry partners.

You’ll study modules related to sustainable innovation; leadership; corporate reputation, and sustainable business performance analysis. By the end of the programme, you will be undertaking an industry consultancy project. This enables you to research and explore critical issues related to innovation and sustainability from a global hotel leadership perspective.

We take great pride in our extensive industry links, including professionals from nationally and internationally renowned hotels, and other hospitality businesses. 

Our membership to the Institute of Hospitality and the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME), gives you access to unique industry networking events, research conferences and mentorship opportunities. You will also benefit from field trips, site visits and residential trips to some of the most iconic hospitality locations. These include places such as  Red Carnation HotelsFirmdale HotelsGood Hotel London, and Zetter Hotels, but may vary from year to year. Another unique feature of the programme is the ability for you to interact with and be mentored by successful leaders in the hotel industry.

Work experience is also an integral part of this course. During your duty management shifts at Missenden Abbey Hotel and Conference Centre you will have the opportunity to gain in-depth understanding on how strategic innovation and sustainability is being approached within an established hotel and conference business.

How will I be taught and assessed? 

We adopt a research-informed, industry-centric teaching and learning approach. This includes classic lectures and seminars, as well innovative teaching methods such as real-world case studies, hands-on projects and practical work experience at our Missenden Abbey Hotel and Conference Centre.

We balance the academic requirements of a master’s degree with practical skills and industry experience. You will benefit from our strong employer, industry, and trade association links as well as case studies, debates, competitions, masterclasses, and placement opportunities with our industry partners. 

You’ll learn from lecturers with years of industry and academic expertise. Many of whom are research-active, and are involved in a wide range of research areas, from green corporate reputation to sustainable hospitality management, sustainable business behaviour and customer attitude.

We also invite guest speakers to deliver sessions, so you can learn from their expertise and insights. 

Our strong links with industry professionals and trade associations ensure that you will have access to unique guest talks, networking events, industry trade shows and seminars.

We encourage you to attend free networking events offered by our school and our partner organisations, to enable you to build strategic cultural capital that is so valuable for being a successful leader in this fast-evolving industry.

You will be assessed through a range of traditional and innovative assessment methods, including:

  • essays
  • reports
  • debates
  • student-led seminars
  • pitches
  • live briefs
  • podcasts
  • case studies
  • industry projects
  • Dragon-Den style assessments

And creative live presentations.

Useful Information

MSc Hotel Innovation and Sustainability Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants need to have a minimum of a 2.2 Bachelor degree (with Honours) in a Business, Hospitality or Events subject or equivalent overseas Bachelor’s degree recognised by BNU.

Applicants without the above may be admitted if they have a minimum of three years relevant professional work experience.  Relevant work experience includes at least a supervisory or junior management level position in the hospitality industry or professional work experience gained in another sector, but with a demonstrable link and/or connection to these sectors (e.g., museums and arts organisations, local authority leisure services)

International students for whom English is a second language require an IELTS score of 6.5, with no area below 6.0 (or a recognised equivalent).

If you have studied qualifications in another country, please check our requirements on the Your Country page.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

What are the tuition fees

  • Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £10,500 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £15,550 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

What are my career prospects?

The Hospitality Industry is currently short of talented and passionate leaders. If you aspire to become such a leader and have the desire to study hospitality leadership at a higher level, this programme will help you leave as a professional, a future leader and take the next step to an exciting and progressive career in Hospitality.

Course leader

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Lisa Wyld
  • Head, Missenden Abbey International Hospitality and Hotel School
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Birte Schmitz
  • Senior Lecturer
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Dr Naz Ali
  • Associate Professor
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Alexandra Constantinescu
  • Senior Lecturer
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