Tourism and Hospitality Management

The programme prepares students for management positions in firms and organizations in the tourism sector in Iceland and beyond. It reflects the increasing importance of tourism, both in Iceland and globally, and the need for experts in tourism and hospitality management who are able to manage these firms and organizations with focus on economic performance and environmental and social responsibility.


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The language of instruction is English.

Length of study

14 months over three terms: autumn, spring and summer terms.

Collaboration with industry

Based on the expertise of local and external teachers as well as close collaboration with the tourism industry, the program builds on state-of-the-art knowledge in the field and enhances students' skills and competences in tourism and hospitality management.

MSc or qualification at master level 

Students can choose between a programme structure leading to an MSc degree and a programme structure for a qualification at master level (Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management, MTHM). Both require 90 ECTS credits.

MSc degree

60 ECTS of course work plus a 30 ECTS masters thesis. 

Qualification at master level (MTHM) 

90 ECTS credits in courses. Students have the opportunity to finish an internship of up to 15 ECTS.

Tuition fees

Please follow the link below to see tuition fees at RU, per term.

Dean´s selection grant

The recipient of the Dean´s Selection Grant pays undergraduate fees instead of graduate fees.

  • An application for a full-time graduate programme is also an application for the Dean´s Selection Grant for the first semester.
  • Students with the highest grade in a graduate programme each semester are applicable. In order to receive the award students must complete 30 ECTS units per semester and follow the programme structure. More information about the grant can be found here.

Information for current students


Tourism and hospitality specialists

The program prepares students for management positions in institutions that focus on tourism and hospitality, in particular firms, governmental and non-governmental organizations, for positions that include research responsibilities, and for further study.   

Academic staff

The focus of staff research is on innovation and entrepreneurship, finance and economics, corporate governance, marketing and human resource management. RU Department of Business Administration is committed to excellence in research and academic staff collaborates with researchers in other fields such as Computer Science and Psychology, within RU and internationally. Students also benefit from the Department's extensive network of international professors and guest lecturers from the business community.  

Academic staff at RU Department of Business Administration, graduate study


Choice between MSc and qualification at master level

Students can choose between a program structure that leads to an MSc degree and a program structure as qualification at master level (Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management, MTHM). Both structures include 90 ECTS credits. Full-time study includes three terms: fall, spring, and summer term.

MSc degree

Students finish 60 ECTS credits in courses according to the program structure and a 30 ECTS-credit master‘s thesis. 

Qualification at master level

Students finish 90 ECTS credits in courses according to the program structure. Students have the opportunity to take an internship of up to 15 ECTS credits. 

Term structure

Full-time study includes 30 ECTS credits per term.

  • Fall term: August-December.
  • Spring term: January-May.
  • Summer term: June-September.

Maximum study period

The program structure follows the idea of full-time study, but students have the opportunity to study part-time. The maximum study period is six terms (two years).

// Summer term 2020

New students in the master's programmes at RU's Department of Business Administration can start their studies in June during the summer term. Please note that this does not apply to MBA students.

This new contribution to RU's study options will suit in particular those students who are entering a master's programme that includes elective courses.

Given the situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic the summer courses in June and July will be taught online. Summer-term courses that are offered in August are expected to be taught in the classroom but will be moved online if necessary.

For information about courses on offer and the timetable for summer term please visit:

New students who do not wish to start in the summer term will begin their studies according to the traditional teaching schedule for autumn term.

Please do not hesitate to contact:

Sigrún Ólafsdóttir
Programme Administrator

Stefan Wendt
Programme Director

for further inquiries.

Program structure

Autumn Spring Summer 
  • V-704-FTHM Fundamentals in Tourism and Hospitality Management (7,5 ECTS)
  • V-712-STJO Strategic Management (7,5 ECTS)
  • V-730-STRT Staffing: From Recruitment to Termination (7,5 ECTS)
  • Elective/V-737-FAFI Fundamentals in Accounting and Finance* (7,5 ECTS)
  • V-711-GLTT Global Issues in Travel and Tourism (7,5 ECTS)

  • V-840-TOMA Tourism Marketing (7,5 ECTS)

  • V-746-REME Business Research Methodology (7,5 ECTS)

  • V-898-REPR Research Proposal (0 ECTS)

  • V-714-BETH Business Ethics (3,75 ECTS)

  • V-712-COBE Consumer Behaviour (3,75 ECTS)

  • V-898-THES Thesis (30 ECTS credits) 
* For students with a bachelor's degree that includes less than 30 ECTS credits in business administration.  
Autumn Spring Summer 
  • V-704-FTHM Fundamentals in Tourism and Hospitality Management (7,5 ECTS)
  • V-712-STJO Strategic Management (7,5 ECTS)
  • V-730-STRT Staffing: From Recruitment to Termination (7,5 ECTS)
  • Elective/V-737-FAFI Fundamentals in Accounting and Finance* (7,5 ECTS)
  • V-711-GLTT Global Issues in Travel and Tourism (7,5 ECTS)
  • V-840-TOMA Tourism Marketing (7,5 ECTS)
  • V-714-BETH Business Ethics (3,75 ECTS)
  • V-712-COBE Consumer Behaviour (3,75 ECTS)
  • Elective / Intership** (7,5 ECTS)
  •  Elective/Internship**(7,5 ECTS)
  • Elective/Internship**(7,5 ECTS)
  • Elective (7,5 ECTS)
  • Elective (7,5ECTS)
* For students with a bachelor's degree that includes less than 30 ECTS credits in business administration. ** Maximum 15 ECTS credits can be used for internship.


Students can pursue part of the program as an exchange student at another educational institution; this opportunity relates in particular to the second semester (i.e. spring semester) of the study program.


A great opportunity

By completing an internship a student's knowledge, skills and abilities are enhanced. This is usually done through hands-on projects, and so, graduates are better prepared for their future careers. Students are assigned a supervisor within a company or institution and a full-time faculty member as a supervisor during the period of the internship.


Students can complete 7,5 ECTS, 15 ECTS, or 30 ECTS, depending on the length of the internship. Internships of 30 ECTS are only available for students that complete their internship abroad. Generally, internships are unpaid.

Students can choose between three options:

Option 1: Students apply for internship positions arranged by RU Department of Business Administration with Icelandic companies.

Option 2: Students arrange an internship with companies themselves and get the internship approved by RU Department of Business Administration.

Option 3: Students find international internships themselves, and get it approved by RU Department of Business Administration.

Examples of companies and institutions where students have completed their internships

Icelandair Group • Icelandair London • Icelandair Frankfurt • Össur • KPMG• Deloitte • PwC • E&Y • Landspítalinn • Síminn • Orkuveita Reykjavíkur • NOVA • Vodafone • Vífilfell • Ölgerðin • Virðing • Sameinaði lífeyrissjóðurinn • Pipar TBWA • Icelandair • Landsvirkjun • Advania • Alvogen • Landsbankinn • Mannvit • Nýherji • Reiknistofa bankanna • Eik fasteignafélag • Grant Thornton • Glamour • BDO • Sjóvá • Canadian Embassy • Viðskiptaráð • FESTI • Samtök Iðnaðarins.

Internships abroad

Students can apply for an Erasmus grant to complete an internship in Europe for 2-12 months. Students who have previously been in the Erasmus exchange program can apply for funding for an internship.

The amount of the grant depends on the destination, but is in the range of 450 to 550 € a month. Students also receive a travel grant, in the range 275- € 1,100 depending on the destination.

To find an internship, a number of websites can be referenced:

RU students completing an internship abroad have generally received Erasmus grants. However, if the demand increases, students can apply for the Nordplus grant. For further information, visit the International Office at RU.


Our University building offers an optimal study environment. Support services, study areas, coffee shop and gym.


IT facilities

Our IT Services provide a range of computer facilities to help you study. IT suites are located across campus – many with 24-hour access. IT facilities also include:

  • Wireless network 
  • Extensive printing facilities 
  • Adapted PCs for students with disabilities or additional learning needs 

Student study areas

Students have 24-hour access, during term time, to group rooms and private study desks. There is a especially dedicated study area for Graduate students.

Student Union

The University of Reykjavik Student's Union is the focus of many student activities on campus.

Sports Facilities

In the basement of the university, World Class runs a gym which offers discounts to students.


There are three shops and cafés in the building that sell food and beverages to students.

  • Kaffitár sells a selection of coffee drinks, light snacks and bakery products. 
  • Malið serves hot food everyday, plus snacks and refreshments. 
  • The University shop (Haskolabudin) sells groceries, household items and snacks. 

Reykjavik University Campus

Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Reykjavik right next to Iceland's only geothermal beach, the newly built campus offers students modern first-rate facilities. The building has well equipped classrooms and students have 24-hour access to the spacious study facilities.

Environmentally conscious

The campus is one of Iceland's most automated buildings designed to provide an environment optimal for working using the lowest amount of energy.

Automated blinds and windows

In the main areas of the building the blinds and windows are controlled by a weather station positioned on top of the University roof. The weather station collects information about wind direction and outside temperature adjusting windows accordingly, and blinds are automated to ensure direct sunlight does not disturb students working.

A breath of fresh air

The University building is constantly ventilated with natural fresh air using the NAVENT system. Fresh air is drawn into the building and then pumped into the rooms. Special CO2 monitors ensure the correct levels of oxygen in the rooms. Heaters ensure that the air pumped into the rooms maintains the correct air temperature. In the summer time the air pumps drag warm air from the building and pump fresh and cooler air in its place.

Intelligent lighting system

Every light in the University has its own IP address and is controlled by the automated system. Light sensors ensure lighting is only on when rooms are in use. Large windows let in natural daylight which creates a more pleasant working environment.


Beautiful surroundings

Our campus is in a unique position of being set in one of the most popular outdoor areas of Reykjavik.

  • The University of Reykjavik is located right next to Iceland's only geothermal beach,  Nauthólsvík. Students can enjoy swimming in the geothermally heated sea, or relax in the hot tub on the beach. 
  • Right next to the campus is the most environmentally friendly restaurant in Reykjavik, Nauthóll, which has been awarded the Nordic Environmental "Svan Certificate,"  and was the first restaurant in Reykjavik to receive this certification. 
  • Students can enjoy the many foot and bicycle paths in the neighbouring forest. 
  • Students can visit the nearby Perlan situated on top of the city's geothermal storage tanks.


Application deadline

The application deadline is 30 April. Applicants from outside the EU/EEA must submit an application prior to 1 February.

Application deadlines for studies at Reykjavik University in autumn 2020 will be extended. A new deadline for postgraduate studies applications is May 20, instead of April 30.

Admissions requirements

- Bachelor's degree (at least 180 ECTS credits).

- Students with a bachelor's degree that includes less than 30 ECTS credits in business administration are required to take an intensive preparatory course in business administration organized by RUSB before the start of the study program, and to take the course Fundamentals in Accounting and Finance (7.5 ECTS credits) in the first semester of the study program

- Generally we require a first-class grade (GPA 7.25 or above) according to Icelandic grading scale in an undergraduate programme. Further education and professional experience benefit applicants in the evaluation process.

- Excellent English language skills. 

Applications and accompanying documents

All applicants must submit an electronic application and attach the required accompanying documents. The following documents need to accompany applications (they should be supplied in English):

- Curriculum vitae with a photograph.

- Official university transcripts of records and diplomas.

- Personal statement (Why are you applying to the programme and what is your aim in pursuing the programme? [up to 300 words in English]).

- Contact information for one to two individuals who can assess the ability of the applicant to pursue the programme. A letter of recommendation may be required.

-For students whose first language is not English proof of English proficiency must be provided, based on, e.g., TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum English language test scores TOEFL: 577 (PBT) or 91 (iBT) or above OR IELTS: 6.5 or above, academic.

Accompanying documents need to be submitted by the application deadline. Applicants are only summoned for an interview if they have submitted all required accompanying documents on time.

Tuition fees and evaluation of previous studies

Information about tuition fees: Tuition fees

Evaluation of previous studies: If students have completed university-level courses, they can apply for those previous studies to be evaluated for transfer of credit. Rules and form for evaluation of previous studies 

Rules and form for evaluation of previous studies.

Contact us

Got any questions?

We welcome enquiries via e-mail or phone.


Sigrún Ólafsdóttir

Programme Administrator


Stefan Wendt

Programme Director


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