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International tourism management graduates talk about work placements and how the skills gained on the course have helped their careers.
• Work with lecturers with significant industry and research experience.
• The chance to gain a placement with a major international company such as Walt Disney World, Florida.
• Get student membership of professional bodies such as the Tourism Management Institute/Tourism Society.
• Learn a language as part of your course.
What is tourism management?
The tourism industry covers a whole range of businesses and organisations such as tour operators, cruise operations, accommodation providers and attractions. It serves holiday makers and business travellers, as well as day and educational visitors.
Managers within the tourism industry need to understand key management functions, for example marketing, human resources, operations management, finance and supply chain management.
About this course
Gain knowledge and insight across the breadth of the tourism sector, enabling you to choose the career path which interests you most.
As a graduate you will be in a strong position to pursue a career in management in a wide range of tourism areas including airlines, tour operators and tourism media.
Year one modules give you core knowledge of topics such as the tourism industry, its markets and resources, and understanding tourist behaviour. You build on this knowledge in the second year, further developing your management skills and understanding of tourism.
In year three, you get the opportunity to put what you’ve learnt into practice with a paid work placement, in the UK or overseas. This is a great chance to improve your career prospects and can sometimes lead to an offer of employment after you graduate. Previous students have worked at companies such as • TUI Travel • Crowne Plaza, Hilton Head • Reef and Rainforest Tours, Devon • Walt Disney World Resort, Florida • Thomas Cook, based in international resorts.
In the final year, you investigate policy, planning and strategic management aspects of tourism. You can also investigate a topic of your choice through an independent project.
As part of the course you get the opportunity to work on real projects to build your skills and professional experience. Recently students have been involved in the Tourism Management Institute conference and customer satisfaction surveys for the Sheffield Museums Trust.
You learn from lecturers with extensive industry experience in areas such as airline management, destination management and travel industry management.
Many are also involved in research, on topics such • pro-poor tourism • economic impact of tourism • adventure tourism • national park policy and planning • urban tourism • small businesses tourism • human trafficking.
You can also complete an international version of this qualification which places greater emphasis on the global events industry. You must take a work or study placement abroad and complete your final year project with an international theme.
Key areas of study
The main themes include
• structure and dynamics of the tourism industry
• contemporary tourism markets and consumer trends
• management principles applied to tourism, including human resources, operations management and strategic management
• tourism sustainability and development
You can also study a foreign language – from beginner to advanced level.
The Times Good University Guide 2012 ranks this course fifth in the UK.
You apply for this course through UCAS.
2014/15 academic year
Membership of professional bodies and mandatory UK field trips are included in the course fee.
The course fee may be subject to annual inflationary increase. Get further information on fees and funding here.
2013/14 academic year
Typically £11,880 a year
2014/15 academic year
Typically £11,880 a year
The course fee may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information on fees, scholarships and bursaries see www.shu.ac.uk/international/fees
• coursework • examinations • work placements by written report • group work • individual and group presentations • reports • in-classed timed assessment • self-evaluations
Optional year-long work placements are normally gained by competitive interview and are not a guaranteed part of a course.
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This course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute, the destination management section of the Tourism Society.
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BSc (Honours) Tourism Management, graduate
'When applying for universities, Sheffield Hallam was actually my 6th option. However, when I came for the open day I instantly changed my mind and decided that this was where I wanted to spend the next four years. City campus was fresh and inspiring and the facilities were first-class.
'When researching courses, many seemed to follow a similar pattern and so I made my decision of which university to attend based purely on the city and the university itself.
'Sheffield has a great atmosphere, both through the day and at night. The city is vibrant yet friendly. There's lots to see and do whatever your interests. Sheffield has everything from museums and theatres to shopping and sports venues. The nightlife is excellent and there is something for everyone, whatever your taste.
'I was impressed by the quality of my course, and by the tutors. The course boasts top marks in the annual quality inspections, and it is clear to see why.
'The course was well planned, covering a wide range of topics. There was also a mixture of long and short modules which helps keep motivation high. The workload was manageable and the staff always on hand to help if you needed it.
'The faculty staff are brilliant and really are experts in their fields. They have a range of backgrounds and are all very helpful throughout the course.
'The facilities on campus are excellent. The Adsetts Learning Centre is great with a vast range of study materials and being open 24 hours is a real help, especially when deadlines are looming! The careers team are extremely useful and have a wide range of services on offer to help when it comes to finding employment.
'The campus has a lively atmosphere with the atrium as a hub for students.
'I chose to complete a year’s work placement. The skills set that I developed whilst at work have helped me both in my final year at university and in my career so far, and I would encourage anyone considering this course to complete the placement year as the experience was invaluable.'
BSc Tourism Management
`As part of my course I undertook a year's placement within the tourism industry. I worked as an events co-ordinator with children and young people for six months. I also went to America and worked as a camp councillor on a children's camp for four months. After experiencing these varied roles I wanted to pursue a career working within education and customer services. If I hadn't learnt about these skills from my course I might not have followed a career within this field.
The course helped me to develop time keeping skills, self motivation and the ability to prioritise tasks. This has helped me organise my workload in my position as learning hub intern. The academic work encouraged me to think critically, I used this skill every day. Throughout my university life I undertook various assessed presentations for different modules, this has proved really valuable as my current job involves a lot of public speaking.'
Katie Prince - about the course (1:00)
Katie talks about the varied nature of her degree course.
She discusses how the course gave her a real understanding of the industry and has given her a great basis on which to progress her career.
Katie Prince - placements (1:29)
Katie shares her experience of a 12 month placement at the MGM Mirage Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Katie Prince - support (0:53)
Katie talks about how supportive the lecturers on her course were over the phone and in person, even when she was on work placement in Las Vegas.
She talks about how the course facilities and resources are accessible 24/7, and how access to a kitchen and restaurant was really useful during her time on the course.
Melissa - advice to potential students (0:43)
Melissa, advises new students who want to work in this area that the hospitality industry has a great scope, with jobs in everything from cruise ships to catering and events to hotels.
Melissa - coursework and practical focus (1:56)
Melissa discusses her coursework, and live project and the challenges of juggling different projects on the course.
Melissa - placement year (1:05)
Melissa took a placement year in her third year at a hotel in Solihull. Here she talks about the different responsibilities she was given and the experience gained in her first two years at University and how she applied her learning to the work place.
Tim Walsh - coursework (1:56)
Graduate Tim Walsh, talks about the different projects and practical elements of the course he enjoyed and was involved in.
Tim Walsh - facilities (0:44)
Tim talks about the different facilities at Sheffield Hallam and the restaurant suite used by hospitality students.
Tim Walsh - placements (0:41)
Tim completed a work placement in his third year, here he talks about the advantages of a placement year and how it helped him begin his career.
Tim Walsh - support (0:44)
The tutors offer great support to students and in this video, Tim explains how he now wants to return the favour and offer support to new and current students.
The Tourism Club
All students on our tourism courses are able to become members of the Tourism Club. The club aims to bring staff and students together for course related and social events that build students' interests and experience of the subject, as well as enable them to gain skills and industry contacts that make them more employable when they graduate.
The club also aims to establish a community amongst students on tourism courses, and as part of this holds fundraising events for charity including The Sheffield Family Holiday Fund and Tourism Concern.
Social events have included bowling nights, evenings out and residential trips abroad. Recently, students visited Amsterdam.
Course-related activities have included guest speakers who work in or conduct research into the tourism industry, as well as careers events attended by potential employers. Ross Calladine, a former tourism student who now works for VisitBritain, recently gave a talk on his career and what it is like to work for the most important tourism organisation in the UK. Each year also sees the Graduation Ball for our final year students.
Our tourism teaching team is one of the largest in Europe. This means we are able to use our considerable links with industry to identify and make opportunities available to the tourism club. The teaching team maintain an online site promoting jobs and opportunities to take part in tourism research studies that students can access.
You may choose to spend part of your course studying at one of our partnership universities overseas through the Erasmus scheme. Sheffield Hallam has exchange agreements with 100 universities all over the world, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Holland and the USA. This kind of opportunity enables you to develop your independence, experience another culture and see more of the world during your course.
Olivia Firth (right) spent a semester at the Institute of Tourism in Malta during the second year of her course.
Visit the Sheffield Business School website to view profiles of staff who teach in this area.
David - placement experience (1:34)
International tourism management graduate David talks about his work placements at Universal Studios in America and Thomas Cook, which he completed during the course.
Paddy-Jo Bright (0:37)
Tourism management graduate Paddy-Jo talks about the skills she gained on this course and how they are now helping with her career.