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BSc (Honours) Tourism Management

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

UCAS code • N800

Location • City Campus
Subject area • Tourism, hospitality and events

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At a glance

Gain knowledge and insight across the breadth of the tourism sector, enabling you to choose the career path which interests you most. Learn from an experienced lecturing team with industry and research backgrounds and then apply what you’ve learnt with a placement at a major organisation like Hilton International or TUI Travel.

Key points
• 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 that 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, in topics such • pro-poor tourism • economic impact of tourism • adventure tourism • national park policy and planning • urban tourism • small businesses tourism • human trafficking.

International award
You can 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.

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Fees – home and EU students

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.

Fees – international students

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

Assessment

• coursework • examinations • work placements by written report • group work • individual and group presentations • reports • in-classed timed assessment • self-evaluations

Work placements

Find out about work placements and how we can support your placement experience.

Optional year-long work placements are normally gained by competitive interview and are not a guaranteed part of a course.

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Professional Recognition

This course is accredited by EPAS. This accreditation recognises the academic rigour, employability, internationalisation and research that underpins the course. The continuous improvement that EPAS requires means that you will potentially benefit from international partnerships, and more opportunities to work study and aboard.

This course is also recognised by the Tourism Management Institute, the destination management section of the Tourism Society.

Tourism Management Institute
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