BSc (Honours) Events Management (1 year top-up)

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Events Management (1 year top-up)

Full-time Event Management

In a fast-growing industry, take on the challenge of delivering memorable events in a wide range of sectors including exhibitions, festivals and experiential marketing.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year
    International/EU: £16,655 per year

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

Course summary

  • Top-up your existing degree to honours level.
  • Learn the specific skills needed to create memorable event experiences, both physically and virtually, demonstrating business value for employers and clients.
  • Study the essential aspects of planning and delivering safe and effective events, from delivering persuasive pitches to delivering the event itself.
  • Specialise in the area of your choice.

In a fast-growing industry, take on the challenge of delivering memorable events with the support of experienced tutors.

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Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 6% of business schools globally.

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How you learn

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Watch course leader Daniel Woodason talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world of events, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Our award-winning lecturers have years of professional experience in different sectors of the events industry. They’re actively involved in applied and impactful research. So you’ll be able to understand the latest trends in events management and apply your knowledge to the design and delivery of live events – all making you stand out to employers.

You can learn more about our students’ work and experiences on our Instagram account.

You learn through:

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Planning and producing your own live event
  • Live projects with external organisations
  • Industry guest speakers, field trips and site visits
  • Attending or volunteering at live events and festivals
  • Independent study and group work

You’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of the events industry – such as experience design and the latest trends and issues in events management. You’ll also explore core business management skills – such as marketing and finance. With these, you’ll develop into a career-ready and well-rounded events professional. 

We believe you learn best when you engage with the industry and sector first-hand. You’ll gain a rich and well-developed understanding of the complexities, challenges and rewards of operating in the global events industry. This will culminate with your own live event where you showcase the knowledge and skills gained throughout your year of study.

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly-skilled, graduate-level employment through:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars, and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.
  • Industry-specific employability activities such as live projects and networking opportunities.

Course leaders and tutors

Ian Whiteside
Ian Whiteside

Senior Lecturer in Events Management in the Department of Service Sector Management at Sheffield Business School

Applied learning

Live projects

Activity-based learning is used throughout the course to develop key skills, culminating in the final year where you will design, plan, market and deliver an event, either for a local charity or a business client, using all of the skills, knowledge and experience gained throughout the course.

Throughout the course, our links with local and national event organisers mean that you will be able to undertake work experience in a variety of event sectors. Previous work experience has been offered from Conference Collective, Glastonbury Festival, The Village Screen, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Tramlines Festival, The Great North Run, Leeds and Reading festivals, Cancer Research UK, Festival Republic, BBC, Iron Man UK, Children’s Media Conference, Boomtown, English Heritage, and Global Brands UK.

Networking opportunities

Our links with industry mean you’ll be able to engage with a wide range of guest speakers from across the events industry. Guest speakers have included Martin Green of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Hull City of Culture 2017, London 2012 organising committee (LOCOG), and Eurovision 2023, Simon Graveling of Athens 2004, London 2012 and Sochi 2014, Arther Forbes-Whitmore from Ticketmaster, Lucy Kinsella from Festival Republic, Simon Read (Event Producer) from Ashfield Meetings Experiences and Jon Hughes from KPMG.

You’ll also benefit from our membership with the Association of Events Management Educators and National Outdoor Events Association. Since 2002 we’ve developed an impressive track record of forming tomorrow’s leaders in Events Management – with successful alumni working across the globe. Our graduates regularly return to share their career stories and events expertise.

Future careers

The UK event industry was valued at £61.5 billion in 2018  and is projected to reach £114.8 bn by 2032  (Allied Market Research, 2023).

Our graduates have successful events careers in many sectors – including event agencies, food and drinks companies, law firms, telecommunications companies, technology providers, marketing agencies, healthcare providers, travel companies, education institutions, museums, galleries and hotels.

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Events agencies
  • Outdoor and sport events management
  • Wedding and luxury events management
  • Business event management, exhibitions and conferences
  • Fundraising events
  • Venue finding and management
  • Festivals and music events
  • Events client management
  • Event project management
  • Experience design
  • Experiential marketing

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • The Lowry Hotel
  • Reuters Events
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Top Banana Events
  • Walt Disney World
  • Warner Bros
  • NEC group

We're proud to welcome back many of our award-winning alumni every year, to give you their insights into working in our exciting industry.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

Our students learn and develop their events management skills in our events spaces and specialist facilities on campus and deliver their live events directly in the community through a wealth of partner venues in Sheffield and the surrounding area.

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

Normally one from:

• A HND or foundation degree in a relevant subject, with an overall merit profile from year two modules.

• Equivalent qualification in a relevant subject.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Hot Topics In Events, Festivals, And Esports
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Live Event Experience
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Managing Outdoor, Sporting, Cultural And Creative Events
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(75%) , Practical(25%)
Strategic Experience Design
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Event management courses (PDF, 266.3KB)

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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