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BSc (Honours) International Tourism Management

Gain experience and understanding of the whole tourism industry, then choose the career that interests you most.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS N800 Course code

Course description

What you study

Gain knowledge and insight across the breadth of the tourism sector, enabling you to choose the career path that interests you most. You can pursue a career in management in a range of tourism areas, including airlines, tour operators, destination management and tourism media. There is also the opportunity to gain international experience by studying abroad and completing a placement abroad.

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, marketing and strategic management • tourism sustainability and development.

You can also study a foreign language from beginner to advanced level.

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 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.

Work placements in the UK and overseas

In year three, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating.

Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and salaries of up to £22,000 are possible. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Previous students have gained placements with organisations such as • TUI Travel, based in European resorts • Crowne Plaza, Hilton Head • Sunvil, London • Isle of Man Department of Tourism • Walt Disney World Resort, Florida • Butler Search Group, USA resorts • Thomas Cook, based in international resorts.

Real-world projects

As part of the course, you get the opportunity to work on real projects to build your skills and professional experience. Recently students have contributed to developing the network of the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum, helped organise their annual conference in Gibraltar, and been involved in developing Operation Make Safe, which seeks to work with hotels, tour and transport operators to raise awareness among staff of child protection issues.

Previous students have been involved in the Tourism Management Institute Hot Topic conference and the fourth International Adventure Conference. You also have the opportunity to attend the World Travel Market event in London, a major industry event. Fieldwork and site visits also play a key role in your studies. And we use visiting speakers, who are able to share their experiences and insight into the industry, to bring your learning to life.

You learn from lecturers with extensive industry experience in areas such as airline management, destination management and tour operations 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.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by EPAS. Only three universities hold this accreditation at undergraduate level which recognises the academic rigour, employability, internationalisation and research that underpins the course. The continuous improvement that EPAS requires means that you will also benefit from international partnerships, and more opportunities to work study and aboard.

This course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute.

The Tourism Management Institute (TMI) is the professional body for destination management practitioners, with members drawn from all levels of the private and public sectors: national, regional,sub regional and local. TMI seeks to support professional development within the sector, for potential entrants as well as existing practitioners. Assessment and recognition by TMI means that students can be confident the course will provide them with knowledge, understanding, skills and experience which will fully prepare them for a career in tourism destination management.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally, five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies


• 96 UCAS Points from three A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications . We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

• entry with prior credit – we consider applications for direct entry to the final year from those holding Higher National Diplomas or equivalent qualifications

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.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

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

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• business analytics • marketing communications • international tourism business • academic and professional skills • consumer behaviour in tourism

Year one options

• the world of tourism • foreign language

Year two core modules

• people and organisations • the international business environment • tourism industry experience • tourism, development and society

Year two options

• international adventure tourism • managing heritage and cultural tourism • international tourism destination analysis • digital tourism marketing • managing the visitor • managing nature based tourism • foreign language

Year three

• optional work placement

Final year core modules

• strategic management for hospitality and tourism • sustainable tourism planning • contemporary challenges for tourism • research project • enterprise for hospitality and tourism professionals

Final year options

• tourist destination marketing • learning through mega and major events • international air travel management • media relations in travel and tourism or foreign language

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • e-portfolios
  • group work
  • individual and group presentations
  • reports
  • posters
  • in-classed timed assessment
  • self-evaluations


This course enables graduates to go into a range of careers in the tourism industry or to use the management skills they have gained to go into other industries. Previous graduates have gone into careers in • customer service management • product development and management • operations management • marketing and promotion.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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