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Event management is a fascinating career that can see you working on inspiring projects all over the world. It’s an exciting, practical degree course that explores the latest trends and practices in the events management, tourism and hospitality business. It’s also ranked inside the top 20 of the Guardian University League Table 2018 for tourism, hospitality and event management. Our course draws on the latest theories and global case studies to explore why some events succeed and others fail. You’ll learn about event marketing, risk and security and hospitality operations. You’ll also have the chance to study abroad in one of our partner universities worldwide and to take an optional six-month internship at Walt Disney World, Florida, and study at the University of California Riverside.

Partnerships and opportunities

Here at Hertfordshire Business School, we’re firmly focused on enterprise and employability. That’s why, throughout this degree, we give you opportunities to gain valuable, real-world work experience with innovative events organisations specialising in sports, concerts, festivals and corporate functions.

We’ll help you find summer internships, take up fascinating work shadowing opportunities and even go on an optional year-long work placement between your Second and Third Year. In the past, our students have completed placements with leading businesses and charities including Walt Disney, Bluehat Group, the British Fashion Council, Givergy and Hope for Children.

You can also choose to broaden your horizons by spending a year studying at one of our partner universities in Europe, North America or Australia. We have optional language modules you can take before you go and you can even choose to study abroad for half the year and work there for the other half – getting the best of both worlds.

In fact, our partnership with Walt Disney and the University of California Riverside gives you the chance to study and work in the USA on a fantastic internationally renowned programme.

However you choose to spend your year abroad, it’s a life-changing adventure and you’ll come back with exceptional, career-boosting experiences and skills.

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Why choose this course?

  • Launch your event management career with a respected degree, ranked 5th in its field in the Guardian University League Table 2017.
  • Graduate with great prospects: 90% of graduates from this course are working or in further study within six months.
  • Work or study overseas for a year, bringing back skills and experiences that really stand out to potential employers.
  • Get valuable hands-on experience working with businesses in the event industry.
  • Work on live event projects and use real-world case studies to get to grips with the latest industry practice.

What job can I get?

Our graduates go on to work in the fast-growing event management industry in a variety of sectors from major sporting events to business conferences. You’ll be equipped for positions in the management and organisation of events in the public, corporate and charity sectors in companies such as First Protocol, Walt Disney Company, Goldman Sachs, Hilton Hotel Group, Luis Vuitton and Cancer Research UK. 100% of our graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of finishing this course.

Key staff

Dr Allan Jepson
Senior Lecturer in Event Management
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Dr Raphaela Stadler
Senior Lecturer in Event Management
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Dr Sarah Snell
Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Event Management
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Professional Accreditations

The University of Hertfordshire is a member of the Association for Events Management Education, the leading professional body dedicated to advancing events education in the UK and overseas. Our event management degree has been shaped in collaboration with them to provide the kind of professional graduates the industry’s employers really need.

What our
students say

The Event Management programme is fantastic to be studying on! I absolutely love it! The whole teaching team put so much effort into supporting us on an academic and pastoral level. The things I have learnt on my course really informed my placement year and I truly feel confident that I can secure my dream events job because of the opportunities and experiences this course has given me.

Shelley Gibson

BA (Hons) Event Management

Course details

Careers

We’re extremely proud to say that 90% of graduates from Hertfordshire’s BA Event Management degree are employed or in further study just six months after completing the course.

Our graduates go on to careers including events planning, hospitality management and marketing, often working for large travel companies, hospitality businesses and airlines. Thanks to their strong employability, enterprise and interpersonal skills, they have an average salary of £19,000 six months after graduating.

Teaching methods

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hours per module as well as revision sessions.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports, essays depending on the taught topics. 

Work Placement

At Hertfordshire Business School, we have strong relationships with organisations across the event management industry, including Walt Disney, creating valuable placement opportunities every year.

In the past, our students have also enjoyed placements with businesses and charities who manage corporate events, sports fixtures, concerts, shows and festivals, including Bluehat Group, the British Fashion Council, Givergy and charities including Hope for Children.

Study Abroad

The Hertfordshire BA in Event Management is very much an internationally focused degree, exploring trends, practices and approaches to event planning and coordination all over the world. It gives you the exciting opportunity of studying or working abroad – or even combining the two – giving you the kind of stand-out experiences and skills that employers today are looking for.

We have successful, long-standing partnerships with leading organisations like Walt Disney, opening doors for you internationally, as well as an annual international field trip. 

In addition, our academic team has a wealth of international experience, both academically and professionally, and their unique perspectives help to shape an inspiring, globally focused course.

Languages

You’ll also have the opportunity to develop sought-after foreign language skills by choosing language options alongside your core modules. Options currently include French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. 

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Data Analysis for Tourism & Event Management - 15 Credits
  • The Global Event Industry - 15 Credits
  • Study & Research Skills for the Event Industry - 15 Credits
  • Media Design for Event Management - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Mandarin Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 4b - 15 Credits

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Career Planning in the Event Industry - 15 Credits
  • Impacts of Events & Festivals - 15 Credits
  • Event Planning & Community Engagement - 15 Credits
  • Risk Management & Security for Events - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Management Accounting for the Tourism & Event Industry - 15 Credits
  • International Field Trip - 15 Credits
  • Event Marketing, Sponsorship & PR - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Law for the Tourism and Event Industry - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Strategic Business Management for the Tourism & Event Industry - 15 Credits
  • Policy, Politics & Events - 15 Credits
  • HBS Placement - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Industrial Placement Sem B only - 0 Credits
  • Industrial Placement Year - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (South East Asia) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (North America) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Australia) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad A (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad B (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • Industrial Placement (Semester A) - 0 Credits
  • Research Methods - 0 Credits
  • Dissertation - Event Management - 30 Credits
  • Sporting Events & Sports Tourism - 15 Credits
  • Live Event Project - 30 Credits
  • French Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 6b - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 Entry

72 - 168 UCAS points. 

Standard IB offer ie 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

‘All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.

Find out more about International Entry Requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

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28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)