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Course and module structure

Tourism is a career that can take you anywhere. Our course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) and is ranked inside the top 20 of the Guardian University League Table 2018 for tourism, hospitality and event management. It’s a four-year course, with international travel, exploring the latest tourism trends and practices as well as the sector’s sustainability, cultural influences, community engagement and impact on destinations worldwide. You’ll also have the chance to take an optional six-month internship at Walt Disney World, Florida, and study at the University of California Riverside in an exclusive partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.

Partnerships and opportunities 

As part of our enterprise and employability focus, we give you many options to gain work experience.  You can undertake internships during the summer, engage in multiple work shadowing opportunities, and take on a year long placement between your second and third year. Our students have completed placements with a wide variety of businesses, such as Walt Disney, Rent-a-car Enterprise, TUI Travel, Thomson Cruises, Mundy Cruising, Wendy Wu Tour Operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Hilton Worldwide, Heathrow Airport and EasyJet.

Many students also choose to broaden their horizons through our study abroad programme in second year with one of our partner universities in Europe, North America or Australia. Some combine their language study options with a half-year of study in the language home country and then a further half year work placement in the same country. Without a doubt, they come back with excellent skills in a second language in addition to fantastic memories, experiences and career skills.

Our partnership with Walt Disney World Resorts and the University of California Riverside gives our students the chance to study and work in the United States of America on this fantastic internationally renowned programme.

You may also be interested in the following coursesEvent ManagementTourism ManagementEvent Management and Tourism or Event Management and Marketing.

Why choose this course?

5 Reasons to Study BA (Hons) International Tourism Management

  • The course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) and is a key partner of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)
  • You will get to study real world case studies and have the opportunity to visit an overseas destination
  • The course gives you the opportunities to do a work placement in small or large corporations, developing key employability skills, both domestically and internationally
  • You will work or study in a foreign country for one year of your degree and can learn or develop language skills to give you an edge in the job market.
  • You will develop key tourism management and business skills at a leading international business facing University on a course ranked 5th in the UK for Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management.

What job can I get?

Our graduates have secured roles such as account director, conference coordinator, customer relations executive, graduate trainee, marketing manager, project manager, resort representative, sales manager, travel consultant, web search executive and yield developer. Companies include British Airways, EasyJet, Enterprise, Expedia, Hilton International, lastminute.com, Marriot, Mundy Cruising, Ramblers Worldwide, STA Travel, Thomas Cook, TUI and Virgin Atlantic.

Key staff

Ms Alethea Bradley
Programme Leader
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Dr Nika Balomenou
Tourism Planning; Responsible Tourism; Visual Research Methods; Participant-Generated Image research; Volunteer Employed Photography
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Professional Accreditations

The course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) and is a key partner of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

Course details

Careers

Graduates have found employment in fields such as tourism planning, international tourism management and within large travel companies, hospitality and airlines. Our graduates can leave with key employability, enterprise and strong interpersonal skills. The average salary six months after graduating is £19,000 rising to an average of £24,000 after 40 months. 75% of BA (Hons) International Tourism Management graduates are in work or full time study after 6 months.

Teaching methods

You will be studying 4 modules in each semester 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 2x1 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

As with all courses at Hertfordshire Business School, you can undertake a paid work placement, on the International Tourism Management course, you must either Study Abroad or work abroad for one year of your degree. The Careers, Employment and Enterprise team based on the campus can help you find and tailor applications to maximise your chances of securing a relevant placement. 

As part of our enterprise and employability focus, we give you many options to gain work experience.  You can undertake internships during the summer, engage in multiple work shadowing opportunities, and take on a yearlong placement between your second and third year. Our students completed placements with a wide variety of large and small businesses, such as Walt Disney, Rent-a-car Enterprise, TUI Travel, Thomson Cruises, Mundy Cruising, Wendy Wu Tour Operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Hilton Worldwide, Heathrow Airport and EasyJet.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • The Tourism Industry Framework - 15 Credits
  • Study & Research Skills for the Tourism Industry - 15 Credits
  • Global Tourism Geography - 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
  • Italian Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Italian 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

  • Cross-cultural Management - 15 Credits
  • Tourism Passenger Transport - 15 Credits
  • Career Planning in the Tourism Industry - 15 Credits
  • Social & Cultural Impacts of Tourism - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Management Accounting for the Tourism & Event Industry - 15 Credits
  • International Field Trip - 15 Credits
  • Impacts of Events & Festivals - 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
  • Mandarin Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 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

  • Global Marketing Ethics and Culture - 15 Credits
  • Tourism Planning - 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
  • Dissertation - Tourism - 30 Credits
  • Research Methods - 0 Credits
  • Tour Operating (Mass Market & Niche) - 15 Credits
  • Sporting Events & Sports Tourism - 15 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 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 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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Living costs / accommodation

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How to apply

2018

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17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

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28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)