About the course

Indicative course 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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 International Tourism Management with a European Language 2019 Course fact sheet 2 International Tourism Management with an Eastern Language 2019 Course fact sheet 3 BA (Hons) International Tourism Management
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Languages Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 2 BA (Hons) Tourism Management

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.

Key staff

Ms Alethea Bradley
Programme Leader
Find out more about Ms Alethea Bradley

Dr Nika Balomenou
Tourism Planning; Responsible Tourism; Visual Research Methods; Participant-Generated Image research; Volunteer Employed Photography
Find out more about Dr Nika Balomenou

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.

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.

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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    The Tourism Industry Framework 15 Credits Compulsory
    Study & Research Skills for the Tourism Industry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Tourism Geography 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mandarin Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Cross-cultural Management 15 Credits Compulsory
    Tourism Passenger Transport 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Planning in the Tourism Industry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Social & Cultural Impacts of Tourism 15 Credits Compulsory
    Management Accounting for the Tourism & Event Industry 15 Credits Optional
    International Field Trip 15 Credits Optional
    Impacts of Events & Festivals 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Law for the Tourism and Event Industry 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Global Marketing Ethics and Culture 15 Credits Compulsory
    Tourism Planning 15 Credits Compulsory
    HBS Placement 0 Credits Compulsory
    Industrial Placement Sem B only 0 Credits Optional
    Industrial Placement Year 0 Credits Optional
    Placement Study Abroad (South East Asia) 0 Credits Optional
    Placement Study Abroad (North America) 0 Credits Optional
    Placement Study Abroad (Australia) 0 Credits Optional
    Placement Study Abroad A (Europe) 0 Credits Optional
    Placement Study Abroad B (Europe) 0 Credits Optional
    Placement Study Abroad (Europe) 0 Credits Optional
    Industrial Placement (Semester A) 0 Credits Optional
    Dissertation - Tourism 30 Credits Optional
    Research Methods 0 Credits Optional
    Tour Operating (Mass Market & Niche) 15 Credits Optional
    Sporting Events & Sports Tourism 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Italian Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Italian Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Italian Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Italian Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 6b 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

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

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    First year - An induction UK field trip (Optional) : £250

    Second year - An international field trip (Optional): £550

    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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    96 CCC MMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

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

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Mandatory Sandwich Placement year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students