BA (Hons) Tourism Management
- Ranked 7th nationally for Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (The Guardian)
About the course
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 explores the latest trends and practices within the industry, examining the impact tourism has on destinations, as well as the sector’s sustainability, cultural influences and community engagement. You’ll also have the chance to take a 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.
You can also study a language with this course. You can be awarded the degree ‘with language’ in the title if you choose to study a foreign language in all years of study.
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.
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Why choose this course?
5 Reasons to Study BA (Hons) 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
- All students have the option to study abroad.
- 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 will I study?
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.
All students have the option to study abroad in more than 30 countries across 6 continents. The course allows you study a language as well as the opportunity to study abroad, giving a firm grounding an internationally and globally employable marketer.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about what Study Abroad can do for you.
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) 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.