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BA (Hons) Event Management

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

You’ll be supported in your studies and preparing for your future
You’ll be supported in your studies and preparing for your future
Develop key event management and business skills
Develop key event management and business skills
Language option (Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish)
Language option (Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish)

This course includes the sandwich year options of:

Work Placement*

Study abroad*

*No fees are charged for this year

Why choose this course?

  • You will develop key event management and business skills on a course which received a satisfaction score of 85% overall in the National Students Survey 2020
  • The University is a member of the Association for Event Management Education (AEME) ensuring the course is at the cutting edge of Event Studies.
  • Graduate with great prospects; 95% of graduates from this course are working or in further study within six months*.
  • Get valuable hands-on experience working with businesses in the event industry on live projects. (Coronavirus pandemic permitting)
  • Experience, run and plan live and/or virtual events with external and internal clients as part of your course.
  • We’re rated TEF Gold, making us one of the best universities for teaching and support.

*Most recent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education report (DLHE) 

What's the course about?

Indicative course structure

Event management is a fascinating career that can see you working on inspiring projects all over the world. It offers a balance of theoretical and practical learning that explores the latest trends and practices in the events management, tourism and hospitality business. 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.

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

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.

Your main campus is de Havilland

You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.  

What will I study?

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. 

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

Student Blogs

Kamila - A typical day

My typical day

My typical day at university starts with revising materials for the subjects that I will have lectures from on that day. I revisit both recorded lectures and my notes that I gathered from tutorials. This allows me to keep consistency in my learning and allows me to be prepared.

After that, I leave the house and go to the gym. I study on the de Havilland campus, which makes it very convenient for me to combine keeping healthy with studying. The gym is located in the main building. When I am done with working out, I grab a meal at the restaurant, which is only a one-minute walk away. Since I started using the restaurant, I have saved money on food and time on preparing it! I really appreciate the fact that all the facilities are so close to each other which is a massive time saver; I don’t have to make multiple trips. This makes working everything around my university schedule easy.

During the lecture presentations, I follow along on my computer, make notes and try to be active (sometimes it earns you extra points!) After lectures me and my friends use the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) to study together and work on group projects. Sometimes we stay in late and grab a coffee from the LRC café which comes in handy!

Grocery shopping is what usually comes next. I and my flatmates pick up our reusable bags and head towards either ASDA or Aldi, which are about 10 minutes away from the de Havilland Campus. We try to shop for a whole week’s worth of food just once but somehow, we always end up going there every two days ;).

My typical day usually finishes with making popcorn and watching a movie with my friends after I have worked on my individual projects.

Student Blogs

Kamila - Things you should know

Things you need to know before studying Events Management & Marketing at university

Hi! Here are a couple of things worth knowing before you decide to study Events Management & Marketing!

Workload 📚

Don’t fear the joint courses! You won’t be studying twice as much, and you won’t be buried in work! Comparing my course with my friends, who study either only Marketing or only Event Management, I have realised that a joint course brings together the best of both worlds and allows you to have a bigger overview of the matter. What more can you ask for? 😇

Consistency

Consistency is key! There is nothing more important than revising regularly and making sure you have done the required reading for the next lecture. It is the best way to learn and makes exam revision way easier. Having said that, don’t stress over missing a revision session once or twice – we all need rest sometimes!

News 📺

Since it is a subject that is taught within the Business School, you will be needed to follow along with any business news that might be applicable. It will be useful not only during your lectures but also later when writing exams. Many times, exam questions will ask for examples from current world situations. Make reading at least one news channel your daily habit and you’re good to go!

Hands-on experience 🖐

Throughout the course, lecturers will be sending out suitable work opportunities they find. Make sure that you try to get at least one job experience. Choosing to go on a placement year is also a promising idea. Having experience is a huge plus to have on your CV (Curriculum Vitae) and future career prospects! If you’re not sure how to go through the recruitment process, Careers and Employment will help you with that. Just book an appointment!

Overall, I am sure you will have an amazing experience on this course, I certainly have! 😊

Student Blogs

Kamila - Why I chose Herts

Why I chose Herts

When deciding on which university to choose I was thinking about many factors. I tried to consider both academic life and my free time. Academically, I chose Herts because of the amazing Business School. I was convinced that the lecturers will provide me with all the knowledge that I will need when starting my career and I was not wrong. Even during my first work experiences I have references and went back to what I learned in the university multiple times.

I also decided to go to Herts because of its facilities. I have lived on both campuses and used both Learning Resource Centres (LRCs), which turned out to be amazing! They not only have teaching materials but also have quiet zones that will help you study and write your assignments. I am also a health-oriented person and having a gym on both campuses came in handy. I was able to go there straight from my classes saving me time. The food available at the restaurant has also been useful when I forgot to pack lunch or was too busy to make one.

When choosing a university, it was important to me for it to have nightlife. When will you party if not in your early 20s, right 💃?! Fortunately, Herts has an amazing club with many themed parties that will keep you up all night! If you don’t enjoy dancing and just want to grab a drink with your friends, EleHouse is your place to go.

After studying in Herts for three years, I can honestly say these were some of the best experiences of my life. I have made amazing friends for life, grown as a person and received a great education. If I could make the decision again, I would choose Herts without a doubt! 💞

Student Blogs

Sarah - Unibuddy

Alumni Stories

Abies Iriowen

Meet Abies Iriowen who has applied her degree to improve diversity and equality in businesses. She currently works as a Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at FDM Group.

Current job roleDiversity and Inclusion Advisor
Year of graduation2018
Course of studyBA (Hons) Business and Event Management

Abies Iriowen

University experience

Abies has fond memories of her time at the University of Hertfordshire and is grateful for all of the opportunities she had within and outside of her studies.

She stresses the importance of joining societies, going on trips and taking advantage of tutors. She says, that her studies gave her ‘the push to get practical work experience as they taught me great organisation skills and how to work well in a team.’

As part of her degree, Abies secured a placement at FDM group who then asked her to come back after she graduated. ‘I got to this point in my career by getting as much work experience as possible. I completed two summer internships before securing my placement.’.

Current career and future

As a Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, her role involves ‘managing school engagement programmes across the UK, supporting external conversations and diversity and inclusion, and delivering all Diversity and Inclusion Events across the country.’

In the future, she hopes to work her way up in an organisation to promote and support inclusive working environments.

I got to this point in my career by getting as much work experience as possible. I completed two summer internships before securing my placement.

Alumni Stories

Bradley Johnson

Meet Bradley Johnson who has gone onto work in Higher Education since graduating. Brad is currently working at the University as the Regional Manager for Africa and the Middle East.

Current job roleInternational Marketing Manager
Year of graduation2015 / 2019
Course of studyBA (Hons) Marketing with Events Management
MSc Business and Organisational Strategy

Bradley Johnson head shot

University experience and opportunities

Bradley immersed himself into his studies, taking advantage of all the opportunities his degree had to offer. He says, 'I was able to combine professional qualifications and academic learning, which made my whole experience more practical. In my first year of study, I started as a Marketing Assistant in the Students' Union, which eventually led to me becoming Vice President of the Students' Union in my final year.' He adds, 'Balancing work and studies can be difficult but the professional experience I gained in a practical role while studying was very valuable.'.

He speaks fondly of his time as a student at the University and is proud to be an alumnus who is continuing his professional career here. He says, 'I made great friends on my degree and through the Students' Union, and I've now got friends around the world, because of the wider Alumni community.' He adds, 'I am proud to have been a student at the University and that's the reason I work here now. I wouldn't work for the University if I didn't believe it was great.'.

Aspirations for the future

Still incredibly driven, Bradley is looking to study for this PhD in the future and hopes to remain in Higher Education, ideally in a policymaking role. 'Driving education policy in the UK is hugely important because Higher Education is one of our biggest exports in the sector; it does a lot for the civic good, providing facilities, supporting businesses and supporting the economy of the local area. A strong education policy is ultimately good for the country.'

I made great friends on my degree and through the Students' Union, and I've not got friends around the world, because of the wider Alumni community.

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