BA (Hons) Events Management

Why choose this course?

  • No. 1 UK university for degrees in Hospitality, Events Management and Tourism (Guardian 2015 league table)
  • You will obtain the academic and practical skills you will need to progress in the exciting and vibrant events industry
  • We have excellent links with the industry so you will have the opportunity to go on national and international placements, and develop your skills and experience, which will help in your career
  • Our academics have vast industry experience, and will continuously strive to give you the best experiences and education
  • With real world learning you will gain valuable industry experience while studying
  • Tuition staff are available to see you on a daily basis, and we pride ourselves on treating students as individuals within our close knit community
  • Our tutors have a high level of experience from different sectors of the events industry
  • You will be fully supported by your personal tutor throughout your course
  • Gain further qualifications in order to add extra skills to your CV.

You can also study this course as a Two Year degree.

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UCAS code: N820

Start date: September

Course length: Full time: Three-four years (including an optional placement year). Part time: four-six years. If you already have a HND or foundation degree, you can apply for the final year of this course to top up to an honours degree.

Campus: Buxton Campus

College: College of Business

About this course

This is a unique course in the study of Events Management, as not only will you study and learn in a real events venue, you will run the events too. Some of our current second year students have successfully set up their own events company, and last year they put on a very popular Fashion Show at our Derby Campus.

Previous students have organised corporate dinners for over 800 guests, an amateur boxing evening, a Spring festival for the Buxton Town Team, a food festival at nearby Bakewell, an end of year student party, a military tattoo and much more.

We are the only UK university to have won the Excellence in Training category at the National Outdoor Events Association Awards, so you know this degree will be a solid foundation for your career.

As events become bigger and more complex, the next generation of event managers need the knowledge, skills and attributes to ensure events are as professional, memorable and exciting as possible.

This programme offers you a range of event modules, supported by overviews in marketing, finance and human resources, to help develop you as an innovative manager, with the ability to succeed in your area of interest.

You will be taught by experienced event practitioners, who have worked in all sectors of the industry, from conferences to festivals, and you will use your learnt skills to organise professional events with our own company, Dome Events; gaining the industry experience employers demand.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are usually 260 UCAS points, of which at least 220 will be from your core A2s (full A levels) or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers etc.

We'll accept up to 40 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS levels (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project or Music qualifications.

We don't accept points from Key Skills Level 3. If you have any questions about what is or isn't accepted, please contact our Admissions team.

We also accept the Access to HE Diploma.

Your points at Level 3 will be in addition to 5 GCSEs at grade C or equivalent level 2 qualifications.

The UCAS tariff points are a guide - we'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application. We'll also want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university.

General undergraduate entry requirements

How to apply

UK/EU students

International students

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Fees and finance

2014/15 Fees

This is a resource intensive course.

UK/EU students

  • Full time: £8,600 (each year)

International students

  • Full time: £10,725

*These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2014 and August 2015. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

How you will learn

The learning and teaching strategy for this course is based around real world learning, and a work based teaching strategy has been employed that recognises the value of learning that occurs in a work place context.

You will be assessed through a combination of individual written assignments, practical assessments, group or individual presentations, and individual or group projects. Assessments have been designed to reflect the teaching and learning strategy of the course.

Careers and employability

The events industry is expanding rapidly and there are a wide range of opportunities within commercial, public sector and nonprofit organisations, so you will have good employment prospects in the UK and internationally when you graduate. When you have successfully completed this course, you will have opportunities to apply for careers in a wide range of sectors including:

  • Conference and meetings
  • Exhibitions and trade shows
  • Incentive travel
  • Corporate hospitality
  • Outdoor events
  • Festivals and cultural events
  • Music events
  • Sports events

There are also opportunities to continue studying when you have completed your degree by progressing on to MA Events Management.

What our students say

“I had a great time studying Events Management at Buxton because it was a good mix of practical opportunities as well as theoretical input.  The course really helped me develop into a young professional but I couldn't have done this without the support and help from the excellent lecturers.” Jason McDermott

“I didn't realise how enjoyable learning could be on the events management course. The small, friendly campus helps to provides a very supportive community for students.” Sarah Horth

“The fact that I was an international student I found that everyone was very friendly and helpful towards me. I gained lots of practical work experience which was supported by the academic theory during lectures and seminar sessions.” Carina Stere

"The best thing about UDB events are the real world learning opportunities. The Dome is an events venue and we are constantly offered work experience alongside our course. There are work experience opportunities both within the university and with external clients, so there are some really invaluable opportunities.

The events course itself is also real-world learning based. One of the first year modules involves working with a client to create an event for their venue space working to their client brief. Not only are you learning all you can about event management but it’s a real taste of what you’ll do in the industry when you leave. I think it’s fantastic to have all these opportunities because it’s what will count when it comes to job interviews. ” Natalie Bell Year 1 BA (Hons) Events Management student