BA (Hons) Events Management

Why choose this course?

Top 5 UK University for degrees in Events Management in the Guardian 2016 league table.

  • 100% of students were satisfied with the overall quality of the course in the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS)
  • You can choose to complete this course in three years or take a placement year in industry between your second and third years
  • You’ll study in the inspirational Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome, a major events venue in its own right, giving you regular opportunities to work on real life weddings and corporate events
  • You’ll work on local and national events such as Chatsworth House dinners and the Glastonbury Festival
  • You have the opportunity to work or study abroad
  • Our passionate tutors have extensive experience in the industry and they teach in small groups so you won’t get lost in the crowd
  • Once you’ve graduated you’ll impress employers with your ability to hit the ground running.

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UCAS code: N820

Start date: September

Course length: Full time: three years or four with a sandwich year

Campus: Buxton Campus

College: College of Business

About this course

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

This course is unique because it needs the needs of today’s employers by helping you develop a complete set of practical and academic events management skills.

Real world learning

Our focus is on real world learning, preparing you for employment by teaching you how to apply theory in real world situations. Your campus, Buxton’s beautiful Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome, is a real life events venue providing you with lots of opportunities to manage events alongside your academic studies. It’s this real world learning that makes our graduates stand out from the crowd.

In recent years, events students have worked on celebrity weddings, a major Valentine’s Party and the University of Derby Tourism and Events Conference.

Links with employers and the events industry

We have fantastic links with local events organisers including the Bakewell Baking Festival and Buxton Festival. We’ve also developed strong relationships with national organisations like Capita and Showsec International Ltd that have opened up exciting work placement opportunities.

We are accredited by the Institute of Hospitality Management so you can be confident our courses are appropriate for your professional career development and meet international benchmark standards. 

Extremely active within the events management sector, we are a founding member of the Association of Event Management Education and members of the National Outdoor Events Association which means we keep up-to-date with the latest developments, knowledge and learning requirements.

We are the only university in the UK to have won the Excellence in Training Category of the National Outdoor Events Association Awards.

Field trips and studying abroad

Our tutors arrange field trips across a variety of events, large and small and in your first and second years you’ll have the chance to go on residential visits too.

We also offer students the opportunity to study abroad through student exchange links with other universities around the world and as part of the Erasmus programme. This is a fantastic way to see more of the world, become a global citizen and gain a new perspective on your subject. Graduates with an international perspective stand out in the eyes of employers operating in today’s global economy.

Placements and internships

A placement is an opportunity to gain vital industry experience with an employer. Placements are not compulsory on the three year degree, although you can take a placement during your summer vacation, either paid or unpaid as a volunteer.

If you choose to study over four years the placement is compulsory and takes place after the second year of the course. Typically you’ll work as a paid employee and will receive an additional Diploma in Professional Practice qualification. You will be supported in finding a placement by our Placements Office.

On completion of your degree you can choose to undertake an internship. These vary in length and may be paid or unpaid. Internships are advertised through our Careers and Employment Service.

What you will cover

Stage one

  • Themes and Ideas in Events Management
  • Event Feasibility and Logistics Management
  • Service Excellence for the Events Industry
  • Human Resource Management for Service Industries
  • Finance in the Service Industries
  • Academic Study Skills

Stage two

  • Event Project Management Operations
  • Corporate Events
  • Event Legislation
  • Marketing in the Service Industries
  • Business Development & Entrepreneurship
  • Academic Research Skills

Choose to take an optional placement year, or continue straight to the final stage of your degree

Stage three

  • Strategic Management
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Independent Study (double module)

And you will choose two options from:

  • Public Relations and E-Marketing
  • Anthropology of the Festival
  • International Events Strategy
  • Public Opinion and Persuasion.

Entry requirements

September 2016 entry
UCAS Points 260 (up to 40 from level 3 qualifications)
Specific Subjects Required? N/A

The UCAS point requirements above will be made up primarily from your core A2s (full A Levels) or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers etc.

We will accept a certain value of points (detailed above) 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

2015/16 Fees

This is a resource intensive course.

UK/EU students

  • Full time: £9,000 (each year)

International students

  • Full time: £11,190

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2015 and August 2016. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

2016/17 Fees

UK/EU students

  • Full-time: £9,000 (each year)

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2016 and August 2017. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

How you will learn

Your learning is based around the real world, recognising the value of learning that occurs in a work place context. Our varied learning approaches include:

  • Lectures/guest lecturers
  • Live projects
  • Experiential learning
  • Industrial placement
  • Case studies
  • Tutorials
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Online tests
  • Blogs and discussion boards.

Careers and employability

The unique real world learning we provide combined with an expanding events industry means our graduates are highly employable and can look forward to a raft of opportunities within commercial, not-for profit and public sector organisations - both in the UK and internationally.

Once you’ve successfully completed this course, you can get started on rewarding career 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.

Our graduates

  • Zena Agese - Global Trainee Buyer at F & F Clothing
  • Charlotte Ashton - Marketing at G F Tomlinson
  • Hope Carmichael - Account Executive at Periscope Live
  • Neil Geraghty - Event Safety Advisor at Symphotech
  • Sarah Ridgeway - Funeral Arranger and Secretary at Thomas Greatorex & Sons Limited
  • Eleanor Stephenson - Meetings and Events Co-ordinator at The Carlton Park Hotel.

Keep learning

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

What our students say

 “I had the opportunity to work at festivals such as V Festival and Wireless, and it's mainly through the skills that I gained being on my course that allowed me to do that” Shari McLean

 “As a space, the Dome is really special. I’ve never seen a University building quite like it. It’s aesthetically very beautiful so when events happen here they’re really special.” Hope Carmichael

 “The course is one of the best in the country; the results show that. The lecturers are so friendly and willing to help you. The class sizes are smaller than in other universities so you don’t feel lost and you get to know your lecturers well.” Hope Carmichael

“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

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