BA (Hons) Events Management

Why choose this course?

  • No. 1 UK university for degrees in Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Spa Management (Guardian 2015 league table)
  • You'll get all the academic and practical skills you'll need to progress in the exciting and vibrant events industry.
  • Our campus is a popular events venue in its own right. The Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome was opened in 2006 by HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
  • There are overseas work placement opportunities and study abroad options.
  • We are situated in the festival town of Buxton, in the heart of the Peak District, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.
  • You'll be taught by tutors who not only have academic experience, but also know what it's like to work in the events industry, so they can pass their knowledge on to you.  Tutors have a high level of experience from different sectors of the events industry.
  • You'll be able to gain work and voluntary experience whilst studying.
  • In comparison to other Events courses we are able to see all our students on a daily basis and pride ourselves on treating students as individuals within our close-knit community.
  • You get support from your personal tutor throughout your course.
  • You have the chance to continue studying and gain a Masters degree or PhD.

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

  • As events become bigger and more complex, event managers need the knowledge, skills, attributes and experience to be able to make the next generation of events as professional, memorable and exciting as possible.
  • This course is unique in Events Management because not only do you study in a real events venue; you get to run the events too.  Our industry partners have told us that all graduates need the experiences we offer to maximize their employability.
  • As an example of these experiences, second year students on the Events Project Management Operations module of this course pitch for and run an event in our beautiful Dome venue (recent examples include a Valentine’s Party, End of Year Awards, the University of Derby Tourism and Events Conference). 
  • There are many other opportunities for work experience, working with our own company – Dome Events, but also working with our industrial partners.  Recent examples include working on the Bakewell Baking Festival, with Repton School on summer schools, with the Buxton Town Team on the Buxton Festival, and every year more partners want to join with us to offer opportunities.
  • This programme offers you a range of event modules supported by marketing, finance and human resources to develop you as an innovative manager with the ability to succeed in your area of interest.
  • We are the only university in the UK to have won the Excellence in Training Category of the National Outdoor Events Association Awards, so you know you'll get a great start to your career.
  • You will be taught by experienced event practitioners, who have worked in all sectors of the industry from conferences to festivals.

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

Stage three

  • Strategic Management
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Independent Study

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

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 MSc Events Management.

Recent graduates have been in touch to tell us that they are working in hotels, conference teams, at key venues, or they are party organisers. Some are setting up their own businesses as specialist suppliers to the events industry.

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

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