Our MSc Events Management course will help advance your business and management skills through placements and opportunities to meet and work with industry professionals.
- This course is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, demonstrating it meets the recognised levels and standards of professional knowledge, skills and understanding
- Draw on our links with industry experts and work on live projects so you can combine theory with practice
- Flexible opportunities to study through 'blended learning modules', allowing you to earn while you learn
Study at a leading provider of events management courses
Prepare for a rewarding leadership and management career in the events sector with this masters course, accredited by the Institute of Hospitality. We are also a member of the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA), so you can be assured of our strong reputation within the industry.
Our lecturers are specialists in events management and are members of professional bodies including the Association for Events Educators (AEMA), and the Professional Event Safety Group. You will draw on their expertise gained through professional experience and academic research.
You can study this flexible course full or part-time. Or take our blended learning option and study while working. The full-time option also offers a work placement in the UK or abroad.
Links with employers and industry
There are many opportunities for you to meet industry professionals as we invite guest speakers and organise industry days on campus. There are also opportunities to work on real-life projects helping you to combine theory and practice.
We are accredited by the Institute of Hospitality - assuring you of our good industry links and reputation, and that our course provides you with the knowledge understanding, skills and experience to prepare you for a career in events management.
Our award-winning academic team are widely published authors contributing to academic and industry journals.
Study full time and you can choose to include an integrated work placement of up to 12 months. By choosing this option, you will study your Independent Scholarship module 'on-the-job', allowing you to research real-world issues faced by your company.
If you are not currently employed or you are an international student, we can support you to find a suitable placement.
Study while you earn
Our e-learning strategy allows you to study whilst in employment. You have the opportunity to study 'blended learning modules'; where most of your learning is online supported by your tutors. These blended learning modules are accompanied by block modules held on campus.
You will develop your understanding of events operations, planning, risk management, marketing, finance and strategy; and you will have the opportunity to apply this understanding to conferences, exhibitions, festivals, product launches, trade shows and sporting events.
To complete the MSc Events Management, you’ll study modules such as:
- Ethnographies of Festival Consumption (20 credits)
- Event Operations and Risk Management (20 credits)
- Research Methodologies (20 credits)
- Independent Scholarship (60 credits) - on this module you will develop your analytical and critical skills while investigating in detail a sector topic of your choice. Independent study forms the entire Masters stage of the programme.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
The teaching and learning methods we use include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical fieldwork exercises and online learning materials. Whether you are studying the MSc Events Management full or part-time, independent learning will account for around 60% of your time.
On average, 20 credit modules take 200 hours to complete, 40 credit modules take 400 hours and 60 credit modules take 600 hours.
All MSc Events Management modules are taught within the academic calendar (September through to July), but the pattern of delivery is flexible depending on the needs of the cohort, industry and university. It may include weekends, a block study week, weekly during the academic year or blended learning.
The assessment methods we use are designed to hone your professional skills and include briefing reports, pitches, presentations, essays, unseen examinations and case studies.
Applicants will normally be in possession of:
- A UK 2.2 (or above) Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas Institutions. All subjects are considered, but possession of degrees or relevant experience in related subjects will be advantageous
- A significant portfolio of work at an appropriate level or relevant professional qualifications.
Every applicant is assessed individually on their merits and will need to attend either a face to face or Skype interview. Students applying for the MSc with integrated work placement will need to attend an additional interview with a prospective industry organisation.
English language requirements:
- International applicants will also need to be able to show they have a good standard of English
- IELTS minimum overall: 6.0 for September 2021 entry
- IELTS minimum overall: 6.5 for January 2022 entry
For more information, please visit our Postgraduate application page.
2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)
£7,850 for the full course or £875 per 20 credits*
£875 per 20 credits
£14,700 for the full course
Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.
* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable
About postgraduate awards
Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Funding your studies
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Alumni discount for Derby graduates
We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.
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Whether you are a recent graduate looking to enhance your management career prospects or a current industry practitioner wanting to retrain or obtain an advanced, highly specialised qualification, this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the events industry at management level both in the UK and abroad.
The The MSc Events Management course also offers you access to academic and research positions.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.