Course details

Study options

Full-time: , Part-time:

UK/EU fee

£825 per 20 credits* (2018/19)

International fee

£13,500 for the full programme (2018/19)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start dates

January, September

Location

Buxton Campus

Course description

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.

Your campus will be the inspirational Devonshire Dome, which is a major events venue in its own right. This magnificent grade II* listed building, which forms the heart of the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism, hosts an action-packed programme of premier events, from banquets to wedding, conferences to exhibitions.

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. 

Placements - Available to UK/EU students only

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 with block modules held at the Buxton campus.

What you will study

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)
  • Integrated Business Management (40 credits)
  • Strategic Directions (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.

How you will learn

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.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be in possession of:

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:

For more information, please visit our Postgraduate application page.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£825 per 20 credits*

£825 per 20 credits*

International

£13,500 for the full programme

N/A

*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 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.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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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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Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

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How to apply

Careers

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.

Programme leader

Dr Iride Azara

Contact us

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Teaching hours

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.

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