Study at a leading provider of events management courses
The University of Derby is a leading provider of events management courses that are specifically designed for people working within the industry and who want to achieve a professional qualification.
Our events management courses are supported through our links with the leading national and international employers in the events industry which ensures that they remain relevant and in line with industry developments - these connections also enable students to put their learning into practice through accredited work experience.
- This course has been developed in partnership with the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA). It offers a comprehensive overview of events safety and helps you apply these skills to the workplace
- It's delivered by leading professionals from NOEA and the University of Derby. Course leader Eddy Grant has played a key role in the delivery of a safe and secure London Olympic Games
- You'll be up to date with existing legislation that affects you as an events organiser
- It demystifies the issue of risk assessment and you'll learn how to run events safely
- On successful completion you'll be awarded a University of Derby Diploma - a level 5 qualification - and you'll also meet the academic requirements for Tech IOSH.
Taking Creativity Seriously
"The responsibility of people's safety and lives cannot be underestimated and has to be taken seriously. The author of risk assessments takes responsibility for their content and a number have been challenged in court and a few have served a prison sentence. This Diploma aims to address the quality and skills needed. We take individuals experienced in events, provide them with the knowledge needed - inspire them, assess them, award them and have some fun." Richard Limb of NOEA
The Diploma in Events Safety Management is ideal for practising event professionals who are responsible for health and safety or customer protection at festivals, sporting events, public gatherings, commercial and not for profit events, as well as large-scale and international association meetings.
You'll begin the course with a three day workshop in Events Safety Management. You'll then attend a two day workshop in Events Legislation and a further two day workshop in Crisis Communication and Reputation Management.
On successful completion of the Events Legislation module you will meet the academic requirements for Tech IOSH.
All our online materials have been developed to be fully interactive and include video case studies from major events, talking heads from industry professionals and activities that encourage debate on our discussion board.
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.
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.
Real world learning
Our students have been shortlisted for two years in a row for the prestigious National Events Competition by MyEvent Vision part of the TUI group.
Throughout the MSc Events Management course you will experience activities including guest speakers, industry days and the chance to work on real life projects, which will help you combine theory and practice. You’ll be involved in consultancy with professionals in the industry working on projects such as the Llangollen International Eisteddfod (Festival), Capita Symonds and Showsec, and on major events such as Glastonbury, Liverpool Capital of Culture and the London Marathon.
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 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.
For more information, please visit our Postgraduate application page.
2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)
£825 per 20 credits*
£825 per 20 credits*
£13,500 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|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.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
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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Scholarships and bursaries
We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.
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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.
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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.