BA (Hons) International Tourism Management
Why choose this course?
Go far as a future leader in the tourism industry. Our BA (Hons) International Tourism Management opens up a whole world of career destinations for you.
- Choose to complete your degree in three years or take a placement year in industry between your second and final years
- Combine high-level management skills with a strong understanding of global tourism in the 21st century
- Study at our Buxton campus, ideally located on the edge of the Peak District National Park with access to over 38,000 tourism businesses
- Be inspired by our exciting industry links: our networks include leading names like the National Trust, Chatsworth House and Disney
- See tourism management in action through fieldtrips in the UK and overseas
- Take the chance to study abroad thanks to our collaborations with universities in other countries such as South Africa, Thailand, Bali and Holland
- Build your practical skills through live applied projects and tourism research in the wider community
- Learn from experts with wide-ranging experience in the industry and an international profile for research
- Become a member of hosco, the world’s leading hospitality careers network for students and graduates.
Already working in the profession and interested in improving your career prospects? You can also take this course on a flexible part-time basis.Show All
UCAS code: N801 or N832
Start date: September
Course length: N801 – three years, or four with optional placement year; N832 – four years with compulsory placement year
Campus: Buxton Campus
College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences
This course is available to international students
About this course
As one of the world’s largest industry sectors, travel and tourism now supports 284 million jobs – that’s 1 in 11 jobs on the planet. With the World Travel and Tourism Council predicting that the industry will continue to grow by 4% every year, there has never been a better time to choose a career in tourism.
Map out your future
Our BA (Hons) International Tourism Management offers a powerful blend of classroom learning and practical work-related experience. It equips you with the skills, knowledge and experience you need for senior roles in this dynamic sector.
You will cover all aspects of the industry, from destination management to consumer behaviour and new trends such as wellness and event tourism. At the same time, you will gain vital skills in management, leadership, marketing, business development, finance and strategy to broaden your career horizons.
Work experience: your passport to success
Tourism employers tell us that candidates with work experience have the edge when applying for graduate positions. The BA (Hons) International Tourism Management features exciting opportunities for placements and summer internships, where you can gain high quality practical experience and receive mentoring from respected industry professionals.
Our students have honed their professional skills not only with local tourism, leisure and arts organisations but also with hotels, tour operators and tourism bodies in locations as far afield as New York and Tanzania.
If you are taking the four-year course, a formal industry placement lasting nine to 12 months is compulsory between your second and final year. You normally work as a paid employee.
While placements are not compulsory on the three-year course, we support you to gain invaluable experience during your summer vacation, either in paid or voluntary roles.
You may even find that a successful placement leads directly to a job offer. Fatou Jammeh undertook a three-month internship with the Gambian Tourist Board and was offered a permanent role there.
Study in a bona fide tourist attraction
Where better to study tourism than Buxton, with its wealth of visitor and cultural attractions? This vibrant spa town on the edge of the Peak District National Park lures 1.4 million visitors each year. With major new initiatives to promote the town as a world-class destination – including the restoration of the town’s historic Crescent as the area’s first five-star thermal spa and wellness hotel – Buxton is a living case study of tourism development.
Our campus centres on the stunning grade II* listed Devonshire Dome, a landmark of heritage regeneration. You will contribute to the promotion of this iconic setting – running guided visits, creating audio and virtual reality tours, developing e-shops for local merchandise, and working with our commercial team to maximise the use of the Dome for prestige events.
Meet leading local, national and global employers
You will benefit from our collaborations with major tourism industry names, paving the way to employer-led projects, placement opportunities, insight visits and inspirational guest lectures.
Our range of partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors reflects both the local and international nature of this course. We liaise closely with organisations such as Visit Peak District, the National Trust, Natural England, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Tourist Information Centres.
We have also forged links with the likes of Disney Resorts, USA Summer Camps, Salzburg Tourism, TUI Thomson, Thomas Cook, Merlin Entertainment, Monarch Airlines, British Airways and niche tour operators.
Our annual industry networking day gives you the chance to talk to potential employers and build your professional contacts.
Broaden your horizons with fieldtrips
Regular fieldtrips offer ample opportunities to see tourism management in close-up – from airports and adventure parks to museums, galleries and stately homes. You could find yourself investigating audience engagement at high-profile festivals or learning how visitor access is managed in the countryside.
Residential fieldtrips see our students head overseas too. On a recent visit to Berlin, they toured the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial and the Eastside Gallery connected to the Berlin Wall.
Field trips in stages one and two of your degree are all included in the course fees.
Our Tourism students on a trip to Edinburgh
Take the chance to study abroad
We encourage you to take full advantage of our Go Places, Go Further scheme which gives you the chance to spend part of your course studying abroad. You will not only learn more about global citizenship but also view tourism management from a fresh perspective.
Our thriving partnerships with international universities open doors for you to take part in fascinating projects overseas. You could develop rural tourism in Malta, run guided tours on the Flanders battlefields, promote the resorts on Lake Balaton in Hungary, or explore hotel management in the Netherlands - to name just a few opportunities.
Hands-on tourism research
We specialise in ‘learning by doing’ so you will work on live projects briefed by a range of tourism stakeholders. These build your research skills so you can investigate challenges within the industry and devise effective solutions.
Our students have contributed to a professional audit which is helping the Victorian resort of Matlock Bath to refresh its image. They have also developed tours for school and college groups focusing on the behind-the-scenes commercial life at Chatsworth. Current projects include a survey of transport habits, with the findings being used to encourage Peak District visitors to engage in more active and sustainable travel.
What you will cover
To complete the BA (Hons) International Tourism Management, you will study modules such as:
- Introduction to Higher Education
- Marketing and Communication
- Tourism: Current Scenarios, Future Directions
- Exploring the Destination Environment
- The Tourism Consumer
- Tourism Experience Design
- Live and Applied Tourism Projects
- Research Skills
- Business Development and Entrepreneurship
- Management and Leadership
- Destination Management
- Business Tourism and Global Distribution
- Financial Management and Tourism Business Performance
- Tourism and the Media
- Progression in Tourism Employability
If you are taking the four-year degree, you will complete your compulsory placement between stages two and three. You can choose to study an additional qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice – to add an extra dimension to your CV.
- Consumer Behaviour
- Strategic Management
- Creative Applications in E-Tourism
- Reconfiguring Tourism Futures
- Wellness Tourism
- International Resort Management
- Event Tourism
- Independent Study (double module).
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 104 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
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Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
How to apply
- Full-time students applying in January should apply directly to the University
- Full-time students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS
- Students applying in January should apply directly to the University
- Students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS.
Information for international applicants
Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,250 per year
£1,155 per module
£11,750 per year
Fees for 2018/19 entry are still being decided, so please check back later in the year for more information.
How you will learn
You will gain a solid foundation of applied managerial skills in the context of the tourism industry. Your subject knowledge will be developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, guided study, research and applied practice sessions.
The course features a wide range of work-related learning such as guest speakers, conferences, industry days, networking events, competitions, challenges and employer-led industry projects.
The industrial placement which forms part of the four-year course is structured, relevant and designed to improve your academic performance as well as boosting your employability. Our dedicated and well connected placement team will help you find just the right position to match your career aspirations and professional interests.
Research-based enquiry is a cornerstone of this course. You will engage with industry, the local community and teaching staff to produce valuable findings for the benefit of the sector.
In your final year, this culminates in an independent study or project on a theme of your choice. Many students draw on their work-related learning experience for their dissertation. Recent examples include marketing for Guernsey Tourism and supporting a rural tourism initiative at Cornwall’s Eden Project.
Who you'll meet
We pride ourselves on being approachable, taking the time to get to know you and your career aspirations. Class sizes are small, which means you receive more one-to-one support and can make your voice heard.
Expertise to inspire you
You will be taught by enthusiastic and supportive tutors with extensive experience and contacts within the industry as well as a strong record for influential academic research. Their interests span subjects such as adventure tourism, cultural tourism, the psychology of the visitor experience, e-tourism and rural regeneration through tourism.
The team has undertaken investigations into issues as diverse as attitudes to disabled tourists and how to cultivate street art to improve the tourist offer in cities. We are also leading the way with research into wellness tourism, exploring ways in which Buxton can capitalise on the growing demand for holidays which restore people’s mind, body and spirit.
Our staff contribute regularly to high-profile international conferences, leading journals and major textbooks. Among publications are a new book on Thanatourism – so-called ‘dark tourism’ which includes travel to landmarks associated with suffering and tragedy. A volume on the management of religious tourism is also due to be published in 2018.
Your programme leader
Senior Lecturer Peter Wiltshier is a well-respected researcher, publisher and commentator on tourism issues. His current interests include rural regeneration through tourism; tourism management and promotion in micro-businesses; the benefits which tourism can bring to churches; and how to evaluate the impact of tourism on host communities.
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 be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
As a BA (Hons) International Tourism Management graduate, you will set yourself apart as a highly employable, dynamic and confident professional.
You can demonstrate to employers that you have high-level management skills and valuable hands-on experience within the industry. Your analytical and research capabilities will also stand you in good stead wherever your career takes you.
Graduate success stories
International employers have major input into our courses and are keen to recruit our ‘work-ready’ graduates. You could pursue a variety of careers in tourism and related service industries, across the UK and overseas. Our graduates have secured management positions with national tourist offices, tour operators, hotels, conference venues, visitor destinations and local government.
Because we place an emphasis on entrepreneurial thinking, some graduates go on to set up their own businesses. One example is Caroline Ralston who established the first and only bespoke marriage proposal planning service in the United Arab Emirates. Read Caroline’s story here.
Take your learning to the next level
You can consider progressing to postgraduate studies in related subjects, including our own MSc Tourism Management which prepares you not only for senior management but also for roles in academia and research. About 10% of our graduates choose to advance directly to this course.
Ongoing careers support
We’re committed to improving your employability at every stage of your studies. Our teaching staff join forces with the Careers and Employment Service to deliver workshops on subjects such as networking, CV writing and effective use of social media.
The support continues once you’ve graduated too: you are entitled to further help and guidance for up to three years after leaving the University. This includes signposting towards internships which you can undertake on completion of your degree and which often lead to job offers.
You can also take full advantage of the hosco careers network to discover opportunities and share good practice with other professionals.
What our students say
Jessica Mawson, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management student
“I flew to Zanzibar, Tanzania, to work at Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel for ten weeks. My time on the island and at the hotel was the most uplifting and rewarding experience of my life and I am so grateful for the opportunity. I gained so many new skills in hotel management and the internship has broadened my interest in working with hotels: this wasn’t an option I’d considered as a career before.”
Amy Cheung, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management student
“During the summer, I had an exciting opportunity to work for Swissport at East Midlands Airport as a passenger service agent. I had different duties which involved working both landside and airside. Overall, I gained valuable confidence, skills and experience of what it is like to work with great responsibility in a team and individually in a busy environment.”
Milica Palkova, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management student
“I worked with Thomas Cook and spent five incredible weeks in Cyprus as a transfer rep. This role was perfect: the combination of gaining face-to-face customer service experience and knowledge of how an airport operates. I would strongly recommend doing such a placement because there is nothing like working abroad. It looks excellent on your CV and, most importantly, nothing else is better motivation than waking up every morning and working in a beautiful, sunny resort.”
Fatou Jammeh talks about the course, the fantastic opportunities she’s had and her placement working in Gambia:
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