Event Management Undergraduate Courses

Prepare to make an impact in an industry that’s expanding rapidly and looking for graduates with the right blend of practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

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Expert Teaching

You’ll benefit from working with lecturers who have a wealth of experience in their chosen profession and who are highly respected in the industry, from regional, national and international employers. You’ll therefore be getting industry-relevant teaching that you can apply to your future place of work. Many of our lecturers are involved in research, bringing the latest theories into the classroom.

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My studies provided me with the underpinning knowledge for my specialism and helped to grow my passion for the industry. I was introduced to many key theories and models, allowing me to apply and debate current scenarios with my students.

Leanne Hampson
Event Management Lecturer


As a student at Derby, you’ll be working with lecturers and tutors who are carrying out industry-relevant research. You’ll benefit from this research as your lecturers bring the latest thinking to your studies and, in some cases, you will have opportunities to get involved in research projects yourself.

Our event management team focus on current industry trends and issues relating to festivals, community collaborations, sporting and business events. Our research team, which consists of UK and international experts, are investigating topics including event design, tourism, legislation and planning, crisis communication and community engagement. As an event management student, you will be encouraged and supported to take part in research within these areas.


International experiences enrich many aspects of your studies. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to go on fieldtrips in the UK and overseas, where you can transfer the knowledge and insight gained to your modules and assessments, strengthening your learning experience.

Event management students have recently travelled to Lisbon where they visited the well-established tourism and conference centres. They also gained an insight into the 2024 developments for Lisbon. 

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Danielle Roe

My lecturers have inspired me so much, and I can’t wait to pass on and generate new knowledge with the tools I have gained during my studies so far.

Danielle Roe
BA (Hons) Events Management


At the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism, we’re serious about getting you started in your career, whether you’ve already decided what you want to do or need to find inspiration. With opportunities for internships, volunteering and placements, our hands-on approach to studying will ensure you’re ready for the world of work.

Your degree will give you a compelling mix of skills to offer future employers. With demand for high-quality event management graduates growing you will have a wealth of opportunities open to you in commercial, not-for-profit and public sector organisations around the world. You could secure a role managing exhibitions and trade shows, music and cultural events, conferences and fundraising campaigns, among many others.

Our courses

We are the first UK university to be a member of the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE), recognising the quality of our education. We’re serious about getting you started in your event management career and our event management course is designed to be challenging, stimulating and industry relevant.

Professional credibility

The Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism has been awarded accreditation as an International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education. The accreditation is for teaching, curriculum and student experience, so you can be assured that what you are learning is of the highest standard and centred around the skills employers are looking for.


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Strong Networks

We work closely with industry partners to make sure the skills we teach you meet industry demand, while also providing exciting placements and projects, both in the UK and abroad. Previous students have had placements with the Vibration Group (Printworks London); Disney; Wild Rumpus, who offer many festival and arts-based events; Cancer Research, setting up their Race of Life events; and Flair Events, who offer on-site festival placements.

Broad Horizons

Experience another culture first-hand and boost your CV with our study or work abroad opportunities. You could spend a year or semester studying in one of our partner institutions in Belgium, Germany, Malta, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Thailand and Greece.

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The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Student stories

Our students and graduates are people just like you. And they are making an impact in our region and around the world by using their knowledge and skills to drive innovation and change. You can be part of that story. Let our students and graduates tell you theirs.

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