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.

 

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.

Before embarking on her academic career with the University of Derby, Event Management Lecturer Leanne Hampson accumulated a vast amount of experience within the events sector, ranging from festivals and outdoor events to corporate events and weddings. With over 15 years' first-hand experience, she has the knowledge and practical skills to professionally manage events in a variety of areas.

Awarded Lecturer of the Year by the Union of Students in 2019, Leanne’s ability to provide an applied approach to the course, successfully blending practical and academic components, is recognised and appreciated by students.

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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
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

Research

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.

Fieldtrips

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. 

Careers

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.

Accreditation

Our event management courses are accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, the Association for Event Management Education, and the National Outdoor Events Association.

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.

 

 Events accreditation

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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Student success leads to new career within the University

Sarah Jones loved her Event Management course so much that, after she graduated with a first, she got a job with us helping current students.

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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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Undergraduate Live Online Event

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the course with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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Fast track to Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Register with us today and fast forward to your future.

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Academic Achievement Scholarship

We’re offering eligible students a £1,000 scholarship to celebrate your hard work and success. 

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Postgraduate Study

If you want to take your knowledge and skills to the next level, we offer a range of postgraduate courses. And, if you study your undergraduate course at Derby, you could receive a discount on postgraduate study with us.

 

Our postgraduate courses:

MSc Events Management

MSc International Hospitality Management

MSc Tourism Management