Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2021/22)

International/EU fee

£14,045 per year (2021/22)

UCAS points

72 (September 2021 entry)

UCAS code

N82F

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

The highlights

Designed for 2021 and beyond

This  BA (Hons) Event Management degree is designed to give you the management and operational skills needed to succeed in the 2020s and beyond. We have a track record of running successful event management degrees, which regularly gained satisfaction ratings of over 90%, and now we've updated our curriculum to be even more relevant to the industry today. 

In particular, we've included more content about business management, entrepreneurship, sustainability, creativity and design thinking, so you graduate as a modern, adaptable and creative thinker who is not afraid to challenge the status quo and lead on change.

We've also redesigned the modules so that instead of studying specific modules in Finance, Marketing, HR and the other business disciplines, we teach these subjects throughout the course at points where they are most relevant. For instance, you will build your financial knowledge as you learn to create business plans, and you will develop HR and leadership skills as you learn how to change and transform an organisation.

Events and the visitor economy

This programme is part of our Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism, which has been awarded the prestigious. See which locations we've recently visited and what we got up to. The course shares key generic modules with our International Tourism Management and International Hospitality Management degrees, so you can appreciate how these three specialisms work together to make up the 'visitor economy' (the services and experiences that attract visitors to a destination.)

You will still focus on events - through activities, assessments and specialist modules - but you'll also develop broader business management knowledge and get the chance to take optional modules in tourism and hospitality subjects. It means you'll have a wider skillset when you graduate and a greater choice of career paths and postgraduate courses.

Practical projects and real events

Throughout the course, you'll be asked to complete a wide range of tasks and activities that an events professional might do, so you build up practical experience and can apply what you're learning.

For example, you'll design, plan and manage virtual, in-person or 'hybrid' events, and learn how to use the latest event technology such as live streaming, surround sound, apps and virtual reality. You'll also get the chance to create promotional videos or brochures for an event, plan and pitch new business proposals, carry out market research and customer satisfaction surveys, produce event safety plans, write bid documents, and evaluate the outcomes of an event.

Derby city and its surroundings are home to many major events venues including Derby Arena, Pride Park Stadium, Derby Conference Centre, Donnington Park and The Roundhouse. Derbyshire also plays host to well-known festivals such as Y Not and Download. We'll be drawing on our links with events venues and operators in the region, to give you exciting project and networking opportunities. For example, in the past our Event Management students have worked at the Y Not festival, comic book convention Comic Con, and other events for companies like Avant Homes and Peak District Artisans.

Key areas of learning

On this degree, you'll cover the full range of modern-day event management and business management skills. You'll learn to problem-solve and adapt to changing external environments, create successful experiences while considering sustainability, and plan, manage and evaluate projects.

We'll teach you how to research, analyse and present data, as well as how to launch a new business, manage finances and lead teams. You'll also gain vital knowledge around event safety legislation and learn how to assess risk, manage crowds and ensure adequate security is in place.

You'll graduate with a diverse skillset, a 'can-do' attitude and the knowledge and confidence to go out and make your mark in the events industry.

Studying abroad and overseas trips

In stage two of this course, you will get the opportunity to study abroad. You'll be able to choose from a range of countries, such as the Netherlands, Germany, Thailand, Bali and South Africa. It's a great way to experience a different culture, gain a new perspective on your subject, and have an adventure!

There are also plenty of opportunities to take part in study trips overseas and the UK, with Tourism and Hospitality students.

Work placements and internships

We'll encourage and support you to take work placements and internships, at home or abroad. In stage two, you must complete at least 30 hours of work experience and then between stage two and three, you can take an optional placement year or a summer internship. This is a valuable opportunity to gain experience and develop your practical skills 'on the job'.

Because this course is part of our Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism, you'll have access to HOSCO: a global hospitality network, which connects students and graduates with over 6,800 employers around the world offering placement and job opportunities. Through HOSCO and our other contacts, we'll help you find the right placement or internship and provide support during your time away.

5thfor Hospitality, Events and Tourism**The Guardian University Guide 2022

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You will build up your knowledge and skills through learning activities like:

How you will be assessed

We use a range of assessment methods - predominantly coursework, but there may be some online exams too. Your coursework tasks will be based around the key duties of events professionals and will include writing business proposals, delivering pitches and presentations, drafting project plans and evaluations, creating bid documents and event safety plans.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Isobel Stockdale
Programme leader

Isobel is Head of Discipline of Applied Management. She has been in education for over 25 years but started her career in Beauty and Spa. Isobel was involved in the development of the first degree for Spa Management. She has responsibility for our Devonshire Spa, which has won several industry awards. 

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Entry requirements

2021 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2021 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72
A-levelsDDD
BTECMPP
GCSEGCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at Level 2 as part of your course of study
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

2022 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2022 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72
A-levelsDDD
BTECMPP
GCSEGCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at Level 2 as part of your course of study
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

N/A

International/EU

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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International students

Students applying to start in September 2021 need to apply for this course through an educational agent representative.

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Students applying to start in January 2022 onwards may apply directly, through UCAS or through an educational agent representative.

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Careers

Having learned the latest techniques, processes, and technologies for event management, you'll graduate from this degree as a confident and creative event specialist with strong business acumen. If you want to launch your own business or work for a start-up, you'll have the enterprising attitude and attributes that are needed, including resilience, self-awareness and independent thinking.

Or if you prefer to work for an employer, you'll be well-suited to a range of roles in the event, tourism or hospitality sectors, as well as allied industries such as marketing, PR or HR. You could initially apply for roles such as Conference and Event Co-ordinator, Marketing Executive, Business Development Manager, Communications Co-ordinator, but several years down the line, we think you'll be leading, inspiring and shaping the future of the visitor economy.

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Additional information about your studies

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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2021 - August 2022 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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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