Well-qualified, resourceful and creative event managers can look forward to bright career prospects in an industry offering limitless opportunities. Our new part-time route to the BA (Hons) Event Management puts those opportunities within your grasp.
This course is accepting applications for 2019 entry.
- Choose a flexible course which enables you to combine your studies with your work commitments so you can keep earning as you learn
- Realise your ambitions through a powerful mix of online and on-campus studies: you only need to attend the University for three days per module
- Broaden your knowledge and experience of delivering successful events for a wide range of clients and occasions
- Develop managerial and leadership skills to help you reach more senior levels in your career
- Apply your learning directly to your own role at work, enhancing your performance and productivity
- Study in an inspiring real-life events venue, our dramatic Devonshire Dome in the festival town of Buxton
- Boost your credibility on a degree accredited by the Institute of Hospitality
- Benefit from our strong professional networks: employers have significant input into the development and delivery of our courses.
Deepen your understanding, broaden your outlook
The BA (Hons) Event Management takes your skills and knowledge to the next level, leading to a qualification which is respected within the profession and matches the needs of employers. It not only improves your effectiveness at work but also opens your eyes to the growing opportunities in this fast-paced industry.
We help you to broaden your repertoire so that you can envision, create and deliver memorable, professional events of all kinds. You will also build a well-rounded portfolio of skills covering management, strategy, human resources, marketing and finance.
Our curriculum is constantly refreshed to keep you up to date with latest trends such as advanced event technologies, new legislation and the burgeoning interest in event tourism.
Fit your learning around your other commitments
With its combination of online and on-campus learning, the part-time BA (Hons) Event Management is designed to help you balance your studies with your work schedules and other commitments. You will benefit from the full support and guidance of our expert staff throughout.
For each module, you will spend three days learning at our Buxton campus. You will get to know your lecturers and fellow students so that you can create networks, share best practice and set up your own study support groups.
We recommend that you study three modules (or 60 credits) per year. However, if you wish, you can fast track your learning and study more modules per year, subject to availability.
As a part-time student, you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to fund your studies. Find out more here.
An inspiring classroom for your studies
When you join us for your on-campus studies, you will discover an exceptional learning environment which few universities can rival. A bona fide events venue, the Devonshire Dome is an impressive grade II* listed building which forms the heart of our Buxton campus.
A lively and vibrant space, the Dome is now the setting for a full programme of premier events, from banquets to weddings, conferences to exhibitions. You will be able to see at first hand how our commercial team promotes and uses the Dome as a prestige venue.
The town of Buxton itself has been dubbed the festival capital of England. The nearby Peak District National Park, which attracts over 10 million tourists each year, will provide you with endless material showing how events form a crucial part of the visitor economy.
High-quality hands-on experience
As part of the BA (Hons) Event Management, you could find yourself helping to arrange prestigious University events such as graduation ceremonies and international conferences, or running fundraisers for local charities.
Some of our students have even secured work placements at events like London Fashion Week, Glastonbury, Download Festival and Derby Book Festival.
Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to use your own workplace as a case study, so that your learning has a genuine impact on your organisation. It could mean introducing new procedures, branching out into new markets, exploring latest event technologies, or improving customer service.
Thriving industry networks
We have flourishing links with major names such as Capita, Zibrant, Showsec and Flair Event Staffing and Management, plus the organisers of renowned attractions like the Buxton Festival.
These give you further insights into the commercial world of event management. Our annual Industry Networking Day and Events and Hospitality Conference also give you the chance to meet prominent figures from the profession.
Our programme of guest lectures offers plentiful inspiration too. Recent events have featured PR and digital marketing workshops and have explored the management of music festivals.
A course with professional credibility
We work closely with leading professional bodies such as the Institute of Hospitality, the Meetings Industry Association, the Association of Event Management Education, the National Outdoor Event Association and the Association of Festival Organisers.
Such collaborations mean you will benefit from additional resources plus opportunities to attend national conferences, networking events and guest lectures.
When you join us, you will also become a member of hosco, the world’s leading hospitality network offering access to some 30,000 graduate roles, internships and work experience opportunities from over 1,500 employers.
In addition, you can study further professional qualifications alongside your degree, such as the Personal Licence Holder award.
To complete the BA (Hons) Event Management, you will study modules such as:
Years one and two
- Introduction to Higher Education and Learning Through Work
- Marketing and Communication
- The Fundamentals of Event Studies
- Event Design
- Event Planning
- Customer Service Excellence
Years three and four
- Research Skills
- Business Development and Entrepreneurship
- Management and Leadership
- Making a Difference in the Event Workplace
- Event Legislation
- Event Production and Financial Operations
Years five and six
- Consumer Behaviour
- Strategic Management
- Crisis Communication and Reputation Management
- Event Tourism
- Independent Study (double module)
Flexibility and convenience
This is a part-time course which can easily be combined with your work duties. While your studies will mainly take place online, for each module you will also spend blocks of three days learning at our Buxton campus.
Your subject knowledge will be developed through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, applied practice sessions and online learning. You will gain a strong awareness of the international nature and diversity of the event industry, along with a solid foundation of applied managerial skills.
Throughout the course, you are also encouraged to apply your learning to your own workplace where appropriate, using relevant and meaningful case studies from your organisation.
Your final year culminates in an independent study or project on a theme of your choice, where you will plan, design, execute and communicate a substantial piece of intellectual work. This can reflect an issue or challenge facing your organisation, with your findings being used to make a genuine difference to working practices.
You could also engage with our programme of guest speakers, conferences, industry days, fieldtrips, networking events, competitions and challenges.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||N/A|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
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.
With the BA (Hons) Event Management qualification under your belt, you can take the next step to success in an industry which is expanding and diversifying at a remarkable rate.
If you are already working within a relevant role, you will have a highly regarded qualification – together with hands-on experience, creativity, vision and managerial prowess – which will help you to take on greater responsibility and advance to more senior roles.
If you are looking to change your career and move into the event management industry, you can look forward to a wealth of opportunities in commercial, not-for-profit and public sector organisations. The UK events industry alone is now worth £42.3 billion, accounting for 35% of the visitor economy and supporting 570,000 jobs. You could secure roles managing:
- Exhibitions and trade shows
- Festivals and cultural events
- Music events
- Sports events
- Outdoor events
- Conferences and meetings
- Corporate hospitality
- Incentive travel
- Sponsorship, fundraising and PR campaigns
Graduate success stories
Our recent graduates have progressed to jobs such as Conference and Events Co-ordinator; Wedding and Event Planner; Corporate Partnerships Manager; Business Development Manager; Marketing Executive; and Conference and Logistics Infrastructure and Site Management Consultant.
Among our 2016 graduate cohort:
- Musician Ben Foulds has launched his own company, StreetStar Entertainment, in Greater Manchester.
- Manon Ghequiere, who brought the international foodie trend of ‘Dining in the Dark’ to Buxton during her studies with us, now works at the five-star luxury Marriott Hotel in Doha.
Take your learning to the next level
You can consider progressing to postgraduate studies in related subjects, including our own MSc Event Management which is ideal if you want to develop your leadership and management potential further or if you would like to advance to roles in academia and research.
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 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. You can also take full advantage of the hosco careers network to discover opportunities and share good practice with other professionals.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
January start is available for Stage 3 entry only
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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.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art 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.
Included in your fees
- Waterproof jacketLevel 4 residential field trip, including all essential travel, accommodation and breakfast, and any entry fees
- Mandatory fieldwork travel
- Level 5 residential field trip, including all essential travel, accommodation and entry fees
- First Aid certificate
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Optional international field trip to a new destination whilst studying for each level: Including travel, accommodation and breakfast, and any entry fees. Approximate cost £500
- Travel to and from the airport must be funded and organised individually
- Study & work abroad opportunities, costs vary depending on destination. If travelling in Europe students may be eligible for up to €250 a month maintenance grant through the Erasmus programme
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.