Full-time: 3 years †
£9,250 per year (2019/20)
£13,250 per year (2019/20)
112 (September 2019 entry)
January, September †
Our pioneering BA (Hons) Event Management will help you launch a career where you can really make an impact.
Events Management at Derby has been ranked in the Top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2019.
Develop your creativity to devise and deliver professional events that will delight and impress. You will build specialist skills in management, strategy, human resources, marketing and finance, to ensure every aspect of your events runs like clockwork. To keep pace with an industry which is evolving in new directions, we constantly refresh our teaching so that you are up to date with everything from advanced event technologies to the impact of economic changes.
What makes our programme unique is the opportunity to learn in a working venue, few university classrooms are as dramatic as the Devonshire Dome. This magnificent grade II* listed building, which forms the heart of the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism, hosts an action-packed programme of premier events, from banquets to wedding, conferences to exhibitions.
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.
You’ll have the opportunity to work on exciting placement and internships, so you can gain high quality practical experience, whilst receiving professional mentoring to expand your networks. We also encourage you to take full advantage of our Go Places, Go Further scheme where you can spend part of your course studying abroad and view events management from a fresh perspective.
We are a vibrant and friendly community and provide exceptionally high levels of small-group teaching. We have excellent student retention rates, and have received brilliant feedback from our students in the latest National Student Survey.
Top10for Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism*
To complete the BA (Hons) Events Management, you'll study modules such as:
- Introduction to Higher Education and Professional Development for Event Managers
- Marketing and Communication
- The Fundamentals of Event Studies
- Event Design
- Event Planning
- Customer Service Excellence
- Research Skills
- Business Development and Entrepreneurship
- Management and Leadership
- Event Legislation
- Event Production and Financial Operations
- Event Production
- Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
- Applied Professional Practice
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
- Crisis Communication and Reputation Management
- Event Tourism
- Advanced Event Technologies
- Independent Study (double module)
- Event Management ‘Badge of Excellence’
You'll gain a strong awareness of the international nature and diversity of the event industry, along with a solid foundation of applied managerial skills. Your subject knowledge will be developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, guided study and applied practice sessions.
The course also features a wide range of work-related learning such as guest speakers, conferences, industry days, networking events, competitions, challenges and employer-led industry projects.
Throughout your studies, you will be engaged in planning, managing and evaluating events. You will also work towards our Event Management ‘Badges of Excellence’ which are aligned to national standards.
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. One example is a project to develop a new PR and digital marketing plan for CCT conference venues. Students spent 24 hours at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick to immerse themselves in the way the venue is run.
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.
You'll be assessed by a variety of methods including:
- reports and plans
- oral presentations and pitches
- models and mood boards
- written tests
- case studies
- research proposals and projects
- practical running of events
- reflective essays
- experience portfolios
- annotated bibliographies
- self-audit tools
- business plans
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||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|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.
When you graduate from the BA (Hons) Event Management, you will have a compelling mix of skills to impress potential employers – hands-on experience, high professional standards, creativity, vision and strong theoretical knowledge.
With the event management industry expanding and diversifying at a remarkable rate, you can look forward to a wealth of career opportunities in commercial, not-for-profit and public sector organisations anywhere in the world. International employers have input into our courses and are keen to recruit our ‘work-ready’ graduates.
You could secure senior 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, 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.
Take your learning to the next level
You can consider progressing to postgraduate studies in related subjects, including our MSc Events 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.
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
4 with placement year
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
- One waterproof jacket
- A Year 1 residential field trip including all essential travel, accommodation and breakfast, and any entry fees
- Mandatory fieldwork travel
- A Year 2 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 annually: Including travel, accommodation and breakfast, and any entry fees. Approximate cost £500
- Travel to and from airport must be funded and organised individually
- Study & work abroad opportunities, costs vary depending on destination. If traveling 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.