Are you already working in tourism and looking for a flexible route to a highly regarded degree? Or are you thinking of changing your career so that you can join this dynamic industry? Whatever your aspirations, our part-time BA (Hons) International Tourism Management is your passport to success.
- Learn while you earn: combine your studies with your working role for maximum convenience
- Study both online and on campus, spending just three days per module at the University
- Focus on your professional development and career progression so that you can take your next step in a fast-paced industry
- Combine high-level management skills with a strong understanding of the latest developments in global tourism
- Undertake live projects and tourism research based on your own workplace, delivering direct benefits to you and your employer
- Study at our Buxton campus, ideally located on the edge of the Peak District National Park with access to over 38,000 tourism businesses
- Develop your networks: we have links to major names like the National Trust, Chatsworth House and Disney
- Enhance your professional credibility on a course recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI)
- Learn from experts with wide-ranging experience in the industry and an international profile for research
- Become a member of hosco, the world’s leading hospitality careers network for students and graduates
Our hospitality, events and tourism courses have been ranked in the Top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2019.
This exciting new part-time course is aimed at nurturing the future leaders of the tourism industry. It is ideal if you want to upgrade your existing qualifications, specialise in new and different areas or make your first move towards a career change.
Map out your future
Our BA (Hons) International Tourism Management offers a powerful blend of online and classroom learning based around work-related experience. It equips you with the skills, knowledge and experience you need for senior roles, raising your professional status and improving your promotion prospects.
You will cover all aspects of the industry, from destination management to consumer behaviour and new trends such as wellness and event tourism. At the same time, you will enhance your skills in management, leadership, marketing, business development, finance and strategy to broaden your career horizons.
Our focus is on supporting your continuing professional development and your personal growth so that you are ideally prepared to take that vital next step in your career. We pride ourselves on offering a transformational experience so that you can think critically about developments within the industry and feel confident to investigate, evaluate and challenge.
Learning to fit around you
We have designed the part-time BA (Hons) International Tourism Management so that you can balance your studies with your work and other commitments. It incorporates significant amounts of online learning, underpinned by full support from our expert staff.
For each module you will also spend three days learning at our Buxton campus, getting to know your lecturers and your fellow students. This is a superb way to network and to develop your own study support group.
Our recommendation is 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 at www.gov.uk/student-finance/parttime-students
Study in a bona fide tourist attraction
Where better to study tourism than Buxton, with its wealth of visitor and cultural attractions? This vibrant spa town on the edge of the Peak District National Park lures 1.4 million visitors each year. With major new initiatives to promote the town as a world-class destination – including the restoration of the town’s historic Crescent as the area’s first five-star thermal spa and wellness hotel – Buxton is a living case study of tourism development.
Our campus centres on the stunning grade II* listed Devonshire Dome, a landmark of heritage regeneration. You could get involved in projects which promote this iconic setting – running guided visits, creating audio and virtual reality tours, developing e-shops for local merchandise, and working with our commercial team to maximise the use of the Dome for prestige events.
Draw on our strong industry links
You will benefit from our collaborations with major tourism industry names.
Our range of partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors reflects both the local and international nature of this course. We liaise closely with organisations such as Visit Peak District, the National Trust, Natural England, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Tourist Information Centres.
We have also forged links with the likes of Disney Resorts, USA Summer Camps, Salzburg Tourism, TUI Thomson, Thomas Cook, Merlin Entertainment, Monarch Airlines, British Airways and niche tour operators.
Such employer links broaden your knowledge of tourism management by allowing you to explore different aspects of the industry. They also pave the way to insight visits and inspirational guest lectures, while enabling you to extend your professional contacts.
Hands-on tourism research
We specialise in ‘learning by doing’ so you will work on live projects which can relate directly to your own workplace. You will build your research skills, investigate challenges within the industry, and devise effective solutions.
In your final year, this culminates in an independent study or project on a theme of your choice. You can draw on your own working environment as the subject for your dissertation, producing results which have a lasting and positive impact on the performance of your organisation.
Our BA (Hons) International Tourism Management is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) which lends professional credibility to your qualification. It means that your course meets high standards and delivers the skills, understanding and experience that the industry expects.
We are a corporate member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS). We also have strong links with the UN’s World Tourism Organisation and belong to hosco, the world’s leading hospitality network. When you join us, you automatically become a member of hosco, with access to around 30,000 graduate roles, internships and work experience opportunities from over 1,500 employers.
To complete the part-time BA (Hons) International Tourism Management, you will study modules such as:
Years one and two
- Introduction to Higher Education and Learning Through Work
- Marketing and Communication
- Tourism: Current Scenarios, Future Directions
- Exploring the Destination Environment
- The Tourism Consumer
- Tourism Experience Design
Years three and four
- Making a Difference in the Tourism Workplace
- Research Skills
- Business Development and Entrepreneurship
- Management and Leadership
- Business Tourism and Global Distribution
- Financial Management and Tourism Business Performance
- Tourism and the Media
Years five and six
- Consumer Behaviour
- Strategic Management
- Creative Applications in E-Tourism
- Wellness Tourism
- Reconfiguring Tourism Futures Option
- 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 three days learning at our Buxton campus.
You will improve your applied managerial skills in the context of the tourism industry. Your subject knowledge will be developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, guided study, research, applied practice sessions and online learning.
Throughout the course, you are encouraged to apply learning to your workplace where appropriate, using relevant and meaningful case studies from your own organisation. 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.
As a BA (Hons) International Tourism Management graduate, you will set yourself apart as a dynamic, confident and forward-thinking professional.
You will be able to demonstrate high-level management and analytical skills, together with research capabilities which will help you advance within your current role, set your sights on more senior positions and widen your perspectives on the industry as a whole. You will bring fresh insights back to your workplace for the benefit of your colleagues and clients.
Graduate success stories
International employers have major input into our courses so, if you are thinking of taking your career in a new direction, you will learn about the broad spectrum of opportunities in tourism and related service industries, across the UK and overseas. Our graduates are now succeeding in management positions with national tourist offices, tour operators, hotels, conference venues, visitor destinations and local government.
Take your learning to the next level
You can consider progressing to postgraduate studies in related subjects, including our own MSc Tourism Management which prepares you not only for senior management but also for roles in academia and research.
Ongoing careers support
We’re committed to improving your career progression prospects 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.
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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.