Full-time: 3 years †
£9,250 per year (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
112 (September 2021 entry)
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Go far as a future leader in the tourism industry. Our BA (Hons) International Tourism Management opens up a whole world of career destinations for you.
- Combine high-level management skills with a strong understanding of global tourism in the 21st century
- Be inspired by our exciting industry links: our networks include leading names like the National Trust, Chatsworth House and Disney
- See tourism management in action through fieldtrips in the UK and overseas
- Learn from experts with wide-ranging experience in the industry and an international profile for research
- Reach high professional standards on a course recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI)
- Become a member of hosco, the world’s leading hospitality careers network for students and graduates
- January start is available for stage 3 entry only
As one of the world’s largest industry sectors, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel and tourism now supports 319 million jobs – that’s 1 in 10 jobs on the planet. With the World Travel and Tourism Council predicting that the industry will continue to grow by 4% every year, there has never been a better time to choose a career in tourism.
Map out your future
Our BA (Hons) International Tourism Management offers a powerful blend of classroom learning and practical work-related experience. It equips you with the skills, knowledge and experience you need for senior roles in this dynamic sector.
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 gain vital skills in management, leadership, marketing, business development, finance and strategy to broaden your career horizons.
Work experience: your passport to success
Tourism employers tell us that candidates with work experience have the edge when applying for graduate positions. The BA (Hons) International Tourism Management features exciting opportunities for placements and summer internships, where you can gain high quality practical experience and receive mentoring from respected industry professionals.
Our students have honed their professional skills not only with local tourism, leisure and arts organisations but also with hotels, tour operators and tourism bodies in locations as far afield as New York and Tanzania.
If you are taking the four-year course, a formal industry placement lasting nine to 12 months is compulsory between your second and final year. You normally work as a paid employee.
While placements are not compulsory on the three-year course, we support you to gain invaluable experience during your summer vacation, either in paid or voluntary roles.
You may even find that a successful placement leads directly to a job offer, for example, whilst studying one of our students Fatou Jammeh undertook a three-month internship with the Gambian Tourist Board and was offered a permanent role there ready for when she graduated.
Meet leading local, national and global employers
You will benefit from our collaborations with major tourism industry names, paving the way to employer-led projects, placement opportunities, insight visits and inspirational guest lectures.
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, Merlin Entertainment, Monarch Airlines, British Airways and niche tour operators.
Broaden your horizons with fieldtrips
Regular fieldtrips offer ample opportunities to see tourism management in close-up – from airports and adventure parks to museums, galleries and stately homes. You could find yourself investigating audience engagement at high-profile festivals or learning how visitor access is managed in the countryside. Residential fieldtrips see our students head overseas too.
Take the chance to study abroad
We encourage you to take full advantage of our Go Places, Go Further scheme which gives you the chance to spend part of your course studying abroad. You will not only learn more about global citizenship but also view tourism management from a fresh perspective.
Our thriving partnerships with international universities open doors for you to take part in fascinating projects overseas. You could develop rural tourism in Malta, run guided tours on the Flanders battlefields, promote the resorts on Lake Balaton in Hungary, or explore hotel management in the Netherlands - to name just a few opportunities.
Hands-on tourism research
We specialise in ‘learning by doing’ so you will work on live projects briefed by a range of tourism stakeholders. These build your research skills so you can investigate challenges within the industry and devise effective solutions.
Our students have contributed to a professional audit which is helping the Victorian resort of Matlock Bath to refresh its image. They have also developed tours for school and college groups focusing on the behind-the-scenes commercial life at Chatsworth.
Our BA (Hons) International Tourism Management is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI), which lends professional credibilty to your qualification. It means that your course meets high standards and delivers the skills. understanding and experience that employers expect.
Through various projects and constant encouragement, the lecturers always try to ensure you know what is going on out there in industry.
BA (Hons) International Tourism Management student
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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You will gain a solid foundation of applied managerial skills in the context of the tourism industry. Your subject knowledge will be developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, guided study, research and applied practice sessions.
The course features a wide range of work-related learning such as guest speakers, conferences, industry days, networking events, competitions, challenges and employer-led industry projects.
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.
In your final year, this culminates in an independent study or project on a theme of your choice. Many students draw on their work-related learning experience for their dissertation. Recent examples include marketing for Guernsey Tourism and supporting a rural tourism initiative at Cornwall’s Eden Project.
Expertise to inspire you
You will be taught by enthusiastic and supportive tutors with extensive experience and contacts within the industry as well as a strong record for influential academic research. Their interests span subjects such as adventure tourism, cultural tourism, the psychology of the visitor experience, e-tourism and rural regeneration through tourism.
The team has undertaken investigations into issues as diverse as attitudes to disabled tourists and how to cultivate street art to improve the tourist offer in cities.
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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September 2021 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|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
- Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 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 highly employable, dynamic and confident professional.
You can demonstrate to employers that you have high-level management skills and valuable hands-on experience within the industry. Your analytical and research capabilities will also stand you in good stead wherever your career takes you.
Graduate success stories
International employers have major input into our courses and are keen to recruit our ‘work-ready’ graduates. You could pursue a variety of careers in tourism and related service industries, across the UK and overseas. Our graduates have secured management positions with national tourist offices, tour operators, hotels, conference venues, visitor destinations and local government.
Because we place an emphasis on entrepreneurial thinking, some graduates go on to set up their own businesses. One example is former student Caroline Ralston who established the first and only bespoke marriage proposal planning service in the United Arab Emirates.
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 own MSc Tourism 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 years with optional placement year
January start is available for those wishing to enter onto stage 3 only from January 2021.
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.
The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.
Included in your fees
- One waterproof jacket
- A Year 1 residential field trip including all essential travel, accommodation 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. Approximate cost £500, including travel, accommodation and breakfast, and any entry fees
- Any travel to and from an 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.