Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

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.

5thfor Hospitality, Events & Tourism**The Guardian University Guide 2020

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. 

Professional Credibility 

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. 

What you will study

To complete the BA (Hons) International Tourism Management, you will study modules such as:

  • Marketing and Communication
  • Tourism: Current Scenarios, Future Directions
  • Exploring the Destination Environment
  • The Tourism Consumer
  • Tourism Experience Design
  • Introduction to Higher Education and Professional Development for Tourism Managers
  • Research Skills
  • Business Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Management and Leadership
  • Business Tourism and Global Distribution
  • Financial Management and Tourism Business Performance
  • Tourism and the Media
  • Progression in Tourism Employability


If taking the four-year degree, you will complete your compulsory placement in your third year, between stages two and three.
Giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in the industry and stand-out in the graduate job market.

Stage three

  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Strategic Management
  • Creative Applications in E-Tourism
  • Reconfiguring Tourism Futures
  • Wellness Tourism
  • International Resort Management
  • Event Tourism
  • Independent Study (double module).

Through various projects and constant encouragement, the lecturers always try to ensure you know what is going on out there in industry.

Evie Wisniewska
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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How you will learn

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.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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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.

Duncan Marson
Programme leader

Duncan is a Lecturer in Tourism and Applied Management.

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† 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.

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.

Included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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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