Full-time: 3 years †
£9,250 per year (2019/20)
£13,250 per year (2019/20)
112 (September 2019 entry)
N832 with industrial placement year
January, September †
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
- Study at our Buxton campus, ideally located on the edge of the Peak District National Park
- 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
Our hospitality, events and tourism courses have been ranked in the Top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2019.
As one of the world’s largest industry sectors, travel and tourism now supports 284 million jobs – that’s 1 in 11 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. Fatou Jammeh undertook a three-month internship with the Gambian Tourist Board and was offered a permanent role there.
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 will contribute to the promotion of 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.
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, Thomas Cook, Merlin Entertainment, Monarch Airlines, British Airways and niche tour operators.
Our annual industry networking day gives you the chance to talk to potential employers and build your professional contacts.
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. On a recent visit to Berlin, they toured the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial and the Eastside Gallery connected to the Berlin Wall.
Field trips in stages one and two of your degree are all included in the course fees.
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.
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
Industry Placement Year (optional)
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.
- 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.
BA (Hons) International Tourism Management student
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.
Who you'll meet
We pride ourselves on being approachable, taking the time to get to know you and your career aspirations. Class sizes are small, which means you receive more one-to-one support and can make your voice heard.
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. We are also leading the way with research into wellness tourism, exploring ways in which Buxton can capitalise on the growing demand for holidays which restore people’s mind, body and spirit.
Our staff contribute regularly to high-profile international conferences, leading journals and major textbooks. Among publications are a new book on Thanatourism – so-called ‘dark tourism’ which includes travel to landmarks associated with suffering and tragedy. A volume on the management of religious tourism is also due to be published in 2018.
Your programme leader
Senior Lecturer Peter Wiltshier is a well-respected researcher, publisher and commentator on tourism issues. His current interests include rural regeneration through tourism; tourism management and promotion in micro-businesses; the benefits which tourism can bring to churches; and how to evaluate the impact of tourism on host communities.
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.
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 Caroline Ralston who established the first and only bespoke marriage proposal planning service in the United Arab Emirates.
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. About 10% of our graduates choose to advance directly to this course.
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.
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† Additional information about your studies
4 years with industrial placement year
January start is available for Stage 3 entry only
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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 polo shirt and 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.