Tourism Management BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (6 years)


January 2018, September 2018

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Please note, this course is no longer recruiting. For alternative options, please visit our part time courses page.


Study the economic, social, political, cultural and environmental significance of tourism. Take part in exciting study visits and prepare for a career in an industry which is of major, and growing, importance to our global economy.

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Tourism graduates can follow careers in environmental or events planning, outdoor leisure management, destination marketing, consultancy, leisure promotion, tourism analysis – or the wider field of business management. It’s possible to focus on a particular area of interest and embark on a career in a specific sector of the industry.

Throughout our BSc (Hons) Tourism Management course, you’ll benefit from lectures and seminars on career-relevant issues, such as CV preparation, job-hunting, obtaining work experience and using social media.

Our dedicated placements and employability support team can help you access information that’s directly relevant to tourism graduates. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on your strengths and areas for development, and to make plans to enhance your skills and experience in preparation for employment.

We host employer visits and business events, and invite guest speakers from the business travel sector to share up to date information and discuss work practices. It’s a chance to enhance your knowledge of the job market and network with employers.

Or you might choose to enhance your education and career prospects further still by taking a postgraduate degree, such as our MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management or MSc Tourism Management.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • Academic Skills
    On this module, you'll learn a range of skills required to function effectively as an independent self-learner. You'll develop both practical and academic skills that are essential for you to be successful in your chosen business undergraduate degree. The module will equip you with skills that can be used in modules throughout your chosen degree. The focus of the module includes: the use of information technology and associated software packages, presentation skills, problem-solving, both individually and in teams, critical analysis, critical writing and referencing.
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
    This module aims to give you a sound grasp of the basics of financial reporting (context, purposes, and regulatory framework) through introducing the principal concepts of financial accounting. The preparation of principal financial statements will also be explored. This module is also designed to introduce you to key management accounting skills necessary to support decision-making.
  • Introduction to Organisations and Management
    Management in practice is about supporting people to work effectively in different organisational contexts. Regardless of your technical area, type of organisation or job position, you will need to manage your relationships with colleagues, managers, subordinates and customers. This module will equip you with knowledge and skills to help you understand how people and organisations function at individual, group and organisational levels based on the latest academic evidence.
  • Introduction to Tourism and Events
    This module introduces students to the main theoretical concepts underpinning tourism and events studies today, along with some of the issues that affect tourism destinations, industries (such as the events industry) and tourists themselves. Tourism is often claimed to be the biggest industry in the world, yet tourism is not really an industry, more a gathering together of disparate forms of production and consumptive activities. The module will cover historical changes in leisure and development of tourism in specific destination localities and the wider world through case studies. We will also focus on the development of mass package tourism, where it takes place and why; what are the social, economic, and environmental consequences of these developments in particular places. We will also examine the increasing globalization of the world economy and examine the role of tourism, and events, within this through case studies on particular topics such as the geographies of food, notions of mobilities that breakdown the separation of everyday travel and tourist travel. The module will also introduce students to the theory of tourism study which considers both the destination (tourism) and market (tourist) characteristics of the sector. By the end of the module, students should have a firm grounding in the tourism field, comprising a base of knowledge that they can build upon throughout their studies. The module will be assessed through group work and additionally coursework which applies the theories and models raised in the module in a real-life tourism context, based on a day trip. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. These will include team work and self-assessment and reflection.
  • Principles of Marketing
    This module will present you with a foundation in the core theories and models of marketing, from a bottom-up perspective. The module will instil in you an understanding of how marketing operates as a key functional area within business and how it critically interacts with other areas such as accountancy, human resource management and business management throughout all business sectors.
  • Tourism and Events Business Management
    This module focuses on the management of tourism businesses. The module will provide you with an overview of the tourism industry and its specific characteristics, specifically looking at individual subsectors, such as travel retail, tour operators and transport. The role of the state in facilitating and constraining business development and management practices in tourism will be discussed. This module will also provide you with the opportunity to apply your management studies within the context of international tourism.

Level 5 modules

  • Business Research Methods
    This core module introduces you to the various methods of undertaking business research - vital tools for anyone hoping to pursue a career in business. The module covers a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. It’s a practical module informed by theory and real-life examples, which’ll help you to explore the philosophical debates underlying business and management research and consider how they relate to our understanding of knowledge and business practice. You’ll be encouraged to develop your ability to critically assess both the theory and practice of business and management research and to reflect on your own learning and development. This module will help you think about a final project and give you confidence in using research methods.
  • Project Management
    Project management is a key skill for any future professional to acquire, at some stage in your career you will be involved in delivering or working on a project. This module focuses on providing a sound basis for managing or working on projects. In essence, the concept of managing a project hinging on one quite basic principle, managing the triangle of: quality of the project outcomes, cost and time. In practice, this is a complex juggling act. The module covers: the major process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge; the importance of stakeholder and risk management; scheduling and costing; monitoring and controlling techniques, including cost control, time management and resource optimisation; improving the success of projects; and the principles of agile project management. Assessment is by two pieces of coursework: a project schedule and discussion of stakeholders and risks, and a limited time case study problem.
  • Responsible Business
    On this module you will learn about the shift towards more environmentally, socially and economically responsible business practice and in particular focus on the drivers behind this shift. Furthermore, you will explore the concept of global responsibility and citizenship and growing business arguments for including a consideration of sustainability in all business practice. The module examines our increasing recognition that as individuals and businesses we have responsibilities as 'global citizens' in ensuring a more sustainable future. Assessment is an online referenced blog.
  • Sustainable Tourism and Events Management
    In this module we critically review the social and economic consequences of certain forms of tourism in examining differing practices and planning of sustainable tourism using case studies. We will focus on how specific variants of the sustainable tourism development such as ecotourism, nature and wildlife tourism, Events Tourism, and approaches such as pro-poor tourism are seeking to bring more widespread social, economic and environmental benefits to the contexts in which they are implemented, with a particular focus on the benefits to local people, including the poorest groups of people in Tourism Destinations. The module therefore examines the regional, national, and international frameworks in which the tourism industry operates. It identifies some of the main alternative options and strategies for tourism development examining the potential economic, cultural and environmental potentials, determinants, and constraints. The module uses in-depth case studies from around the world to focus on strategies of 'sustainable tourism' in mass tourism destinations, as well as market interventions such as 'pro-poor tourism'. The module examines the roles of differing agents in tourism development, for example how governments may be constrained by a range of international factors in seeking to develop tourism, such as a need for foreign revenue, and thus may have little negotiating influence with multinational tourism organisations. Case studies are used to evaluate current developments in supply side management and corporate responsibility policies and practices and planning focussed on sustainability goals - including adaptations to climate change. In essence, the module draws on and is strongly grounded in the notions of sustainability, ethics and responsibility and the extent to which these are variously integrated into the development, management and innovations in the tourism sector globally and locally. Assessment will be by project report and an open book examination with a focus on a critical comparison of management approaches in at least two contrasting tourism and events contexts.
  • Field Study
    Sustainable development entails the realisation that uncontrolled growth and development is detrimental to the environment and society. Although many consider this to be a buzzword of the 1990s, as a particular way of thinking, it allows us to understand and evaluate all types of developments anew, regardless of the main goals and justifications that underpinned them in the past. For instance, mega industrial (including) tourism developments during the 20th century that assured humanity of economic growth, wealth generation and prosperity, have today, called for reflections on environmental and wider societal impacts, i.e. how have these affected our physical environment? How widely beneficial have these been to society? What about the question of degraded and polluted landscapes and atmosphere or displaced communities and cultures and the resultant conflicts that arise from such developments? These are the type of questions that you will address on this module, many of which will be part of in-class discussions. Observing events: principles and practice: This module will offer students the chance to participate in a field trip that will be funded by the department. Students must choose from either a four day trip to a European city or a day trip to London. The field trip will include a range of activities including a visit to an organised event. Students will be asked to carry out observations throughout this trip.

Level 6 modules

  • Undergraduate Major Project
    Undertaking a Major Project allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research, and/or product development work, on a selected topic within the broad business and management field, relating to your particular interests and background, although closely linked to our wide range of staff interests and research. You will have many group sessions to support your project, plus the supervision by an academic member of staff. The project also encourages students to share ideas and approaches. The chosen topic will be in your course subject area and require you to identify/formulate problems and issues based on a range of topics provided by conducting a literature review and evaluating information. You will investigate and adopt a suitable desk based methodology and determine solutions, perhaps developing hardware, software and/or media artefacts as appropriate. You will critically appraise and present your findings, reflecting upon the limitations of your research and the research process.
  • Career Management and Employability
    This innovative and exciting career-focused module will help you develop the employability skills and capabilities that are needed to compete successfully in the graduate labour market whilst seeking to provide you with knowledge, support and insight into the contemporary world of work and the business market. The module will also develop your skills and is therefore practical and engages you in case study exercise, real-life scenarios, audit and skills testing techniques and invites external guest speakers and employers to provide insight and input. The lectures and seminars will provide key inputs to help introduce you to fundamental employability concepts, insights and techniques, drawn from the world of business and management, but also from other disciplines such as sociology, social psychology and the humanities.
  • Current Issues in Tourism
    The issues confronting the tourism sector are rapidly changing, along with the wider socio-economic, political, management and also climatic contexts in which the industry operates. Ability to react to these changes requires an understanding of the current issues, trends and topics in tourism, their causes and consequences. On this module, you’ll develop the theoretical basis for consideration of key issues, trends and challenges facing tourism today and in recent years. The module will encourage you to engage in critical debate and evaluation by providing examples of very recent issues in tourism, such as the impact of terrorism, climatic changes, ageing populations, advances in ICT, emerging destinations, innovative and entrepreneurial forces in tourism development, and niche tourism trends.
  • Heritage and Cultural Tourism
    This module introduces you to different heritage and cultural tourism sectors, flows and clusters, and how notions of culture and heritage are made, interpreted, managed and used. Key concepts such as culture, heritage (in its various forms: tangible and intangible; cultural; natural; personal; etc.), cosmopolitanism, interpretation, identity and dissonance, are defined, illustrated and discussed, through relevant case studies and examples. New trends in cultural tourism - such as dark tourism and slum tourism - are examined in terms of the form they take and the concerns raised by ethical issues.

Level 4 optional modules

  • Business Analytics
    The module begins by reviewing various techniques for collecting and presenting data. Some important measures and techniques for making sense of raw data are then introduced which are widely used by businesses when analysing both their internal and external environments. This module builds on the introduction to spreadsheet packages previously encountered in semester one where you’ll be helped to develop further hands-on skills in using such packages in computer workshops. Careful attention is also paid throughout the module to the interpretation and application of the various quantitative methods and techniques to the solution of real-world business problems. Innovative video software is used to support you throughout the module.

Level 5 optional modules

  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management
    This module will develop your skills and knowledge surrounding entrepreneurship and business start-up. The core to this module involves developing an understanding of the key stages associated with a business start-up. You’ll explore the practical skills required to establish an entrepreneurial venture and the processes associated with: the management of the elements connected with business planning; for example, creativity, management and leadership, building key business relationships, financial planning, sustainability and understanding the importance of setting and achieving realistic goals.
  • Events and Conference Management
    This module introduces you to the tourism industry and will dedicate equal attention to business and leisure events. The specific characteristics of the Meetings, Incentive, Conference, Events sector (MICE) will be discussed, including impacts for tourism development, conference marketing, management of meetings and conferences and trends in the industry. Subsequently, the leisure events sector will be introduced and the growing importance of event tourism will be discussed. The module will examine the roles of both public sector and corporate events management and will invite you to critically reflect on the use of events by local and national governments as a development tool.

Level 6 optional modules

  • International Intercultural Management
    In an increasingly global business environment, those involved in international business and management must develop the insights and skills to interact with customers and stakeholders in a culturally sensitive way. The module introduces and examines the work of important researchers in the field such as Hofstede, Hall, Watson, Tayeb, Holden, Hampden-Turner and Trompenaars. It explores the application of these theories to decision making at an organisation level. Presenting cultural diversity as a central element in the phenomena of business change and organisational development through the use of case studies and interactive scenarios. It draws on the diversity of the student group as a resource and attempts to generate dynamic learning experiences.
  • Practising Sustainable Business
    This module will explore a number of alternative approaches to business which stem from a broader outlook of business value, including social enterprises, and discuss the benefits of business coalitions and networks. This module encourages you to recognise the diverse nature of the current workforce and the advantages this diversity can offer to employers. You will explore both the ethical and social framework underlying the management of diversity and will explore why diversity is important, emphasising the benefits in terms of improving creativity as well as understanding the policies and practices that support the effective management of diversity and ethics within businesses. You will also address the importance of understanding and managing the natural capital within business. It will cover mechanisms for ‘valuing’ this capital within the financial framework of a business and how this can improve the resilience of a company to future environmental risks. It will include the issue of corporate reporting of social & environmental risks and impacts (and the debates about this, e.g. in the EU and around the Rio 2012 conference).

Optional modules available all levels

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
    Perfect for complete beginners to the Chinese language, the module will focus on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in an integrated approach. It'll introduce key structures and vocabulary relevant topics whilst providing you with an insight into the Chinese society and culture.
  • French
    Foundation French is perfect for complete beginners to the language, the course focuses on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in an integrated approach. It’ll introduce key structures and vocabulary relevant topics whilst providing you with an insight into the French society and culture. Intermediate: If you’ve already studied French but would like to take it further, this module will develop your focus on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) further in an integrated approach. It’ll expand upon the key structures and vocabulary relevant topics whilst providing you with an insight into the French society and culture.
  • Spanish
    Perfect for complete beginners to the language, the course will focus on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in an integrated approach. It will introduce key structures and vocabulary relevant topics whilst providing you with an insight into the Hispanic society and culture.


You can expect an interesting mix of coursework, essays, exams and activity-based assignments. Your coursework could include problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations and group or individual reports. You'll also be able to access support materials through our virtual learning environment (VLE).

All assessment is designed to allow you to demonstrate what you’ve learned from modules, and to make sure you’re developing the knowledge and skills you need to successfully complete the course.

This is a 6 year programme

Alongside your core modules you will pick a number of optional modules. Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Placement year

We want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for an increasingly competitive job market, so we offer a four-year degree option which includes a work placement in the third year. It’s an opportunity to apply and enhance your skills while developing new ones. You’ll also build valuable professional networks.

It could be that you have one placement during Year 3, or you could have two or three, giving you the chance to experience different organisations and working practices. Many of our students find that their placement company hires them when they graduate. We have a specialist team to help you find a placement and support you during this year. You might work in the UK or go abroad: our students have worked at leading organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Bosch, BMW, Airbus, BskyB and KPMG. This period of work experience can help set your final-year studies in context and may well help with your dissertation topic. All in all, it’s a fantastic way to stay ahead of the competition.

Studying abroad

You could broaden your horizons by spending time living and studying abroad. This could be a short study visit or a semester spent in Europe, Canada, the USA or Malaysia. It will look great on your CV and help you take advantage of opportunities in the international job market.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. 

We also offer our £400 Books Plus scheme, which helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.

From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree can access an £800 bursary.

There’s finance available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants. Find out more on our finance pages.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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