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.
Study with us in Cambridge, in the middle of a historic, world-renowned tourist destination. While you’re here, you’ll enjoy study visits in the UK and overseas – including a field visit to a leading European urban tourism destination. You'll also have the chance to learn Mandarin, French or Spanish.
With its roots in geography, sociology and urban planning, tourism is an interesting and exciting subject to study. You’ll explore the subject in depth, and apply what you’ve learned to real-life case studies. It’s the perfect way to prepare for a career in a range of tourism-based industries.
As we are an Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) Educational Partner you will gain access to industry networks and expertise during your studies.
Our academics are passionate about sharing their experiences and expertise. They’re also active members of research communities, meaning their knowledge is fresh, relevant and up to date.
We are members of the Association of Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE) and recognised by the Tourism Management Institute.
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.
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.
Alongside your core modules you will pick a number of optional modules. Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.
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.
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.
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.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
In the second year students visit Barcelona. The Faculty pays for accommodation but students are required to pay for flights, these may cost up to £500.
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.
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.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
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 email@example.com 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.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
September 2018, January 2018
Full-time, sandwich-thick undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
January 2018, September 2018
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