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BA (Hons) Tourism Management

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UCAS code: 
N800 BA/TM
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Three years full-time.

Five years part-time.

This course begins in September.

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).


  • Study on the prestigious Ipswich Waterfront.
  • Our course offers a holistic approach in a fun, dynamic environment.
  • Gain practical experience by organising local events.
  • Our partnerships with international universities provide a diversity of opportunities to study or work abroad.
  • Your employability is our priority – we support you in honing your CV and defining your goals.


By studying for our Tourism Management degree you will gain the relevant skills to establish your new career in a booming industry.

With people in the UK spending more than £45 a week on eating out and hotels, and millions of overseas tourists visiting the country each year, injecting billions of pounds into the economy, you will be entering a career with wonderful potential.

Understanding the global sector is vital, so our course also expands your learning in international cultures and intercultural strategies through visits to destinations including Spain and in taught sessions.

You can boost your employability and management skills by getting involved in live projects for clients and our annual B2B conference. Working with local organisations such as Suffolk UnlockedSuffolk Inside Out and Celebrate Ipswich, you also get valuable networking opportunities to raise your professional profile. 

We also have regular guest speakers and industry experts come into the University share insight. Current guest speakers include Visiting Professor Keith Still, who focuses on crowd safety and risk analysis, and Visiting Fellow Rachael Jackson, PR Manager at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

In addition, we believe in giving you the autonomy to explore ideas, while learning through your own experiences, with tutors providing support.

View more information about the range of employers our students work with in the Business School.

University of Suffolk Ipswich

University of Suffolk Ipswich

Ipswich offers an inspiring setting, as well as a vibrant social scene.

Studying in Suffolk is a pleasure, and there are plenty of opportunities to see how a thriving regional tourism industry operates.

With its charming landscape, Suffolk is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations – tourism here is worth £1.9 billion. The county’s renowned Heritage Coast, seaside villages, Constable Country and quaint market towns attract visitors from all over the world. 

Ipswich offers a vibrant social scene; its variety of restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes provide the perfect setting to build friendships for life. With plans for development across the town, you will be studying in a historic town with an exciting future.

You will also be within easy reach of London, Stansted and Southend airports and ferries to the Continent.

For more information about the region, visit…

Course modules

The first year is designed to provide fundamental business management and sector specific information. In your second year, you will develop this further with additional delivery in research and specialised modules. The third and final year provides more specialised modules and the opportunity to participate in industry-based projects. 

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to Event and Tourism Management (Mandatory)

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the theoretical and practical principles of Event and Tourism Management, enabling students to develop an understanding of the sectors and their contribution to the local, national and global economy. In a period of rapid change and evolution in the industry, students will be encouraged, through investigation of theoretical models of tourism and event management, to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for effective management of the Event and Tourism industries and subsectors. 

Accounting for Business (Requisite)

Accounting and Quantitative methods as information systems lie at the heart of all business decisions. This module will give a foundation of knowledge and skills suitable for non-specialists who need to use accountancy and quantitative information in decision making and in communicating with specialists.

Introduction to Project Management (Requisite)

Project Management is an integral part of the role of an Event and/or Tourism Manager and the connections between the two disciplines are indisputable. You will have the opportunity to put your new skills into practice as you approach some of the practical modules from a new perspective. 

Business Law (Requisite)

Students studying for a degree in Event Management need to understand the rules of law that apply to business dealings and to appreciate that law is an enabling medium as well as a body of controlling regulations.  

Introduction to Marketing (Requisite)

Marketing is a fundamental business activity and philosophy, which relates an organisation to its environment, and orientates the organisation around the needs of its customers.  Marketing is a major component in the management in the Event, Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality sectors.  This module will explore basic marketing principles in industries, which are undergoing rapid change, and will underpin the marketing module at Level 2. 

Language and Culture in a Business Context I (Requisite)

We live in a highly competitive global multi-lingual environment, and a 21st century graduate will need to gain the necessary skills to function. This module will enable students to function more confidently in their contacts within such an environment. The British Academy has recognised the lack of business graduates with language skills; in turn this affects our ability to compete in the international market. Today’s graduates not only need the ability to speak the language, but also to have an intercultural awareness.

Applied Event and Tourism Management (Placement) (Mandatory)

In light of the national drive towards lifelong learning, employability and widened accessibility to higher education, this module aims to meet the needs of students and employers. The module will enable students to identify and utilise specific work-based learning opportunities and build a framework for lifelong learning. This will enhance students' employability at the end of the programme through development of practical and work-based skills and knowledge.

Managing and Developing Destinations (Mandatory)

Tourism destination management is concerned with managing and supporting the integration of a range of tourism providers, government agencies, communities and business groups and other stakeholders to deliver effective national and local strategy and functional activities. This module examines the factors influencing tourism growth, the impacts of such growth and the development of appropriate destination planning which adds value to the economy, environment and local communities.

Managing People (Requisite)

This module considers the nature of organisational behaviour, and the ways in which the study of it may inform the design and delivery of HR practices in organisations. Topics studied include motivation, leadership, teamwork, and learning and development.

Topics in Business Research (Mandatory)

The Research Methods module explores research approaches, designs and methodologies, thus enabling the student to develop the necessary skills for completing their Dissertation at Level 3.

Corporate Reputation Management (Optional)

In this module, we look at how the strategic role of corporate reputation is a key corporate asset, and how company communications develop and protect it over time. You will learn specialist skills and knowledge of theoretical, strategic and operational issues that are critical to an organisation’s stakeholder relationships with customers, investors, employees, media, suppliers, distributors, etc.

Employment Law (Optional)

This module provides a broad study in employment law – a subject relevant to employers and anyone pursuing careers in management or human resources.

Fundraising and Sponsorship (Optional)

This module will provide the skills and knowledge of the principles of fundraising and sponsorship within the event and tourism sectors, and will enable students to gain an understanding of the work of the fundraiser in the not-for-profit sector. Fundraising and the generation of sponsorship are key essential elements that contribute to the survival of the events, tourism and related industries. 

Language and Culture in a Business Context II (Optional)

We live in a highly competitive global multi-lingual environment and our students will need to gain the necessary skills to function. This module will enable students to function more confidently in their contacts within such an environment. It will teach both productive skills (speaking and writing) and in order for students to operate in familiar work contexts and receptive skills (listening and reading) but with a bias towards the spoken word.


Dissertation (Mandatory)

The Dissertation module requires students to carry out valid, independent, small scale research, developing key skills in data and information gathering, evaluation, analysis and communication, in a business related area.  The module develops and applies the techniques and principles of research learned in the Level 5 Research Methods module enhancing students’ critical and interpretative capabilities.  The outcome is a report of some 10,000-12,000 words. 

Industry Based Practice (Events and Tourism Management) (Mandatory)

Events and tourism management requires engagement with a range of activities, projects and strategies, and are an important component of the hospitality and leisure sectors. It requires particular professional skills and knowledge reflected in this module, which offers practical content.

Strategic Management (Optional)

In this module, you will develop an academic understanding of the strategic context of business, along with analysis and problem-solving skills. You will learn to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to finding solutions and strategic thinking, drawing on skills developed.

Tourism Futures: Critical and Cultural Concepts (Mandatory)

Tourism Futures: Critical and Cultural Concepts aims to develop reflective, dynamic and creative managers within tourism businesses. It considers various critical and cultural concepts including notions of 'extraordinary management', 'creativity, 'vision', 'innovation' and 'development' in relation to change in understanding of the tourism and cultural experience created by organisations, in a variety of sectors and orientations, including regeneration settings, urban, rural and coastal landscapes, and complex stakeholder and financial environments.

Strategic Marketing: Planning and Management (Requisite)

Marketing is largely responsible for delivering core corporate objectives by offering value to targeted segments. It helps to sustain competitive advantage and develop corporate reputation in the longer term. This module links with and develops knowledge from Marketing Fundamentals and Corporate Reputation Management, providing advanced knowledge and skills to understand, evaluate and apply contemporary strategic approaches and techniques.

Visitor Attraction Management (Optional)

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the development and operations of a visitor attraction.  The UK has approximately 6500 Visitor Attractions, including country parks, theme parks, gardens, zoos, museums, stately homes and galleries. There has been a considerable growth in the number of events, which are now held at these venues. Events act as a major draw for visitors generating income for local and regional economies and in the tourism, hospitality, transport and retail sectors.

Career opportunities

The $7.6 trillion worldwide travel and tourism economy is gaining momentum with more people are spending a growing share of household budget on holidays abroad and staycations.

This is positive news for you as an undergraduate of Tourism Management, since you will be learning the latest in industry practices and necessary skills, as you prepare to embark on a stimulating new career. Whether you aspire to work close to home or in far-flung places, the industry offers a huge scope of options, including: 

  • Conference, event or exhibition management
  • Holiday representative
  • Cruise staff
  • Hotel or resort management
  • Sports development
  • Outdoor activity organisations
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Education

Alternatively, you can progress to postgraduate level study with us.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information                                       

  • Tuition Fees.
  • Financial Support 
  • Loans and Grants
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or above) BBC (A-Level) DMM (BTEC)

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

How to Apply

Non-Academic Requirements

Any offer of a place may be subject to:

  • Successful interview
International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

International and EU

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Associate Professor and MBM Programme Leader

Lecturer in Events and Festivals

Senior Lecturer in Tourism, Events and Management

Senior Lecturer in Employment Development and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Business Management Professional – Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Lecturer in Language

Associate Professor, Course Leader for MBA

Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Facilities and Resources

The Waterfront Building and the Atrium Building, which houses the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC), will be your bases during your degree.

The Waterfront Building on Ipswich marina is home to lecture theatres fitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment, and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the open period.

The recently opened IWIC is a hub for start-ups and technology enterprises. As an undergraduate you have access to its modern facilities, expertise and networking opportunities with other students and business owners.

Our well-resourced library offers extensive print and digital resources, with plenty of study space and pods for extra privacy.



Some of your studies will be based in the Atrium Building.