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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).


If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.

  • 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.

Event and Tourism Management in the Business Environment (Mandatory)

Events and associated activities are estimated to contribute £58.4b to the Great Britain GDP (ONS, 2017). 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.

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.

Delivering Successful Projects (Requisite)

Project management is vital to the success of organisations working in an environment of ever-increasing complexity, and with rapid technological advancements. This module covers the theoretical principles and practical techniques for managing projects, and includes project definition, initiation, planning, execution, control and closure.

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. 

Cross Cultural Communication: Spanish Language (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.

Professional Development, and Career Planning in Practice (Mandatory)

The module will enable students to identify and utilise specific work-based learning opportunities and build a framework for lifelong learning. Further, students can strengthen key transferable skills, particularly problem solving, information technology, communication and team working.

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.

Designing and Running a Research Project (Mandatory)

This module will provide insight into topics, methods and functions of business-related research projects. Each week focuses on a different research study, run by a member of academic staff or a visiting professor, senior fellow or fellow. The module also helps you develop the academic skills required for your final year, particularly for the dissertation.

Designing and Developing HR Activities for Maximum Impact (Requisite)

This module provides an overview of the role of the HR professional and the skills required to be successful in the role. The module combines a review of contemporary research findings in the field of human resources management and the development of professional skills in this area. For example, the module will focus on all aspects of the employee lifecycle, communication skills, employee development and employment law.

Food and Drink Tourism Management (Requisite)

Food tourism is a niche area showing significant growth in the tourism and related industries are aligned to cultural and heritage tourism, and destination management as well as other key aspects of travel and tourism. It has significance importance for the hospitality industry, as well as cruise and special interest tourism. Many events have more of a focus on events with locally sourced foods becoming more popular with the portrayal of farm to fork.

Cross Cultural Communication: Spanish Language II (Requisite)

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.


Extended Project (Mandatory)

This module provides an introduction to principles of research design and techniques for conducting research studies. It supports the development of research literacy (the ability to engage with, and critique, research outputs) and skills required to design and run small-scale research projects. It therefore forms part of the preparation of students for the Extended Project that they will complete in their final year.

Industry Based Engagement Project (Mandatory)

Event management requires particular skills and knowledge reflected in the module, which offers practical content. This module builds on the practice and theory modules at Levels 5 and 4; and gives students the opportunity to continue their work-based learning by working as an event project team for a client relevant to their particular sector.

Tourism Futures: Critical and Cultural Concepts and Trends (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.

Managing Brands (Optional)

This module will analyse the work of managing a brand within organisations. Therefore, whether you are employed in a marketing role or work in another capacity within an organisation this module will help you to understand and critique the types of decisions involved in managing brands as well as discussing contemporary challenges of brand management in organisations.

Heritage and 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

If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.


Associate Professor and MBM Programme Leader

Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer

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.