Event Management BA (Hons)

Event Management BA (Hons)

School of Management




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years or Four years for Sandwich

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N820; Short form: BA/Emgt

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Are you looking to put your organisational skills to good use? The UCLan Event Management degree is a vocationally oriented course designed for aspiring managers in the events industry. You will develop a wide range of professional and academic skills which you will then apply to organising live events throughout the course. We pride ourselves on knowing our students individually with course cohorts intentionally kept small, and our students are the only University team to have won the prize for ‘Best Student Event’ at the UK Event Awards for the past two years. Our links with key event employers ensure that our courses remain current and help to equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience that employers need. 

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*Distinction*
Access to Higher Education: 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English.
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 points at A2 - General Studies accepted
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*Distinction*
Access to Higher Education: 112 points
International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English.
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5


For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Event Operations
  • Event Planning and Management
  • Landscape of Events; an introduction to events
  • Exploring Management in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Foundations in Scholarship, Research and Technology

Optional modules: (choose one)

  • Language
  • International Hospitality Management
  • Tourism Destinations
  • Professionalism and Service Excellence in Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Events in Action
  • International Corporate Hospitality and Business Events
  • Marketing for Events; Theory and Practice
  • Talent Management and Employability
  • Applied Research and Service Quality in Tourism, Hospitality and Events

    Suggested options:

  • Language
  • International Visit
  • International Issues in Hospitality
  • Tourism Development and Sustainability
  • Managing Sporting Events
  • Work and Learn

    Year 3 - An option for many students that provides opportunities for students to gain experience in the UK and internationally.

  • Year 3/4

    Core Modules:

  • International Event Management Case Studies
  • Tourism and Events: Society, Culture and the Visitor Experience
  • Managing Strategically in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Management Development

    Research Strand: (choose one of four)

  • Research Project
  • Consultancy Project
  • Enterprise for Sport, Tourism & The Outdoors
  • Dissertation

    Option Modules: (choose one)

  • Managing Quality in Service Organisations
  • Contemporary Issues in Food & Beverages
  • Dark Tourism & Thana-Events: Managing Macabre Attractions & Exhibitions
  • Industry Based Experience
  • Creativity and Innovation in Organisations
  • International Visit
  • Further Information

    NSS 2015 Results

    Students who completed the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied BA (Hons) Event Management at UCLan rated academic support and personal development very highly.

    According to a report by ‘Britain for Events’ (2012), the events industry contributes more than £36 billion per year to the national economy and employs over 530,000 (FTE) people. Its growth has seen a high demand for individuals with knowledge and expertise in event planning and management and international corporate and cultural events.

    The first year of the course is devoted to developing both personal and professional skills and abilities. A study of the developments within the events industry also serves as an introduction to academic issues, while the study of event operations develops a range of practical skills essential for the industry. You will be required to deliver an event that links the practical with the academic and helps to link the issues of the industry to the study of people management and financial management.

    The second year provides a strong management orientation through a study of marketing issues alongside the idea of success as an operational management issue. In Events in Action, you will be required to work in conjunction with a national charity to deliver your own event within the risk and safety management guidelines. The study of international corporate hospitality and business events develops an insight into business events. Careers are considered within the framework of talent management, which helps those who are preparing for the placement year, while focusing on the needs of the industry. The placement year can be taken in a wide range of organisations and countries.

    For students following the four-year programme, there is an opportunity to spend 48 weeks on placement in the events industry where you will gain crucial insights into the role of an events manager in a real life situation. This is optional and you may complete the degree in three years if you do not wish to undertake a placement.

    The final year is founded on the critical and analytic study of the events industry and the need for strategic approaches. A personal development module helps capitalise on the placement year, by providing an opportunity to reflect upon achievements and plan the next stage of a professional career. This is important even-more-so for those who have not developed practical skills through a placement. A range of options provide some flexibility and allow you to develop your interests.

    We are proud of our links with Team Spirit, a leading team building and event management company which sponsors a team building event for all new 1st Year students and offers a final year talk. In addition they provide work experience opportunities for our students; we have had students on year-long internships for the past five years, and other students have volunteered to work on individual events to gain work experience. They also sponsor the annual Team Spirit Prize for the best Event Management graduate.


    Graduates of the course are pursuing careers throughout the hospitality and events industry. Many are working for large international organisations whilst a significant number have chosen to work more locally in the UK hospitality and events industry. The transferable skills gained on the degree mean that many graduates also go on to careers as teachers, project managers and logistics managers. The continued growth of this sector will guarantee a wealth of opportunities over the coming years.

    In Years 1, 2 and 3 you can enjoy an overseas field trip as one of your optional course modules. Recent destinations have included Barcelona, Cyprus and Cambodia, for the Green Gecko Project.

    In addition, we have international links with White Lodgings (Marriott) in the USA and many students have had placements with this organisation. You will also have the chance to undertake work experience with organisations such as Barnardo’s, RSPCA, Oxjam, Kendal Calling, Lytham Proms, Xtreme Storm, and Camp America.

    Course Specification and Handbook

    For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
    For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

    For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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    Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

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    Fees 2016/17

    Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)

    Sandwich (Optional):

    £680 per year (EK / EU)

    Further information:

    For 2015/16 fees please refer to our fees page.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    Case Studies

    Industry Links

    The Event Management course has strong links with many key event employers, including:

    Examples of associations which provide reports and guidance on the links between academia and the event industry include:

    The conferences, workshops and seminars offered by these associations and attended by the staff contribute to the development of the course design.

    Learning Environment and Assessment

    In the first year, you will attend on average16 hours of study per week, which will include some practical sessions. In the second and final year, attendance will be about 12 hours per week. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course, and you will be expected to work for about 36 hours a week in total. During the placement year - for those who take this option - you will be expected to follow the normal work patterns of the event industry.

    The course team members are committed to student-centred learning, which includes lectures, workshops, seminars, group activities and personal research. Assessment is continuous, but on many modules, there is also an examination. You will produce essays and reports, make presentations, analyse case studies and investigate relevant organisations to a set of criteria for assessment. Final year students also have the opportunity to undertake an independent dissertation.

    I’ve made some true friends from my time at UCLan and can honestly say this institution has been the making of me as a person. I’ve achieved more than I could ever imagine and I’ve been more successful and been a part of things that I thought would not be possible.

    Caroline Hinchliffe

    The course was developed in consultation with industry professionals and the Division, staff and students are members of industry associations, the most notable being Association for Event Management Education (AEME), Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) and Institute of Hospitality (IoH).

    Rod Train leads the course which is delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics. Please take a look at our staff profiles: David Jarratt, Carley Sutton, Philip Stone, Sean GammonDeborah Slater, Angela MacKenzie, Dorota Ujma, Jane Shaw