International Tourism Management BA (Hons)

International Tourism 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: 3 years / 4 years with sandwich (this course has an optional internship)

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N840; Short form: BA/IT

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This degree is ideal if you wish to develop and succeed as a professional travel and tourism manager. Tourism is currently one of the world’s fastest growing industries and the course will equip you with a range of transferable skills, which can be used to meet the ever changing demands of this dynamic business. Our degree focuses on employability, and you can take advantage of a paid internship on the sandwich route, which can provide opportunities to work in a supervisory capacity within the travel and tourism sector throughout the world.

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 Merit
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS: Grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSEs: 5 at grade C including Maths and English

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
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 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.

UCLan Open Day, 12 November 2016 (Banner)

Course at a Glance

Year 1

(All compulsory)

  • Tourism Management in Action
  • Developing Professionals in Tourism, Hospitality & Events
  • Exploring Management in Tourism, Hospitality & Events

Year 2/3


  • Tourism Development and Sustainability
  • The Tourist: Behaviour and Culture
  • Marketing & ICT for Visitor Economy Managers
  • Applied Research and Service Quality in Tourism, Hospitality & Events
  • Talent Management and Employability [HR]

Options (one only):

  • Work and Learn
  • Managing Sporting Events
  • International Study Visit
  • Language
  • International Issues in Hospitality
  • International Corporate Hospitality and Business Events

Year 3  (optional placement)

Final Year


  • Managing for Strategic Success in Tourism, Hospitality & Events
  • The Tourist: Experience & Motivation
  • Management Development in Tourism, Hospitality & Events
  • Tourism Futures

Research option (you must pick one of these):

  • Dissertation
  • Consultancy Project
  • Enterprise for Tourism, Hospitality & Events
  • Single Research Project

Option two (you must pick one of these, unless you are undertaking a dissertation which is worth two modules):

  • Industry Based Experience
  • Contemporary Issues in Food and Drink
  • Dark Tourism: managing difficult heritage
  • International Fieldwork
  • Sport Tourism Management

Further Information

NSS 2015 Results

Students who completed the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied BA (Hons) International Tourism Management at UCLan were 100% satisfied with their course, with teaching and academic support, assessment and feedback and personal development scoring very highly.

The BA (Hons) International Tourism Management degree focuses on employability and develops a responsive business approach to the international travel and tourism industry. The course encourages you to acquire a constructive and critical understanding of the global tourism industry and the wider socio-cultural, political, economic and environmental contexts in which it is placed. There is also the opportunity for local, national and international field visits, for example Barcelona, New York, Cyprus and Cambodia.

UCLan’s Tourism and Hospitality Management courses were ranked first in the North West and fifth in the UK in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2014.

The skills nature of managerial competence within the tourism sector will feature in all years of the programme.

During the first year, you will be introduced to university learning environments and the skills required for higher education study and research. Alongside this, you will also be introduced to the subject of tourism as a social science, as well as introducing key business management related topics. Key themes in the first year provide a foundation upon which the second year of the programme can develop.

Theoretical issues will be developed with increasing complexity as students move from the foundation themes in Year 1 through to the contextualisation in Year 2 and the critical and reflective final year. Students will need to come to their timetabled sessions fully prepared to take an active role in their own learning to maximise both enjoyment and understanding.

The final year of the course continues with the development of academic themes and a range of employment-oriented options to enable students to focus on their career ambitions. All students take a module in personal and professional development to aid career progression and employability.

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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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Sandwich (Optional):

£680 per year (EK / EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Our course has links with many of the leading names in the Tourism industry including Disney, Thomson TUI, Thomas Cook and many more.

Merlin Entertainments - Europe’s leading name in location-based family entertainment - has partnered with UCLan to deliver a brand new Tourism in Action module. As part of the  module, students met with Sarah Lundy, the Marketing Manager of the Merlin Group, who provided them with insight into the company, her current job role and her personal experience of breaking into tourism management, as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at five major Merlin attractions including Sealife, Tower Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, Tower Ballroom and the Blackpool Tower 4D experience. Due to this relationship, students could potentially progress onto the company’s 18-month fast-track graduate programme, training to be one of the future leaders of a global business.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Students will, on average, attend eleven hours of lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion sessions and practical activities each week. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course.

Research-informed teaching is prevalent within the areas of sustainable tourism development, transport and tourism, tourist experiences, crisis management, service quality, and dark tourism. The Division also hosts the Institute of Transport and Tourism as well as The Dark Tourism Forum.

Students can expect a predominance of coursework assignments including essays, reports and presentations with some modules also including examinations or multiple-choice tests. There will be live case-studies, field studies and fieldwork, access to relevant applied information technology systems, self-appraisal and reflect on practice. Team working skills are developed through group assessments.

I recommend students take full advantage of the opportunities available at UCLan, such as going on work placement and utilising the knowledge available within the department to achieve your full potential.

Hayley Bartholomew


The programme allows for a great deal of flexibility in career choices, leaving students well placed for career opportunities throughout the international marketplace such as working for airlines and airports, managing theme parks and tourist attractions, managing heritage sites, tourist information centre managers, cruise operations, market research management and consultancy, tour operators, tourism development officers or hospitality graduate schemes.

Students from our course have recently secured roles at British Airways, Blackpool FC, Co-operative Travel, Premier Inn, Marriott, Hilton, Disney and many others. Past graduates who have completed an internship have progressed to senior positions in companies such as British Airways, Virgin, First Choice and Ernst and Young Management Consultants.

A feature of this course is the opportunity to study abroad, with students having the option to take their second year modules at our Cyprus Campus. Additionally, students can take part in our international field visits to destinations such as Cambodia. In addition to this if you choose the four-year sandwich route you can benefit from a 48-week paid internship with employment and learning opportunities, available throughout the UK, Europe, North America, the Far East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The course is delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics, who are all research active, publishing in a variety of international journals, trade press and media outlets.

Carley Sutton leads the course. Please take a look at our staff profiles: Rod Train, David Jarratt, Carley Sutton, Philip Stone, Sean Gammon, Deborah Slater, Angela MacKenzie, Dorota Ujma, Professor Richard Sharpley

NSS Results 2016

85% of students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied Travel and Tourism courses were satisfied with the teaching on their course.