Event Management

Event Management BA (Hons)

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.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years or Four years for Sandwich

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Tourism, Transport and Travel at UCLan is 3rd in the UK and 1st in the North West for overall student satisfaction and teaching quality. We are also ranked 1st in the North West and in the UK top 5 for assessment and feedback - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism at UCLan are ranked in the UK's top 20 according to the Complete University Guide 2020
  • Our strong links with event employers ensures our courses remain current and equip you with the exact skills, knowledge, and experience these employers need.
  • We offer an optional 48-week paid placement in the events industry to provide crucial insights into the role of an events manager in a real-life setting.
  • Transferable skills gained on this course allow our graduates to go into careers as teachers, project managers, and more.

Course Overview

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Principles, Planning and Practice of Events
  • Exploring Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
  • Developing Professionals in Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Events in Action
  • Arts, Cultural and Heritage Events
  • Marketing for Events; Theory and Practice
  • Tourism, Hospitality and Events Employability and Talent Management
  • Applied Research and Service Quality in Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Suggested options:

  • Language
  • International Corporate Hospitality and Business Events
  • International Visit
  • International Issues in Hospitality
  • The Tourist: Behaviour and Culture
  • Managing Sporting Events
  • Learning from Work
  • Wellness Tourism and Hospitality - Markets, People and Place

In this year an option for many students that provides opportunities for students to gain experience in the UK and internationally.

Year 3/4

Core Modules:

  • The Future of the Events Industry
  • Festivals in Society and Culture
  • Managing for Strategic Success in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Management Development in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Research Strand: (choose one of four)
  • Single Research Project
  • Dissertation
  • Consultancy Project for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Enterprise for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Option Modules: (choose one)

  • Managing Quality in Service Organisations
  • Contemporary Issues in Food & Drink
  • Dark Tourism: Managing Difficult Heritage
  • Sport Tourism Management
  • TH&E Experiential Learning
  • International Fieldwork

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 96-104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 96-106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 96-104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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.

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

The second year/third year if on Foundation entry 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.

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/four years if on Foundation entry 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 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.

You can enjoy an overseas field trip as one of your optional course modules. Recent destinations have included Edinburgh, Iceland and Cambodia.

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, Kendal Calling, Lytham Proms, Xtreme Storm, and Camp America.

I would highly recommend this module for any final year students on this course. If you are a business-orientated individual who likes to help and support businesses whilst also taking a high-level of responsibility, then this is the module to choose.

Final Year student, Joe Mcloughlin, speaking about the Consultancy Project module.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

You will attend on average 16 hours of study per week, which will include some practical sessions. However in further years, 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 conferences, workshops and seminars offered by these associations and attended by the staff contribute to the development of the course design.

During the course students take part in a module entitled ‘Events in Action’ where-by they put the theory they have learnt into practice, from planning all the way through to reflection. The students work extensively on these events to fundraise on behalf of the charities; Barnardo’s and Cash for Kids.

Proud sponsors of Lancashire Tourism Awards 2017

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.

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

Watch the behind-the-scenes video of one group’s event ‘The End Game’

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Tom Craig

Tom Craig

BA (Hons) Event Management, 2016

Tom Craig, Operations Manager of Get Staffed, graduated in 2016 with a first-class BA (Hons) Event Management degree. It wasn’t always an easy journey but his hard work and determination brought him to where he is today.


Mitchell Henderson

Mitchell Henderson

BA (Hons) Event Management, 2016

Mitchell Henderson completed his Event Management course in 2016 and graduated with a first-class honours degree. Mitchell enjoyed his time at as a student so much that he started his postgraduate career right here at the University of Central Lancashire and has stayed ever since. We caught up with Mitchell, who is currently working as a Corporate Events Assistant, to get the low down on his new role and experiences of UCLan.

Charlotte Gregory

Charlotte Gregory

BA (Hons) Retail Management, 2017

Throughout education, it is important to feel supported and listened to, this is no different at any stage in your life. Lecturers at university do not just want to see you pass your degree, it is because of my lecturers that I have a clearer goal for what I want to do now that I’ve graduated (with a first class honours I should add!)

Important Information

This course is based in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.