International Tourism Management

International Tourism Management BA (Hons)

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.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 years / 4 years with sandwich (this course has an optional internship)

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Tourism, Transport and Travel is 1st in the UK for Academic Support, with 95% of students satisfied overall with their course - National Student Survey 2020. 
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism at UCLan are ranked in the UK's top 20 according to the Complete University Guide 2020
  • Our course has a global span with opportunities to take part in local, national, and international field visits to destinations such as Cyprus, Iceland, China and Cambodia to name a few.
  • You will have the opportunity to work alongside tourism providers, as well as undertake a paid 48-week industry placement available in the UK or countries worldwide.

Course Overview

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

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

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (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

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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

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Further Information

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.

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 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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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 form our course have recently secured roles at British Airways headquarters, Merlin Entertainments business development, Disney Cruise line officer, World Travel Holdings graduate programme, Hilton Hotel group sales and marketing, Manchester Airport Group, Alton Towers graduate trainee, Premier Inn Operations manager, New Zealand Tourism Board Officer, Gold Medal Travel Sales and Human resource manager and many more.

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  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: David Jarratt, Carley Sutton, Philip Stone, Sean Gammon, Deborah Slater, Angela MacKenzie, Dorota Ujma, Professor Richard Sharpley

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Mavish Tariq

Mavish Tariq

BA (Hons) International Tourism Management, 2016

Mavish Tariq graduated from UCLan in 2016 with a first-class honours degree in International Tourism Management. She has worked in a variety of roles within the industry, namely hotels including big names such as Hilton and Marriott. She has kindly shared her thoughts on her time at UCLan and since graduating!

“My time studying International Tourism Management at the University of Central Lancashire has shaped the person I am today. "

Audrone Nevulyte

Audrone Nevulyte

BA (Hons) International Tourism Management, 2016

Audrone Nevulyte, an International Tourism Management student who graduated in 2016 spent her placement year working with hotel giant Hilton. She remains in close relations with her course leader Dr Carley Sutton and visits UCLan as a guest speaker for current students. Audrone has kindly shared her experience of how her placement year has transcended to her current job role at Hilton.

Leonie Jackson

Leonie Jackson

BA (Hons) International Tourism Management, 2016

Leonie recently graduated with a First in International Tourism Management from UCLan. During her time on the course, she had the opportunity to travel abroad and complete a placement year.

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.