International Event Management BSc (Hons) – 2017 entry

The International Event Management programme helped me realise how much I enjoy working in the events and hospitality industry. It not only equipped me with the key skills and knowledge for my future career, it also provided me with a platform to meet people from all over the world.

What you'll study

Our International Event Management programme examines large­ and small­scale events that require specific skills to manage. We also cover conferences and roadshows.

This not only increases the scope of your knowledge, but also gives you a wide range of event-management skills that can be applied across many different roles.

Focusing on the management of events both large and small, our International Event Management programme allows you to develop a specialised knowledge of the field, alongside a broader foundation in business management as a whole.

Programme overview

With over 450 major events held in the UK each year – worth around £1 billion to the UK economy – the events industry is integral to tourism development and to the hospitality and tourism sector as a whole.

This increasing importance of the sector both in the UK and internationally has led to significant demand for employees with skills and knowledge specific to event management.

Some modules on the programme are delivered in collaboration with industry partners. The programme also provides you with an industry-recognised safety certificate.

You will benefit from the University of Surrey’s location in the thriving economy of the South East, as well as its close proximity to London.

You will be able to draw upon the wealth of experience in the wider business community, as well as the opportunity to study and be involved with the many events that take place in the local area.

Thanks to the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s outstanding reputation around the world, the programme is truly international in nature.

Our Professional Training placements – as well as relationships with leading figures in industry – offer you the opportunity to look beyond the UK and consider events on an international scale, both during your degree and after graduating.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (two of the following):

Professional Training placements

The Professional Training placement is an integral part of our programme. Our prestigious placement partner organisations provide opportunities for you to gain valuable experience in a professional working environment, increasing your confidence, skills and employability when you graduate.

You can choose to spend your placement in the UK, Europe or even further afield.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (four of the following):

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): £50 - £20 return travel to attraction chosen for group project assignment (mandatory) and £30 travel for face-to-face meetings with mentors (optional)
  • Trip (including overseas travel and accommodation): £500 - 'Tourism Theory in Practice' is an optional module available to International Tourism Management and International Event Management students. The module is centred on an international field trip with the objective to provide the opportunity for students to experience first-hand the complex practices and processes involved in tourist desitantion marketing, management, planning and development

Grand total: £550

Career prospects

Graduates from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management have gone on to prestigious positions within the event management industry, working for organisations such as:

  • BAFTA (Head of Commercial Events)
  • The Goodwood Group (Head of Events Hospitality)
  • International Air Transport Association (Manager, Executive Events)

Recent graduates from the School have also entered employment with organisations such as:

  • China International Exhibition Center Group Corporation
  • Hilton
  • Reed Exhibitions
  • The Fairmont Group
  • Thomas Cook
  • TUI Group

Teaching and assessment

Each 15-credit module is designed to involve 150 hours of student work. This is time spent in lectures, laboratories and tutorials, and includes private study on your own or in small study groups. You will also write essays and assignments drawing on your understanding of a subject.

Our staff members are innovative in delivering engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 4 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 2 per cent medium group teaching
  • 15 per cent large group teaching
  • 79 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Global opportunities

We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas for one semester during your second year (typically the autumn semester).

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management currently has 17 exchange agreements spanning four continents of the globe. Our international partners include:

  • Victoria University, Wellington
  • Ryerson University, Toronto
  • La Trobe University
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Melbourne University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Modul University

Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook. If you choose to study at one of our European partners, you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of international event management, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.

In your third year you might then want to think about spending your Professional Training placement abroad. Students have worked in many places, both in Europe and beyond; if working in Europe you will again be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.

Learn more about the Erasmus programme or discover where our global opportunities can take you.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

75 per cent

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). 

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2018 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years N821 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 Years N820 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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Jason Vickers and Zuzana Polakova, current students at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management feature in a film about working at the Savoy in London.

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