International Tourism Management BSc (Hons) or MBus (Hons) – 2018 entry

I love studying at Surrey due to the excellent teaching staff who are all extremely experienced and knowledgeable in their field. Regular visits from guest lecturers also offer further insight into opportunities within the industry.

What you'll study

At the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management we have an outstanding global reputation for teaching and research excellence illustrated by the fact that Surrey became the first ever University to receive the Tourism Society Award - a recognition of our commitment to excellence in the tourism industry. We were also the first institution in the UK to receive UNWTO TedQual certification for our degree programmes.

Our International Tourism Management programme draws on this wealth of experience, helping you develop an understanding of tourism alongside a detailed study of core management and business principles.

Programme overview

Reflecting the variety of the tourism industry, you will be able to choose from a range of optional modules alongside compulsory core topics, allowing you to specialise and develop your skills in the areas that are most relevant to your interests and your future career aspirations.

You will be taught by experienced and knowledgeable staff, all of whom are internationally respected experts in their research fields.

Academic lectures are combined with field trips, site visits and guest lectures from industry professionals, providing you with the most up-to-date and relevant education possible.

Due to our exceptional industry connections and the relevance of our programmes to current challenges in the tourism sector our graduates are equipped to become future strategic leaders of the industry and consequently highly attractive to employers. 

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

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.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7)

The graduate employment market increasingly demands the highest qualifications and the ability to hit the ground running when taking up a new position. At Surrey, we have responded to this demand by creating our new MBus qualification.

A further advantage of the MBus is that you graduate in June, giving you a head start in the postgraduate job market where graduation is normally in October. It also makes you more experienced and better qualified than Bachelors students graduating in June.

During the MBus year you will, in addition to taking advanced classes, undertake a substantial piece of applied research, demonstrating your ability to put theory into practice and providing you with a showcase project to impress future employers.

You can apply directly for the full MBus programme or transfer into it during your BSc studies providing you achieve high grades in your key modules. Either way, the MBus is covered by the student loan scheme – potentially saving you thousands of pounds that you might have to spend upfront on a separate Masters degree.

As with our Bachelors degrees, the MBus also offers you the chance to study abroad in your second year and undertake a Professional Training placement in your third year.

Indicative modules:

Additional costs

There are associated costs with the BSc (Hons) programme:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): £20
  • Trip (including overseas travel and accommodation): £500
  • Grand total: £520

There are associated costs with the BMus (Hons) programme:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): £20
  • Grand total: £20

Teaching

Each 15-credit module is designed to involve 150 hours of student work. This time will be 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 that draw on your understanding of a particular area.

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

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

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 tourism 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.

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

The Professional Training placement is an integral part of our programmes. 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, working for some of the world’s most prestigious tourism organisations.

Graduate prospects

There is great demand for International Tourism Management graduates in all related service sector industries. Graduates of our degree have proven to be highly employable across a range of organisations, not just within tourism.

Some of our graduates choose to go into operational management roles, developing and managing companies and resorts around the world. Others specialise in marketing, human resources, IT and other head office positions in large tourism corporations. Many find excellent career opportunities in tourism consultancy businesses.

Recent Tourism graduates have entered employment with organisations such as:

  • Explore Worldwide
  • Marriott Hotels
  • The United Nations World Tourism Organization
  • Thomas Cook
  • Travel Weekly
  • TUI Group
  • Deutsche Bank

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

For BSc programme: ABB

For MBus programme: AAB

Access to HE Diploma

For BSc programme: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit

For MBus programme: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD

European Baccalaureate

For BSc programme: 74 per cent overall

For MBus programme: 75 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

For BSc programme: 32 overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level

For MBus programme: 34 overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers

For BSc programme: AABBB

For MBus programme: AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate

For BSc programme: Pass overall with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

For MBus programme: Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

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 and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (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

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

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 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years NN28 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years NN29 View KIS data set
MBus (Hons) 4 years N832 View KIS data set
MBus (Hons) 5 years N833 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

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 fees page 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.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

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Disclaimer

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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