International Tourism Management BSc (Hons) or MBus (Hons) – 2017 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

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.

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.

Programme overview

The University of Surrey was the first English university to run a tourism course more than 40 years ago.

We recently became the first university to receive the prestigious Tourism Society Award – previous recipients of which include Her Majesty The Queen, the London 2012 Olympics bid team and the National Trust – showing the esteem in which tourism at Surrey is held.

Supporting over 260 million jobs worldwide, the tourism industry offers a multitude of exciting career opportunities as organisations around the world seek employees who combine the specialist tourism knowledge and business management skills you will cultivate on this programme.

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.

Several of the modules on the programme are also taught in collaboration with, or are sponsored by, industry partners such as Explore Worldwide and Troika Recruitment.

Due to an extensive range of field trips and opportunities to venture abroad, the programme is particularly suitable for those who are passionate about travelling and working with people.

Our MBus programme offers highly academic students a direct route to a Masters qualification by extending your BSc for a further year.

Graduates of the programme will be able to meld theory and its application in the real world and are therefore likely to be highly attractive to employers as future strategic leaders and senior managers in the tourism sector.

Our exceptional industry connections and the relevance of our programmes are reflected in our strong graduate employment levels and the number of our graduates who go on to senior managerial roles in the tourism industry.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, all modules are compulsory: they will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to get started. The programme contains tourism-specific modules and general management modules.

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

In Years 2 and 3, you will build on this foundation and develop your knowledge in specific topic areas. You will choose optional modules that match your interests.

In the first semester of Year 2, you can choose to take part in one of our international exchanges. Tourism is an international sector and an exchange semester could be a fantastic way to learn about tourism topics from an international perspective.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (two of the following):

Professional Training placements

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.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (four of the following):

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.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) 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

There are associated costs with this MBus 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

Teaching and assessment

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.

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):

  • 2 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 2 per cent medium group teaching
  • 18 per cent large group teaching
  • 78 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Career opportunities

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.

Graduate prospects

Recent Tourism graduates have entered employment with organisations such as:

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

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 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.

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


Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate


Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA


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 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

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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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