Tourism Management BSc (Hons) – 2014 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

Tourism is one of the largest industry sectors in the world and offers a multitude of exciting career opportunities. Organisations from hotels to transport, tour operators to events companies and attractions to destination marketing agencies are looking for highly educated professionals to join their teams. The Tourism Management programme at the University of Surrey is internationally renowned as one of the best ways to make your mark in this fast-developing industry.

Our Tourism Management degree draws on our 40 years of experience in the study of tourism. It is designed to develop your skills and knowledge at the cutting edge of an exciting and rapidly growing industry in one of the largest sectors of the world economy. Our degree will develop your specialist understanding of tourism, alongside a detailed study of management and business.

The University is a world leader in tourism education and research. We hold unique simultaneous accreditation from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Programme overview

Surrey is ranked as the best institution in the UK for studying tourism in all the major league tables. You will be taught by experienced and knowledgeable staff, many of whom are internationally respected experts in their research fields. The programme reflects how varied and dynamic the tourism sector really is, and covers management and business aspects, as well as topics such as social integration, innovation and sustainability. Academic lectures are combined with guest lectures from industry professionals, and there is the opportunity to gain relevant work experience in a Professional Training placement year. The Tourism Management programme is relevant to industry, which is reflected in our excellent performance in student employment.

The programme begins with compulsory modules and then allows you to specialise as you develop your interests throughout the programme. It combines a mixture of tourism-specific and more generic management subjects, to reflect the fact that we expect you to move into senior management roles within the tourism industry.

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, such as Tourism Management and Tourism Impacts, which look at the nature of the tourism industry and some of the effects it causes. Generic management modules, such as Business Environment and Marketing Principles, help you develop your core understanding of the business world.

Compulsory modules:

  • Developing Professionals for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Tourism Management
  • Business of Tourism
  • Business Environment
  • Tourist Behaviour
  • Destination Management
  • Marketing Principles
  • Tourism and Hospitality Impacts

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. Tourism Policy and Development examines the development, formulation and role of policies for tourism that meet the needs of stakeholders and establish planning goals and instruments.

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:

  • Travel and Transport
  • Tourism Policy and Development
  • Business Finance
  • Ethics in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Hospitality and Tourism Technology and Media
  • Managing Organisations and Human Resources

Two optional modules

Core management modules such as Business Finance, and Managing Organisations and Human Resources ensure that, when you enter a business, you are able to understand how to manage people and budgets. Optional modules such as Tourism Theory in Practice offer you the chance to see how what you have studied in the classroom actually works in practice. This module takes students on a field trip abroad to see how tourism helps developing nations too.

Professional Training placement (optional)

If you want to put your developing knowledge and abilities into practice and work for some of the world’s most prestigious hospitality and tourism companies, such as Amadeus, Virgin Airlines, TUI, P&O Cruises and Warner Bros, the optional Professional Training placement year provides a valuable opportunity to spend a year in salaried employment.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Compulsory modules:

  • Business Strategy
  • International Tourism Destinations
  • Sustainable Operations for Tourism and Hospitality
  • Issues in International Events Management

Four optional modules

Optional modules in years 2 and 3 include:

  • Tourism and Society
  • Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Tourism Theory in Practice
  • Operations Analysis
  • Hotel Revenue Management
  • Hospitality Event Management
  • Tourism Innovation
  • Marketing Communications
  • E-Business
  • Marketing in the Digital Environment
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Tourism Consultancy
  • Innovation and New Product Development
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Project Management

Professional Training and placements

If you want to put your developing knowledge and abilities into practice and work for some of the world’s most prestigious hospitality and tourism companies, such as Amadeus, Virgin Airlines, TUI, P&O Cruises and Warner Bros, the optional Professional Training placement year provides a valuable opportunity to spend a year in salaried employment.

Placements can take place in the UK, across Europe or further afield, such as New Zealand or Florida. We have many years’ experience of helping students secure fulfilling placements and we have developed partnerships with a range of excellent companies across numerous sectors, from hospitality and tourism to retail and finance. Last year, for the first time, we had a student working at Buckingham Palace.

The placement year is an integral part of the academic programme and each student has an academic supervisor who maintains regular contact. You will gain valuable experience of working with people in a professional business environment and increase your confidence. In addition, potential employers are attracted to graduates who have undertaken a year’s professional training, because of the relevant experience they have gained.


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.

Career opportunities

There is great demand for 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

Graduates over the last few years entered roles in companies such as:

  • The United Nations World Tourism Organization
  • TUI
  • Explore
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Deutsche Bank
  • West End Theatre Bookings

2014 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate


International Baccalaureate

34 points

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.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C 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

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

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

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Why Surrey?

  • Ranked number 1 in the UK for Hospitality & Tourism programmes by the Guardian University Guide 2014
  • Ranked number 1 in the UK for Hospitality & Tourism programmes by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014
  • Hospitality & Tourism at Surrey was ranked number 1 in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2013
  • Over 40 years’ experience in hospitality and tourism education, with alumni working at all levels across the world in tourism and hospitality companies
  • A truly international and multicultural environment in which to learn
  • International student exchange opportunities in many global locations
  • Paid, professional placements with leading UK, European and international companies, providing outstanding placement prospects and enabling you to have a clear advantage when you graduate and seek employment

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