Published: 23 May 2024

Five reasons to study International Event Management at Surrey

Are you enthusiastic about forging a prosperous career in event management? Look no further than our International Event Management BSc course. Here are five compelling reasons why this programme is your gateway to a thriving career in the dynamic world of events....

1. Renowned rankings

Our degree programmes in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) stand proudly as the top choice in the UK for tourism, transport, travel, and heritage studies, securing the coveted 1st position in the Complete University Guide 2025. Moreover, we've earned a remarkable 2nd place globally for hospitality and tourism management according to the prestigious Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023. The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024 also rank us 1st in the UK and 15th in the world for hospitality and leisure management. 

2. Practical learning

Our programme is designed to provide you with hands-on experience that sets you apart in the competitive field of event management. You'll delve into the diverse international events industry, from mega-events and multi-day festivals to private celebrations and the lucrative business events sector. Throughout your studies, you'll organise real events and even acquire an industry-recognised events safety passport qualification. Our modules are delivered in partnership with industry experts, offering insights from experienced professionals. Plus, you'll have numerous opportunities to gain valuable work experience, both on and off-campus, including events such as Latitude Festival. 

3. Global perspective

At Surrey, we believe in providing a well-rounded education, and that includes a global outlook. Our close ties with top universities worldwide offer you the chance to study abroad and explore events on an international scale. Partner institutions include La Trobe University (Australia), MODUL University Vienna (Austria), Temple University (USA), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong), Toronto Metropolitan University (Canada), University of Central Florida (USA), and Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). 

4. Career opportunities

Our commitment to your success extends beyond graduation. The survey, Graduate Outcomes HESA, 2023, revealed that an impressive 94 per cent of our undergraduate students from SHTM secured employment or pursued further study. Our graduates have embarked on illustrious careers in event management, holding positions such as events co-ordinators, events executives, event managers, and even managing events for prestigious organisations like the London Marathon, Ride London, and Royal Ascot. 

5. Expert faculty

Your learning journey will be guided by our experienced academic staff from SHTM. You'll benefit from their innovative teaching methods, combining theory and practice to foster your intellectual and professional growth. Personal tutors are also assigned to support you throughout your studies. 


Join us in the bustling heart of Guildford, where the beautiful Surrey countryside meets the convenience and social life of a friendly campus university. Discover a curriculum that combines creativity, resourcefulness, enterprise, and critical analysis, all essential skills for a successful career in international event management. 

Choose the International Event Management BSc at the University of Surrey to embark on a journey towards a thriving career in the dynamic world of events. Your future in event management starts here! 

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