Why choose this course
Events entertain, inform and inspire people across the world. Joining our International Events Management MSc puts you in a position to understand how they are envisioned, planned, staged and tailored to global audiences. Moreover, the course gives you the strategic planning skills to organise events that will achieve political, economic and social objectives.
Alongside our international reputation and impressive global connections, studying with us will mean you’ll learn from tutors with experience spanning festivals, sports, MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) and non-profit events, and from talks by top industry experts.
With continuous positive student feedback, our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is one of the best in the world. We are ranked 1st in the UK and 2nd globally in the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 for hospitality and tourism management.
If you are interested in studying on a fully online course, then explore our International Hospitality Management with Digital Innovation MSc.
What you will study
Global events represent an exciting, dynamic and ever-changing sector, which demands creative problem solvers. Our course and facilities provide an engaging environment in which you can develop and understand the challenges faced by events professionals.
The course covers valuable business skills such as finance, marketing communications and project management. At the same time, you'll study a range of specialist modules which currently include:
- Event Design and Production
- Event Portfolio and Destination Management.
You’ll take part in a series of modules designed to give you a forward-thinking understanding of the core elements of the industry and the skills required to be an effective businessperson and manager in this sector.
You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in challenging industry-relevant assessments that will teach you how to stage and evaluate different types of events. Better yet, this includes the chance to run your own live event as part of a small management team.
Both in the classroom and beyond, the course team are committed to teaching you and enhancing your learning in a range of contexts. This also includes opportunities, through field trips, to work on a range of live events. Chances like these offer you a valuable opportunity to gain important experience and develop contacts with a range of event professionals.
MSc - United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Accredited by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
We aim to prepare you for a successful career at the heart of one of the world's most exciting industries. The events sector is a very broad and resilient one, and our graduates are highly employable across a wide range of organisations.
Some of our graduates have gone on to start their careers in the following roles:
- Conference Services and Facilities Manager
- Project Manager at an event agency
- Senior Executive (in destination management services).
For more information, take a look at our top jobs page.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).
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 modules section for more information.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.
We may be able to take relevant work experience into consideration if you don't meet these requirements. If you have at least one year of relevant experience in a full-time graduate-level role (or a minimum of two years’ experience in a relevant graduate-level part-time role) please provide full details of your role and responsibilities in your personal statement and CV when you submit your application.
International entry requirements by country
Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.
Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any queries.
Start date: February 2023
Full-time - 1 year
Start date: September 2023
Full-time - 1 year
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
- If you are on a two-year full-time MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
There are associated costs with this programme:
- Commuting (local travel expenses): £60 - Return travel to event venues; possibly event entry ticket
- Production expenses: £10 - Editing small recording; poster presentation
- Trip (Including domestic or overseas travel and accommodation): £300 (maximum) - Event Portfolio and Destination Marketing is an optional module that will encompass a UK based field trip where students will study and discuss with practitioners the use of events as part of destination strategy, looking at venues and cultural activities around them.
Grand total: £370 if option module chosen, otherwise £70.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Terms and conditions
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Please note: the offer terms and conditions and registration terms and conditions which you will be asked to agree to may be different from those detailed in the examples. Our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will be available at the start of each academic year and will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
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