International Tourism Management BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for events, hospitality, tourism and transport, ranked number 2 in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2019, in the top 5 by the Guardian University Guide 2019, and top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. We are also ranked 4th for hospitality and leisure management in the QS World University Rankings 2018 and ranked 5th for hospitality and tourism management in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018.

We have an outstanding global reputation for teaching and research. We were the first ever University to receive the Tourism Society Award and the first in the UK to receive UNWTO TedQual certification.

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

What you will study

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 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 courses to current challenges in the tourism sector, our graduates are equipped to become future strategic leaders of the industry and are consequently highly attractive to employers.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months NN28 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 48 months NN29 View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

International Tourism Management placements

The Professional Training placement is an integral part of our courses. 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. We have placement students working for large tour operators including TUI Travel Plc, high-end hotel chains such as Four Seasons, as well as many smaller boutique tour operators and operators with a sustainable business operation.

Some examples of organisations that participate in this scheme include:

  • Langham Hotel
  • Four Seasons Hotel
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • TUI UK & Ireland
  • The Savoy
  • Travelopia
  • The Hospitality Company.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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.

There is great demand for our BSc 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 in roles such as:

  • Graduate Management Trainee, Hilton Worldwide
  • Product and Commercial Executive, Monarch Travel Group
  • Voyage Management Trainee, Grosvenor House JW Marriott Hotel
  • HR Coordinator, Sofitel London Heathrow
  • Front Desk Management Trainee, Hilton Hotels
  • Vita Futura Graduate Management Programme, Marriott International
  • Graduate Trainee, Lexington Catering.

Study and work abroad

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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

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).

Our international partners include:

  • La Trobe University
  • University of Queensland
  • MODUL University Vienna
  • Ryerson University
  • Dongbei University of Finance and Economics
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • University of Central Florida.

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 may 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 you choose to work in Europe you may 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.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will 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 vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

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.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 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.

Modules

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.

Timetables

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 course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Each 15-credit module involves 150 hours of student work. This time will be spent in lectures, computer laboratories and tutorials, and includes private study on your own or in small study groups. You will also write essays and assignments, complete group work projects, consultancy work and podcasts, as well as business type reports 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.

Many of our academics are well connected within the hospitality and tourism industries. This brings a wealth of classroom-based experiences to your studies but also a lot of guided support towards future employability, career coaching and CV support. Dedicated modules will develop your skills further, as well as employability masterclasses.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Programme leader

LAWLEY KM Miss (Hosp & Tour)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress

  • Pastoral/welfare issues

  • Personal/professional development and employability.

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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

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 modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • BBB

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:
    • CCC

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • DDM
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall 

  • BSc (Hons):
    • 32
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall 

  • BSc (Hons):
    • 75%
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall

  • BSc (Hons): 
    • 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit.
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):  
    • ABBBB
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BSc (Hons): 
    • Pass overall with BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

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 is also an IELTS test centre.

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.

Foundation year

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.

Recognition of prior learning

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 this applies to you, 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, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and 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. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
BSc (Hons) 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

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

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 associated costs with this BSc (Hons) programme:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): £20-50 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: £520-550

There are associated costs with this MBus (Hons) programme:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): £20-50 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: £520-550

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2017 and apply to the 2018 year of entry. Costs for 2019 entry will be published in September 2018.

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