International Tourism Management BSc (Hons) – 2023 entry
Start date: September 2023
Apply for your chosen course online through UCAS, with the following course and institution codes.
|Course||UCAS code||Institution code|
|BSc (Hons) with professional training||NN29||S85|
|BSc (Hons) with foundation year||N834||S85|
|BSc (Hons) with foundation year and professional training||N835||S85|
Why choose this course
Surrey is the UK’s top university for tourism, transport, travel and heritage studies, ranked 1st in the Complete University Guide 2023.
Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management also has an outstanding global reputation. We are ranked:
- 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world for hospitality and tourism management in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022
- 1st in the UK and 14th in the world for hospitality and leisure management in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- 4th in the UK for hospitality, leisure and tourism in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
- 5th in the UK for hospitality and tourism in the Guardian University Guide 2023.
Our BSc (Hons) 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.
Our award-winning Professional Training placements prepare students for roles in industry. We deliver on jobs, too. We were named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
What you will study
Reflecting the variety of the tourism industry, you’ll choose optional modules to study alongside compulsory core topics, allowing you to specialise and develop your skills in the areas that are most relevant to your interests and aspirations.
You’ll be taught by experienced and knowledgeable staff, who are all respected in their research and industry 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 responsible managers and strategic leaders of the industry and are consequently highly attractive to employers.
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 (Hons) International Tourism Management graduates in all related service sector industries. Graduates of our course 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.
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 usually can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
The structure of our programmes follow 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. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).
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 providing 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.
You will also complete business reports, podcasts, team presentations, consultancy work as well as essays and exams which are all set to draw on your understanding of the subject area.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
We assess modules individually and award credits 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 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.
As a student at Surrey, you can also sign up to our free courses in the following areas:
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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).
International entry requirements by country
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.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other 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.
We normally make offers in terms of grades.
If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an offer holder event. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.
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 contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in September 2023
BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)
BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)
- Professional training
BSc (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)
- Professional training
- Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms.
- Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
- Fees for international students: 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.
- Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
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.
- Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
- International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
- 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
- 50% in January of the same academic year.
The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.
If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.
Professional Training placement fees
If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.
See the information about 2022/23 academic year Professional Training placement fee.
There are associated costs with this course:
Commuting (local travel expenses): varied (travel costs may be incurred in order to visit your course mentor in the UK).
Grand total: £20 – £50.
Trip (including overseas travel and accommodation): £500 approximately – for the optional Tourism Theory in Practice module which is centred on an international field trip. The objective is to provide the opportunity for you to experience first-hand the complex practices and processes involved in tourist destination marketing, management, planning and development.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
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 placement partner organisations may 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 and high-end hotel chains, 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:
- TUI UK and Ireland
- UK inbound
- Four Seasons Hotel
- Hilton Worldwide
- The Savoy.
Applying for placements
You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.
Find out more about the application process.
Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, you will develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see 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, Australia
- University of Queensland, Australia
- MODUL University Vienna, Austria
- Ryerson University, Canada
- Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, China
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- University of Central Florida, US.
Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and they enable you to enhance your international outlook.
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 procedures, the student 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 registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2022/23 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: 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 vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
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 and before you accept an offer. Read our full disclaimer.
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.