International Tourism Management with Transport BSc (Hons) – 2023 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2023

BSc (Hons)
UCAS: NN30
3 years
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BSc (Hons)
UCAS: NN31
4 years with professional training
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CourseUCAS codeInstitution code
BSc (Hons)NN30S85
BSc (Hons) with professional trainingNN31S85

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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.

We are also the first-ever university to receive the Tourism Society Award.

Our BSc (Hons) International Tourism Management with Transport course draws on a wealth of experience, helping you develop an understanding of both tourism and the transport industry. Given the increasing role of transport in the tourism sector, this course will equip you with the values and skills to embark on a successful, professional career in these sectors.

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.

Introducing the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management | University of Surrey

Five reasons to study a course within the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Surrey

What you will study

On this specialist course, you will study a range of tourism topics alongside compulsory modules related to air, land and maritime transport, allowing you to develop a toolkit of skills and knowledge specific to this bustling sector.

Our School of Hospitality and Tourism provides a creative and supportive learning environment where you’ll be taught by staff who are all respected in their research and industry fields. For example, our teaching staff lead large research projects such as WISE-ACT, an international research network of 150 experts in 41 countries. Your academic learning will include field trips, site visits, and guest lectures from industry professionals, providing you with the most up-to-date education possible, so you’re well-prepared for a career in the tourism and transport industry.

Due to our exceptional industry connections, our links with established international organisations and the relevance of our courses to current challenges in the sector, our graduates are highly attractive to employers.

Transport has been a core operation of the tourism industry for decades. Yet, the data economy of the 21st century is revolutionising all sectors, including tourism.

Currently, there is high demand for tourism experts with a strong understanding of innovative transport management operations globally, particularly in the Covid-19 aftermath. This includes all transport modes, from airlines and airports, to e-scooter and bicycle sharing schemes. Through the diverse teaching and assessment approaches within this course, students are prepared for the diverse industry challenges ahead.

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 with Transport graduates in all related service sector industries. The School’s graduates have proven to be highly employable across a range of organisations, not just within tourism.

Some of our graduates choose to go into operational and supply chain 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 where transport is a core function.

Recent graduates have entered tourism and transport related employment in roles such as:

  • Operations Manager, Virgin
  • Sustainability team, Travelopia
  • Marketing team, Emirates Holidays and Operations
  • Customer services team, ABTA
  • Graduate Trainee, TUI
  • HR Coordinator, Sofitel London Heathrow
  • Graduate Management Trainee, Hilton Worldwide
  • Voyage Management Trainee, Grosvenor House JW Marriott Hotel
  • New Build Purchasing Director at Spirit of Discovery, SAGA Shipping.

Academic year structure

Transport has been a core operation of the tourism industry for decades. Yet, the data economy of the 21st century is revolutionising all sectors, including tourism.

Currently, there is high demand for tourism experts with a strong understanding of innovative transport management operations globally, particularly in the Covid-19 aftermath. This includes all transport modes, from airlines and airports, to e-scooter and bicycle sharing schemes. Through the diverse teaching and assessment approaches within this course, students are prepared for the diverse industry challenges ahead.

Modules

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:

Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

Please choose two optional modules from the listed in semester one.

In semester two choose one from the following:
MAN3161 Dissertation
MAN3147 Business Plan
MAN3162 Mentoring and Professional Development
MAN3164 Tourism and Hospitality Consultancy

and one from the following:
MAN3163 Digital Marketing in Tourism and Hospitality
MAN3156 Strategic Brand Management
MAN3151 Entrepreneurship in Hospitality, Tourism and Events Industry

Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) -

Students must choose one of the three optional modules.

Optional modules for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Please choose two optional modules from the listed in semester one.

In semester two choose one from the following:
MAN3161 Dissertation
MAN3147 Business Plan
MAN3162 Mentoring and Professional Development
MAN3164 Tourism and Hospitality Consultancy

and one from the following:
MAN3163 Digital Marketing in Tourism and Hospitality
MAN3156 Strategic Brand Management
MAN3151 Entrepreneurship in Hospitality, Tourism and Events Industry

Timetables

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).

Teaching

Each 15-credit module involves 150 hours of student work. This includes time spent in lectures, workshops and tutorials, as well as price study on your own or in small study groups. You will also write essays and assignments that draw on your understanding of a subject and deliver presentations for assessments that develop your transferable skills.

Our staff members are innovative in providing engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practise for your intellectual and professional development.

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.

Assessment

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

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.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall: BBC

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: DMM.

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 31.

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

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 72%.

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

Access to HE Diploma

Overall

  • BSc (Hons): 
    • QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 level 3 credits overall including 21 credits at Distinction and 24 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: BBBBB

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C  and Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with BBC 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. 

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

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

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.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

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.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2023

BSc (Hons)

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed

BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed
Professional training
£1,850

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

  • 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.

Payment schedule

  • 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.

Additional costs

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).

Optional expenses

  • 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.

Placements

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 course. Our 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.

Some examples of organisations that participate in this scheme include:

  • TUI UK and Ireland
  • Travelopia.

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 about 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.

Find out about the hospitality and tourism Professional Training placements that have taken place at the Savoy in London.

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.

Partner institutions

It is possible to spend half or all of your third year on study exchange with one of our partner universities. These include:

  • La Trobe University, Australia
  • Monash University, Australia
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Brock University, Canada
  • Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Copenhagen University. Denmark Sciences Po Aix, France
  • University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Singapore Management University
  • Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain
  • California State University, US
  • George Mason University, US
  • North Carolina State University, US
  • Texas Tech University, US
  • University of Maryland, US
  • University of North Carolina, US
  • University of North Texas, US
  • University of Virginia, US
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, US
  • University of Bologna, Italy.

There are lots of advantages to taking part in an exchange scheme. You could discover a new culture and live in a new country while experiencing new teaching practices and approaches to politics and international relations.

You’ll also acquire a fresh perspective on your subject matter that can significantly improve your performance in your final year.

Students share their experiences of going on an international exchange to Hong Kong.

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.

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 and before you accept an offer. Read our full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

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.

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