This course is a conversion course (meaning it is intended for students who have not studied the subject previously). It is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.
This course reviews a range of key issues, challenges, and developments in tourism management, with a particular focus on the relationships between tourism and the wider economic, environmental and socio-cultural context.
The course aims to develop your management, research, and analytical skills to allow you to operate at a high level within this dynamic industry. During your studies, you'll meet industry experts, with the opportunity to take a professional placement, network and share knowledge and experience whilst learning in a structured environment. The course also offers a unique opportunity to mix with a diverse range of nationalities, allowing you to increase your inter-cultural competence. This is vital to tourism management in an increasingly globalised world. Thus, the course prepares graduates to develop within a variety of potential career paths.
We are internationally known for our quality tourism courses and research activities - in the REF2014 tourism at BU was rated as joint 1st in the UK, based on its internationally recognised research. This course is delivered by staff who are actively involved in research and consultancy, ensuring that the curriculum and discussions are informed by cutting-edge knowledge and practice. Our team includes Professor Adam Blake who specialise in economic aspects of tourism development, Professor Adele Ladkin who is a leading researcher on labour and employment in tourism and hospitality and Professor Dimitrios Buhalis who is a known expert of strategic marketing and the use of technology in tourism.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above.
If you want to study part-time, you’ll study alongside full-time students over two years. You'll be expected to study a minimum of three units per year, along with your dissertation towards the end of your second year. The timetable for when units take place varies each year but the typical delivery for one unit is four hours a week, split between two sessions, so you will be required to be on campus at least two days a week. We can work with you to consider the timetable and make an appropriate individual plan in terms of which order to study which units.
- Managing Visitor Attractions: The development and redevelopment of cultural and heritage attractions. You'll review the management of cultural and heritage resources by offering a principal or secondary attraction for tourist destinations. This part of the sector represents a significant component for domestic and international visitors and it includes historical, man-made and contemporary attractions.
- Business Strategy & Finance: The foundations of strategic analysis and choices that tie into an organisation’s business decisions. This includes private, public and third sector. You'll study the corporate finance sources of organisations, reporting and interpreting financial data. This will help you understand the dynamics of the tourism, hospitality and leisure sectors.
- Tourism Planning & Development: Planning is at the heart of tourism development, and the various ways in which tourism planning affects destinations, the tourism industry and tourists is an essential component in the understanding of tourism. This unit demonstrates how planning theories are converted into policies and, in turn, help shape destination development in the tourism industry.
- The Tourism & Hospitality Industries: This unit will provide you with a comprehensive appreciation of the tourism and hospitality business ecosystem. Based on Leipier’s tourism system, the module analyses the value chain of the industry and examines the role of each stakeholder in the tourism and hospitality value system and identifies linkages, interrelations, and collaboration requirements. The unit will be delivered through a series of industry guest lectures.
- Destinations: Contexts for Tourism & Hospitality: Placing the tourism destination at the heart of the discussion, this unit explores the physical, conceptual and administrative spaces in which tourism and hospitality activities occur, and as such provide the context for an exploration of the complex and interrelated activities of tourist activities. The unit will be international in nature, drawing on examples and practices from developed and developing nations.
- Dissertation: An opportunity to study a subject in-depth, showing your understanding of it. The dissertation is the conclusion of your learning experience, where you'll carry out a research project. You'll use appropriate research methodology to collect and analyse data and present your findings. Your dissertation will be 15,000 words, and you'll be taught about research methods.
Option units (choose one)
- Air Transport & Tourism: The aim of the unit is to develop your awareness of the role of aviation management in the successful planning and development of international tourism. It will evaluate the potential barriers to continued growth and explore the conflicts and challenges of meeting both economic and environmental targets, highlighting the contribution of aviation to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
- Conference Tourism: Here, you'll reflect on the conference sector's growth, and examine its present state by identifying the size, value, trends, and growth of major conference destinations throughout the world. You'll also suggest how destinations and venues can develop a better conference product.
- Crisis & Disaster Management: You'll develop a systematic understanding of the unique needs and critical resources that exist within key sectors and activities of Tourism, Hospitality, and Events. You'll complete a number of strategic and tactical planning exercises aimed at addressing the need to integrate tourism and events within risk reduction, response and recovery strategies.
- Design for Tourism & Hospitality: This unit addresses the role and significance of design in and for the tourism and hospitality industries at the level of individual businesses and organisations or sites and events. It considers the design of tangible and intangible objects or ‘things’ such as buildings (exteriors and interiors), maps and guides, souvenirs, live events, corporate identities, business processes, and servicescapes.
- Entrepreneurship: The process of creating a new entrepreneurial venture, and funding sources for new and upcoming entrepreneurs. There's a focus on identifying and evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities. Entrepreneurial development may cover a single entity, a further investment by a portfolio entrepreneur, a management buy-out, a spin-out or a venture in an existing organisation.
- Food Design & Marketing: You will develop an understanding of the broad context of food design and marketing. The unit focuses on food in terms of its aesthetics, the processes and tools used in, and the spaces where food is, prepared, distributed and consumed and how these are promoted and communicated to the consumers with emphasis on consumer behaviour towards food.
- Global Food & Drink: The unit will provide an in-depth analysis of the role of food and drink in the international hospitality, tourism, retail, and events business environment. An understanding of the nature of our relationship with food socially, economically, politically, environmentally and in terms of technology is a valuable addition to other strategic and operational areas of expertise.
- Sports Tourism: Learn about the features of sport tourism and the changing demands for it, along with its supply structures and impacts on and responses from sport and tourism providers. You'll explore how sport, tourism, and events interact.
- Tourism & the Media: This unit will develop your ability to critique and apply media theories, practices and discourses in relation to tourism.
- Tourism Culture & Society: The unit explores the principles, concepts, and practices of tourism from the perspective of social science and cultural studies theories. More specifically, the unit discusses the contributions of social science disciplines in understanding the multiple dimensions and manifestations of tourism globally.
- Tourism Management & the Natural Environment: You’ll critically reflect upon the significance and impact of tourism on a variety of ecosystems; the use of animals in tourism, the ways in which tourism can be successfully managed to ensure it contributes to the goals of biodiversity and conservation; and the relationship between climatic changes and tourism development.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
Optional work placement
The placement is intended to foster personal and professional development and to help you to make a connection between academic learning and the working world. You should consider how a range of management theories can be used, and if management in the industry could be improved. The transferable skills developed will improve your performance in your future career, both as employee and manager.
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Many governments are aware of the economic importance of tourism as well as it's wider social and environmental impacts.
Some of our graduates hold senior management positions in private and public sectors, such as tour operators, the aviation and cruise industries, hotel chains and government tourism ministries and development agencies.
Amongst our alumni is a Hospitality Manager for a 4-star hotel in Qatar, a Government Official in the Peruvian Tourism Ministry, the Head of Tourism for the Azores Islands and the Secretary-General of the Kurokawa Onsen Tourist Inn Association.
As a Tourism Management graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:
- Tourism marketing manager
- Lodging managers
- Tour operator manager
- Customer service manager
- Hotel manager.
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