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University College Birmingham

International Tourism Management Top-up

UCAS Code: N800

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements



A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Tourism Management or Tourism Business Management, with 240 credits.

About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2021


Tourism management

**Course snapshot**

Economies and businesses around the globe today rely upon their ability to attract visitors, challenging international tourism providers to continuously reinvent themselves within a constantly changing environment. Our International Tourism Management top-up course will expand upon your existing knowledge and skills to help shape you into a skilled professional ready to embark upon a variety of career paths. You will have the chance to put your training into practice on an overseas residential visit to a major international tourism destination, giving you valuable first-hand insight into the industry. Studying at a recognised Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence, you will also have access to travel and tourism events hosted on campus, along with use of our cutting-edge simulation facilities in our new Aviation and Tourism Suite.

**Who's the course for?**

Our course is ideal for anyone looking to enter a career working with destination management organisations and tourism businesses which promote responsible and sustainable tourism practices, as well as the wider tourism industry.

**Why should I study this course?**

- **RESIDENTIAL VISIT** – Travel overseas to take on a tourism project, with essential trip costs covered by the University – previous destinations have included Barcelona, Prague, Budapest, Cyprus, New York and The Gambia

- **SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES** – Choose from our extensive portfolio of optional modules in order to tailor your studies to match your career aspirations

- **IN-DEPTH RESEARCH** – Select an area or issue within the global tourism industry that interests you to examine in detail for your final research project

- **INDUSTRY APPROVED** – We are an ITT Centre of Excellence and offer you enrichment opportunities including tourism and travel industry events on campus

**Great! Tell me more**

University College Birmingham offers outstanding simulation facilities for tourism students in our brand new Aviation and Tourism Suite. This features a state-of-the-art mock plane cabin, check-in areas and Galileo GDS system for training students.

**What skills will I gain?**

You will learn about higher management concepts and techniques, and apply them to destinations and tourism organisations within the dynamic and uncertain environment.

You will gain an understanding of the intercultural and social dimensions of international tourism, such as changing global tourism patterns, key drivers of activity and the changing nature of tourists.

Through our optional modules, you'll be able to develop skills and knowledge in other areas such as financial strategy, international marketing or 'dark' and thanatourism management.

In completing your research project, you will have a great opportunity to demonstrate your independent learning skills and develop expertise relevant to the industry that will boost your future employability.

**What about the future?**

Completion of this course will open the doors for you to enter a variety of careers within the international tourism industry. Our graduates have gone on to work in management roles in corporate travel, tourism marketing and tourism sustainability.

You will be able to pursue roles in areas such as:

- Destination management organisations (DMOs)

- Sustainable tourism

- Responsible travel (in commercial organisations)

- Cultural tourism

- Sustainable, cultural and eco-tourism organisations

You can also progress to postgraduate study, including courses at University College Birmingham such as International Tourism Management MSc.


- International Tourism Policy
- Managing Tourism Activity
- Tourism Crisis Management

Plus one option from:
- Financial Strategy
- Anthropology of Tourism
- Destination Management
- International Marketing
- Dark and Thanatourism Management
- Adventure Tourism Issues and Futures
- Festivals and Events Tourism

Plus one option from:
- Research Project
- Enterprise and Innovation Showcase

Assessment methods

**Note:** Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.


Example of a typical teaching week (up to 16 contact hours):

- **Large group teaching** – 5 hours
- **Smaller group teaching** – 6 hours
- **Tutorials** – 2 hours
- **Industry speakers**
- **Field trip**

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time.


Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course:

- **Coursework** – 34%
- **Practical assessment** – 33%
- **Independent research project** – 33%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

The Uni

Course location:

University College Birmingham


Business School - BA/BSc

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What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

Tourism management

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Tourism, transport and travel

Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
Male students
Female students
2:1 or above
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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Tourism, transport and travel

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

Average annual salary
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Secretarial and related occupations
Other elementary services occupations

This course sits in a wide group of smaller subjects that don't necessarily have that much in common - so bear this in mind when you look at any employment data. Most graduates took a hospitality, events management or tourism-related course, but there are a group of sports and leisure graduates in here as well who do different things. Events management was the most common job for graduates from this group of subjects, and so it’s no surprise that graduates from specialist events management courses did better last year than many of the other graduates under this subject umbrella - but all did about as well as graduates on average or a little better. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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