BSc (Hons) Tourism Management

Our degree teaches students about the commercial side of tourism with a broader approach to understanding tourism as a social phenomenon, helping students create innovative approaches and develop management skills vital to future success. Students also enjoy the opportunity to boost their employability by taking a placement with paid employment with a private or public sector organisation. Students can gain invaluable experience, bolster their skills and enhance their employment prospects.

Key features

  •  Gain a competitive advantage by learning to meet the changing needs of the tourism industry on a course accredited by the Tourism Management Institute
  • Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research into areas such as the social impacts of tourism, the relationship between tourism and crime, working conditions in the industry, the adoption and reporting of corporate social responsibility, literary and heritage tourism, particularly in Cornwall. 
  • Recognised as a Centre of Excellence for The Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT). The ITT created the Centres of Excellence status to recognise universities leading in these fields.

Course details

Year 1

Examine the organisation, operation and management of the tourism industry, to learn the principles of sustainable management. Explore the key issues of today’s tourism industry and the social, political and environmental pressures placed on it. Investigate alternative forms of tourism and the nature and characteristics of tourist behaviour.

Core modules

  • HTM111 Tourism Environments and Tourist Behaviour
  • HTM144 Spa and Resort Management
  • HTM148 International Event Destinations
  • HTM151 Introduction to Sustainable Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Cruise Management
  • HTM154 Tourism Industry: Principles and Practice
  • HTM156 Management and Employability Skills

Year 2

Students will deepen their knowledge of the tourism industry through the study of destination management, stakeholder identification and engagement and destination marketing. Gain the knowledge and skills required to conceptualise, build, market and manage a tourism business and to strategically position a regional, national or international destination. Explore the relationships between tourism, tourists, tourism communities and crime in modern society.

Core modules

  • HTM216 Tourism, Development and Culture
  • HTM241 Tourism Venture Creation
  • HTM246 Promoting and Marketing Experiences
  • HTM248 Tourism Planning and Management
  • HTM251 Research Methods
  • HTMP202 Career Investment Programme 2

Optional modules

  • DEAS200 Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Second Year Students
  • ELC203 English for Academic Purposes
  • FREX01 French 1
  • FREX02 French 2
  • HTM243 Festivals and Event Tourism
  • HTM247 Tourism Technologies
  • SPNX01 Spanish 1
  • SPNX02 Spanish 2


Optional placement year

Earn a Certificate of Industrial Experience by completing an optional work placement year. This valuable experience gives students a foothold in the industry, building confidence and expanding networks of contacts. 

Core modules

  • HTMP300 Work Placement Year

Final year

Develop an area of specialisation by researching a tourism issue for the final thesis. Elective modules allow students to direct their learning (and career) into a specific area of interest.

Core modules

  • HTM314 Honours Project
  • HTM335 Crime and Sustainable Tourism
  • HTMP301 Career Investment Programme 3

Optional modules

  • DEAS300 Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Final Year Students
  • ELC314 International Business Communication
  • ELC315 Professional and Academic Communication
  • FREX01 French 1
  • FREX02 French 2
  • HTM310 Crisis and Disaster Management in the Hospitality, Tourism and Events Industry
  • HTM311 Cruise Operations Continuity Planning
  • HTM312 Film, Literary and Heritage Tourism
  • HTM339 Leadership
  • HTM342 Business Strategy and Consultancy for the Tourism, Hospitality and Events Sectors
  • SPNX01 Spanish 1
  • SPNX02 Spanish 2

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

Programme Specification

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

A level: 104-120 points from a minimum of 2 A levels. This course considers general studies.

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in any subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

IB: 26 - 30 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level.
English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4   Standard Level = 5

All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade 4/C or above.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

How to apply

Applications should be made through our partner institution:

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