School of Tourism and Hospitality - Subject Areas
In such a highly competitive environment, it is important that those seeking careers as successful professionals develop strong business and management foundations to meet the needs of the industry.

Our degree courses at Plymouth University have been developed in consultation with industry, and are led by experienced staff, with subject-specific knowledge and a wide range of teaching and research interests. Teaching is supported by a varied programme of guest lecturers, and by field visits financially supported by the School of Tourism and Hospitality. In addition, students have the opportunity to study a foreign language, and to complete a work placement year, gaining valuable practical experience. 

All of our courses explore issues that affect the tourism, hospitality (including cruise) and events industries. Sustainability, in particular, is a key element and students examine its social, economic, political, cultural and environmental dimensions. Students also work with local businesses and develop their understanding of present day management concerns through live consultancy projects. 

Our approach is highly valued by our students who rated their experience with us at nearly 10 per cent above the sector average in the 2012 National Student Survey. We don’t think of ourselves as a traditional school, we want to empower you with the skills and desire to challenge and ask difficult questions, to stand out, to take the long view, and to become an advocate for better business practice.


Situated in the centre of one of the UK's most popular tourist regions, you can experience major tourist attractions first hand whilst studying with us, right on the doorstep of our Plymouth campus.

Our courses are vocationally focused with international commercial links, designed to enhance your employability in an expanding global industry.

Tourism subject area


Voted as one of the top providers of hospitality courses in the UK by both the Times and the Guardian.

Our courses in hospitality are designed to produce professional managers who have the skills to work in one of the world's fastest growing industries.

Hospitality subject area

Events Management

From high profile events to local festivals and art exhibitions, the events industry continues to grow at all levels.

Our events management degree is designed to produce graduates with the skills to manage this fast-changing industry.

Events Management subject area


You have the option of spending your third year in an industrial placement.

This allows you to gain an additional award of the Certificate of Professional Experience or Certificate of International Professional Experience.

Find out more about Tourism and Hospitality placements