Events Management

UCAS codes

  • N820 -

Course contact

Sandro Carnicelli
0800 027 1000

Qualifications and durations

  • BA - 3 Years
  • BA Hons - 4 Years

Start date(s)

  • September
The BA (Hons) Events Management is designed to give you the essential knowledge and practical experience to build a career in the exciting, fast-growing events industry.
  • SQA Highers:  BBBC inc English over 1 sitting; ABBCC/BBBCCC inc English over 2 sittings
  • GCE A-Levels: CCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBC2 inc English
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL).
  • SQA Advanced Highers: BBB relevant subjects + H English
  • GCE A-Levels: BBB relevant subjects
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Events Management; Events; Promotion and Events Management; Travel and Tourism; Hospitality Management; or other relevant discipline
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Events Management; Events; Promotion and Events Management; Hospitality Management; Travel and Tourism; or relevant discipline

Scotland is renowned for its festivals, with The Edinburgh Festival, T in the Park and Celtic Connections now globally-recognised events. This acclaim has created a growing need for effective event management in the business, tourism and hospitality sectors.

The programme includes elements relating to the development of operational skills across a range of sectors, as well as project management, legislation and risk management – all essential skills for the professional events manager. A special feature of this course is the close liaison with industry leaders and professional bodies/trade associations in the events industry such as ABPCO and Eventia. Guest speakers also present to our students. 

Many of the modules offered have an international focus, giving you the opportunity to apply your skills overseas.


Year 1

You will explore the background to the events industry and gain an understanding of event management processes.

Year 2

Events management knowledge and understanding are expanded and a team project will give you the chance to plan, implement and evaluate a live event.

Year 3

You will develop a more specialised knowledge of events management, enabling you to create a business plan for an event organisation. You will also develop more accurate research skills necessary for decision-making processes and learn about the strategic aspects of event management. You will gain insights into the conference world through Business Tourism, in addition to the psychological aspects of creating event experiences. An optional module offers the opportunity to visit London to experience the events industry first-hand.

Year 4 (Honours)

You will complete an events-based dissertation in the Honours year. Further specialised study includes the comparison of international events issues and analysis of event impacts.
Career choices include event manager, working in sports venues organising conferences, assisting large corporations to launch products, or fundraising for voluntary organisations.

Work-related learning is offered during Year 3.

Study Abroad

You may have the opportunity to study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations.

Useful Information

  • For advice on other relevant qualifications contact Mark Thomson, Faculty Administrator, tel 0800 027 1000 or e-mail