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Build a career in an international industry

The BA Tourism Management has been developed to train well-rounded tourism professionals with a range of specialist and transferable skills.

International tourism is one of the fastest growing emerging industries in the modern global economy.

Through the BA in Tourism Management, you will gain a thorough understanding of current issues, trends and best practice within the global tourism industry as well as professional management skills that are aligned to the needs of leading tourism organisations.

Graduates pursue varied careers in the tourism sector including the hospitality industry, where opportunities exist in hotel and venue facilities management; conference and convention management; visitor attractions and leisure services including outdoor and countryside activities. 

Study Abroad

 

UWS offers opportunities for our students to study abroad via our exchange programmes. You can study abroad and gain credits towards your degree at one of our 80 international partners.

Find out more about study abroad at UWS.

The School of Business & Enterprise

The School of Business & Enterprise at UWS offers professionally focused courses, providing students with sought-after skillsets to succeed in commerce and industry.

We place a high value on promoting entrepreneurship, partnering with the Princes Trust to support our business students to become self-employed or to set up their own business.

100%

of BA Tourism Management graduates in work and/or further study 6 months after graduating

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Accelerated Entry

Direct entry into year 3 only.

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Tourism or Travel & Tourism or Event Management or Hospitality or Hospitality Management 
  • Foundation Degree: relevant Business degree

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

With the BA Tourism Management you will gain the knowledge and skills to help to shape the future of tourism. The course offers a comprehensive understanding of national and international tourism management, from theory and strategy to operational issues. You can tailor your degree to focus on areas that are related to your future career aspirations. 

Guest speakers, and engagement with representatives from VisitScotland and the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau will inform course content and support career progression.

Year 3

In year 3 you will study specialised tourism modules including business events and tourism, tourism and sustainability and tourism, transport and mobility.  You will also complete courses on managing people and marketing experiences.  You will develop research skills and design a research project with a tourism management focus.  You will also have the opportunity to select modules to suit your own area of interest including a range of language options. You will also get the change to complete an optional module and gain additional experience at our London Campus. 

Year 4

In year 4 you will focus on national and international tourism issues.  You will study research theory, develop detailed knowledge of strategic concepts, policies and theories relevant to the tourism industry, explore how the tourism industry is adapting to sustainability and social responsibility on a national and international basis and the planning, management and impact of a range of international tourism issues.  You will compete a dissertation on a tourism management topic of your choice. You will also have the opportunity to select optional modules that strengthen your own area of interest and career aspirations.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. 

There will also be group work and independent learning to ensure you develop transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team. 

Our Tourism Management degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including: 

  • Written examinations 
  • Coursework 
  • Practical assessment

Learn a Language (optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career prospects

Jobs

The UWS BA Tourism Management has been developed in partnership with some of the UK’s top employers and is designed to equip you with the skills employers need.  The degree will assist entry into hotel and facilities management, conference and convention management and leisure services management roles. Graduates have also been employed in tourism marketing and research roles

Further study

Some graduates choose further study, leading to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or an MSc in International Events Management.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

 

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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Business & Enterprise

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