For the last three years, Sunderland has consistently been ranked in the top four in the UK for tourism by The Guardian University Guide.
It’s easy to see why we’re rated so highly. Our tourism courses are informed by top research, with staff research being graded as ‘world-leading’ and 'internationally excellent' in the latest (2014) Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Hospitality, events management and tourism were Best in the UK for Student Satisfaction according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2014, as well as being Best in the UK for Teaching quality (National Student Survey 2013).
The content of the course reflects our close links with employers, and our teaching emphasises the connections between theories and practice.
The University of Sunderland is a member of the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership.
A distinctive feature of this course is the core module ‘Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions’. This module is not available in some of our broader tourism courses such as Tourism Management.
Field trips are an integral part of the course, and previous destinations have included New York, Paris, Barcelona and Prague. You’ll also go on field trips to places within the UK, and we regularly invite industry speakers to come to us in Sunderland.
We encourage our students to undertake a year-long placement between the second and final years, although it is not compulsory. It’s a great opportunity to get paid to put your learning into practice and to extend your experience. In recent years, some of our students have taken one-year internship programmes in Chicago, Austen and Miami in the USA.
Tourism and Hospitality are diverse, exciting and dynamic industries. They make a major contribution to employment, with over 2 million UK jobs directly supported by visitor spending. Many of our graduates go on to work in managerial roles within the tourism and hospitality industries.
Meet Michael McFraser, a University of Sunderland tomorrow-maker studying International Tourism and Hospitality Management:
Staff speak about Tourism at the University of Sunderland: