Tourism Management BSc (Hons)

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BSc (Hons) Tourism Management gives you a fundamental understanding of theories relevant to successful tourism management. You will develop skills appropriate to the industry as well as future academic study.

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Why us?

  • Our Tourism, Transport and Travel courses (which include BSc (Hons) Tourism Management) are ranked 1st in the UK for The teaching on my course, according to the National Student Survey 2018
  • Teaching enriched by 'world-leading' research, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Our Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism courses are ranked 2nd according to The Guardian University league tables 2019
  • 90% of our BSc (Hons) Tourism Management graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK students)
  • National and international work experience opportunities
  • Local, national and international field visits and study abroad opportunities
  • Available as 4-year sandwich course, on which you can engage in a one year industrial placement
  • All students on this course are eligible to register for the Institute of Hospitality Education Membership Scheme
  • Our Tourism, Transport and Travel courses were ranked 3rd overall in the UK in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
  • Our Tourism, Transport and Travel courses were ranked 3rd in the UK for Retention and Progression, and 2nd in the UK for Employability in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey

Course structure

You will be taught by passionate staff who produce world-leading research. A typical week for you will combine lectures, seminars, tutorials, open and resource-based learning, and supervised project and group work.

There is an emphasis on developing your independent study skills, and you will also have opportunities to present ideas and information to other students and also develop concepts and analyses within groups.

Your progress will be assessed with coursework, projects, presentations, practical exercises, time-constrained and multiple-choice examinations and the major project.

In your final year, you will specialise in your chosen area of tourism management. This could be mass tourism, e-tourism, sports tourism and mega events, urban tourism or ecotourism. Your academic study will be linked even more intensively with employability, so that when you graduate you’ll be ready to step directly into the workplace.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Study Skills for the Service Sector (20 credits)
  • Impacts of Festivals and Events (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Tourism and Hospitality (20 credits)
  • Marketing and Business for the Service Sector (20 credits)
  • Tourism and Heritage Management (20 credits)
  • Global Tourism (20 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Research Methods for the Service Sector (20 Credits)
  • Consultancy for the Visitor Economy (20 Credits)
  • Tourism Planning and Development (20 Credits)
  • Current Issues for Tourism and Hospitality (20 Credits)

Optional modules:

  • Human Resource Management for the Service Sector (20 Credits)
  • Tourism Fieldwork 2 (20 Credits)
  • Destination Branding (20 Credits)
  • Cultural Tourism, Festivals and Events (20 Credits)

Year 3:

  • Hospitality, Events, Aviation and Tourism work placement (optional)


Final year (national level 6):

  • Risk and Crisis Management for Tourism and Aviation (20 credits)
  • Strategic Planning for Tourism (20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Professional Development for the Service Sector (20 credits)
  • Tourism Major Project (40 credits)
  • Urban Tourism (20 credits)
  • Service Quality (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management for the Service Sector (20 credits)
  • Digital Technology and the Visitor Economy (20 credits)
  • Tourism Fieldwork 3 (20 credits)

The Reg Vardy Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,


  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

    Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

    Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service.

    Library Services - business and tourism
  • The Student Learning Space is designed for business students, and it includes a boardroom as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and clients from outside the University. There are also areas to facilitate group work and collaboration.

    Student Learning Space


You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Reg Vardy Centre is a modern building with views of the river, and just a short walk from both the coast and Sunderland town centre.

You’ll find an excellent selection of tourism resources at St Peter’s Library, and you’ll have access to a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is

  • GPA 3.0 or above from High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade - SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement

If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at for further advice.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 if you are an international student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


The course content on the BSc (Hons) Tourism Management degree reflects our close links with employers, and our teaching emphasises the connections between theories and practice.

Many of our graduates progress to careers in managerial roles within the tourism and hospitality industry. Job titles include Hotel Manager, Tourism Development Officer or Resort Office Manager. Employers include hotels, airlines, travel agencies, events organisers, heritage attractions, Local Authorities and other public sector bodies.

Paid placements

We encourage you to undertake a 48-week placement between your second and final year to further enhance employability . It effectively becomes the third year of a four-year course. Placements are paid, with an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on your location.

Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers.

We will support you at every stage of the placement process, from finding suitable placements, to checking that everything is going well, and to making a final assessment of your performance during the placement.

Recent placement employers include IBM, Procter & Gamble, BT, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Adidas.

Field trips

You will have the opportunity to visit a range of tourism and hospitality venues and initiatives. These visits are local to the North-East, national throughout the UK, and international including destinations such as New York, Dublin, Prague and Barcelona.

  • Sunderland had one of the best reputations in the country for Tourism.
    Chelsea Sinclair, Tourism graduate

    Chelsea Sinclair

  • I honestly feel like the University experience lifted my confidence and vision of where I could go.
    Katy Wood

    Katy Wood

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