Do you want to work in an exciting and professional industry with strong opportunities for career progression? How would you take advantage of learning in the heart of a renowned tourist destination? Could you join one of the UK’s top business schools?
Generating one in every eleven jobs, travel and tourism is one of the largest sectors in the world. Globally, the industry is forecast dramatic growth over the next decade. In the UK, a weakening Pound following the Brexit referendum is set to make Britain an even more attractive holiday destination.
For graduates who can combine management expertise with industry knowhow, travel, tourism and leisure holds exciting career opportunities.
This practical course in tourism management provides industry-specific knowledge and applied management skills so you can excel in a career in travel, tourism, event management and customer service. Your introductory first year grounds you in the main functional areas of business, so you also have the flexibility to enter any area of management or start your own tourism business.
You have the option to undertake an industry work placement year to further enhance your CV and can tailor your studies to your interests with a choice of optional modules.
You study a broad range of topics, such as:
In your final year, you put your knowledge into practice by completing an applied research project, such as a business plan or dissertation, on your choice of tourism topic. This practical assignment could make use of Essex Business School’s unique location in Southend-on-Sea, a seaside tourist and leisure destination just an hour from the UK’s capital city and one of the most entrepreneurial counties in the UK.
We’re ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019), ensuring you learn about the latest academic thinking on issues affecting today’s business world. We’re focused on responsible management and sustainable business, with our students and staff joining us from all over the world.
This BSc Tourism Management course develops your critical thinking, analytical, communication and intercultural skills. We explore tourism at both international and domestic (UK) levels and examine its importance to the local, regional and global economy.
You learn about the sector’s structure and organisation and the factors determining the success of a tourist destination. By examining issues such as environmental sustainability, as well as the cultural, societal and political context in which tourism operates, you can develop the confidence to solve existing and future industry challenges.
BSc Tourism Management can also be taken with an optional study abroad or placement year.
Studying abroad and experiencing another culture can increase your employability in a sector defined by international travel.
BSc Tourism Management gives you the option to study abroad, extending your degree by a year. Your course content otherwise remains the same as our standard three-year version.
As well as giving you the chance to learn about management in another country, living and studying abroad gives you a better understanding of cultural sensitivities. This is a vital skill when providing a service to international customers and can make you a more attractive candidate in competitive tourism roles. Studying abroad can show employers you’re mature, adaptable and organised, as well as giving you the chance to travel.
We have exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan.
If you spend a full year abroad you'll only pay 15% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year. You won't pay any tuition fees to your host university
Alternatively, you could decide to enhance your career by undertaking a placement year. You may decide to seek a role at a tourism organisation, such as a tour operator, tourist attraction or local council.
Our location in a thriving tourist and leisure destination could provide a number of exciting work experience opportunities. Our campus has direct links to London, home to some of the world’s most iconic attractions and hotels.
The Essex Business School Placements Manager can offer bespoke support throughout the process of researching, applying and interviewing for placements. However, it is your responsibility to apply, prepare for and secure your own role. In recent years, our students have gained placements with organisations such the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications on the island of St Maarten, BMW, Samsung and Cummins.
If you complete a placement year you'll only pay 20% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year.
Our academics have a global understanding of business, specialising in both established and developing markets. They are at the forefront of entrepreneurship research and challenges effecting Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and use this knowledge in their teaching to ensure your education is at the cutting-edge of real-world business issues.
Our staff specialise in areas including:
We are home to industry renowned figures, including our world leading Professor of International Business Professor Vania Sena, who has been funded by several bodies including: ESRC, Innovate UK, Nuffield Institute, NESTA, Leverhulme Trust, IPO, UKTI and British Academy.
Our BSc Tourism Management is based at our Southend Campus, a dynamic seaside resort and one of the South of England’s most famous tourist destinations. Southend-on-Sea is home to the world’s longest pier, a theme park, leisure attractions and a wealth of holiday accommodation, providing potential opportunities for work experience and useful context for your assignments. London Southend Airport is also close by.
We are just an hour’s train journey from the UK’s capital city, home to some of the world’s most iconic attractions.
Our campus is situated in the heart of the town centre, with a host of restaurants, bars and shops, and just a few minutes’ walk from the seafront.
You have access to excellent facilities, including:
The Hive Enterprise Centre is located close to Campus, providing access to networking events and business meetups that offer finance and marketing support for startups.
This course is suited to those looking for a career in business management, as well as those looking for roles such as:
Today’s graduate job market is competitive, with employers looking for candidates who understand how business works. An Essex education prepares you for the world of work.
The Essex Business School Placements Team are winners of the National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2018: Best University Placement Service (Under 100 Placements).
“In a graduate labour market where you need more than just a good degree, I believe that Essex offers our student unparalleled opportunities to develop relevant, transferable skills and wither interests sought by today’s employers.” Vicki Doughty, Essex Business School Placements Manager.
Your course develops your transferable employability skills in analysis, critical thinking, presentation and communication. Specialist modules foster your professionalism and introduce you to the graduate recruitment process, including practical advice to excel at interviews and assessment centres.
Our graduates can develop rewarding careers in a range of disciplines including financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. Many work at high-profile organisations and innovative SMEs across the globe, such as:
Many have also started their own successful ventures. Recent examples include:
You benefit from a range of career support and employability opportunities from the School, including access to employer talks. The University’s Employability and Careers Centre can also provide information about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
Specific entry requirements for this course in Clearing are not published here but for most of our degree courses you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification. If you are interested in applying and have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2019 entry and find out if you are eligible. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.
We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of compulsory and optional modules chosen from lists. Below is just one example structure from the current academic year of a combination of modules you could take. Your course structure could differ based on the modules you choose.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change. To view the compulsory modules and full list of optional modules currently on offer, please view the programme specification via the link below.
You are assessed through in-class tests, coursework and end-of-year exams.
You undertake an applied research project, such as a tourism business plan or dissertation, in your final year. This can be on your choice of topic, but your work must be related to travel and tourism.
Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:
Once you’ve checked that we have the right course for you, applying couldn’t be simpler. Fill in our quick and easy Clearing application form with as much detail as you can. We’ll then take a look and get back to you with a decision. There’s no need to call us to apply; just do it all online.
We don’t interview all applicants during Clearing, however, we will only make offers for the following course after a successful interview:
The interview allows our academics to find out more about you, and in turn you’ll be able to ask us any questions you might have. Further details will be emailed to you if you are shortlisted for interview.
With its lively, state-of-the-art facilities and a close-knit international community, Southend is the perfect environment for living and learning.
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Famous for its beach resort and pier, Southend-on-Sea stretches along seven miles of award-winning coastline, providing plenty of opportunities for a wide range of water sports and leisure activities.
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