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:
Our highly regarded and dynamic faculty are well placed to bring their expertise to your study of Tourism Management Dr Wei Liu’s wide-ranging research interests include: Dark Tourism; Visitor Experience; Consumer Behaviour; and, Destination Marketing and Management.
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. Make Southend your destination and immerse yourself by observing the tourism sector at a local, regional and international level.
We are just an hour’s train journey from the UK’s capital city, home to some of the world’s most iconic attractions and London Southend Airport is just 15 minutes by taxi.
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.
The travel, tourism and hospitality sector is a huge employer of graduates and the skills you will gain in organisational efficiency and destination marketing strategy from your tourism management degree will prepare you for the more competitive roles that the sector offers.
This course is suited to those looking for a career in business management and marketing, as well as those looking for roles in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector.
The BSc Tourism Management curriculum taught here embeds transferable employability skills in analysis, critical thinking, presentation and communication across all modules.
The Study Skills module in year one will develop your academic skills, while the Successful Futures Module in year two will foster your professionalism and introduce you to the graduate recruitment process, including practical advice to excel at interviews and assessment centres.
As this course was only introduced in 2017, we are yet to see where BSc Tourism Management graduates take their skills to, but recent Essex Business School – Southend campus graduate destinations include:
The School will support you with a range of skills and careers opportunities, including: skills development workshops; employer talks; skills events and careers conferences.
BSc Tourism Management students can also take advantage of the services offered by the Student Development Team, including: careers advice; work experience; internships; placements; and voluntary opportunities.
GCSE: Mathematics C/4
BTEC: DDD, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.
IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including Standard Level Mathematics/Maths Studies grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
From 2021, we will accept grade 4 in either Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Standard Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.
Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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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.
The course structure is designed to balance a specialisation in tourism with a comprehensive understanding of all core areas of business management. In the first year you will cover the fundamentals that every business manager needs to know including topics such as entrepreneurship, economics, accounting, finance, management and marketing. Then in second and final year you will have some compulsory modules focussed on tourism and others designed to deepen your understanding of core business management topics. Your optional modules add flexibility for you to make the degree your own.
The structure shown below is just one example from the current academic year of how the degree could look, including some popular optional modules.
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 full programme structure and lists of available optional modules currently on offer please click on 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.
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Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.
The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are 'L' and 'S' respectively.
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