The travel and tourism sector has emerged as one of the world’s largest industries and the fastest growing service sector.

Why study Tourism Management?

Domestically there are over two million jobs sustained by tourism activity in the UK, either directly or indirectly and it is estimated that there is almost 1.5 million jobs related directly to tourism activity in the UK, some 5% of all people in employment in the UK. These dynamics have turned tourism into a key driver for socio-economic progress.

Why St Mary's?

Tourism Management at St Mary's combines the theoretical study of tourism with fieldwork in the UK and overseas, aiming to expose students to real life tourism management issues, scenarios and challenges.

Examining how we might manage tourism activities in a more sustainable and ethical way is a key aim of the course. You will gain a sound knowledge of the tourism industry and the business environment as well as acquiring a range of subject specific and transferable skills.

Your degree will arm you with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to work in a wide range of tourism management contexts as well as preparing you to meet the challenges of developing and managing tourism activities in a sustainable way. Fieldwork opportunities, both at home and abroad, will enable you to apply concepts and ideas in ‘real world’ situations and to engage with tourism issues in a practical context.

A Student View

Catherine Holland

Catherine Holland
"Tourism Management is a really great course. It covers many different areas and there is always a lot to discuss in the lectures.

"St Mary’s is a really unique university, it is in a fantastic location and there is such a great atmosphere."


Tourism Management NSS results 2015

Tourism Management at St Mary's scored 94% for personal development in the 2016 National Student Survey.


The programme was rated 89% for overal student satisfaction.