This degree offers a balanced, stimulating and sound education that will provide you with an excellent stepping stone towards a career in tourism.

Why study Tourism?

There are over two million jobs sustained by tourism activity in the UK - either directly or indirectly. 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?

The Tourism programme at St Mary's can only be studied as a joint honours degree. Tourism at St Mary's aims to expose students to real-life tourism management issues, scenarios and challenges by combining the theoretical study of tourism with fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

A key aim of the course is examining how tourism activities may be managed in a more sustainable and ethical way. Students will gain a sound knowledge of the tourism industry and business environment, whilst acquiring a range of both subject-specific and transferable skills.

A Tourism degree from St Mary’s will arm students with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to work in a wide range of tourism management contexts. It will prepare them to meet the challenges of developing and managing tourism activities in a sustainable way.

Fieldwork opportunities, both at home and abroad, will enable students to engage with tourism issues in a practical context by applying concepts and ideas in ‘real world’ situations.

A Student View

Sam Corfield
"The programme covers a wide range of fascinating topics. This includes tropical ecotourism in which we visit the Caribbean to carry out an investigation... Overall if you are fascinated by culture, travel and are creative-minded, then tourism is the perfect programme for you."


St Mary's course and employment stats

In the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey 95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.


St Mary's also scored 93% for teaching satisfaction and for 92% course satisfaction in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings.