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?

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."


Management and Social Sciences NSS results 2015

The School of Management and Social Sciences at St Mary's scored 92% for Overall Satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey.


The School was also rated 93% for Teaching Satisfaction, 90% for Organisation and Management and 91% for Personal Development.