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Please note: this degree is only accepting applications to transfer directly on to the third year of the programme.

Preparing you for a high-flying career in tourism - one of the world’s fastest-growing service sectors.

  • 6th for course satisfaction in the UK among hospitality, event management and tourism courses (Guardian Uni League Tables 2019).
  • There are opportunities to undertake graduate-level industry placements and study abroad at partner universities in Spain, France, the US and Australia as part of this degree.
  • Overseas fieldwork in your second and third year allows you to explore tourism management in an international context.
  • There are dedicated course-specific academic tutors for one-to-one support.
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Why study Tourism Management?

The UK tourism industry accounts for around two million jobs or 5% of all UK employment and is expected to grow rapidly. By 2025, it will be worth over £257 billion, and will support nearly 4 million jobs (VisitBritain).


Our Tourism Management programme gives you the opportunity to develop the skills needed to work in this popular and thriving industry.

You will study the programme as a single honours degree enabling you to consider management roles within the tourism and travel industry but also other related industries such as entertainment, leisure and environmental protection.


Why St Mary's?

Tourism Management at St Mary's exposes students to real life tourism management issues, scenarios and challenges.

During the programme you will:

  • Have access to innovative and exciting teaching methods from our experienced team of academics, researchers and visiting professors
  • Learn how to manage tourism developments in a more sustainable and socially responsible way
  • Gain an understanding of the business context for the tourist industry
  • Visit tourism developments in the UK and overseas, such as Prague and Cuba
  • Develop insight into how different regions, countries and cities have grown and developed their approaches to tourism.

You will examine a range of tourism management issues from service and operational management to development, sustainability and legal implications.

Optional modules include an industry work placement in London and an opportunity to carry out international fieldwork in Prague and Cuba.

Entry requirements

N/A UCAS points required

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Tourism Management is only accepting applications to transfer directly into the third year of the programme for 2020 entry.

To transfer directly into the third year (level six) you must have achieved at least 120 UK credits at level four and 120 UK credits at level five at another institution.

The modules you have previously studied must match the content and learning outcomes of the modules on the degree you are interested in studying at St Mary's.

For more information please email

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Course content

Year one

  • Introducing Tourism Core
  • Tourism in London Core
  • Skills for Tourism Optional
  • Introduction to Management Theory Optional
  • Contemporary Business Issues Optional
  • Human Resource Management Optional

Year two

  • Researching Tourism Core
  • Tourism Industry Issues Core
  • European Fieldwork Optional
  • Managing Sustainable Tourism Optional
  • Tourism and Society Optional
  • International Management Optional
  • Contributing to the Community Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Education Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Business Optional

Year three

  • Research Project Core
  • Fieldwork in Developing Areas Optional
  • Cultural Tourism Optional
  • Digital Business Optional
  • Events Management Optional
  • Contemporary Issues in Global Business Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • The Enterprising Workplace Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

A degree in Tourism Management prepares you for potential employment in the UK or abroad in a wide range of tourism and management contexts including tour operators, airlines, visitor attractions, business tourism and consultancy, as well as specialist management posts in tourism marketing and human resources.

You could also work for non-profit organisations and agencies such as the National Trust, local authorities, museums and tourist boards. You will develop the skills necessary for effective entry into the work-force such as oral and written communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills, quantification, ICT, research techniques, problem-solving and time management.

"The course seems both realistic and imaginative in the current employment environment. Careful thought has been given to the mix of modules available to students." - External Examiner

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Tourism Management students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, practical work/exercises, small-group tutorials, seminars and fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

Lectures provide overviews of a topic and you will be expected to read around the subject afterwards and discuss them in seminars with your tutors and peers.

Each module is accompanied by a guide that provides you with practical information, reading lists, websites, and similar material. You will be expected to undertake reading or other work in preparation for seminars.

Tourism Management is a vocational degree and there is a considerable amount of practical and project-based work attached to the modules.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 21%
  • Independent study: 79%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

A wide range of assessment methods are used, including essays, project and fieldwork reports, presentations, reflexive fieldwork diaries and for some modules examinations.

Normally, 70% of the assessment is coursework and 30% exam, but many of our modules are 100% coursework. This reflects the very practical nature of the subject.

Assessment criteria are clearly stated and a good level of guidance and feedback is provided to assist your learning.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.


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Further information

Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

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Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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