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Peter Smith

Programme Director for Tourism Programmes

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

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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 the Caribbean and Central Europe
  • 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.

The programme is offered as part of a single honours degree.

Teaching methods

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.

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.

Key facts

  • Dedicated course-specific academic tutor for one-to-one support
  • Overseas fieldwork allows you to explore tourism management issues in an international context
  • Small cohorts and a supportive academic environment
  • Opportunity to undertake work placements as part of the degree
  • Opportunities to study abroad at partner institutions
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Course content

Year one

  • Business and the Economic Environment 
  • Effective Learning and Research in Management 
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Introducing Tourism 
  • Introduction To Management Theory 
  • Organisational Behaviour 
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Year two

  • Business Law 
  • European Fieldwork 
  • Experience and Employment 
  • Fundamentals of Accounting 
  • International Management 
  • Managing Sustainable Tourism 
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Year three

  • Corporate Governance and Responsibility 
  • Cultural Tourism 
  • Digital Business 
  • Event Management 
  • Management Consultancy Project 
  • Managing in the Workplace 
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Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the programme specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

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.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

Please note: the tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2017/18 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee 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

Further information

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