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

Please note: Tourism Management is not currently taking applications for 2019/20 entry.

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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.

Key facts

  • 6th for course satisfaction in the UK among hospitality, event management and tourism courses (Guardian Uni League Tables 2019).
  • Opportunities to undertake graduate-level industry placements as part of this degree
  • Overseas fieldwork in your second and third year allows you to explore tourism management in an international context
  • Small cohorts and a supportive academic environment
  • Dedicated course-specific academic tutor for one-to-one support
  • Opportunities to study abroad at partner universities in Spain, France, the US and Australia
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus, with direct transport links to Central London

Course content

Year one

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

Year two

  • Business Law 
  • Contributing to the Community 
  • European Fieldwork 
  • Experience and Employment in Business 
  • Fundamentals of Accounting 
  • International Management 

Year three

  • Cultural Tourism 
  • Digital Business 
  • Events Management 
  • Industry Placement 
  • Managing in the Workplace 
  • Research Project 
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.

How the degree is taught

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.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

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

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750
* 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 for 2019 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

Further information

UCAS Application Timeline