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