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Programme Director - Tourism Management
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Giving you an insight into tourism and preparing you for a variety of career options associated with this industry.

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

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Why study Tourism?

The UK tourism industry supports around two million jobs or 5% of all UK employment. By 2025 the tourist industry will grow to be worth over £257 billion and will support almost 4 million jobs (VisitBritain).

Our Tourism programme gives you the opportunity to realise the wider impact that this exciting and rapidly expanding industry plays in the world.

Not only will this prepare you for careers in the tourism industry but for other thrilling opportunities in related industries such as entertainment and leisure as well as environmental protection.

Why St Mary's?

The Tourism programme at St Mary's exposes students to real life tourism industry scenarios and challenges.

During the programme you will:

  • Have access to innovative and exciting teaching methods from our 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 issues from development and planning through to law and sustainability.

The programme is offered as part of a joint honours degree allowing you to combine study of it with another popular subject.

Key facts

  • Subject-specific academic tutor for one-to-one support
  • Opportunities for overseas fieldwork
  • Opportunities for work placements as part of your degree
  • Very high level of tutor support
  • Exposure to a range of tourism products and practitioners
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Joint honours combinations

Tourism can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Course content

Year one

  • Human Resource Management 
  • Introducing Tourism 
  • Introduction To Management Theory 
  • Organisational Behaviour 
  • Skills for Tourism 
  • Tourism in London 

Year two

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

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

This degree will prepare you for potential employment in a wide range of tourism contexts, including:

  • Tour operators
  • Airlines
  • Visitor attractions
  • Business tourism and consultancy
  • 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.

By completing this degree 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 Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Tourism 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

This degree is delivered through lectures, practical work and exercises, small-group tutorials, seminars and fieldwork. Lectures will provide you with an overview of a topic and you'll be expected to follow-up by reading further about subject.

Each module is accompanied by a guide that provides you with practical information, reading lists, websites, and other materials. You'll be given work - such as reading - prior to your seminars. 

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

Assessment methods

We make use of a wide range of assessment methods. This includes essays, project and fieldwork reports, diaries, oral presentations and traditional exams.

For most modules, 70% of the assessment is coursework and the remaining 30% is by exam.

However, several modules are 100% coursework. These assessment types reflect the  practical nature of the degree.

Assessment criteria are clearly stated for each module and a 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

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