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BA (Hons) Tourism Management

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Places available to study this September

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Complete University Guide Top 10 Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism logoTourism is one of the fastest-growing industries on the planet, generating millions of new job opportunities worldwide, every year.

Accredited by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), and recognised as an Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence, our four-year course was one of the first to be offered in the UK and has been refined over three decades to give you an excellent understanding of how private and public organisations work together within the tourism sector.

You’ll develop management and business skills that are essential to get ahead in this industry and in your final year, you’ll have a choice of modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals.

You’ll have the chance to learn a new language; French, Spanish or Mandarin, and we regularly provide you with opportunities to apply what you have learnt to relevant real-world contexts, through industry speakers and events, consultancy projects and ‘live’ scenarios and residential fieldtrips to tourism hotspots. In the past, these have included Jersey and Malta, as well as various attractions within the UK.

Bournemouth is also a perfect location to study tourism management, a popular seaside resort with many tourism and hospitality businesses and opportunities to learn from the locality. You can also expand your horizons and spend some time studying abroad with one of our 40 partner institutions in the USA, Australia, Europe and Asia.

What’s more a 30-week supervised work placement in the UK or overseas will give you the opportunity to turn theory into practice in a business environment, ensuring you gain practical experience that could help you secure a management-level position immediately after graduating.

Read about our students who have presented their research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research on our student blog.

“The courses offered by BU give a fantastic basis for a successful career in tourism management. The curriculum covers all aspects of tourism in a constantly changing landscape, giving a real insight into the industry. We really value our close ties with BU, working with the future leaders of our industry.” – Gavin Greene, Communications Manager at TripAdvisor

According to Unistats, 93% of our final year students said that our staff are good at explaining things. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day.

Further information about studying with us is available on the Department of Tourism and Hospitality webpages.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years including a minimum 30-week work placement


United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) - TedQual and an Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence.  

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.
BU and you. A match made in Clearing.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 76% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Download the programme specification (pdf 534kb)


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why you’ll spend your third year on a professional work placement, lasting a minimum of 30 weeks, with public or private sector tourism-related organisations.

This includes the option to undertake your placement abroad – giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally while you gain skills to help you stand out in the job market. Our students have completed placements in countries such as Spain, Greece, China, USA, Kenya and New Zealand.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who have:

  • Both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Potential for a career that puts the consumer centre stage
  • The ability to think logically and organise your work
  • A real interest in people and places.

How to apply

Entry requirements


The tourism industry is large and diverse, and there is a wealth of opportunities across a variety of sectors. 90% of our students are in work or further study within six months of completing their course, working towards a variety of positions in or related to sales and marketing, product planning, operations, ICT, distribution, human resources, event organisation and finance.

Among the organisations that our graduates have worked for are Astral Holidays, Costa Cruises, Explore Worldwide, Flight Centre, Hills Balfour, Quay Holidays, Senate Grand Prix, STA Travel, Thomson, TUI Group and Zenith Holidays.

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the tourism sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff who will be teaching on this course, and their research activities.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Course changes

What our students say

Emily Smith

I love the course diversity, covering a wide range of subject areas. The work placement was invaluable as I learnt so much working within the tourism industry.

Hear from our staff

Dr Anya Chapman

This course has been developed to equip our students with a broad range of skills and knowledge, enabling them to become the very best tourism managers.

What our students say

Tafadzwa Msipa

BU is a fantastic place to study with specialist lecturers who have experienced the tourism industry first hand, and written academic books and journals.