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MSc Events Management

MSc Events Management
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

This course is a conversion course, it is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills essential for working in the events sector, using theories and processes of project and operational management. You'll learn about the event management cycle, including planning, design, implementation and evaluation of a variety of events. As an academically driven course, you'll learn to critically evaluate a range of theories and models relevant to events management. The practical element of this course focuses on the application of theories and models to event examples, including the organisation of your own live event as part of a group.

The make-up of the course is truly international, giving you an interesting opportunity to mix with a diverse range of nationalities. This allows you to increase your intercultural competence, which is vital for working in a mixed-nationality workforce and working for a mixed-nationality clientele.

You'll receive practical training delivered by research-active and industry-experienced staff. The course will help you become knowledgeable about diversity, aware of cultural differences associated with managerial work and develop your aptitude for leadership in the events management sector.

Key information

Next start date:

January 2017, September 2017

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

12 months full-time for September start (16 months with optional study exchange), 16 months for January start (18 months with optional study exchange) or 2 years with optional 30-week work placement, 2 years part-time

Relevant subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

An Honours degree is normally required at 2:2 or above or substantial industrial experience at senior management level. Applicants are encouraged to provide details of work experience. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

If you want to study part-time, the course will run for two years. You'll be expected to study a minimum of three units per year, along with your dissertation towards the end of your second year. The timetable for when units take place varies each year, but they will always take place during daytime hours. You'll study alongside full-time and part-time students.

Core units

  • Events Principles & Practice: Learn about the organisations and resources involved with the supply of events and the management functions needed to use them. This unit asks why events are organised and how we measure their impacts, and will help you to identify the position of events as a major part of experiential marketing.
  • Business Strategy & Finance: The foundations of strategic analysis and choices that tie into an organisation’s business decisions. This includes Private, Public and Third Sector. You'll study the corporate finance sources of organisations, reporting and interpreting financial data. This will help you understand the dynamics of the tourism, hospitality and leisure sectors.
  • Research Methods: You'll learn how to collect, analyse, interpret and present both qualitative and quantitative data. You will be able to understand the nature of research, and its associated ethics which will provide essential underpinning for your research project.
  • Events Management: Covering the key areas of event planning, this unit uses theories and processes of project and operational management. You'll look at elements of planning, designing, implementing and evaluating a variety of events as part of a single festival programme.
  • Project Management for Events: Since events are increasing in scale and complexity, the areas of programme and project management are important to future event managers. You'll develop these skills by designing a themed event programme comprised of a number of event projects.
  • Dissertation: An opportunity to study a subject in-depth, showing your understanding of it. The dissertation is the conclusion of your learning experience, where you'll carry out a research project. You'll use appropriate research methodology to collect and analyse data and present your findings. Your dissertation will be 15,000 words, and you'll be taught about research methods.

Option units (choose one)

  • Conference Tourism: Here, you'll reflect on the conference sector's growth, and examine its present state by identifying the size, value, trends and growth of major conference destinations throughout the world. You'll also suggest how destinations and venues can develop a better conference product.
  • Crisis & Disaster Management: You'll develop a systematic understanding of the unique needs and critical resources that exist within key sectors and activities of Tourism, Hospitality and Events. You'll complete a number of strategic and tactical planning exercises aimed at addressing the need to integrate tourism and events within risk reduction, response and recovery strategies.
  • Creative Industries in Tourism & Events: This unit will provide an overview of the creative industries highlighting the relationship to tourism and the importance of events (such as think tanks, festivals, etc.) in the creative industries.
  • Entrepreneurship: The process of creating a new entrepreneurial venture, and funding sources for new and upcoming entrepreneurs. There's a focus on identifying and evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities. Entrepreneurial development may cover a single entity, a further investment by a portfolio entrepreneur, a management buy-out, a spin out or a venture in an existing organisation.
  • Fashion Retailing: You should consider choosing this unit if you want a career with some element of fashion. You'll learn how the fashion industry is important to the retail sector. You'll get the chance to explore how fashion can be used here to appeal to fashion-conscious consumers.
  • Food & Drink: Food and drink gives us sustenance, meets our nutritional needs and forms the basis for many of life’s experiences. It's also central to the hospitality, tourism, retail and events sectors. As such, understanding our relationship with food socially, economically, politically, environmentally and technologically is valuable for strategic and operational areas of expertise.
  • Mobile Communication & Mobile Marketing: Design and evaluate innovative mobile applications for an effective marketing communication campaign. You'll learn to understand, design and evaluate mobile communication and marketing initiatives in experience-based industries.
  • Sport Tourism: Learn about the features of sport tourism and the changing demands for it, along with its supply structures and impacts on and responses from sport and tourism providers. You'll explore how sport, tourism and events interact.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Optional work placement

  • The placement is intended to foster personal and professional development, and to help you to make a connection between academic learning and the working world. You should consider how a range of management theories can be used, and if management in industry could be improved. The transferable skills developed will improve your performance in your future career, both as employee and manager.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for Events Management.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Placement opportunities

An exciting part of your studies with us is the opportunity to do a minimum 30-week industry placement. This takes place after the taught elements of the course are complete (before the dissertation), and provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable experience and apply the learning that you have achieved through the course.

The placement should be a paid job but voluntary work can be just as enjoyable.

Typical placements include undertaking roles such as event managers, exhibition development managers, events coordinators, account managers, project managers and club membership managers.

Despite us offering you help with CVs and covering letters, it is ultimately your responsibility to find a work placement. BU does not guarantee you will find a place. Many students change their mind once they are here and choose a taught unit instead of doing the placement.

If you chooose an optional work placement there are no additional fees.

*The above are taken from BU institutional data.

Selection criteria

Background and experience

For Events Management we are looking for applicants who:

  • Enjoy working with other people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds
  • Can multi-task and are well organised
  • Are flexible with time and energy levels
  • Are creative and enthusiastic
  • Can adapt to varying demands/workloads.

Students who study on our course bring a range of different experiences with them from educational, professional and recreational environments, whether it is music, sport, drama or the arts. Students on this course will typically have a passion for events and an appreciation of their wide scope.

As an academically driven course, you will learn to critically evaluate a range of theories and models relevant to the events sector. We encourage applications from those individuals who are academically driven, have the ability to work well in groups and are prepared to commit to their studies in the field of events management.

Selection methods

This course selects candidates by looking at their applications. There are no interviews or additional selection activities and therefore we suggest that you make your application stand out from the crowd.

For more information, take a look at our post graduate how to apply pages.

Full entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:

  • Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent.
  • For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service if you are in doubt.

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  •  IELTS (academic) 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

Careers

Events range in scope, scale and complexity from mega events to corporate meetings. They cover activities from sport and culture to product launches and fundraising. As an event manager you must have abilities in a wide range of subject areas.

Graduates from this course are now working in organisations all over the world, such as Meht Entertainment in Germany, Capital Club East Africa in Kenya and Moody's Analytics and Concerto Live in the UK.

Some of our Events Management graduates are now undertaking roles such as:

  • Account executive
  • Conference & events organiser
  • Events manager
  • Events co-ordinator
  • Assistant manager
  • Head of sales.

Industries worked in

  • Events
  • Media
  • Finance.

Further study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

*The above are taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and BU institutional data.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsidised travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay additional fees equivalent to one ninth of the tuition fee per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text

04/03/2016

A new option unit: Creative Industries in Tourism & Events

Course details

N/A

02/03/2016

Elective unit change. Removal of the unit Managing Organisations and addition of the unit Research Methods

Course details

Managing Organisations: Develop competence in organisational management and behaviour for a management career in the leisure sector. You'll investigate key roles and how these may be affected by operational environments and organisational structures and cultures, particularly in international and multinational organisations.

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