BSc

Tourism Management

Key Facts

Code N800
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The BSc Tourism Management degree combines the in-depth study of domestic and international tourism sector with the development of core business skills to equip you for the dynamic and exciting industry. As a popular tourist destination itself, Aberystwyth offers an invaluable opportunity to study seaside and rural tourism, first-hand, and within the wider national and international context.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Aberystwyth Business School: 91% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Tourism Management at Aberystwyth?

  • This degree is engineered for those wanting a career in tourism - the world’s biggest industry.
  • See your skills which include communication, time management, objective management improve with us.
  • Take part in three day tours of a UK destination and a week-long tour to an overseas tourism destination when you study with us.
  • Taught by enthusiastic staff who are experts in the tourism sector.
  • Receive expert advice by visiting speakers who are prominent in the industry who bring their professional experience to the classroom.
Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Business Environment * MM11220 20
Contemporary Case Studies in Tourism MM19210 10
Introduction to Management * MM11020 20
Marketing Principles * MM10120 20
The Tourism System MM19120 20
Tourism Principles and Impacts MM19010 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Adventure Tourism MM39020 20
Destination and Attraction Management MM39120 20
International Tourism in Practice MM39220 20
Management Research Methods MM33920 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Marketing Management * MM30120 20
Employability Skills for Professionals MM38020 20
Organisational Behaviour * MM33120 20
Strategic Marketing * MM30320 20
Visitor Management BR24020 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Independent Research Project in Management, Marketing and Tourism * MM35020 20
Sustainable Tourism MM39520 20
Tourism Development and Planning MM39620 20
Tourism Marketing MM39420 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Business Strategy * MM34020 20
Consumer Behaviour MM31420 20
Human Resource Management * MM33520 20
International Marketing * MM30420 20
Marketing Communications MM30520 20
Business Leadership and Corporate Responsibility MM34220 20
Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship * MM32220 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What career prospects are there for you when you graduate?

Employability is embedded across our teaching. Our graduates have been successful in seeking employment in the following:

  • Marketing Executive;
  • Travel Agency Manager;
  • Tourist Information Centre Manager;
  • Tour Manager;
  • Tourism officer;
  • Event Organisation;
  • Hotel Manager;
  • Customer Service Sector;
  • Outdoor Pursuits Manager.

 What skills will I acquire from this degree?

Studying for a degree in Tourism Management will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

  • Ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data;
  • Ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;
  • Effective problem-solving;
  • Analytical and creative thinking skills;
  • Decision-making;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance;
  • Team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Discover more about the various employment opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you will explore:

  • Tourism principles;
  • Tourism system;
  • Marketing principles;
  • The business environment and management;
  • And acquire basic communication skills in either French or Spanish.

In your second year you will investigate:

  • Adventure Tourism and outdoor recreation;
  • Destination and attraction management;
  • International Tourism.

In your third year you will discover:

  • Sustainable tourism;
  • Tourism marketing;
  • Development and planning;
  • Your independent research project.

How will I be taught?

We deliver our courses in the medium of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You will be assessed through essays, business plans, reports, reflective journals, projects, presentations and examinations.

Further information:

We will assign you a personal tutor who will be with you throughout your degree, this person will help you any problems whether these are academic-related or personal issues. 

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

Aberystwyth is the perfect place to study tourism, as it is a popular tourism destination. I especially like the size of the course: in our year we are a group of around 25 students which enables us to go on many field trips and study tours. The lecturers are experienced and very helpful and over the past three years we've got to know them very well. The course structure is flexible so you can concentrate on areas that you enjoy! Katja Christiane Poguntke

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
75% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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