Events Management

BSc single honours or in combination with another subject as Events Planning Events Management 2016/17

The UK specialises in attracting visitors through its contemporary creative, heritage and service industries and events are at the heart of this business. A growing number of events globally, including festivals, conferences, sporting events and the 2012 Olympics, have created a demand for qualified events professionals.

The campus is at the centre of this historic, exciting destination and the programme capitalises on the opportunity to link tourism and events in the context of the thriving local arts industry including a newly opened theatre and concert venue, art gallery and museum. In addition to the annual calendar of local conference, sports and cultural events, students have the opportunity to get involved with the month-long Canterbury Festival.

Work experience and volunteering opportunities are offered by a variety of our partners, including Canterbury City Council, the Marlowe Theatre, on campus within our ‘Events Crew’ team and in the busy Conference and Music and Performing Arts Departments. With approximately 6.3 million visitors a year and an internationally famous cathedral, which has World Heritage status, Canterbury is the ideal place to take an Events Management degree.

Whether students want to plan weddings or organise music festivals, many events are staged in tourism attractions and require managing accommodation and travel, therefore the programme examines the links to tourism. There is no formal placement, but a Vocational Experience module enables students to stage an event for a client. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the many volunteering opportunities offered by national and local creative industry partners, for example Canterbury Festival, or the Isle of Wight Festival.

In the first year, the emphasis is placed on a broad introductory understanding of the subject including subjects such as the event experience, tourism management, crisis management marketing and finance and the economic and socio-cultural impacts of events.

Year 2 involves the organisation of events, centred on the process of pitching and delivering two student events as part of two core modules, Events Operational Staging and Vocational Experience for Events, while groupwork, project management and policy underpin the development of skills. A guest speaker programme provides valuable insights into event law, outdoor events, events environments and the project lifecycle, including health and safety, risk management, insurance and crowd control issues.

In Year 3, internationalism, events in the developing world, globalisation, and the highly topical discussion of the nature of mega-events, such as the Olympics are highlighted, as are topics such as services management, marketing and heritage and creative industries management.

This degree is highly relevant to the creative industries, including arts, sports, music and conference management, enhancing the range of employment opportunities available to graduates. The degree is delivered alongside tourism, leisure and sports management related programmes to enable students to capitalise on the breadth of expertise and research available.

Our staff have direct experience of staging international events, working in venues such as the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and have published in fields such as Olympism. Events Management also has close links with the Department of Music and Performing Arts, in particular the Performing Arts degree, and also the Business School.

Connections to national bodies such as the Association for Event Management Education also mean that evolving industry issues such as the transformative effect of the Arts, audience development and sustainability are addressed within the degree. Events graduates have won places on national graduate placement schemes and gone on to jobs working in public and private sector events management in companies and conference venue management; 90% of events graduates have found work or study within six months of graduation.

In addition to the listed humanities combinations, it is possible to study Events Studies with Film, Radio and Television as a Location Management pathway, involving a skillset emphasising place, which prepares students for the particular challenges of managing film sets and staging outdoor events.

Single Honours Modules

Year 1


  • Introduction to Events
  • Introduction to Tourism Studies
  • Research Methods 1 (10 credits)
  • Orientation to Higher Education (10 credits)

Choose options from:

  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism and Events
  • Any other level 1/level 2 module offered as a starred module in the BA/BSc scheme (20 credits)

Year 2


  • Events Operational Staging
  • Research Methods 2

Choose options from:

  • Tourism and Events Policy and Planning
  • Place, Environment and Culture
  • Vocational Experience
  • Sport and Leisure Policies

Year 3


  • Mega, Hall-mark and Large-Scale Events
  • Heritage, and the Creative Industries
  • Services Management for the Tourism, Leisure Events Industries
  • Research Project or Individual Study (40 credits)

Choose options from:

  • Tourism, Leisure and Events Marketing
  • Tourism and Development in the Developing World

Combined Honours Modules

To be confirmed


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The programme includes a wide range of approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. These will support and retain a diverse range of students, including those from overseas. Students will be actively engaged in the learning process and encouraged to take part in a range of case studies and group discussions to promote critical reflection and self-evaluation, learning new ideas and broadening their experiences. Teaching will largely comprise of lectures and interactive seminars, where students will be required to study in an informative and participative environment and where necessary, appropriate guidance will be provided on reading materials.

Students will assessed through a range of assessment methods, including individual and group presentations, case studies, essays and reports. These are planned to take account of two inter-dependent aspects:

  1. The acquisition of relevant theory and principles
  2. The development of both academic and practical skills

Accordingly, assessment procedures will take account of not only the programme members‟ newly acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in the world of work.

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UCAS code

  • N820 Events Management
  • 36B4 Events Planning with Advertising
  • NT89 with American Studies
  • NP86 with Digital Media
  • NP85 with Film, Radio and Television Studies
  • NW87 with Performing Arts


  • 3 years full-time

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