Tourism Management

BSc single honours Tourism Management 2016/17

The Tourism Management programme has been designed in response to the growing demand for this popular field of study and reflects the need to provide well qualified graduates to meet the challenges of the growing tourism industry. The programme includes both theoretical and vocational perspectives, combining courses on the patterns and problems of tourism with those providing the necessary skills of business and management.

Canterbury Christ Church University is an excellent place in which to study tourism management, located as it is in one of Britain’s most important and most visited historic cities and also being close to the Kent coast, the Channel Tunnel and Europe and the East Kent countryside. All of these places provide important sites for student visits and fieldwork. In addition to local fieldwork, students in the second year are also required to participate in a week-long residential field course which examines tourism management issues in a different environment. For the last few years, this course has been held in Malta.

The quality of teaching is enhanced by a vigorous and rapidly growing programme of research activity and consultancy and the Department’s involvement in Kent Tourism. A friendly interest is taken in student welfare and staff are regularly available for academic and personal advice.

In the first year, all students take introductory modules in Tourism and Leisure Studies together with modules in Marketing, Accounting and Research Methods and Orientation to Higher Education ‘skills’ module. The introductory Tourism and Leisure Studies modules provide the contextual basis for the programme as well as an understanding of basic disciplinary concepts and the nature of tourism and the tourism industry, while the additional modules introduce students to the generic skills of management. There is also an opportunity to study a foreign language or to take a case study-based option module: Contemporary Issues in Tourism and Events.

In Year 2, students take three core modules and three option modules. Core modules are: Managing Tourism Organisations, Research Methods 2, and Field Course (a week-long residential field course). Option modules are: Tourism and Events Policy and Development, Events Staging, Management Accounting Fundamentals, Sport and Leisure Policy, Place, Culture and Development and Vocational Experience.

In Year 3, students take core modules in Tourism, Leisure and Events Marketing and Service Management for the Tourism and Leisure and Events Industries as well as an Individual Study (a supervised research project/dissertation involving an issue of particular interest) or shorter Research Project. Option modules can also be selected from the following: Tourism Development in the Developing World, Heritage, Entertainment and the Arts, Financial Management, or Business Ethics.

The programme provides a basis for those seeking supervisory and management level careers in the tourism industries as well as a range of other occupations. Staff have good links with major tourism employers in Kent and the South East of England. There are also links with tourism courses taught at other European institutions.

In the past, graduates have followed a variety of careers in both the public and private sectors, notably within local authorities in tourism/leisure officer roles, and in the accommodation sector in both multinational and independent hotels. A number pursue teaching careers after completion of a suitable teaching qualification.

The programme also enables students to join postgraduate courses in tourism, leisure or related fields at the University, or elsewhere, and opportunities exist to study for a research MPhil or PhD.

Year 1


  • Introduction to Tourism Studies
  • Introduction to Leisure Studies
  • Research Methods 1
  • Orientation to Higher Education

Optional module:

  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism and Events

Year 2


  • Residential Field Course
  • Managing Tourism Organisations
  • Research Methods

Optional modules:

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

Year 3


  • Tourism, Leisure & Events Marketing
  • Service Management for Tourism, Leisure & Events Industries
  • Research Project or Individual Study

Optional modules:

  • Tourism and Development in the Developing World
  • Heritage, Entertainment and the Arts


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.

UK/EU part-time and 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.

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UCAS code

  • N800


  • 3 years full-time

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