Events Management is a relatively new course and gives you the opportunity to consult with the tutors - they know me well, and I would've been lost without them because they’ve helped me so much.
Events Management is a relatively new course and gives you the opportunity to consult with the tutors - they know me well, and I would've been lost without them because they’ve helped me so much.Ellen, Events Management student
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Fancy learning what it takes to run a large-scale event like the Olympics?
The UK’s growing events industry has created a demand for qualified professionals. As well as developing your analytical and critical skills and knowledge of current trends, the course will give you hands-on experience in pitching and delivering events. From bookkeeping, to project management, this course will give you the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in the events industry. Opportunities also include an international field trip in your first year, and the ability to learn a language alongside your studies.
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.
A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.
In the first year, the emphasis is placed on introducing you to the range of areas integral to managing events and understanding the environments that form the backdrop of event delivery. This includes core business areas like finance and marketing, event experience design and the study of event impacts. In the second and third years this foundational knowledge is developed with a greater emphasis on analytical and critical reasoning skills alongside practical experience of pitching and delivering events.
To help smooth the transition to study at university, you will take a module called ‘Developing Academic and Personal Skills (DAPS). This module will guide you in small workshop groups through essay writing, academic referencing, access to journals and generally help you settle in.
To be considered for the Erasmus Programme in the second year you must pass all modules in the first year at first attempt.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. You will typically have around 12-14 contact hours per week depending on what modules you select.
Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.
All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.
Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.
For the final year individual study/research project in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.
Your overall workload typically consists of 12-14 contact hours, depending on what module you take. For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week. During the duration of the residential filed trips, the work load will be more intense, as these modules are mostly done during the trip.
The lecturing team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience. Many members have staff have worked in the tourism industry and this enables them to bring industry relevant knowledge to their lectures.
All our team members either hold a doctoral, masters and/or teaching qualifications. They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. Most members of staff are widely travelled and come from or have lived in a variety of countries, making them ideal to teach the subjects in tourism. You should note members of the teaching team might change.
Our dedicated team of academics, together with local and regional employers collaborating with us, will ensure you develop the right skills so you can hit the ground running when you secure your first graduate job. Whether you want to be a leading event planner/manager, tourism guru or expert in the hospitality sector, we are ready to welcome you in September.Marion Stuart-HoyleDirector of Geography, Events, Leisure and Tourism
Throughout your course you will be assessed using a range of methods including written assignments which could be an essay, business report or portfolio, as well as presentations and project work. In some modules you will also be assessed through exams. You will experience individual assessment as well as group work. In year three you will produce a Research Project or Individual Study on an events topic of your choice. A supervisor will be appointed to help guide you through the process.
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 related courses to enable students to capitalise on the breadth of expertise and research available. Events graduates have gained places on national graduate placement schemes and secured employment in public and private sector events management roles. These roles have included Events and Theatre Coordinator with ARRCC and Conference and Events Operations Manager with Holiday Inn.
One of the greatest opportunities I have had was the chance to do an internship with Buzzlines Travel, popular coach company in Kent. I now work for the company full time and have had so many great experience working in the office, travelling with the company and I owe it all to the University and my brilliant lecturers.NaomiGraduate
The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:
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Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
We work with a range of industry partners, such as London Marathon and Visit Kent and these links are supported by the work of the Tourism and Events Research Hub. This work makes a valuable contribution to our student offer as it is through these links that we are able to secure internship opportunities and a range of industry guest speakers for example, StreetGames UK and Race for Life. The Tourism and Events Research Hub provides a link between our tourism and events staff and the industry. One way in which this is developed is through internships. An internship project developed with the team at Kent Wildlife Trust’s Tyland Barn enabled one of our 3rd year students to work with us on a fascinating project linked to interpretation at one of their visitor centres.
During your course, you may be offered a variety of internships and work experiences. This is an evolving and changing programme to ensure you get the best opportunities. We currently have students doing internships at Visit Kent, Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre and Buzzlines Travel to name just a few. Our very active and successful Tourism and Event Research Hub also works hard to establish industry links. In year 2 you will be able to take a workplace/work-based learning module which will enable you to complete a ’live’ task and finish project with employer support.
A recent internship with the Hub was entitled ‘Supporting young people accessing meaningful work placements in the Kent visitor economy: a business stakeholders’ perspective’. This 10-week project was a collaboration between the Tourism and Events Research Hub, and Destination Management Organisation, Visit Kent. The project was designed to support an exciting initiative focusing on skills and career progression for young people in the sector: the ‘Kent Hospitality, Tourism and Transport Guild’. The intern worked on a project ‘to explore the perceptions of business stakeholders about the opportunities and barriers related to the provision of work placements for young people in the visitor economy', supported throughout by the project lead at Christ Church and Visit Kent.
Our very active and successful Tourism and Event Research Hub also works hard to establish industry links. A recent internship with the Hub focused on supporting young people to access meaningful work placements in the Kent Visitor Economy. The intern’s project was an exciting collaboration between the Tourism and Events Research Hub and the destination management organisation ‘Visit Kent’ to support skills and career progression for young people by exploring the perceptions of business stakeholders about the opportunities and barriers related to the provision of work placements for young people in the visitor economy.
Events student are also supported to take part in as much volunteer work as possible during their studies. Three 3rd year Tourism and Events students, studying a module in Tourism, Leisure and Events Marketing, have gained excellent volunteering experience with Canterbury Festival. Helping with the implementation of Audience Finder surveys, at key events during the Festival, they have gained an insight into this area of work and it has shown them how the industry tools used in their marketing module are applied within the sector.
Rachel Pilard, Marketing Manager describes working with the students as “a fantastic experience, the students were incredibly professional and their work has helped the implementation of this year’s research immensely.”
Kristina Zelinkova, a third-year Tourism Management student, was selected as designing the winning concept and logo on a live project with Visit Kent, for the newly developing initiative, the Kent Hospitality, Tourism and Transport Guild. For further information please have a look at how Kristina and others took part in the competition.
Our industry guest speaker programme provides valuable insights into event law, the delivery of outdoor events and the event project lifecycle from planning to delivery. Previous guests include the London Marathon Events Company which is responsible for the London Marathon and RideLondon who offer valuable volunteer opportunities to our students. Additionally, we hold an annual student conference at which the region’s employers come to talk to our students about the key challenges they face in the workplace and the best graduate routes into working in the tourism industry.
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