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BA (Hons) Tourism Management

Leading industry speakers, consultancy projects, ‘live’ scenarios and fieldtrips to tourism hotspots are an integral part of this multi-accredited course. You will develop management and business skills that are essential to get ahead in industry.

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    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Why study BA (Hons) Tourism Management at BU?

  • We are one of the top-ten ranked universities in the world for the study of tourism and hospitality 
  • One of the first courses to be offered in the UK and has been refined over three decades to give you the skills and knowledge of the tourism sector 
  • Taught by industry specialists who are actively involved in research that informs the future of the industry, as well as notable experts during our regular guest lectures 
  • Pick specialist modules to bring your education in line with your own passions, interests and, ultimately, career aspirations 
  • Build your network of professional contacts, enhance your CV and employability during the 30-week work placement that can be taken anywhere in the world 
  • You can study abroad at one of our many partner institutions across the world 
  • We are proud that 96% of final year students were satisfied with the quality of the course, and 98% of students felt academic staff were good at explaining things. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Course accreditations

The accreditation bodies on our BA (Hons) Tourism Management course are renowned industry-wide for promoting excellence and the highest standards, all of which is reflected in the BU Business School Experience: 

  • Recognition as an Institute of Travel & Tourism Centre of Excellence signifies BU as an industry-leading university.
  • Accreditation by the Tourism Management Institute ensures this course meets standards aligned to the needs of the tourism sector, enhancing future employment prospects when you graduate.
  • Being recognised as a United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO.TedQual) course provides opportunities for you to participate in tourism policy events of the highest-level, as well as obtaining placements in the most prestigious tourism organisations globally.
  • Successful completion of the accredited unit will allow you to acquire the IDM Certificate in Digital and Data-Driven Marketing, from the Institute of Data & Marketing (IDM).
  • Accreditation by the leading hospitality professional body, the Institute of Hospitality, offers numerous benefits to you such as free membership and access to the mentoring scheme.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years including a minimum 30-week work placement


United Nations World Tourism Organisation; Institute of Travel and Tourism Centre of Excellence; Institute of Hospitality; Institute of Data & Marketing; Tourism Management Institute

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 534kb)


Our ranking in the UK for hospitality, event management and tourism in the Guardian League Table 2021
BU is second in the UK for hospitality and tourism management according to the Shanghai Rankings of Academic Subjects 2020
We are 10th in the world for hospitality and leisure management – QS University Rankings 2020


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why you’ll spend your third year on a professional work placement, lasting a minimum of 30 weeks, with public or private sector tourism-related organisations.

This includes the option to undertake your placement abroad – giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally while you gain skills to help you stand out in the job market. Our students have completed placements in countries such as Spain, Greece, China, USA, Kenya and New Zealand.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who have:

  • Both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Potential for a career that puts the consumer centre stage
  • The ability to think logically and organise your work
  • A real interest in people and places.

How to apply

Entry requirements


The tourism industry is large and diverse, and there is a wealth of opportunities across a variety of sectors. 95% of our students are in work or further study within fifteen months of completing their course, working towards a variety of positions in or related to sales and marketing, product planning, operations, ICT, distribution, human resources, event organisation and finance.

Among the organisations that our graduates have worked for are Astral Holidays, Costa Cruises, Explore Worldwide, Flight Centre, Hills Balfour, Quay Holidays, Senate Grand Prix, STA Travel, Thomson, TUI Group and Zenith Holidays.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Emily Smith

I love the course diversity, covering a wide range of subject areas. The work placement was invaluable as I learnt so much working within the tourism industry.

Hear from our staff

Dr Anya Chapman

This course has been developed to equip our students with a broad range of skills and knowledge, enabling them to become the very best tourism managers.

What our students say

Tafadzwa Msipa

BU is a fantastic place to study with specialist lecturers who have experienced the tourism industry first hand, and written academic books and journals.

Statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats and BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.