BSc (Hons) Tourism Management


Course Duration

36 months


Delivery Method

On Campus


Course Fee

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Delivered & Awarded by

Anglia Ruskin University 2019

About this Course

You’re looking for a course that excites and interests you. But it needs to enhance your employment prospects too. Our full-time Tourism Management degree will do just that. Study in Cambridge, a top tourist destination, and learn on the ground – getting involved in local projects and building up your experience. You’ll graduate with practical skills, a sound knowledge of the tourism industry, the ability to adapt to trends, and industry contacts that will benefit you throughout your career.

Your eyes are wide to the world around you, and you know there’s opportunities for you out there – it’s just knowing where to start. Your curiosity and excitement will power your journey, and our Tourism Management course will guide you. The knowledge and holistic understanding you’ll gain here will kick off your career and be the rock base on which you’ll develop your vision.

Our course content and teaching style are fuelled by a forward-thinking approach. You’ll explore how the tourism industry is impacted by other disciplines, such as sociology, geography, sustainability, economics and business management. Our modules cover project management, marketing, accounting for managers, and give you a chance to acquire the kind of business skills you’ll need in real world. Don’t count on passive learning; you’ll be involved in a variety of relevant activities such as calculating your personal carbon footprint and exploring your own impact on the environment. Your study experience will be enhanced by the backdrop of a city so relevant in this industry.

Cambridge is not only recognised for its prestige in education; it is also one of UK’s top touristic destinations. In a place where cultural legacy meets innovation, you will be able to benefit from ARU’s industry connections, involve yourself in local initiatives and projects, and gain a first-hand understanding of the contemporary tourism business. You’ll have opportunities to travel around Europe and get hands on experience with a work placement.

The tourism industry is evolving quickly to reflect the needs of the world around us. To help you launch a career in this dynamic space, you’ll cover UK and international tourism, and the clashing influence of cultural sustainability and innovative technologies.

We recognise the importance that foreign languages play in this sector, and we want you to fully benefit from what we offer. That’s why we give you a chance to study a language on top of your course-specific modules. Our Anglia Language Programme offers French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese on different levels of proficiency, so you can choose what suits your needs.

The employability opportunities here are countless; whether you want to be a manager of a remote hotel in Maldives, a destination marketer for a charming city in Iceland, manage a top travel agency in Sydney, be in charge of a Michelin star restaurant in Paris, or start your own sightseeing tour business in Chicago, this dream can become your new reality.


Year One - Core Units

This module introduces students to the main theoretical concepts underpinning tourism and events studies today, along with some of the issues that affect tourism destinations, industries (such as the events industry) and tourists themselves. Tourism is often claimed to be the biggest industry in the world, yet tourism is not really an industry, more a gathering together of disparate forms of production and consumptive activities. The module will cover historical changes in leisure and development of tourism in specific destination localities and the wider world through case studies. We will also focus on the development of mass package tourism, where it takes place and why; what are the social, economic, and environmental consequences of these developments in particular places. We will also examine the increasing globalization of the world economy and examine the role of tourism, and events, within this through case studies on particular topics such as the geographies of food, notions of mobilities that breakdown the separation of everyday travel and tourist travel. The module will also introduce students to the theory of tourism study which considers both the destination (tourism) and market (tourist) characteristics of the sector. By the end of the module, students should have a firm grounding in the tourism field, comprising a base of knowledge that they can build upon throughout their studies. The module will be assessed through group work and additionally coursework which applies the theories and models raised in the module in a real-life tourism context, based on a day trip. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. These will include team work and self-assessment and reflection.

On this module, you’ll learn a range of skills required to function effectively as an independent self-learner. You’ll develop both practical and academic skills that are essential for you to be successful in your chosen business undergraduate degree. The module will equip you with skills that can be used in modules throughout your chosen degree. The focus of the module includes: the use of information technology and associated software packages, presentation skills, problem-solving, both individually and in teams, critical analysis, critical writing and referencing.

This module will present you with a foundation in the core theories and models of marketing, from a bottom-up perspective. The module will instil in you an understanding of how marketing operates as a key functional area within business and how it critically interacts with other areas such as accountancy, human resource management and business management throughout all business sectors.

Undertaking a Major Project allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research, and/or product development work, on a selected topic within the broad business and management field, relating to your particular interests and background, although closely linked to our wide range of staff interests and research. You will have many group sessions to support your project, plus the supervision by an academic member of staff. The project also encourages students to share ideas and approaches. The chosen topic will be in your course subject area and require you to identify/formulate problems and issues based on a range of topics provided by conducting a literature review and evaluating information. You will investigate and adopt a suitable desk based methodology and determine solutions, perhaps developing hardware, software and/or media artefacts as appropriate. You will critically appraise and present your findings, reflecting upon the limitations of your research and the research process.

Management in practice is about supporting people to work effectively in different organisational contexts. Regardless of your technical area, type of organisation or job position, you will need to manage your relationships with colleagues, managers, subordinates and customers. This module will equip you with knowledge and skills to help you understand how people and organisations function at individual, group and organisational levels based on the latest academic evidence.

This module focuses on the management of tourism businesses. The module will provide you with an overview of the tourism industry and its specific characteristics, specifically looking at individual subsectors, such as travel retail, tour operators and transport. The role of the state in facilitating and constraining business development and management practices in tourism will be discussed. This module will also provide you with the opportunity to apply your management studies within the context of international tourism.

Food and drink tourism, events and festivals has become a particular focus of academic and industry interest in the past 15 years. It is an area that is increasingly being recognised as a powerful vehicle for behaviour and attitudinal change, specifically in regard to sustaining rural businesses and communities (Everett and Aitchison 2008; Sims 2009) and is therefore becoming of interest to more entrepreneurial and business-focused courses. As part of the rise in new consumption patterns, food-motivated travel is also becoming a significant ‘pull’ factor in management and marketing strategies (Okumus et al. 2007) and we have witnessed a significant rise in food /drink tourism destinations, trails and festivals and the desire for ‘local’ authentic food experiences. The module will be highly interactive and draw on a wide and illuminating variety of illustrative food and drink case studies from around the world. Supported by research, critical theory, real-life case studies, student exercises, diary extracts, policy excerpts, and news items, this module will cover key aspects of the development of food and drink tourism, events and festivals but also ensure students can put these ideas and concepts into practice by developing an original and innovative new destination strategy using food and drink as its core focus. It will include a field trip to a food museum, trail or festival and is designed to meet a rising interest and demand for a module that cuts across the fields of hospitality, events management, food and beverage, gastronomy studies, cultural studies, business development and tourism. It provides an engaging and highly research-informed module focusing on the growing fields of food and drink tourism, special interest tourism, agricultural links with tourism, policy development, environmental sustainability, marketing and cultural heritage.

Year Two - Core Units

Project management is a key skill for any future professional to acquire, at some stage in your career you will be involved in delivering or working on a project. This module focuses on providing a sound basis for managing or working on projects. In essence, the concept of managing a project hinging on one quite basic principle, managing the triangle of: quality of the project outcomes, cost and time. In practice, this is a complex juggling act. The module covers: the major process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge; the importance of stakeholder and risk management; scheduling and costing; monitoring and controlling techniques, including cost control, time management and resource optimisation; improving the success of projects; and the principles of agile project management. Assessment is by two pieces of coursework: a project schedule and discussion of stakeholders and risks, and a limited time case study problem.

This innovative and exciting career-focused module will help you develop the employability skills and capabilities that are needed to compete successfully in the graduate labour market whilst seeking to provide you with knowledge, support and insight into the contemporary world of work and the business market. The module will also develop your skills and is therefore practical and engages you in case study exercise, real-life scenarios, audit and skills testing techniques and invites external guest speakers and employers to provide insight and input. The lectures and seminars will provide key inputs to help introduce you to fundamental employability concepts, insights and techniques, drawn from the world of business and management, but also from other disciplines such as sociology, social psychology and the humanities.

Practical and dynamic, this module explores the vital role of marketing in the context of the tourism and events industry through a series of intellectually stimulating and challenging weekly lecture/seminars. We tackle some of the major issues related to tourism and events marketing. From tourist market segmentation, innovative events marketing practice from both a theoretical and a practical level, the marketing mix, and the concept of strategic tourism marketing through to the role of digital/social media strategies. This module has been designed to give our students cutting edge knowledge and comprehensive awareness of current, critical and innovative thinking in tourism and events marketing. You will have the opportunity to apply theoretical thinking to real-tourism and events practice as part of your assignment and gain experience consulting on a real-tourism and events scenario – thus providing a fantastic opportunity to develop your CV and professional experience.

In this module we critically review the social and economic consequences of certain forms of tourism in examining differing practices and planning of sustainable tourism using case studies. We will focus on how specific variants of the sustainable tourism development such as ecotourism, nature and wildlife tourism, Events Tourism, and approaches such as pro-poor tourism are seeking to bring more widespread social, economic and environmental benefits to the contexts in which they are implemented, with a particular focus on the benefits to local people, including the poorest groups of people in Tourism Destinations. The module therefore examines the regional, national, and international frameworks in which the tourism industry operates. It identifies some of the main alternative options and strategies for tourism development examining the potential economic, cultural and environmental potentials, determinants, and constraints. The module uses in-depth case studies from around the world to focus on strategies of ‘sustainable tourism’ in mass tourism destinations, as well as market interventions such as ‘pro-poor tourism’. The module examines the roles of differing agents in tourism development, for example how governments may be constrained by a range of international factors in seeking to develop tourism, such as a need for foreign revenue, and thus may have little negotiating influence with multinational tourism organisations. Case studies are used to evaluate current developments in supply side management and corporate responsibility policies and practices and planning focussed on sustainability goals – including adaptations to climate change. In essence, the module draws on and is strongly grounded in the notions of sustainability, ethics and responsibility and the extent to which these are variously integrated into the development, management and innovations in the tourism sector globally and locally. Assessment will be by project report and an open book examination with a focus on a critical comparison of management approaches in at least two contrasting tourism and events contexts.

Sustainable development entails the realisation that uncontrolled growth and development is detrimental to the environment and society. Although many consider this to be a buzzword of the 1990s, as a particular way of thinking, it allows us to understand and evaluate all types of developments anew, regardless of the main goals and justifications that underpinned them in the past. For instance, mega industrial (including) tourism developments during the 20th century that assured humanity of economic growth, wealth generation and prosperity, have today, called for reflections on environmental and wider societal impacts, i.e. how have these affected our physical environment? How widely beneficial have these been to society? What about the question of degraded and polluted landscapes and atmosphere or displaced communities and cultures and the resultant conflicts that arise from such developments? These are the type of questions that you will address on this module, many of which will be part of in-class discussions. Observing events: principles and practice: This module will offer students the chance to participate in a field trip that will be funded by the department. Students must choose from either a four day trip to a European city or a day trip to London. The field trip will include a range of activities including a visit to an organised event. Students will be asked to carry out observations throughout this trip.

This module introduces you to events management in practice. You will build on knowledge gained in the introduction to Tourism and Events module to examine the specific characteristics of the Meetings, Incentive, Conference, and Events sector (MICE) and the sector’s impact on wider tourism agendas, and the development of leisure events and their socio economic role in tourism destination management. You will then go on to examine a number of key theoretical ideas and threshold concepts used in the management of events and will apply them to the planning and delivery of your own event. You will also have the chance to visit and critically observe an event as part of this module. Throughout the first 9 weeks of the module you will work in teams to plan and deliver a small scale event at the university. You will identify a charity that you would like to work with to raise awareness of their work and funds to support their activities. You will then work together to plan, market, and deliver an event such as a gig, bake sale, quiz, or a guest lecture, in week 10 of the semester. Each group will be given a small budget group to support the event. You will be assessed in two ways; firstly on the delivery of the event in week 10 (pass /fail) and on a written portfolio that will include your group’s proposal for the event with feedback from your tutor, your group’s mapping exercise showing how you applied key theoretical ideas and threshold concepts to your practical project, an individual reflection on the events management process, and an individual self and peer review. This piece of work will encourage you to reflect on your learning and experiences and link together theory and practice.

This module offers an opportunity to develop planning and analytic skills essential for marketers. It provides insights needed for better decision-taking and opens career opportunities for students. On this module you will be introduced to marketing research with the execution of a real research project for a company. You will learn the use of specific software as well as techniques. This module improves students’ ability to work outside of the comfort of structure, predictability and security.

If your aim is to work in marketing, it’s important to understand the differences between marketing to consumers and marketing between firms. On this module you’ll be introduced to the latter. More businesses sell to other businesses than sell to consumers. This module builds a step-by-step framework, so that you can approach any organisational case, and produce an appropriate marketing and sales strategy. Real case examples are used in the tutorials to stimulate discussion and to put the theory into context. Assessment is by an individual assignment focusing on a business-to-business case study. You’ll take on the role of a marketing consultant and be required to produce a marketing report that addresses the strategic issues set out in the case.

Year Two - Optional Units

This module will develop your skills and knowledge surrounding entrepreneurship and business start-up. The core to this module involves developing an understanding of the key stages associated with a business start-up. You’ll explore the practical skills required to establish an entrepreneurial venture and the processes associated with: the management of the elements connected with business planning; for example, creativity, management and leadership, building key business relationships, financial planning, sustainability and understanding the importance of setting and achieving realistic goals.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to undertake a module that breaks from the traditional module structure. This module is for anyone interested in exploring the issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. You will develop an understanding of the current protected characteristics, in addition to addressing the dimensions of disability, disaffection and marginalisation on a week by week basis. Your engagement in the class discussion and team based problem solving will illustrate how your understanding and knowledge of the subject will help you form your approach, perspective and understanding of theory. The delivery week’s content is designed to explore a range of approaches to equality diversity and inclusion allowing you to question and debate your concerns, beliefs and biases in a safe environment, and challenge them intellectually but sensitively. You will have access to a range of both written and video case studies for your student managed study providing examples of the particular protected characteristic and the experiences of people who have that characteristic. Over the 12 weeks you will build a reflective portfolio forming your final assignment. A reflective practice template for each of the weekly student managed learning tasks will be provided for you. You will complete this during and after the task has been undertaken to allow you to record what you have learnt from the case studies, areas you may wish to research further to have a better understanding of the protected characteristic, any questions you may have, and your reflections on the case topic being covered.

Placement Year

In a competitive job market, understanding how the professional work place functions, along with well-developed employability skills, are key to a graduate securing employment. The work placement gives you the opportunity to put into practice what would have been learned in the first two years and to enter their final year with the insights of their practical experience in the field. During this module you will undertake a work-based learning internship with a company or organisation where they will be supported in developing effective professional practices through guidance in generic and specific employability skills and through developing independent reflective learning practices to enhance your continuing professional development in the context of your own working environment. The module aims to provide you with experience of work in a business environment including familiarisation with a professional work environment. The module will be underpinned by employability skills training, reflective assessment and support from academic tutors. You will expected to be able to reflect on your experience in writing and orally, and demonstrate how you have applied theory, and learnings to date within a work-based environment. The assessment aims to support and develop your ability to demonstrate your professionalism, leadership and managerial skills to a prospective employer whilst also learning key communication and personal skills. – You must secure a placement, or placements (maximum 3) amounting to 9 months duration with minimum term of 3 months per placement. – Placement can start at any point from 1 June and must have started by 1 October.

Year Three - Core Units

Undertaking a Major Project allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research, and/or product development work, on a selected topic within the broad business and management field, relating to your particular interests and background, although closely linked to our wide range of staff interests and research. You will have many group sessions to support your project, plus the supervision by an academic member of staff. The project also encourages students to share ideas and approaches. The chosen topic will be in your course subject area and require you to identify/formulate problems and issues based on a range of topics provided by conducting a literature review and evaluating information. You will investigate and adopt a suitable desk based methodology and determine solutions, perhaps developing hardware, software and/or media artefacts as appropriate. You will critically appraise and present your findings, reflecting upon the limitations of your research and the research process.

This module introduces you to different heritage and cultural tourism sectors, flows and clusters, and how notions of culture and heritage are made, interpreted, managed and used. Key concepts such as culture, heritage (in its various forms: tangible and intangible; cultural; natural; personal; etc.), cosmopolitanism, interpretation, identity and dissonance, are defined, illustrated and discussed, through relevant case studies and examples. New trends in cultural tourism – such as dark tourism and slum tourism – are examined in terms of the form they take and the concerns raised by ethical issues.

The issues confronting the tourism sector are rapidly changing, along with the wider socio-economic, political, management and also climatic contexts in which the industry operates. Ability to react to these changes requires an understanding of the current issues, trends and topics in tourism, their causes and consequences. On this module, you’ll develop the theoretical basis for consideration of key issues, trends and challenges facing tourism today and in recent years. The module will encourage you to engage in critical debate and evaluation by providing examples of very recent issues in tourism, such as the impact of terrorism, climatic changes, ageing populations, advances in ICT, emerging destinations, innovative and entrepreneurial forces in tourism development, and niche tourism trends.

This capstone module builds on everything you have learned on your course. Drawing on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you have acquired on your course you will work in teams to put on a professional event that is external to the university. Your event can take any form but should conform to Jago and Shaw’s idea that a special event is “a one-time or infrequently occurring event of limited duration that provides the consumer with a leisure and social opportunity beyond everyday experience.” (1998: 29) Your event should have a positive impact and contribute to either local tourism, community building, urban renewal, cultural development, or fostering local identity (Getz 2007), it should not impact negatively on the environment or the people of Cambridge. Your event might raise funds for a local charity, highlight a particular issue, or celebrate a local person or historical event. You will be expected to work in partnership with a local organisation to plan, develop, and deliver your event. You will be given a small budget by the department to support your project. You will be assessed through a detailed project proposal (November), delivery of a safe and successful event (March), and a critically reflective log on the process of planning and delivery of the event (May).

Year Three - Optional Units

In an increasingly global business environment, those involved in international business and management must develop the insights and skills to interact with customers and stakeholders in a culturally sensitive way. The module introduces and examines the work of important researchers in the field such as Hofstede, Hall, Watson, Tayeb, Holden, Hampden-Turner and Trompenaars. It explores the application of these theories to decision making at an organisation level. Presenting cultural diversity as a central element in the phenomena of business change and organisational development through the use of case studies and interactive scenarios. It draws on the diversity of the student group as a resource and attempts to generate dynamic learning experiences.

Climate change and sustainability offer both challenges and opportunities for economies and business across the world. This module is a “step” into addressing the requirements of private and public sector organisations looking for graduates with knowledge, skills and attributes related to environmental and sustainability issues. It develops a hands-on approach to sustainability by focusing on the development of an environmental management system (EMS) for the students’ households. It is expected that this module can contribute to the students’ wellbeing, while reducing their carbon footprint and creating sustainable transformations and pro-environmental behaviour. This module aims at developing creativity, responsibility and future-thinking amongst the participants: its ultimate goal is to enhance the students’ participation in a highly competitive job market and the opportunities for green and responsible entrepreneurship. The main pillars of this module are as follows. A. Action Learning & Reflective Practice: This module encourages students to start working on their assessment from day 1, offering a wide variety of tools to record their progress in the implementation and monitoring of their environmental management system. B. Creativity and Use of Technology: This module relies on the students’ creative skills in the use of social media and use of digital learning platforms such as Canvas. C. Employability: At the end of this module students will be able to identify and provide evidence of a wide range of skills and attributes for future jobs and enterprises. Overall aims at encouraging the ability for self-reflection and a commitment to life-long learning becoming and acting as responsible citizens. This module is approved by Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), which means that upon completing it, you are entitled to a free student membership (of £25 value). The perks include access to extra resources, such as webinars, publications, networks and more. It can not only enhance your academic performance, but also differentiate you from other graduates and help you launch your career in environmental sustainability.

About Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University began as the Cambridge School of Art founded by William Beaumont. It was then merged with the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education and was renamed Anglia Polytechnic. It was then given university status in 1992 and renamed Anglia Ruskin University in 2005. The university has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough, university centres in Kings Lynn and Peterborough and partnerships with universities from the around the world including Berlin, Budapest, Trinidad, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Entry Requirements​

  • Our entry requirements change in clearing, to find out if you could join this course in September either make an application using the Clearing Places Apply online option or call our clearing line on 01245 686868.

  • 96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

  • 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

BSc (Hons) Tourism Management

This degree will help you graduate with practical skills, a sound knowledge of the tourism industry, the ability to adapt to trends, and industry contacts

Delivered & Awarded by

Anglia Ruskin University 2019


36 months


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