International Tourism Management BA (Hons)

Tourism Management Degree

1. Overview

Tourism is a truly international industry and plays a key economic role in practically every country around the world. It is dynamic, customer-focused and provides graduates with exciting worldwide opportunities.

This specialist course allows you to combine the best of both worlds – studying the academic aspects of tourism management and gaining first-hand industry experience. All the various aspects of tourism will be covered during your four years, including visitor attractions, hotels, theatres, events and business tourism, music venues and travel.

Opportunities during your degree include: being business mentors to school pupils, being a ‘mystery shopper’ for an Airport Tourism project, taking part in course-related study trips, attending industry conferences and being eligible to become a member of The Tourism Society and Institute of Hospitality. We believe it is important to recognise and reward our students’ achievements; as a result, industry-sponsored prizes are awarded each year to the top student of each stage.

2. What you will study

3. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: BBCC

GCE A Level: CCC

ILC Higher: B2B2C1C1

IB Diploma: 26

Alternative Qualifications: Overseas qualifications and access programmes will be considered on an individual basis. Applications are welcomed from students with alternative qualifications and relevant work experience.

Degree Link Programme: A relevant HND from one of our partner FE Colleges may be considered for entry to year 3.

English language requirementsfor those whose first language is not English

4. Placements and accreditations


There are placement opportunities available locally, nationally and internationally with a range of different employers. Getting real experience in a workplace brings your studies to life. Not only do you get to put what you have learned into practice, but you get a real feel for your specialism and a taste of what your career might be like. Suddenly finding yourself in the real world with all the pressures and stresses of a busy workplace might seem a little daunting at first. Don’t worry – it’s actually a fantastically rewarding and exciting time and you can always rely on the friendly support of our dedicated Placement team.

Examples of placement providers: Thomson Holidays, Eastern Airways, PGL UK and European Summer Holiday Camps, Canvas Holidays, Waccabuc Golf and Country Club (USA), Disney Worldwide Services Inc (USA) and The Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Springs (USA).

Study Abroad

In years 2 and 3, there are opportunities to study with partner overseas institutions in Europe as part of the Erasmus Programme.

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality (IoH). This programme is recognised and approved by the Tourism Management Institute.

5. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:


6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year
  • £910 for a full year placement

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 per academic year
  • £2,500 for a full year placement

International Students

  • £10,500 per academic year
  • £1,000 for a full year placement

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students


  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students


  • £5,000 per academic year

International Students

  • £9,600 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

International Students

  • £9,350 per academic year

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

All applications should be made through UCAS. You must apply online at

Once you register and create your username and password you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account and you can see the progress of your application, view and respond to your offers.

8. Prospects

Graduates can work directly in the tourism, travel or leisure sectors or within the hospitality industry. Several graduates have also gone on to launch their own successful business. Positions held by tourism graduates include; conference and banqueting manager, senior events manager, corporate hospitality manager, visitor attraction manager, ambassador programme and research executive (business tourism), visitor services manager, marketing manager (with a travel company) and business development manager.

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BA (Hons)
Start date
September 2015
Course length
4 years
Mode of Attendance
Academic school
Aberdeen Business School
More information:
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Recognised By
Institute of Hospitality
Recognised by
Tourism Management Institute
Recognised By
Tourism Society

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