Tourism Management Degree BA (Hons)

International 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

Year 1

Year 2

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester.

Year 3

In Year 3 you can choose from a number of routes:

  • Placement Route with the opportunity to work in industry;
  • Taught/Work Experience Route allows you to combine study at ABS (6 months) with a work placement in Semester 2 (6 months);
  • Study Abroad for a year.

Placement Route

Or first four modules from list below, followed by six month placement.

Year 4

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information. 

3. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: BBCC

GCE A Level: CCC

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3H3

IB Diploma: 26

Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. Find out more about Degree Link.

Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirementsAll applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.0. Appropriate equivalents will be considered.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

4. Placements and accreditations

Placement 

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:

Scholarships

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

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

  • £11,400 per academic year
  • £1,000 for a full year placement

For Academic Year 2015/2016

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

  • £11,000 per academic year
  • £1,000 for a full year placement

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

Full-time

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £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

Disclaimer

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

7. How to apply

All applications should be made through UCAS. You must apply online at www.ucas.com/apply.

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.


Read about our students Placement Experiences

Kristina Korobova Placement Experience (PDF 100KB)

Cosmina Flucus Barcelona placement experience (PDF 100KB)

Ewan Ramsay - London Placement Experience (PDF 336KB)

Alex Ross - Aberdeen Placement Experience (PDF 225KB)

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UCAS Code

N840

Start date

September

Course length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic school
School of Creative and Cultural Business
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Recognised By
Institute of Hospitality
Recognised by
Tourism Management Institute
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Tourism Society
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