A career in the tourism industry is as diverse as tour operations, hospitality, destination management, working for an airline and the public sector.

Tourism Management Degree

Our course includes strong industry links and focuses on the changing face of the industry throughout the world. Throughout the course, you will be taken on a range of course-related study trips which are linked to specific modules and have the opportunity to attend presentations by guest speakers, providing a valuable insight to the industry. Complementing the specific tourism focus, our course also emphasises key management disciplines throughout. Of major benefit is the opportunity to complete an invaluable industry placement in third year.

You are also eligible to become a member of The Tourism Society and Institute of Hospitality. We believe it is important to recognise and reward your achievements; as a result, industry-sponsored prizes are awarded each year to the top student of each stage.

Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS Code

N840

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Overview

Year 1

The aim is to provide a solid introduction to the tourism industry generally with further focus on contextualised relevant management disciplines. Key industry specific subjects as well as vital wider business elements are studied, including Adventure and Activity Tourism and Digital Media Platforms and Practices.

Year 2

You continue with a focus on both industry specific and general management areas including Tourism Destination Development and Consumer Behaviour respectively. You develop key skills and specialist knowledge expected of a manager within the industry.

Year 3

The key focus is on industry experience, with a choice of industry placements, locally, nationally and internationally. Those following the formal placement route will study management disciplines in depth and have opportunities for shorter industry experience.

Year 4

You will engage in in-depth self-directed study, acquire an increased breadth of understanding of specialist management areas of tourism management and further develop the ability to analyse and critically appraise problems. You will develop strategic and critical thinking abilities and your Research Project will allow you to apply these through researching a self-selected tourism topic.


Modules

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 and module disclaimer for more information. 

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Service Sector Management
  • Marketing
  • Tourism Hospitality Environment and Industry
    Semester 2
  • People Management
  • Adventure And Activity Tourism
  • Digital Media Platforms And Practices
  • Managing In The Creative Industries
  • Year 2 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Taught RGU Route
  • Advertising Communication
  • Corporate Events Management
  • Brand Management
  • Tourism Destination Development
    Route B - Foreign University Study Route
  • Study Abroad 1
  • Study Abroad 2
  • Study Abroad 3
  • Study Abroad 4
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Taught RGU Route
  • Hotel Operation Management
  • Sustainable Tourism Management
  • Consumer Behaviour
    Route B - Foreign University Study Route
  • Study Abroad 6
  • Study Abroad 5
  • Study Abroad 7
  • Study Abroad 8
  • Year 3 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Placement route
  • Placement (Hospitality and Tourism)
    Route B - Taught/Placement Route
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Business Ideas And Opportunities
  • Ethics and the Consumer
  • Events Management
    Route C - Fully Taught Route
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Business Ideas And Opportunities
  • Ethics and the Consumer
  • Events Management
    Route D - Taught/Study Abroad Route
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Business Ideas And Opportunities
  • Ethics and the Consumer
  • Events Management
    Route E - Study Abroad/Taught Route
  • Study Abroad 8
  • Study Abroad 9
  • Study Abroad 10
  • Study Abroad 11
    Route F - Direct Entrant Fully Taught Route
  • Business Ideas And Opportunities
  • Tourism Destination Development
  • Ethics and the Consumer
  • Events Management
    Route G - Direct Entrant Taught/Placement Route
  • Business Ideas And Opportunities
  • Tourism Destination Development
  • Ethics and the Consumer
  • Events Management
    Route H - Direct Entrant Taught/Study Abroad Route
  • Business Ideas And Opportunities
  • Tourism Destination Development
  • Ethics and the Consumer
  • Events Management
    Route I - Study Abroad/Placement
  • Study Abroad 8
  • Study Abroad 9
  • Study Abroad 10
  • Study Abroad 11
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Public Relations Strategy and Specialisms
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Placement route
  • Placement (Hospitality and Tourism)
    Route B - Taught/Placement Route
  • Workplace Experience
    Route C - Fully Taught Route
  • Event Impact and Legacy
  • People, Policy and Practice
  • Management Practice and Reflective Learning
  • Critical Approaches To Cultural Studies
    Route D - Taught/Study Abroad Route
  • Study Abroad 8
  • Study Abroad 9
  • Study Abroad 10
  • Study Abroad 11
    Route E - Study Abroad/Taught Route
  • Critical Approaches To Cultural Studies
  • Event Impact and Legacy
  • People, Policy and Practice
  • Management Practice and Reflective Learning
    Route F - Direct Entrant Full Taught Route
  • Management Practice and Reflective Learning
  • Hotel Operation Management
  • Critical Approaches To Cultural Studies
    Route G - Direct Entrant Taught/Placement Route
  • Workplace Experience
    Route H - Direct Entrant Taught/Study Abroad Route
  • Study Abroad 8
  • Study Abroad 9
  • Study Abroad 10
  • Study Abroad 11
    Route I - Study Abroad/Placement
  • Workplace Experience
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Future Tourism
  • Research Methods
  • Leisure Tourism : Theory And Application
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Lifestyle Consumption and Experience Economies
  • Consumer Psychology
    Semester 2
  • Business Creativity
  • Marine And Wildlife Tourism
  • Research Project
  • Teaching is conducted through a combination of lectures and contextualised modules. Case studies – both local and international – are used to illustrate theory in practice. You are encouraged to discuss theory and ideas and develop your skills of analysis and interpretation. There is extensive use of industry engagement through visits, guest speakers, and live client projects. General management lectures may consist of over 100 students; although subject specific tutorials will be around 25 students. Each subject is nominally three hours per week over a 12 week semester. You are expected to spend self-study time reading, analysing and reflecting on each subject.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 35 students per group
    • Four hours per week

    Tutorials

    • Approximately 35 students per group
    • Eight hours per week

    Project Supervision

    • Approximately six students per group
    • One hour per week

    External Visits

    • Approximately 35 students per group
    • 16 hours per week

    Independent study summary

    In Year 4, substantial level of effective and committed independent study is required. This involves wider reading but also critical reflection. You will be expected to spend around 20-25 hours a week conducting independent study. Much of this will be directly linked to the Research Project.

    Staff delivering this course

    Our Staff feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

    Key staff delivering on this course each have over 20 years teaching experience combined with experience in Tourism, Hospitality and other events industries.

    Across all modules, industry experts as well as other relevant RGU lecturers will undertake teaching as appropriate.

    Facilities

    • University Library
    • Georgina Scott Sutherland  Learning Centre
    • Student Support Services

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • One Written Exam, average time of exam two hours
    • Two Written Assignments, including essay
    • One Project Outputs
    • Two Report
    • One Oral Assessment

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Support

    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.

    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.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    An optional paid placement of 24 weeks or 48 weeks is offered in Year 3.

    The RGU Placement Office offers considerable support at all stages including sourcing placement, application and during placement.

    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 and the Tourism Society.

    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

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,360 per academic year

    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

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    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.

     The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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