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BA (Hons) International Tourism Management

Develop the essential skills for a career in the dynamic tourism industry

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Enter the exciting world of international tourism with this specialised management degree from Southampton Solent University. You’ll learn the skills, qualities and knowledge required by employers to help you develop a successful career in a growing global industry.  

  • Previous students have had the opportunity to study abroad from a choice of ten countries.
  • The course’s strong industry links have provided past students with valuable work placement opportunities.
  • By studying in Southampton students have access to the largest cruise port in Northern Europe, with over four million visitors a year.

The industry

Tourism is a huge global business and contributes 10% of the world’s GDP. There is increasing diversification and competition between destinations within the industry, as well as a growing number of new destinations. As a result, the international tourism industry currently accounts for 1 in 11 jobs globally. 

The global tourism industry has enjoyed steady growth and this is predicted to continue. Southampton Solent’s international tourism management degree will leave students perfectly placed to take advantage of the employment opportunities available in this exciting industry.

The programme

The experienced course team recognise the importance of helping to build the skills, qualities and knowledge to enable graduates to make an immediate impact on employers and develop a successful career. To reinforce this, industry professionals have provided valuable input into the course to ensure that the theory and practice taught help develop key employment skills. 

Previous students have had the opportunity to either study abroad at one of our partner institutions and experience a different culture, or undertake a work placement, exposing them to the industry and gaining valuable work experience.

Students have also previously benefitted from guest lectures delivered by industry professionals, providing up-to-date and first-hand knowledge of the industry.

Southampton’s location on the south coast means that students can take advantage of the University’s links with Carnival UK, Southampton International Airport and international tourist attractions such as Beaulieu National Motor Museum in the New Forest National Park. These links also have also provided past students with a variety of case study material in the sector.

Next steps

Want to turn your passion for travel into a career? With its strong industry links and opportunities for study or work placements, Southampton Solent’s international tourism management degree will help you build the skills and knowledge to take your first step in your career in this exciting global industry.

Have you got a question about applying?

Husamettin Kocaturkmen
"At the end of my placement I received a job offer from the hotel manager and after I graduate from university it looks like I have a job lined up with the 4 star hotel group Hallmark Hotels"
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UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N833
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N8QJ
  • 3 Years Standard entry N841
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year N834

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:


Core units

  • Introduction to Tourism
  • World Tourism Perspectives
  • Leisure Marketing
  • Language unit
  • Academic and Employability Skills
  • Financial Planning and Reporting
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour in Leisure Services.

Year two:


Option one:

  • International Tourism Research Skills
  • Study Placement Abroad (whole academic year, five units).

Option two:

  • International Tourism Research Skills
  • Cruise Operations Impacts
  • The Management of Visitor Attractions
  • Work Placement (half academic year, three units).

Option three:

  • International Tourism Research Skills
  • Cruise Operations Impacts
  • The Management of Visitor Attractions
  • Half-year Study Placement Abroad.

Year three:


Core units

  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism
  • Natural and Cultural Heritage Tourism Management
  • Dissertation, or Literature-Based Research and an option
  • Cross-Cultural Management or International Marketing for Travel and Tourism.


  • Tourism in Developing Countries
  • Tourism and the Media
  • Languages.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars and workshops.

Work experience
If you opt for the second-year work placement, our international placement office and tutors will help you plan and organise a placement in the tourism industry, either abroad or in the UK.

Reports, exams, projects, presentations, case studies, a photo essay, a reflective journal, posters and a dissertation or literature-based research.

Study abroad

You'll have the opportunity to spend between three months and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our EU partner universities, as part of the Erasmus programme.

For more information, see

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study international tourism management units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

University students from non-EU countries can also spend a semester or an academic year studying at Solent University through our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment (VLE) provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

For students studying abroad in the second year, the International Tourism Research Skills unit is delivered online through the VLE.

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N833
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N8QJ
  • 3 Years Standard entry N841
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year N834

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

This course is industry-focused, leading to careers in the growing UK and international overseas tourism industry. Working in tourism is an exciting option if you have a passion for travel and creating a memorable and inspiring experience for tourists. You may prepare travel itineraries, lead tour parties or even work with local attractions and hotels. Jobs include tour operators, reservation consultants, local authority tourism officers and a variety of management positions.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • International tourism marketing
  • Customer services
  • Public sector tourism
  • Visitor management
  • Heritage attractions management
  • International hospitality
  • Global cruise industry
  • Tourism research
  • International tour operation
  • Resort management

Links with industry

Industry professionals have had input into the course content and development, ensuring it offers a blend of theory and practice and will help develop essential employment skills. In addition, studying abroad or undertaking work experience can enhance your career prospects and help you establish important contacts in the tourism industry.
We also provide a programme of guest speakers, with a particular focus on contemporary issues in the industry.

Transferable skills

Through seminars and assessed activities you’ll develop your interpersonal skills, organisation, cross-cultural communication, problem-solving and leadership, as well as skills in management and IT.

Further study

Students can progress to further postgraduate study in tourism, cruise, and business- and management-related disciplines.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduate destinations include Ocean World Travel and international tour operator TUI.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,500 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N833
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N8QJ
  • 3 Years Standard entry N841
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year N834


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