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About the course

Already have a foundation degree or HND in a management or events-related field? Want to build upon this and gain hands-on experience to help further your career managing events internationally? Southampton Solent’s international event management top-up programme will allow you to enhance your existing qualifications to a full honours degree in just one year.

This course has now closed for 2017 entry. Why not have a look at our similar courses?

Specifically designed for students who wish to top-up their existing management or events-related foundation degree or HND to a full honours degree, Southampton Solent’s international event management top-up course combines practical-, contemporary-, and industry-focused content with management training, complemented by a range of units designed to develop students’ academic skills.

The course also places an emphasis on gaining practical industry insights and transferable business management skills, and students will develop their knowledge in managing smaller events and mega events, as well as festivals, all on an international scale.    

The international focus of the course provides students with the perfect opportunity to enhance intercultural awareness and develop interpersonal skills through sharing experiences with students from around the world.

Students are encouraged by course tutors to use both academic and practical skills to enhance employability. Students will develop a personal online branding portfolio showcasing their skills and talents to potential employers and attend employability fairs to network directly.

Further studies Top-up degree Flexible learning

Students can top up existing qualifications to an honours degree in one year.

What does this course lead to?

In recent years we are proud of the fact that our event management graduates have been able to convert their degrees and hard work into diverse roles such as: Event co-ordinator, Event Manager, Event Organiser, Conference Executive, and Accounts Executives. Specific examples are jobs in companies such as: Cartier Polo Event, Farnborough Air Show, Oxfam, The National Trust, Compass Catering, London Olympics Organising Committee and JUMP.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those who already have a foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification in event or management-related subjects, who wish to advance their career in managing international events.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, 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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Key entry requirements

This course has now closed for 2017 entry. Why not have a look at our similar courses?
  • Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with merit overall (55 per cent) or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree

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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

How to apply

This course has now closed for 2017 entry. Why not have a look at our similar courses?

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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Academic and Professional Development 
  • Business Consultancy/Management Project 
  • Strategy for Management and Marketing 
  • Mega Events 
  • International Festival and Event Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Events Management


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Sheridan Easton academic profile Sheridan Easton Course Leader View profile
Whysnianti Basuki academic profile Whysnianti Basuki Senior Lecturer View profile
Bryn Parry academic profile Bryn Parry Senior Lecturer View profile
Nicola Adams academic profile Nicola Adams Senior Lecturer View profile
Liam Higgins academic profile Liam Higgins Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students on events courses at Solent have the opportunity to gain work experience at the University’s student-run event management agency, Solent Works.

Your future

This course has been designed to help students achieve one of two intended outcomes.  The first involves students managing their own business and applying the knowledge gained throughout their degree in a way that helps the business grow.  Second, students will also be taught how to manage a ‘portfolio career’, where personal ventures are combined with part-time work or work within small to medium businesses, which are common in the events management sector.  As such, students may find themselves working with PR firms, event agencies, or as an in-house events specialist.

Suitable roles for graduates include:  

  • Events management
  • Sales and marketing management
  • Sport events promotion 
  • Charitable fundraising 
  • Conference and exhibition management 
  • Running your own events company. 

Industry links

Our experienced team has a wealth of industry experience in all aspects of event management, travel, tourism, hospitality, and cruise management.  As a result, the team has built up a range of dynamic relationships across the sector.  Your tutors have strong links to The British Arts Festival Association (BAFA) and the Event and Visual Communication Association (EVCOM), as well as with the UK’s best known party planners ‘Themetraders’.  Another example of student engagement and experience is the volunteering of students at the International Cruise Convention dealing with up to 700 delegates and gaining valuable experience.  Our graduates have gone on to work at prestigious venues and continue to support the University with facilitating interesting field trip visits such as, Portsmouth Historic Docks, the Mary Rose Museum and International Confex etc.

Previous years have seen events management students benefit from industry guest speakers. These include:

  • Holly Payton-Lombardo, a board member at BAFA.
  • Rachel Ley, a board member of EVCOM.
  • Bryn Parry, event management author and lecturer.
  • David Jamilly, CEO of Themetraders.
  • Matt James, industry professional and an Eventice judge.
  • Andy Grove, Vice President of the National Outdoors Event Association (NOEA).
  • Richard Woods, finalist in the television series, The Apprentice 2016.
  • Theo Paphitis, Entrepreneur and former ‘Dragon’, from television’s ‘Dragon’s Den’.


The course team have extensive industry experience, and maintain established links with festivals and specialist event businesses, incorporating these connections into their teaching and research. Past students have been able to take up a variety of work experience opportunities which have included roles such as the procurement of sponsorship, logistics, and booking and entertaining VIPs. Past events management students have also worked on SMILEfest, the University’s annual music industry conference.

To help with putting what they’ve learnt during their studies into practice, students are encouraged to take part in national event management competitions. Since 2013, the University has had seven finalists in ‘The Eventice’, a student event management competition held at the International Confex event in London. 

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