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About the course

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.

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 travel and tourism 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.

Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement January start available Further studies

Recent graduates have gone on to work for Carnival UK, Mary Rose Trust, Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Thomson Cruises.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s international tourism management programme is the ideal course for students who aspire to careers in tourism marketing, cruising, international tour operation, resort management or any other aspect of the international tourism industry.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Event and Tourism Foundation Year (Jan start) 20TT
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N833
  • 4 Years Event and Tourism Foundation Year N834
  • 3 Years Standard Entry N841
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N8QJ
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

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
  • 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.


93%

of students feel the library resources have supported their learning well

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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: www.ucas.com.

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.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Professional Practice for Tourism and Events
  • Leisure Marketing (Tourism and Events)
  • Introduction to Tourism
  • World Tourism Perspectives
  • Tourism and Events Business practice

Options

  • The Cruise Industry Field Trip
  • Language

Year two

Pathway one:

  • Tourism and Events Research Skills
  • Tourism and Cruise Experiences Management and Innovation
  • The Management of Visitor Attractions
  • Tourism in Practice Field Trip
  • Customer Services for Air Travel, Tourism and Events
  • Tourism Destination Management

Pathway two:

  • Tourism and Events Research Skills
  • Study Placement Abroad (whole academic year, five units)

Pathway three:

  • Tourism and Events Research Skills
  • Tourism and Cruise Experiences Management and Innovation
  • The Management of Visitor Attractions
  • Work Placement (half academic year, three units)

Pathway four:

  • Tourism and Events Research Skills
  • Tourism and Cruise Experiences Management and Innovation
  • The Management of Visitor Attractions
  • Half-year Study Placement Abroad

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism
  • Natural and Cultural Heritage Tourism Management

Options

  • Dissertation for the Leisure Services Industry

or

  • Leisure Services Consultancy Project

One of:

  • International Marketing for Tourism and Travel
  • Cross Cultural Management 
  • Hospitality Management
  • Business Start Up
  • Language
  • Globalisation of the Cruise Industry

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

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

Key figures

11%

Written exams

71%

Assessment by coursework

18%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Lisa Power academic profile Lisa Power Course Leader View profile
Nicola Adams academic profile Nicola Adams Senior Lecturer View profile
Patsy Morgan academic profile Patsy Morgan Senior Lecturer View profile
John Holder academic profile John Holder Principal Lecturer View profile
Pilar Garrido-Sanz academic profile Pilar Garrido-Sanz Associate 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.

Facilities

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.

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.

Your future

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

88%

of students go on to work and/or study

Industry links

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.

Placements

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.

Graduate stories

Husamettin's story

Husamettin Kocaturkmen - Graduate

During my second year I chose to do a work placement. I was successful in my job application to Hallmark Hotels and they offered me a 13 week long management internship.

My internship went extremely well and I loved gaining new experiences and knowledge. Working for a 4 star hotel chain company meant I gained practical industry experience within the tourism hospitality sector, particularly useful as I want to be a hotel manager in the future.

During my internship I worked in numerous departments; Human Resources, Accounts, Sales, Marketing, Conference, Events, Reservations, Front of House Reception and Hotel Operations so I could see how the hotel business operates. During my placement I had enough responsibility to work unsupervised, solve problems and deal with guests and reservations, so I learnt how to work independently.

I’m really glad I chose the work placement unit. It’s given me the opportunity to gain and learn new practical skills and the reflective work placement portfolio we completed gave me the chance to reflect on my weaknesses, strengths and the opportunities available to me after I graduate from university. I would recommend everyone to do a work placement within their preferred industry; it’s really given me both skills and confidence.

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.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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