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About the course

Enter the exciting world of international tourism with this specialised management degree from 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.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

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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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

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 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Entry to year one of the course is available through the Event and Tourism Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time  3 years  Apply 
Placement year  4 years  Apply 

Events and Tourism Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time  4 years  Apply 
Placement year 5 years Apply 
Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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


  • 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


  • Dissertation for the Leisure Services Industry


  • 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.


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

Lisa Power academic profile Lisa Power Course Leader View profile
Patsy Morgan academic profile Patsy Morgan Senior 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.


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

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.


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.

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