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About the course

Turn your passion for travel into an exciting career with Southampton Solent’s specialised tourism management degree. You’ll learn the skills, qualities and knowledge to help prepare you for a variety of tourism management roles and make a positive impact in the world’s largest growth sector.

This industry-focused degree places a strong emphasis on employability after graduation and students are given the opportunity to carry out a six-week work placement after their first year. The placement gives students an insight into this vibrant industry and allows them to apply the theory learnt and practical experiences gained to the workplace.

Students are also encouraged to attend assessed overseas field trips providing them with a tourist experience aimed at building their industry awareness, as well as gaining valuable knowledge of the logistics and management of trips.

The course team’s strong industry links have exposed past students to a variety of tourism sectors, from the University’s links with Carnival UK, who have their head office in Southampton, to guest lectures and the tutors themselves drawing on their knowledge and latest research in the industry.

Think tourism management is the career for you? Southampton Solent’s tourism management degree will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience to take the first step in your management career in this exciting industry.

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

Previous students have had the opportunity to go on field trips in the UK and Europe.

What does this course lead to?

Students can progress onto further postgraduate study in tourism, business and management-related disciplines. Previous graduates have gone on to work for a variety of organisations, including Tourism South East, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, STA Travel, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Carnival UK.

Who is this course for?

Tourism management here at Solent is ideal for students who love to travel and want to turn their passion into an exciting career.

Candidates should aspire to work in tourism marketing, visitor management, hospitality, travel agency, or any other related role. 

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry N800
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N832
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N836
  • 4 Years Sport, Event & Tourism Foundation Year N837
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N83F

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Language Foundation Year N835
  • 4 Years Standard Entry N836
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Fees and Costs

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
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350
International placement year fees: £1,545

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.

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Key entry requirements

280 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 proficients 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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

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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.

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What you'll study

Year One

  • The Cruise Industry and Field Trip
  • Introduction to Tourism
  • World Tourism Perspectives
  • Leisure Marketing
  • Financial Planning and Reporting
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour in Leisure Services
  • Academic and Employability Skills

Year Two

  • Tourism Field Trip
  • The Management of Visitor Attractions
  • Tourism Destination Management and Planning
  • Tourism and Cruise Experience Management and Innovation
  • Work Placement
  • Research Methods for the Leisure Services Industries

Year Three

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


  • Dissertation, or Literature-Based Research
  • International Marketing for Travel and Tourism or Cross-Cultural Management for Tourism and Cruise
  • Tourism and the Media
  • Tourism in the Developing World


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

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Written Exams


Assessment by coursework


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
Dr Pavlos Arvanitis academic profile Pavlos Arvanitis Senior Lecturer View profile
Pilar Garrido-Sanz academic profile Pilar Garrido-Sanz Associate Lecturer View profile


The University provides excelled learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points.

By studying in Southampton students have access to the largest cruise port in Northern Europe, with over four million visitors a year and there is an option to study a foreign language in your final year.

Your future

Tourism is very much a people-based industry, with opportunities for employment in the public, private and voluntary sectors, both in the UK and internationally. If you’ve got a passion for travel, and would enjoy meeting an enormously diverse group of people and helping create an inspiring holiday experience, this course can deliver a wide range of career options to suit your interests.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Tourism marketing
  • Local authority tourism
  • Visitor management
  • Tour operators
  • Travel agents
  • Education
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing
  • Cruise sales and marketing


of students go on to wok and/or study six months after finishing the course.


of those students are in a professional or managerial role.
  • Tourism management at Southampton Solent University offers both theoretical and practical learning, making it a fun and varied course. The course and the overall university lifestyle offer such a great experience and so many different opportunities. There is also so much help available when it comes to the transition from student life into a career, and the staff at Solent were there to help me every step of the way. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without them!

    Laura Williamson, graduate

  • I am very happy to say I was accepted as one of 20 graduates chosen by the Gibraltarian government for an internship at the Washington Center in Washington DC, and can’t thank my tutor enough for supporting me through the application process. I can truly say that it is because of Southampton Solent University’s lovely and caring lecturers that I have got as far as I have. I feel this university is very professional and has great services for international students.

    Germaine Estella, Graduate

Industry connections

Work experience gained from your choice of a range of tourism organisations will enhance your prospects and enable you to establish important contacts in the tourism industry.

We also invite guest speakers into the University to talk to students about their experience; recent examples include staff from Royal Caribbean International and local attractions.

Course tutors are also actively involved in networking with industry representatives, as well as being engaged in tourism research – ensuring your tuition is up-to-the-minute and cutting-edge.


During the first year you will prepare for a six-week (minimum) work placement, which takes place between the first and second years. Previous placements have included EuroCamp, Camp America, the National Trust and hotel chains both in the UK and overseas.

This course includes assessed field trips in the first and second years. The first trip is often a mini cruise, and the field trip in the second year is a longer overseas educational visit; past destinations include Belgium, Croatia, Germany, the Mediterranean, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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