University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Birmingham

International Tourism Business Management Top-up

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Course snapshot Tourism has become a global phenomenon over the last 50 years, with many economies and tourism businesses worldwide relying on their ability to attract visitors. On UCB's International Tourism Business Management Top-up course, you'll gain the business management skills and attributes that the industry is seeking in order to operate successfully in this dynamic, uncertain and competitive environment. Our strong industry links will enable you to gain valuable experience in the sector, while our course is recognised by the Institute of Travel and Tourism and is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality as well as the University of Birmingham, one of the world's leading academic institutions. Who’s the course for? This course is designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject and is keen to embark upon a career within the international tourism industry. Why should I study the course?

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Put your training into practice in the real world by working on live projects in association with our industry networks
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Choose from our portfolio of optional modules and take on an independent research project covering an aspect of the industry that interests you
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Learn at an ITT Centre of Excellence and gain professional recognition with a degree accredited by the Institute of Hospitality
Great. Tell me some more As part of your course, you'll have the chance to work on your own independent research project. This gives you the opportunity to critically analyse a particular area of the international tourism industry that interests you. We encourage our students to seek as much industry experience and exposure as possible throughout your studies. We have developed close working relationships throughout the tourism sector, and our [email protected] employability team will assist you in finding work to support your future career plans. What skills will I gain? You will learn about the broad environment in which tourism operates, focusing on the significant value and scale of global tourism activity and the wide range of organisations within the industry. You will gain knowledge of risk assessment and management, tourism crisis management and the impact of global factors on tourism providers, while you will develop your problem-solving and decision-making skills through live industry projects. In completing your research project, you will have a great opportunity to demonstrate your independent learning skills and develop expertise relevant to the industry that will boost your future employability. Through our optional modules, you can also develop your knowledge and skills in fields such as financial strategy, international marketing or 'dark' and thanatourism management. What about the future? Completing this course will enable you to move into a wide variety of areas within the international tourism industry, while our graduates have also gone on to work in corporate travel and for events companies as well as travel journalism and media. Career pathways open to you include:
  • Tour operations
  • Destination management organisations
  • Tourism marketing
  • Aviation sector airlines
  • Events management
You will also be able to move to studying at postgraduate level, including courses offered at UCB such as MSc/PGDip International Tourism Management.

Course details


  • Managing Tourism Activity
  • Tourism Crisis Management
Choose one option from:
  • Research Project
  • Enterprise and Innovation Showcase
Plus one option from:
  • Financial Strategy
  • Anthropology of Tourism
  • Destination Management
  • International Marketing
  • Organisational Learning in Tourism
  • Dark and Thanatourism Management
  • Adventure Tourism Issues and Futures
- Festivals and Events Tourism

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Teaching – full-time route Example of a typical teaching week (up to 13 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 5 hours
  • Smaller group teaching – 6 hours
  • Tutorials – 2 hours
  • Industry speaker sessions
  • Field trips and visits
You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. Teaching – part-time route The part-time timetable is made up of one module per semester with three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in semester three. Example of a typical teaching week (one day per week):
  • Smaller group teaching – 5 hours
  • Tutorials – 1 hour
You will also need to commit around 10 hours per week for individual study time, though some weeks may require you to extend beyond this, particularly when you are engaged in completing assessments. Assessment Estimated breakdown of assessment for this top-up course:
  • Coursework – 92%
  • Practical assessment – 8%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 3

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their previous course matched for entry. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form. We may also need to contact you regarding your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected] EU/international students Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer) If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email EU: [email protected] International: [email protected]

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Fees and funding

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International Tourism Business Management Top-up at University College Birmingham - UCAS