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Course summary

Do you want to make a difference in the world’s fastest-growing industry by acquiring new skills and knowledge that can be put into practice through the wide range of live projects we offer? Our BSc (Hons) International Tourism Management degree is ranked 6th in the Complete University Guide (2023), allowing you to gain relevant experience from a top-ranking institution. This course will enable you to become employable and effective tourism and business managers who can operate worldwide. Distinguish yourself with the opportunity to study cruise as a specialism, taught by our world leading experts. Benefit from our close working relationships with cruise operators including Princess Cruises. Undertake placements and secure graduate jobs within the cruise industry. Our students have had successful placements in an array of companies, namely Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, MSc Cruises and Cunard Cruise.

  • Our foundation year is specifically designed to introduce and develop essential skills for success in higher education, including critical thinking and research skills, and the knowledge and understanding of key facets of international tourism management.
  • Study on a course that is ranked 6th in the Complete University Guide (2023) and consistently ranked as one of the best places to study tourism according to The Sunday Times and the Guardian University guides.
  • Undertake a critical approach to study the global tourism industry and develop strengths in travel safety and security, crisis and disaster management, and travel technologies.
  • During the delivery of bespoke tourism modules, we work in close collaboration with the tourism industry to develop, design and deliver our courses. We keep regular contact with tourism industry practitioners from different sectors of the industry to refresh our courses with the latest industry developments and case studies; we develop our courses to address industry demand; we have guest speakers from the tourism industry to share their experiences in the course delivery and conferences.
  • We provide opportunities to engage in fieldwork on a local and international scale in order for our students’ opportunities to develop their understanding, expand their networks and have strategic involvement in business development.
  • We hold numerous industry accreditations including Tourism Management Institute, we are recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Travel and Tourism, and we are also an ABTA University Partner. These accreditations afford our students opportunities to learn from and network with industry professionals who provide practical insights into future graduate employment and experiences.
  • Working with industry, we offer a range of experiential and problem-based assessments and live consultancy projects to prepare students for graduate employment.


In the foundation year a supportive environment assists you in the transition to successful study in higher education. You begin to develop your knowledge and understanding of international tourism management, and progress to year 1 on successful completion of this year. In your first year you will build a solid understanding of the tourism industry, learning the principles of sustainable tourism management. You also explore different forms of tourism and identify how these are used in destination development and promotion, gaining knowledge of tourism supply and demand. In your second year you will discover what it takes to develop, manage and promote tourism businesses or destination. Increase your understanding of destination management on a regional, national and international level, gaining insight of tourism strategy development. If you choose, you can undertake a semester or year abroad at one of our partner institutions. In the optional placement year you will apply your new-found skills on a work placement year in the UK or overseas, learning about the industry from those working in it every day. Our Placements Office supports you in finding your placement. In your final year you will develop your passion for tourism by researching a topic that excites you for your final thesis. Through the study of conceptual tourism, modules deepen your knowledge of challenges which arise in the modern tourism industry. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry and up to date information can be found on our website

Assessment method

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Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in ( A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6With 5.5 in all elements.

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International Tourism Management with Foundation Year at University of Plymouth - UCAS