University of Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Cruise Management

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Course summary

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If you want more out of life than a nine-to-five office job, then take to the seas with this practical and engaging degree. Created in collaboration with the industry's finest cruise companies, we'll help you to cultivate your professional hospitality management skills in cruise operations. You will emerge confident and eager for the responsibility of managing sophisticated floating resorts around the world.

  • You will study with a leading provider of education for this sector, and gain a vocational qualification with both choice and flexibility within a growing industry.
  • Study with a leading provider of education for this sector.
  • Gain a vocational qualification with both choice and flexibility within a growing industry.
  • Benefit from excellent industry support as you learn - our key partners include Celebrity Cruises, providing work placements and career opportunities.
  • Develop your experience with work placements abroad.
  • Choose a course rated as excellent for cruise management education.
  • Our network of high profile partners (Millennium Copthorne Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Dartington Halls Trust and Carnival UK) forms the foundation for the Plymouth University Hotel School. Our Hotel School encourages students to learn practical skills and brings the industry into the classroom.

Course details


In your first year, you'll familiarise yourself with the key issues of today’s maritime tourism industry and all aspects of its operations with a focus on cruise hotel operations. Support your studies with other subjects, such as food and drink operations, front office and facility operations or develop your language skills. In your second year, you’ll start to rehearse your operational skills in various management contexts. Brush up your research techniques and gain insights into the industry from trips and visits. Learn the practicalities of what it takes to be a manager for cruise business. In your final year, you'll do a detailed study of a cruise operations or cruise tourism topic of personal interest for your final honours project. Scrutinise strategy, business planning and quality from the cruise industry perspective. 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.

Assessment method

100% of assessment is by coursework

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

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How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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 minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 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

Qualification requirements

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/ 4 or above are required for this course.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With 5.5 in all elements.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13800* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Full and part time fees shown are per annum. * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. * For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Cruise Management at University of Plymouth - UCAS