University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Birmingham

International Tourism Management

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Course summary

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Course snapshot Want to be part of an industry that has become a global phenomenon in the past 70 years? Tourism has become a vital sector to many economies, with international providers having to continuously reinvent themselves to stay ahead of the curve. Accredited by the University of Birmingham, our four-year International Tourism Management degree at University College Birmingham will provide you with the key skills to flourish in this competitive and evolving field. In addition to studying in our state-of-the-art Aviation and Tourism Suite, you'll have the chance to undertake a 48-week paid work placement to gain a distinctive edge in the job market, as well as exciting opportunities for residential trips both in the UK and across the globe. Who's the course for? Whether you want to work in areas ranging from destination management organisations and tour operations to attractions and events organisations, this course is a great choice to help you realise your career aspirations. Why should I study this course?

  • WORK PLACEMENT – Boost your career prospects and gain first-hand experience of the industry on a paid 48-week placement, during which you won’t incur any tuition fees
  • RESIDENTIAL VISITS – Undertake tourism projects in the UK and overseas, with essential trip costs covered by the University – past destinations have ranged from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Cyprus and Prague to New York, Toronto and The Gambia
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Gain expertise in a field related to your career aspirations through optional modules such as Attraction Management or Smart Tourism and Aviation
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Learn at an ITT Centre of Excellence and work on live and simulated industry projects in association with our professional networks
Great! Tell me more University College Birmingham offers outstanding simulation facilities for tourism students in our brand new Aviation and Tourism Suite. This features a state-of-the-art mock plane cabin, check-in areas and Galileo GDS system for training students. We offer the option of a four-year degree including a paid 48-week placement, during which you will not incur any tuition fees. Opportunities are available in the UK and overseas. (There is also the option to study the course without a placement.) What skills will I gain? You will learn how to analyse tourism trends and devise innovative, creative strategies to compete in the tourism marketplace. You will gain a deep understanding of the global tourism environment and the challenges the industry faces to be sustainable and profitable. Through your placements and working on live consultancy projects, you'll build essential real-life industry experience and a range of further professional and employability skills. What about the future? Upon graduating with this degree, you will be able to move into a variety of areas in the international tourism industry, with career options in:
  • Tour operations
  • Destination management organisations
  • Tourism and digital marketing
  • Market research
  • Corporate press relations
  • Airlines
  • Project management
  • Travel account management
  • Hospitality
  • Other transport graduate recruitment schemes
Our past graduates have also gone on to work in corporate travel and events companies as well as travel journalism and media. Alternatively, should you wish to continue studying, you will be able to progress onto postgraduate level courses.

Course details



  • Digital Tourism
  • Successful Tourism Destinations
  • Dynamic Tourism Environment
  • Employability and Professional Development
  • Tourism Operations and Innovation
  • Sustainable Tourism Practices
  • Industry Live Project
Plus one option from:
  • Revenue and Performance Management
  • Attraction Management
  • Aviation Management
YEAR 3 Work Placement (optional) YEAR 3/4
  • Tourism Trends and Futures
  • Strategic Change Management
  • Independent Research Project
Plus one option from:
  • Crisis Communications Management
  • Visitor Experience Management
- Smart Tourism and Aviation

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Teaching Example of a typical teaching week (up to 15 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 4 hours
  • Smaller group teaching – 5 hours
  • Tutorials – 3 hours
  • Academic and employability support – at least 2 hours
  • Industry speaker sessions and employer fairs
  • Field trips and visits
You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. Assessment Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:
  • Coursework – 48%
  • Practical assessment – 52%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Professional bodies

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

  • Travel and Tourism, Institute of

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Transferring from another university At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. What do I need to do? To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.

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

Year 1 Entry: Students who are studying a combination of different qualification types will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications. Advanced Entry: If you are unsure if your previous higher education qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected]

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

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 £11500 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
International Tourism Management at University College Birmingham - UCAS