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Why choose this degree course?
- RESIDENTIAL VISIT – Travel overseas for a residential trip to a European destination as part of your top-up course
- INDUSTRY APPROVED – Complete our CMI-accredited events management top-up and you will be eligible for an Award in Leadership, with CMI membership and access to learning resources throughout your course
- DIVERSE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE – Study a wide range of topics including events planning, marketing and risk management, and gain new skills studying in our Digital Creative Studio
- SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Tailor your learning with a variety of optional modules including financial strategy, adventure events and ‘dark’ tourism
- TEAM SCOTLAND PARTNERSHIP – Our University will be the home for Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, offering exciting opportunities for our students to work with the team and its athletes
Students on our Events Management course have access to our brand new Digital Creative Studio, where you can learn an array of skills for producing digital content including video and audio. We also provide a range of support services for student entrepreneurs through our Enterprise Hive.
Based in Camden House, our new Digital Creative Studio features state-of-the-art video and audio production facilities, including a video production studio with 4K cameras and green screen technology
Our Digital Creative Studio also houses a dedicated teaching lab complete with high-spec computers and industry-standard media technology, including Adobe Creative Cloud software
The Digital Creative Studio hosts audio podcasting, vision mixing and editing facilities, as well as a creative media and design lab with graphics tablets
If you want to set up your own business, visit our Enterprise Hive for a wide range of start-up support, including incubation space, tailored mentoring from industry experts and networking opportunities
Festival and Event Tourism
You will study the policy and planning issues surrounding festivals management, events tourism and destination management. You will understand the importance of links between heritage, culture, the arts and festivals, and you will look at promoting and enhancing destinations as part of a regional tourism strategy.
The focus on mega events reflects the current events industry, where events of this scale have become a driving force for change. You will explore the macro environment and analyse key internal and external factors which contribute to staging. You will also consider political, social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts, as well as the challenges of staging international events.
Winning Events Bids
You will have the opportunity to explore, analyse and assess the creative processes which contribute to the production of events and innovative event management. You will learn how to pitch a creative and effective bid to win a contract by using a range of communication tools to develop new concepts and techniques.
International Research Project
You will conduct primary research within the hospitality, tourism and events industry, taking in the wider issues within an international environment. You will learn transferable skills by planning your research methodology, implementation, findings and analysis, as well as reflecting on the success of your research project overall.
Event Crisis Strategy
You will critique and adopt crisis management techniques and consider their role in events management strategy based on a variety of scenarios. This will enable you to compile your own crisis strategy and explore crisis prevention and approaches to recovery.
Plus one option from:
An opportunity to consolidate your financial planning knowledge, you will learn how to synthesise and evaluate business performance and strategy. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of financial concepts and how companies portray themselves through their annual reports.
Global Marketing Solutions
This module aims to promote an understanding of the complexity and issues an organisation faces when attempting to enter overseas markets. Organisations increasingly operate in diverse and less understood market environments and emphasis will be placed on identifying the challenges presented by breaking into new markets. The module aims to highlight the practicalities of marketing products and services in new international markets and developing the skills required for exploiting new overseas market opportunities.
Managing Adventure Events
This module addresses the multi-faceted aspects of events within the adventure tourism industry. It focuses on the preparation, research and analysis of a variety of adventure-related events. You will enhance your individual, group and generic professional skills and gain an in-depth understanding of events and adventure development and the various theories that help in understanding the development process in tourism. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of the key issues associated with international tourism development and globalisation. The module will provide a critical appreciation of the nature of public policy and planning in relation to tourism development. In addition, you will evaluate the role and relevance of the various event organisations involved in the development of the adventure tourism destination.
Dark and Thanatourism Management
Dark tourism (also known as 'Thanatourism') – the act of travelling to sites of death, disaster or the seemingly macabre – has received increasing academic and media attention over the past decade. The purpose of this module is to allow you to study a niche yet important component of the tourist attraction and exhibition sector. The module content will draw upon current thinking and research, and will incorporate up-to-date industry trends and examples linking into history, society, politics, ethics and futures.
Personal Effectiveness and Behavioural Skills
You will identify ways to improve your professional and personal potential by making positive changes and managing yourself. You will benefit from developing your soft skills and self-awareness, which will help you achieve success when managing people.
The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Events or Events Management, with 240 credits.
If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can complete our enquiry form here or call us on 0121 604 1040
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).
Teaching and assessment
Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.
Example of a typical teaching week (up to 14 contact hours):
- Large group teaching – 6 hours
- Smaller group teaching – 3 hours
- Tutorials – 3 hours
- Subject advice sessions – 2 hours
- Field trips and visits
You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time.
Estimated breakdown of assessment for this top-up course:
- Coursework – 70%
- Practical assessment – 5%
- Written examination – 25%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.
Additional qualifications and training
This course is accredited by the CMI, meaning you will be eligible for a CMI Award in Leadership and Management when you graduate. (This is subject to payment of an additional fee.)
If you are a UK student enrolling on a standard length Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half-year tuition fee is £4,625. There will be no change to this tuition fee for the forthcoming two academic years (2022/23 and 2023/24).
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If you are an international student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2022/23, your fee for this academic year will be £13,500 per year.
If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year, or £250 for a half-year placement.
As a new student studying this course full-time, you will receive £300 per year through our Kick-Start Scheme (UK students only, eligibility criteria applies). This scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You may also qualify for an additional £500 per year.
Find out more about the Kick-Start Scheme here.
UCBconnect - meet other students on your course
Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, we have created a platform called UCBconnect, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.
As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation via text and email to complete your user registration and join UCBconnect. For more information, please visit ucb.ac.uk/ucbconnect.
This course is accredited by the University of Warwick.
This course is dual-accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality.
University College Birmingham will be the home of Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
University College Birmingham is a member of events industry associations including EVCOM.
University College Birmingham is a member of events industry associations including MIA.
University College Birmingham is a member of events industry associations including AEME.
University College Birmingham is a member of events industry associations including NOEA.
Accreditations, endorsements and partnerships
University College Birmingham works with a wide range of organisations to ensure you receive the best possible training and qualifications recognised by industry.
Work experience is vital for learning how to apply your training in the real world and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and it may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our hired@UCB team can help you find suitable work experience.
We encourage students on our BA Events Management top-up course to gain work experience throughout your studies.
Work alongside experts in your sector
A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:
- Maxin Prague
- Brussels Marriott Grand Place
- The Peninsula Hong Kong
- Nivea (Hamburg)
- Accenture (Amsterdam)
- Nike (France)
- BI Worldwide
- Hilton Metropole
- Intu Properties
- Air BnB
The most valuable part of the course has been, for one, receiving that kind of support to help me get the best out of my studies. On top of that, the trips and visits throughout the course, talks from renowned industry figures and real-life focused assignments have all been amazing.
The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.
Average Salary: £33,000
Conference centre manager
Average Salary: £30,000
Average salary: £26,500 – £30,500
Average Salary: £30,000
Project manager (graduate)
Average Salary: £39,197
Average Salary: £27,500
Want to take your studies to the next level? Completing the BA (Hons) degree will enable you to move onto our postgraduate courses such as Global Meetings and Events Management MSc/PGDip or Hospitality with Tourism Management MSc/PGDip (Pathway A). If you are interested in teaching, you could also progress onto our PGCE course.
We are here to support your career goals every step of the way.
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