Tourism and Travel Management - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
This degree will bring you closer to a professional managerial career in the largest global service sector. You’ll benefit from close links with government and businesses via membership in Tourism Management Institute, as well as insights from international projects by research centres such as ATLAS. Studying with us you will investigate live issues such as how to develop local tourism marketing strategies, improve the quality of London’s key visitor attractions and help local people to benefit from tourism development.
Within the international economy, tourism and travel is seen as a major employer and sector providing unique development opportunities to less developed countries. It's also one of the few economic activities responsible for intensified contributions towards nature and cultural heritage protection and conservation. All over the world, especially in Europe, tourism and travel are positioned as leaders in local communities’ activation programmes and used as an indicator of the quality of life.
This programme has been developed to answer the tourism and travel industry's demand for specialised managers and planners. It's constantly evolving to include the most up-to-date issues and to prepare entrepreneurs for the challenging tourism business environment. You'll acquire knowledge in sustainable tourism management, cultural heritage and tourism-led regeneration and be faced with challenges of marketing British tourism destinations. You'll be given the opportunity to explore niche tourism products, realise their potential and see how tourism relates to issues of global peace, justice, human rights and social inclusion.
The teaching on this course utilises our London location with a series of case studies including the the international trade fair of World Travel Market. We also have one of the most diverse international bodies of students, which allows us to teach a range of worldwide case studies based on students' own experiences and culture.
Our overseas study tour is the highlight of the course providing an early example of field research techniques and addressing tourism marketing, management, planning and sustainability issues. We also offer European Student Exchange Programme (Erasmus) and a range of work placement opportunities (including a one-year sandwich placement), allowing you to gain practical experience whilst studying.
We have previously organised and hosted the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport student conference, with speakers including Hugh Sumner, former director of transport at the Olympic Delivery Agency.
The course has a Facebook page with news and events from alumni, students and staff.
The aims of the programme are to:
- offer an intellectually stimulating, career-relevant and coherent programme, enabling students to develop a thorough understanding of theories, approaches and techniques relevant to professional practice in tourism, travel and destination management
- develop a holistic appreciation of the multimodal distribution chain and developments in digital media, including the role of marketing and communications, entrepreneurship, operational and strategic management in tourism and travel industries
- provide comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the socio-cultural, economic, technological, and political environment in which the tourism destinations and industry operates, relevant systems of governance and public policy at different scales: global, national, and local
- develop a sound appreciation of effective people management in organisations, career opportunities for graduates as well as the student’s potential contribution as a manager and professional in tourism destinations and industry sector
- enhance the ability of students to operate as effective learners, independently as well as in teams, and to foster a creative approach to evidence-based problem solving
- develop and improve students as researchers, able to carry out primary research relating to contemporary issues in tourism and travel, including data collection, data analysis, presentation of findings and recommendations
Assessments include simulation of professional practice and consultancy, independent and group research for a field trip and survey-based projects, portfolios, poster, video, along with more traditional essays, reports, case studies, presentations, tests and a final dissertation.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum grade C in three A levels in academic subjects (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.
In addition to core modules, you'll have the opportunity to choose modules that allow you to widen your tourism horizons, pursue a language and short and year-long business work placements designed to enhance your employability.
The structure of the course is designed to ensure that you gain a sound understanding of relevant theory within your first year, especially related to management, marketing, tourism and travel fundamentals and research skills and methods.
Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:
- Introduction to the Events, Music, Tourism and Sports Industries
- Principles and Practice in Marketing
- Understanding Business Information
- Fundamentals of Management
Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:
- Culture, Tourism and Regeneration
- Sustainability, Business and Responsibility
- Applied Research with Field Trip
- Leading Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Having gained a thorough understanding of the application of management theory and practices to the sector through the core modules, you can develop specific interests and specialisms through options including:
- Visitor Attractions Management
- Niche Tourism
Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:
Final year core modules focus on the transport industry and your final independent research (dissertation) where you'll gain a deeper understanding in the area of your choice.
- Theory and Practice in Research (Core)
- Destination Management and Marketing (Core)
- Tourism and Development (Option)
- Creative Industries and Event Policy (Option)
- Project Management (Option)
We believe that your university experience should be designed to enhance and support your professional life. We place as much emphasis on gaining skills relevant to the workplace as on learning the academic discipline that you are studying. We embed employability in every year of your journey with us, starting from year one modules, through short- and long placement modules to the professional environment stimulation modules such as Destination Management and Marketing.
This course is designed to offer an intellectually stimulating and distinctive programme that enables you to prepare for a satisfying career. Over the past twenty years, many of our graduates have developed rewarding careers in business, government and third sector tourism organisations, as managers in road, rail, sea and air transport, tour operators, destination managers and planners, and in research and consultancy.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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News and success stories
Tourism and Travel Management students participated in this year’s World Travel Market London business fair.
Four academics from the University met with overseas partner to support international programme.
London Met is one of only three London universities to be officially recognised by the Tourism Management Institute.
Students in a seminar
Employability seminar from the experts
Tourism and Travel Management BA students were visited by a team of recruiters and training associates from Booking.com.
Alumna delivers seminar to tourism students
London Met alumna Patricia Mediavilla who is now working for London and Partners delivers seminar to tourism students.
Tourism students at the World Trade Market
Tourism students see the industry in action
As part of course focus on employability, every year we use one week of the Autumn semester as field work. Instead of campus-based classes all students visit World Travel Market (WTM).
Travel and Tourism students
A strong team of Year 1 students have managed to search the Moorgate building top to bottom for answers to 30 tricky questions.
London Met records its highest ever student satisfaction score, climbing six places in the National Student Survey.
Imperial War Museum
Tourism and Travel Management students visit London’s Imperial War Museum
Students at Alyn Williams at The Westbury, Mayfair
Students experience fine dining at 'Alyn Williams at The Westbury’ in Mayfair
Students on a boat
Our travel and tourism students have just returned from the long-awaited study trip to Malta.
FBL students impress at thought provoking conference
Meet the team
Date 25 Apr 2018 Time 5:00 PM Venue London Metropolitan University
This Mini Open Evening is for those who are interested in studying with us on our business, law and interpreting subjects (see subject area list below). We know that going to university... more