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MSc Tourism and Event Management

Year of entry

The MSc Tourism and Event Management programme offered at Canterbury Christ Church University is established upon a firm foundation of research-led teaching, innovative and blended learning methods, expertise-driven insights, as well as a clear commitment to guiding and supporting student and employability development at the postgraduate level.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

The MSc aims to provide you with the opportunity to gain both comprehensive conceptual knowledge and an indispensable practical understanding of the key subject areas identified in this programme.

It also provides a rounded study of the principles of management and is designed to have immediate relevance and application in the current market, whilst also providing potential for future progression in both study and career.

The programme has been carefully designed with the input of a variety of organisations from the tourism and events industry in both title and content.

The programme is designed for those who have an interest in the tourism sector generally and are also keen to focus on the growing field of event management. Events have become synonymous with tourism in recent years. They have become major destination attractors and contribute hugely to community pride and identity. Events range from conferences to arts festivals, to major sporting tournaments designed to regenerate post-industrial cities.

The programme is of particular relevance, though not exclusive, to recent graduates of event management, tourism management or related disciplines.

You can study MSc Tourism and Event Management Programme on a full-­time (one year) or part-­time (two year) basis at our Canterbury campus.

The structure aims to be both simple and comprehensive. You will follow four core modules, which will provide an overall foundation for management in the relevant industries, clearly introducing basic concepts, working approaches and methodologies.

The content of the programme has been designed in such a way that it underpins:

The interdisciplinary of our approach to the study of tourism and event management

A research informed, up-to-date curriculum, embedded in the real world of tourism and events

The four core modules have been carefully written to prepare you for employment or study whilst being employed, and then fully prepare you for the dissertation that completes the totality of the programme.

You will also select two optional modules which offer you the chance to study two bespoke areas of management, to prepare you for employment and/or career enhancement, employability skills and attributes are embedded into each module.

Events related tourism is growing at an incredible rate and this programme has been developed in consultation with leading professionals to meet the need for specialist managers who can apply their skills to this interlinked field.

The programme will also offer you a variety of workshops to help you prepare and/or enhance your career in the tourism and events management industries.

We organise field trips and visiting speakers to put your learning into context. The mix of academic rigour and vocational relevance is designed to give you a long-lasting career advantage.

MODULES/ FURTHER MODULE INFORMATION

Core modules (140 credits)

Research Methods in Social and Applied Sciences (20 credits)

This module is designed to introduce you to the basics of postgraduate study, and the subject specific background and research requirements appropriate for tourism and events.

Event Design and Production (20 credits)

This module will explore the event design process and how it impacts audiences’ experiences and the overall aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the importance of this stage of the event planning process.

International Tourism Policy and Planning (20 credits)

This module focuses on the formation of policy, and the changing economic and political contexts in which it is made and how policy can influence the planning process and contribute to development and avert sustainable and damaging activities.

Applied Management Contexts in Tourism and Events (20 credits)

This module enables you to apply management theory to achieve practical outcomes for a specific client group and also emphasises the value of student centred experiential learning. This module allows those with current tourism and/or event employment to use your place of work as a case study.

Dissertation (60 credits)

The ‘Dissertation’ provides you with an extended opportunity to undertake independent work, display individual thought and take responsibility for the management of your own learning. The skills demonstrated in producing a successful dissertation will prove valuable to employers as it demonstrates a wide range of personal, business and professional skills and attributes.

Optional modules

You must choose two from:

Managing Resources (20 credits)

This module aims for you to think creatively about the allocation of organisational resources in meeting its objectives.

Visitor Management (20 credits)

This module is designed to critically evaluate the role of visitor management and interpretation in defining and enhancing the visitor experience and examine and evaluate the mechanisms by which visitor flows can be dispersed within a region/area/attraction/event.

Contemporary Marketing (20 credits)

This module concentrates on marketing as it is applied within the tourism and events sectors, where the focus on the experience is critical to marketing success and competiveness.

CSR and Ethics (20 credits)

This module concentrates on the critical appraisal and analysis of contemporary theoretical debates on ethics and corporate social responsibility in the tourism and events sectors. In light of the increasing importance of tourism and events, the key objective of this module is to examine a range of CSR and ethical approaches and practices applied to these sectors.

Creative Destinations (20 credits)

This module advances your conceptual knowledge by examining how creativity is used to create destinations dynamically in a number of ways, ranging from UNESCO Creative Cities to film locations to pop­-up galleries. The module also comprehensively and critically assesses how venues such as art galleries, museums or festivals have become destinations and how this impacts on the places in which they are situated.

This MSc is designed to enhance and/or further your career prospects in the tourism and events management industry.

You will work on industry related scenarios and realistic simulations to understand the practice of tourism and events in the context of management, and develop the problem-solving and decision-making skills you will need to succeed in this industry.

This programme utilises a wide range of cutting-edge teaching and learning methods, including:

  • Interactive lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Workshops
  • Virtual learning environments
  • Seminars
  • Problem based learning group work
  • Tutorials with supervisors

Assessment is by a range of written coursework including research essays, presentations and a dissertation. There are no exams.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard offer for accepting students onto this programme is a good honours degree. Applicants from a range of undergraduate subjects will be considered.

This is in addition to a brief personal statement outlining interest and areas of specialism being considered, as well as a complete CV. The University has a well-established Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) structure in operation. Students without previous qualifications may be accepted as part of this process.

If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate you can contact the programme team direct on msc.admin@canterbury.ac.uk.

Fees

2017/18 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £5,050 £11,500**
Part-time £2,525 n/a

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. The increase will reflect cost inflation in the University. Any inflationary increase will be no more than 3.5% for each year of your study. The increase will be calculated on the previous year’s tuition fees and not the tuition fees at the start of the course. The University aims to publish the tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year on the University’s website by 31st July 2017.

Government loans of up to £10,000 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2017. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria. 

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948

Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.

The part-time fees quoted relate to courses taken over 2 years (90 credits per year) or 3 years (60 credits per year).

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Applications for this course can be completed online .

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Applicants will be considered by a panel of Tourism and Events academic staff. All applicants will be considered individually and we will take into account academic qualifications and/or relevant experience in addition to paying great detail to the personal statement and references provided.

Applicants will normally be invited for an interview

 

Applicants in the first instance should make enquires to msc.admin@canterbury.ac.uk.

 

Fact file

Length

  • Full-time (one year) or part-time (two year)

Starts

  • Our standard offer for accepting students onto this programme is a good honours degree. Applicants from a range of undergraduate subjects will be considered.

    This is in addition to a brief personal statement outlining interest and areas of specialism being considered, as well as a complete CV. The University has a well-established Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) structure in operation. Students without previous qualifications may be accepted as part of this process.

    If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate you can contact the programme team direct on MSc.admin@canterbury.ac.uk.

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