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Full time October MSc 1 year full-time

About the course

An MSc is an internationally respected qualification. In one year you will develop a strategic understanding of all aspects of tourism and events management.

This Masters course brings together a social science approach to tourism and events with the development of job-related skills and employability. You’ll complete theoretical modules ‘Tourism Concepts and Issues’ and ‘Critical Theories and Methods for Tourism’, and in the final phase of the course you’ll complete a major project personal to your interests and career aspirations.

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Entry Requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

 Course Content

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Student Profile(s)

Laura Nelson

Studying Events Management and Tourism and Events at the University of Sunderland truly changed Laura Nelson’s life, who is now armed with both a BA and an MSc. During her time at the University, Laura visited the University campuses in London and Hong Kong, and also visited Barcelona and New York. The best part is that she is now employed by the University as a Postgraduate Academic Assistant working within the Tourism, Hospitality and Events department.

"Employability opportunities and support were definitely the main reason why I chose the University of Sunderland. The University isn’t just focused on what grades students graduate with, they really do care about what students are doing post-graduation, whether this is full-time employment or further study.

I am particularly proud of my personal development. I left the sixth form as a very shy individual with less than average grades. The University of Sunderland has helped me develop as an academic and improve my confidence to the point where I can now successfully deliver lectures to a large number of students.

I achieved the highest grade in the third-year exam and graduated with an overall First in undergraduate study. Regarding my postgraduate achievements, I achieved a distinction in every single assignment in my master’s degree, resulting in an overall distinction.

Now, my job role at the University is essentially 50% lecturing and 50% PhD, therefore I will become Dr Nelson in four years’ time - what an achievement! The University is not just a fantastic place to study, but also to work. Be prepared for the most rewarding journey of your life. The experience of studying at the University of Sunderland is life-changing.”

Katy Wood

University of Sunderland offered the perfect postgraduate course for Katy Wood to further her career in museum education alongside her work commitments.

"I chose the University of Sunderland because it offered a very relevant course at the level I needed, with modules that I felt would help me improve my skills and knowledge. The field trip to Paris gave me an experience I will always remember. I was immersed in a different culture whilst researching elements of Parisian heritage.

I loved the course. The staff were so friendly and helpful and I made some great friends from all over the world, from a wide range of employment and academic backgrounds.

The course materials and topics were all really inspiring and the opportunities to visit and analyse museums and heritage sites helped me gain a wider, more objective view on the sector.

This course and the support from the staff who run it really improved my research skills, confidence and knowledge. I found it really inspirational and there is a wide range of directions that it can take you both in studies and future employment.

The University of Sunderland is a modern University, which has everything you need. It’s really well located in the centre of the City and easy to get around. The clubs and societies are great - I even had a stint in the Surf Club!

The staff I worked with were not only experienced and knowledgeable but also managed the needs of mature students extremely well. They really helped me manage my post-graduate studies alongside work.

Since I graduated, living in the area, I’ve seen continual improvements to the facilities and it keeps improving all the time.

I am the first in my family to go to university, although my cousins are hot on my heels. One has now moved down from the Borders to study at Sunderland too.

I guess I never imagined I would study at this level but I honestly feel like the University experience lifted my confidence and vision of where I could go. I started the course after struggling to get further in museum industry, but during the course I was able to apply what I had learnt and gain a better position in the museum, which I have since been able to build upon and begin a proper career in museum education."


We are offering 20% off (for Overseas students) OR a 20% bursary payment (for Home and EU students) of the full course fee for University of Sunderland alumni (graduates) who return to study with the University of Sunderland and enrol on a postgraduate Masters or Doctoral programme. Please note for doctoral students the discount is not applicable to additional fees (bench fees).

When applying for an MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, MPhil or PhD, Professional Doctorate, DBA, EdD the application form will ask you for your previous student number if known. Alternatively, applicants can produce evidence of their University of Sunderland graduate status at enrolment.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% off the course fee


Alumni who enrol on a postgraduate Masters/Doctoral course; MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, MPhil and PhD or Professional Doctorate, DBA, EdD starting in July and September, October November 2018 and 2019 and Jan/Feb/May 2019 and 2020. PGCE students are not eligible for this Scheme.

The scheme is open to ALL Level 5 -8 graduates (Alumni) of the University of Sunderland, including students who studied at a Partner College (Bishop Auckland College, East Durham College, Gateshead College, Tyne Coast College-South Tyneside College site, Sunderland College & Tyne Coast College -Tyne Metropolitan College site)

Application Procedure

You don’t need to apply for this Scheme; if you are eligible then you will automatically receive it.

Further Information

£1,000 tuition fee reduction for international postgraduate students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 tuition fee reduction


All international students studying on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Application Procedure

Contact: / 0191 515 3000

Further Information


1. Care Leaver status - (on 1 September of your year of entry)
You must be aged under 25, a home student studying full time, undergraduate course or full-time taught Post Graduate programme and at least one of the following: spent 13 weeks or more in the Care of the Local Authority between your 14th and 16th birthday, were privately fostered until the age of 16, were 'looked after' until you were subject to a Special Guardianship Order.

2. You must be a (i) full-time undergraduate student or full-time postgraduate student on a taught programme.
You must be anyone who is aged 25 or over by 1 September 2019 and applying for, or currently studying, full-time at the University of Sunderland. You must be either studying for an undergraduate degree (includes Foundation degrees, Extended degree programmes and Top-Up degrees) which will start in 2019, applying for, or currently studying, a full-time University of Sunderland postgraduate degree.


1. Estranged students - (on 1 September on your year of entry)
Studying a full-time, undergraduate or taught postgraduate course, UK (Home) student, you are irreconcilably estranged from both parents/carers.

This means that either: You have had no contact at all with your parents/carers for at least 12 months and this is unlikely to change OR
You can demonstrate on other grounds that you are irreconcilably estranged from your parents (e.g. in exceptional circumstances, or assessed as independent by Student Finance England or by a local authority because you are estranged from both parents/carers).

2. You must be a full-time undergraduate or full-time postgraduate taught programme student.
You must be aged 25 or under by 1 September 2019. And either:
a) Applying for, or currently studying, a full-time University of Sunderland undergraduate degree (includes Foundation degrees, Extended degree programmes and Top-Up degrees) which will start in 2019.
b)Applying for, or currently studying, a full-time University of Sunderland postgraduate degree.

*You must be a 'Home' student
If you are classed as an ‘EU’ or ‘International’ student, you are not eligible for this scholarship.

*If you are applying for or studying one of the following courses then you are not eligible for this scholarship:
• Continuous Professional Development (CPD) course.
• English for Academic Purposes (EAP) language course.
• PHD students

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 cash scholarship for each year of study (including placement year) for care experienced or family estranged students.


For full-time home undergraduate and postgraduate students under the age of 25 on 1 September 2019 for care experienced or family estranged students.

Application Procedure

If you indicate that you are a Care Leaver on your UCAS application form you will automatically be sent a letter and an application form, once you have an unconditional offer with us. This is usually at the end of August. Alternatively, if you inform us that you are an Estranged Student via online enrolment you will also automatically be sent a letter and an application form.

For students who apply directly/via clearing, if they inform us during online enrolment that they are care experienced or estranged we will send them an email outlining how to apply.

We will request confirmation from local authorities or Student Finance England of your eligibility for this Scholarship. If you choose not to disclose your care experienced or estranged status at enrolment stage you can inform the Access to Higher Education team directly by emailing

You may apply for this Scholarship at any point throughout your course; however, payments will not be backdated for previous years’ study. If you are eligible for the We Care Scholarship you may also qualify for an additional support package.

Further Information

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