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Full time October MSc 1 year full-time

About the course

Fast-track your career in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry. Progress rapidly in tourism and events management. Qualify for senior roles with significant responsibility.


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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  • An experienced tourism officer can earn up to £40,000, with an

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Entry Requirements

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

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course. If you think you may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning, please contact the course leader.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Course Content

Where is University of Sunderland


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."


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