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International Event & Festival Management (MSc)

Course Description

Gain the vital knowledge and practical skills to develop a career in international festivals and events in one of the world’s most famous festival cities.

Edinburgh is arguably the most famous festival city in the world. Visitors from all over the globe travel to this tourism-friendly capital city every year to experience its thriving cultural, seasonal and special events making it a great place to study event and festival management.

This higher degree will equip you with the knowledge you need to successfully coordinate and plan international festivals or events, including conferences and devise policies and strategies for the overall industry and contributes towards professional accreditation with the Institute of Hospitality.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-International-Event-and-Festival-Management-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

You’ll learn broad skills, such as formulating policy and planning for the future, as well as developing your abilities in research, time management and presentation methods.

You’ll also develop business and marketing skills that relate specifically to the management of large and small-scale events and festivals with an international focus.

Through lectures, guest speakers and case studies, you’ll develop an advanced understanding of the issues and concepts involved in the industry.

This is a full-time course split up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

With our close connections within Edinburgh’s festival community, and the number of tourist ventures and operations in or near the city, you’ll have plenty of options for part-time work and employment after graduation.

Subjects include:
- International Business Event Management
- Business Skills for Event Management
- International Festival and Event Management
- Experience Design and Management
- Two options
- Research Methods
- Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


As a graduate in event and festival management from Edinburgh Napier University, you’ll be well placed to progress within the industry, whether your career aspirations are local or international.

Career opportunities may include:
- festival management
- event management
- conference management
- public sector organisations

Visit the International Event & Festival Management (MSc) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Student Profiles

The Business School Postgraduate Scholarship - 20+ Awards

To apply for a scholarship please complete a postgraduate form indicating in the Financial Information section that you would like to be considered for the scholarship.The application form can be found at:
http://www.napier.ac.uk/enquiries/Pages/applicationform.aspxFor more info please contact [email protected] or call 0845 60 60 40.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% off your tuition fees in 2009


If you gain a 2:2 or better and apply for a full-time, postgraduate programme before 31 August 2009 you will be entitled to the Business School Postgraduate Scholarship (10% off your tuition fees in 2009).

Application Procedure

To apply for a scholarship please complete a postgraduate form indicating in the Financial Information section that you would like to be considered for the scholarship.

The application form can be found at:

For more info please contact or call 0845 60 60 40.

Further Information



Scottish Government funded places - 5 Awards

As part of the pilot scheme runs by the Scottish Government to support the economic priority sectors, 5 funded places in total have been available for the following:- 3 for MSc/PGDip International Event & Festival Management
- 2 for MSc/PGDip Tourism & Hospitality Management

Value of Scholarship(s)



Funding is available for Home and EU students

Application Procedure

If you are interested in applying for this funding please contact us via the following forms:

International Event & Festival Management:

Tourism & Hospitality Management:

Successful applications will then be given further instructions for funding application and this is subjected to eligibility (Home/EU students only).

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes.

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