International Travel and Tourism Management (BA)

UWTSD ranked in the top 10 UK universities for course satisfaction in Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism – Guardian League Table 2019.

This programme will prepare students for a management career in the International Travel and Tourism industry.

Students will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the tourism and travel industry helping to create distinctive global graduates with key industry skills.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: N841
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Three years or four years with Sandwich Placement
Start Date: September

Scholarships and Bursaries

School of Tourism and Hospitality
Contact Name:
Jacqui Jones
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The programme provides students with the academic and vocational skills required to secure a highly successful career in tourism and travel management. Throughout the course the students will focus on developing their employability skills and industry knowledge with taught classes supplemented by international field study trips, internships and placements.

The learning will be underpinned by core skills development focusing on management and leadership skills, tourism and travel strategies and organisational understanding as well as the global hospitality and guest service skills which are central to the sector.

Throughout the programme, students will focus on global issues such as developing a detailed understanding of the importance of sustainability and entrepreneurship. This will be linked to the underpinning focus of developing employability skills in order to prepare them for a future career in the International Industry.

Close links with several leading global travel and tourism organisations allows the programme to offer a range of exclusive International Internship Opportunities enabling students to develop skills required by key industry leaders, bringing the learning alive and developing graduates ready to move quickly into management positions.

Year 1/ Level 4

  • The Global Tourism Village
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Academic and Industry Skills
  • Hospitality and Guest Service Management
  • Principles of Managing Organisations
  • The Events Industry

Year 2 /Level 5 

  • Management Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Live Events Project
  • Study Overseas
  • Languages for Professional Purposes
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Travel Operations Management
  • Event Design and Delivery
  • Sustainability, Hospitality and Tourism Management

Placements are quality assured by the University to ensure the relevance and appropriateness of the student learning experience. An extended sandwich internship option is also available.

Year 3 /Level 6 

  • Dissertation
  • Consultancy Project and The Global Student Conference
  • Strategic Tourism and Travel Management
  • Culture and Heritage Tourism Management
  • Leisure Attraction Management
  • Global Destination Management
  • Sandwich Placement
  • Strategic Festivals and Events Management

The programme has been designed through close liaison with leading organisations within the international travel and tourism industry so students can develop their employability skills in preparation for a management career within this sector. Innovative learning strategies and an intercultural focus will be utilised to create distinctive global graduates with the key skills the industry requires.

It offers international internship opportunities providing practical and vocational experience within the travel and tourism industry. A wide range of leading industry providers in the UK and overseas which are constantly reviewed to provide the best possible student experience.

The supportive approach of the University and teaching team allows early diagnosis of learning needs and support for skill enhancement. This includes respect for specialist needs. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. The close working relationships between tutors and students and students and their classmates allows a positive, active learning environment.


The programme will be assessed through a structured mix of assessments which will include assignments, essays, planning and organising trips, management reports, debates, industry presentations and field study work as well as development records, exams, reviews, DVDs and blogs. Assessments will, wherever possible, develop employability skills as well as aiming to support the development of critical thinking, managing ICT, communication, numeracy, problem solving, interacting in teams, critical appraisal, self-management and leadership.

88 UCAS points.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

On graduating, students from this programme are successful in securing a range of management and operational positions, within the International Tourism and Travel Industry.

Future career pathways include:

  • Tourism Management
  • Travel Management
  • Tour Operations
  • Airline Management
  • Attraction Management
  • International Hotel Management

Examples of previous student careers within this industry include a range of opportunities in management with Walt Disney World Florida, Necker Island Resort in the Caribbean, Duty Management with Servis Air Cardiff Airport, Resort and Area Management with a number of International Tour Operators, Management, Executive and Directorships with International Resorts including Ritz Carlton and Capella Hotels, Airline Stewards and Cabin Crew Management, Tour Management with  Contiki Holidays, Tourism Executive with BTA New York and Executives with Visit Wales and local Tourism and Travel Organisations.

The flexibility of study on the programme empowers students to gear their studies to their career ambitions and personal circumstances. The programme’s interaction with employers, the possibility of integration of work-based learning and internships further accentuate the employability of graduates and the currency of the programme content. The integration of UK, EU and international students and a strong Alumni association allows networking and the establishment of long-standing friendships. Many of our graduates now work for international companies around the world.

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

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Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Optional additional costs for Field Trips:

These are made available for students which are either subsidised, optional or part of an optional module of study. All compulsory field trips are paid for.
Costs for UK trips that are optional vary from £5 to up to £100 for a residential trip. 

The optional European Field Study Tour (Level 4) which is subsidised and part of an optional module is £500 and includes train travel across Europe, accommodation in the destinations normally in Paris and Switzerland, entry to attractions and some meals. Payment can be made in instalments equating to about £10 per week, £50 per month or block payments over a one year period.

The costs for the Faculty Educational Tour which is optional and part of an optional module is up to £1,000 for a 10 day trip to Malaysia normally via Doha and flying back from Singapore staying in 5 star hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Penang and including flights, bed and breakfast, main excursions and travel. This trip can be paid for over a 1 to 2 year period with monthly or block payments equating to about £10 per week. 

Added value of field trips:

Field Trips with behind the scenes tours, guest speakers and research opportunities bring the students learning alive and allow them to network with industry and develop career opportunities as well as giving them the opportunity to experience the venues and tourism industry.

Optional additional costs for Placement:

Students electing to go on certain placements to the USA or other destinations will be required to pay for their flights and visas. These are paid placements but the visa costs are paid by the students in advance. Current fees advertised for Summer Work and Travel Programme Visas in USA are £630 which includes insurance cover. Visa costs for a J1 visa for 12 months in US are currently advertised as £1425 and include Insurance. These prices are not controlled by the University and are subject to change by the Visa Sponsors and US Govt. Students working for certain organisations in destinations in the US and other locations will also be required to pay their own travel costs for some placements however these costs are again optional as there are other placements available where travel costs are paid. 

Please note that going to the USA on placement is optional and therefore these are optional costs.

Added Value:

International placements in USA offer the students opportunity to work for some of the worlds leading organisations. This provides them with excellent opportunities for learning and developing their professional guest service skills to prepare them for future management careers. During their placements they will be earning monies to cover the visa costs and travel costs, however it must be noted that these placements are optional and the students can select paid placements in other destinations where there are no up front costs.

We welcome applications from international students who can share their cross-cultural experience with UK students.

This vocationally-orientated qualification, designed with future career pathways in mind, promises a comprehensive grounding in international travel and tourism management issues. Students will be challenged to extend their learning both academically and practically, to equip them with the skills needed by todays employers in this field.