"I really enjoyed meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures. Having a diverse range of students made class debates much more interesting."Naila Malik, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management
Tourism is a thriving international economic sector, and at Middlesex we prime our students with the skills and knowledge to get ahead in a diverse and exciting tourism management career.
Our cutting-edge degree combines theory with practice and focuses on global trends and current developments in international tourism. The theory element offers a distinctive social science perspective covering topics such as sustainability, cultural tourism, and tourism in developing countries. The practical component offers a range of exciting placement and field trip options, enabling you to build professional industry experience, in the UK and abroad, while you study.
You will also learn Mandarin as part of your degree through specialist classes with an expert language tutor. Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world and this additional skill will help you succeed in the tourism sector.
Your studies will be focused on tourism's impacts and wider significance in a dynamic and changing world, and throughout the course you will develop an understanding of the academic and applied aspects of international tourism. You will graduate, armed with an understanding of the characteristics of tourists, including tourist demand, demand trends and tourist behaviour, as well as the products and structure of the industry and the business environment in which it operates.
You will take Mandarin language classes in Year 1, 2 and final year, and you will advance your studies to include business communications in Mandarin.
You will graduate with the confidence to examine, critique and evaluate various impacts of tourism upon economies, communities and the environment and how these impacts can be effectively managed.
You will also develop key transferable skills including analytical thinking and problem solving along with the ability to work effectively in teams, and be able to present and communicate business management ideas with confidence.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
This module aims to introduce students to the characteristics of the global tourism industry as well as the international traveller. The module will include a range of relevant topics including the concept and context of tourism, the development of tourism, tourist/employee behaviour and motivation, the structure, dimensions and characteristics of tourism as a service industry, various dynamic tourism business ideas, the characteristics of different (operational) sectors and their interaction within the tourism system, the role of intermediaries in the business of tourism, events, role of IT and the current and future trends of tourism business.
The module introduces students to those disciplines, theories, issues and techniques in the social sciences that are relevant to the understanding of tourism in a broad social context. This includes the areas of sociology, psychology, political economy, economics, anthropology, politics and environmental studies. It also aims to show how these disciplines inform debates within tourism with particular emphasis upon the examination of the impact of tourism. A key aim is to demonstrate to students that an understanding of the social side of tourism is not a supplement to the business approach, but is essential to the successful operation of this sector.
This module aims to introduce Mandarin Chinese to students with little or no previous knowledge of the language. It forms students' basic literacy skills in reading authentic Chinese texts and writing simplified Chinese characters and develops students' understanding of contemporary Chinese societies and business-related cultures.
This module aims to introduce Mandarin to students with little or no previous knowledge of the language. It aims to form basic skills in listening to and speaking Mandarin and develop students' understanding of contemporary Chinese societies and business-related cultures.
This module aims to examine and analyse the theories and practices of tourism management. It explores the functions of management within the context of the tourism industry and examines management issues involved in different sectors of the tourism business. This module also aims to assist students in developing their professional skills and entrepreneurial skills in this dynamic industry such as creativity, communication, problem-solving, teamwork, project management, research and logical reasoning through planning and developing a day-tour itinerary.
This module aims to develop critical awareness of the range of appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methodologies available, and the underlying philosophical and ethical principles of research in the context of tourism. It will also develop a student's ability to relate theoretical material to real world case study material making clear the links between theory, method and data. In addition, the module will develop students' key employability skills.
This module has two aims, firstly, to provide students with knowledge and understanding of key mainstream marketing and tourism specific consumer behaviour theories and models, and secondly, to develop students' skills in researching and analysing tourist behaviour. Tourist behaviour and decision making before and during tourist trips will be explored including but not confined to: visitor attractions; events; weekend breaks; mass tourism; and specialist holidays.
This module aims to build upon and extend students' ability to listen, speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese in business contexts, and to promote an understanding of Chinese culture, in general and in the business world. Students will analyse the main types of business communications in order to appreciate relevant specialised vocabularies and underlying cultural assumptions.
This module examines some of the contemporary issues facing tourism through a global to local framework. The module aims to provide a critical awareness and understanding of alternative policy and planning approaches and the institutions involved in formulating policy responses. Case studies are used to explore the potential and limitations of different theoretical approaches.
This module aims to facilitate students to apply generic principles of marketing management to the tourism industry, with a particular focus on distinguishing characteristics of hospitality and tourism products. This module centres on three themes: the process involved in systematic marketing analysis and strategic planning, the uniqueness of social media marketing and critical issues in hospitality and tourism marketing.
This module aims to review, consolidate and further enhance students' existing language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) of Mandarin Chinese in business contexts so that they can function more comfortably and confidently in the Chinese business environment. It is also intended to help students to gain a better understanding of the macro and micro Chinese economic situations and specific market needs through a selection of case studies.
This module builds upon student's knowledge of the business of the Hospitality Industry from both theoretical and practical experiences. The aim is to familiarise students with research and practice in the field of Strategic Management, Organisational behaviour, Human Resource Management, Work Psychology, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy in light of current affairs, technology, culture and globalisation to develop an ability to apply decision-making theories to hospitality operations whilst appreciating the difficulties and consequences of making changes within an organisation.
Through the study of a wide range of case studies from diverse geographical environments this module aims to provide a broad critical understanding of the opportunities and constraints involved in achieving the balance between the environmental, social and economic aspects of tourism that is needed to achieve sustainable tourism. In addition the module will explore the role of sustainable tourism in the context of sustainable development.
This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the debates surrounding the growth of cultural and heritage tourism in contemporary societies. This module analyses and evaluates both global and local perspectives and approaches in theorising and managing cultural and heritage tourism. In order to synthesise both social science based and management driven discourses on culture, heritage and tourism, the professional practices of cultural and heritage tourism in both developed and developing countries will be incorporated.
The aim of this module is threefold: to develop a critical understanding of the events industry, the impacts and legacy of events and event strategy, planning and management. During Term 1 students will be introduced to a range of corporate, sporting and arts and cultural events and festivals, from community festivals to hallmark and mega events and different academic perspectives on their classification. They will also explore their origins, current and future trends so that they develop a depth of knowledge of the event industry and analyse the impacts, sustainability and legacy of events. Taking a case study approach, the motivations and roles of the private, public and third sectors in the development and execution of events will also be discussed and analysed. The third theme in the module, the strategy, planning and management of events will be explored in Term 2 at the end of which students will develop an event strategy and implementation plan.
The module aims to provide the opportunity for students to undertake an individual investigation in a chosen area of interest in the field of tourism. It aims to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning through conducting an in-depth study and demonstrate their abilities to select and appropriately use a wide range of sources to analyse, challenge and critically evaluate the views received. It also intends to facilitate students to acquire and demonstrate the acquisition of a range of research skills being applied to the approved topic.
You need no prior knowledge of Mandarin for this course. You will learn the language during the first two years through interactive classes and exercises, which will not only build your linguistic skills but also teach you about culture, society, history, politics and business in the target country. You will spend your third year abroad in China, either on placement (probably as an English language assistant) or as an exchange student, before returning to continue your language studies in your final year.
You will attend lectures, workshops, tutorials and interactive seminars on tourism, where you will have the chance to discuss key issues, work in groups and examine case studies. As well as your knowledge of tourism, the course aims to develop your IT, writing, research and numeracy skills and your ability to collect and interpret data. In your final year you will have the chance to work on an independent project, investigating one aspect of tourism in detail. You will also undertake your own independent study.
You will be assessed through written, oral and aural exams, project work, portfolios, written assignments, including fieldwork reports and workshop reports, presentations, case study analyses and group work, as well as self-assessment – evaluating your own work. We will be looking, among other things, at your knowledge, your understanding of key issues, your ability to argue a case and your ability to present information clearly and concisely. You will receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed coursework and exams.
We accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please refer to the table below for our typical offers for this course.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Business Foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
There is an exciting diversity of tourism careers across the private, public and voluntary sectors. Graduates could find themselves working for tourist boards, museums, local authorities and central government, or tourist attractions: from theme parks to stately homes. There are also roles within tour operators, heritage centres, conference centres, theatres and shopping malls. All offer management careers, as well as specialist roles covering: event and festival management, marketing and communication and business development.
Our International Tourism Management graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles with prestigious organisations such as Eurostar, Hilton, Ryanair, ME Hotel, National Maritime Museum, Region Stavanger, Edexcel, Coral, Starwood and the TTB.
In roles such as: Management Trainee, Assistant Manager, Subject Specialist, Researcher, Tourism Promotion Officer, Admissions & Sales, Receptionist, Travel Consultant, and Passenger Service Agent.
Additionally, a number of students go on to do further study. The courses that our International Tourism Management graduates are now undertaking include: MA Tourism & Hospitality Management, MA International Tourism & Hospitality Management, and MA Marketing.
We encourage our students to undertake a paid work placement during their studies; either as a year-long assignment between year two and three, or as two shorter placements during the summers of your 1st and 2nd years of study.
The paid, year-long work placement exempts you from paying tuition fees for the full academic year; ensuring you gain the necessary practical skills to embark on your chosen career.
As an alternative to a year-long placement, you can instead undertake an internship as part of your course; either full-time over the summer following your second year of study, or part-time throughout the course of your final year.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.