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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.8k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 9.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    It’s easy to see why we’re rated so highly. Our tourism courses are informed by top research, graded as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The content of the course reflects our close links with employers, and our teaching emphasises the connections between theories and practice.

    Field trips are an integral part of the course, and previous destinations have included New York, Paris, Barcelona and Prague. You’ll also go on field trips to places within the UK, and we regularly invite industry speakers to come to us in Sunderland.

    We encourage our students to undertake a year-long placement between the second and final years, although it is not compulsory. It’s a great opportunity to get paid to put your learning into practice and to extend your experience. In recent years some of our students have taken one year internship programmes in Chicago, Austen and Miami in the USA.

    Tourism has been described as the world's biggest single industry and it accounts for millions of jobs worldwide, and it continues to be a growth area. Many of our graduates go on to work in managerial roles within the tourism and hospitality industries.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
    • GBP 7800 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 9500 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 15th Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Modules on this course include: Year 1 (national level 4)

    The first year of this course will give you a fundamental understanding of theories relevant to successful tourism management, and help you develop skills appropriate to the industry as well as future academic study.

    • Fundamentals of Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality (20 Credits)
    • Study Skills for the Hospitality Sector (20 Credits)
    • Tourism and Heritage Management (20 Credits)
    • Global Tourism (20 Credits)
    • Marketing and Business for the Hospitality Sector (20 Credits)
    • Tourism Fieldwork 1 (20 Credits)

    Year 2 (national level 5)

    Year 2 enables you to develop research skills, and you will explore theoretical approaches used in tourism management and development. You’ll also gain an insight into the new technologies within the tourism industry.

    The second year also has a practical aspect so you can start engaging with local employers and start preparing for the world of work.

    • Research Methods for Tourism, Hospitality and Events (20 Credits)
    • Tourism Planning and Development (20 Credits)
    • Current Issues in Tourism and Hospitality (20 Credits)
    • Cultural Tourism, Festivals and Events (20 Credits)
    • Tourism Fieldwork 2 (20 Credits)
    • Travel and Tourism Histories (20 Credits)
    Year 3
    • Work placement (optional)
    Final Year (national level 6)

    In your final year you will specialise in your chosen area of tourism management. This might be mass tourism, e-tourism, sport tourism and mega events, urban tourism or ecotourism.

    In this year your academic study will be linked even more intensively with employability, so that when you graduate you’ll be ready to step directly into the workplace.

    Core modules:

    • Tourism Management Major Project (40 Credits)
    • Strategic Planning for Tourism and Leisure (20 Credits)

    Optional modules:

    Tourism Fieldwork 3 (20 Credits)

    • e-Tourism (20 Credits)
    • Urban Tourism (20 Credits)
    • Mass Tourism (20 Credits)
    • Ecotourism (20 Credits)
    • Sport Tourism and Mega Events (20 Credits)

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

    We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

    We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

    If you have already covered one or more of the topics covered by the course, and would like to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL), please contact the course leader.

    Other acceptable qualifications

    BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

    Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

    Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Sunderland.


    Scholarships on offer include cash bursaries, reduced tuition fees, free accommodation and free public transport.


    The University of Sunderland is a member of the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership Scheme.

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