Events Management BA (Hons)
3 years: N820
Full Time: 3 Years
Full Time with Foundation: 4 years
Part Time: 4 - 6 years
Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,465
Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
Full Time: £13,000
Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
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This Events Management undergraduate course offers a practical approach to the successful management of a wide range of events. Experiences are at the heart of this degree so you will get to plan and deliver an event every year. There are numerous opportunities throughout the course for you to engage in work placements, project work and to network with successful events businesses. Our links with industry provide you with opportunities to gain valuable work experience alongside your studies.
Professional body: The Association for Events Management Education (AEME).
- Optional work placement year
- Integrated Foundation Year available
- HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible student. Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions apply.
This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: SDG15 of Life on Land.
This programme offers a practical approach to the successful management of a wide range of events. Experiences are at the heart of this degree programme so you will plan and deliver an event every year. There are numerous opportunities to engage in work placements, project work and to network with successful events businesses. Throughout this course you will learn the principles and theoretical frameworks related to events management and how to apply this theory in practice. You will cover the following course themes: logistics and operations management, risk management, health and safety, strategy, ﬁnance, integrated marketing communications for events, project management, public relations, sustainability, economic and social impacts of events.
With the current situation the nature of events changes every day, but the Events Management programme team are observing industry responses to the pandemic and feeding that into our teaching and learning. So the events you will be organising during your years of study might be different from what previous students have done before, but it will follow all of the industry and relevant government guidelines to make sure the events our students run are safe, whilst still contributing to a range of great causes in our local community.
We collaborate with our industry partners in many ways, working with a core of industry partners who contribute to our course content and actively seek to create opportunities for our students and graduates to develop their skills and engage with work. Our industry partners are also a key part of our research and consultancy modules and we are delighted to have their input and support for the programme and our students. You can see who our industry partners are and how we work with them in the ‘Industry Partners’ section below.
List of modules
Event Logistics (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI1005Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to deliver the necessary theory and practice of event operations management; delivered through scenarios case studies and practice-based learning to provide the skills necessary to produce clear and accurate event operational plans resulting in the delivery of an event.
The Events Industry (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI1006Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to explore and investigate different sectors of the events industry. Focus is placed on distinguishing between public private and voluntary sectors as well as appreciating the range of stakeholders connected to events anad the impacts they experience.
Service Industry Decision Making (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI1024Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide students with the ability to create and utilise basic financial information linked to operations budgeting planning and cost control in events tourism and hospitality. This information can then be developed to make contextualised decisions linked to the success of the service related business or event.
Professional Development for Tourism and Events (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI1026Status: CompulsoryThis module explores the dynamics and characteristics of innovation in tourism hospitality and events industries and explains the evolution of business models and frameworks. Students will study the internal and external drivers of innovation in the ever-changing markets of events tourism and hospitality and focus on how and why businesses change their operations products and services in order to gain competitive advantage.
Entrepreneurship for Tourism and Events (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI1027Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide students with a support orientated forum in which to develop skills knowledge and understanding of the demands of university study and employer expectations of graduates. Module content will help to develop the transferrable skills attributes and attitudes required to succeed both as an individual and in a team based environment. A key aspect of the module is to allow students the opportunity for self reflection and self assessment.
Events and Tourism in the Media (10 Credits)
Module code: LEI1028Status: CompulsoryThis module introduces the complex nature of the media as well as how events and tourism entities are presented and represented in this space. It also equips the students with the core knowledge of marketing techniques utilised by events and tourism professionals to gain media exposure for their market offerings.
Market Intelligence for Events and Tourism (10 Credits)
Module code: LEI1029Status: CompulsoryThis module equips students with an understanding of the importance of market intelligence in contemporary events and tourism industries. It also guides students in building their core skills and knowledge to conduct basic market research activities interpret gathered data and use this to underpin business decision making.
- Event Logistics (20 Credits)
Development Through Work (20 Credits)
Module code: HRM2048Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to enable students to review their own employability skills in up to two relevant work contexts. Students will identify and evaluate different approaches to management and leadership making appropriate recommendations for improvements.
Managing Visitor Attractions (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI2001Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the developmental operational strategic marketing and micro/macro variables which influence national and international visitor attraction management. The module will allow students to explore these concepts through case studies scenarios industry best practice guidance and on-site learning activities at actual attractions. Content allows learners to consider visitor attractions from multi-faceted consumer and industry perspectives.
Risk Management in Events (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI2006Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to develop student awareness of the need for effective risk identification and management. This module runs in tandem with LEI2007 allowing students to evaluate risk in a live events context. Utilising a variety of industry case studies students will also consider a range of risk management challenges and strategies across a variety of venues and event settings.
Events Professional Practice (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI2007Status: CompulsoryThe focus for this module is the design and feasibility of an event. This module provides the opportunity for students to complete a feasibility study for their own event concept. The event is then designed project managed and implemented. An analysis and evaluation of stakeholder feedback is then conducted.
Events and Tourism Research (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI2023Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to real world environemnts via assessing a range of contemporary themes and challenges currently impacting on the events tourism and hospitality industries. Students will consider the transient nature of the service sector and select areas of interest for further investigation and analysis.
Event Communications 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI2024Status: CompulsoryThis module provides students with the opportunity to explore the application of marketing and communications theory to the successful management of entities within the events industry. Students will have the opportunity to explore real-life cases and appreciate the impact of a range of marketing communications strategies and techniques on businesses.
Career Launchpad for Events, Tourism and Hospitality (10 Credits)
Module code: LEI2026Status: CompulsoryThis module enables students to reflect on own work experience and interactions with others in order to understand how they perform in and contribute to various group environments. It further supports students in taking ownership of their own career path. The module includes support for completing the Changemaker Silver Employability Award.
Event Hospitality (10 Credits)
Module code: LEI2027Status: CompulsoryThis module explores the role and significance of hospitality at a range of events. It enables students to identify how the food service element supports and echoes the aims and objectives of events as well as how the hospitality experience and choice can be used to enhance the overall event experience.
- Development Through Work (20 Credits)
Client-Centred Event (40 Credits)
Module code: LEI3009Status: DesignateStudents will take on an event from a live client brief; in which they have to produce a feasibility study and present this to their client. Once the event has been agreed by the clinet the students will plan project manage and deliver the event to a professional standard.
Events and Sustainability (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI3012Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding of event impacts and legacies so that the practioners of the future are equipped to strategically plan and manage events in line with the principles of sustainability.
International Destination Management for Tourism and Hospitality (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI3014Status: DesignateThis module provides a framework for analysis of the strategic nature and dynamics of tourist destinations and the challenges facing destination managers responsible for the planning management and marketing of tourism destinations. The module seeks to demonstrate the opportunities for hosts visitors and other tourism stakeholders to achieve their agendas and maximise their benefits in a balanced way without compromising the future. The module has a broad strategic management and international focus and is designed to provide students with a subject specialism in the field of destination management.
Event Communications 2 (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI3022Status: DesignateThis module enables students to independently design and implement an integrated marketing communications campaign for their chosen event. The module offers the opportunity to develop an extensive range of skills relating to employability including planning reasoning strategic thinking and prioritizing as well as creativity.
Service Excellence Design (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI3025Status: DesignateThis module explores methods strategies and practices that contribute to the delivery leadership and management of high quality service experiences. The module emphasizes the relationship between the service provider and the consumer through the consideration of how value is created; how information is transmitted; how services are made tangible; how the service experience is managed and how relationships are maintained in cross-cultural contexts.
Mega Event Legacies (10 Credits)
Module code: LEI3026Status: CompulsoryThis module examines the concept of mega-events and their global use as a catalyst for urban regeneration social cultural and economic development of host cities / nations. It seeks to equip students with a critical appreciation of how legacies can be achieved through effective management of event impacts and regeneration.
Building Your Personal Brand (10 Credits)
Module code: LEI3028Status: CompulsoryThis module supports students in developing their own personal brand to facilitate their successful engagement with recruitment practices in the events tourism and hospitality sectors. It provides opportunities to reflect on own experience skill set and participation in mock recruitment processes to build confidence and support the transition from university into the world of work.
Dissertation (40 Credits)
Module code: LEI4001Status: DesignateA dissertation is the culmination of most programmes of undergraduate study providing students with the opportunity to design and conduct an independent piece of research. Students select a topic of interest and develop this into a researchable idea.
Research Project (20 Credits)
Module code: LEI4002Status: DesignateThis module enables students to independently carry out an investigation of a current 'industry' or 'sector' issue relevant to their degree and their professional development. The students will make use of relevant academic concepts to structure their investigation and then collect and analyse a sample of secondary data.
- Client-Centred Event (40 Credits)
Standard entry requirements apply to this course. A typical offer is around BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.
For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.
If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.
Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements
The standard entry requirements for the Integrated Foundation Year are DEE at A level or MPP at BTEC.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK Full Time: £9,250
- UK Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- UK Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
- International Full Time: £13,000
- International Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
- Optional Work Placement Year: £1,000
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
20/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK/EU Full Time: £9,250
- UK/EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
- UK/EU Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
- International Full Time: £12,900
- International Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
- Optional Placement Year: £1,000
There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
Our Events Management Single Honours and Joint Honours courses are a member of The Association for Events Management Education (AEME). AEME was established in 2004, with the aim to advance events education within the UK and overseas.
At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.
If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.
The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.
If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Events Management we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Events Management programme which includes a Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.
Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.
Please see our Integrated Foundation Year page for more details.
You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. Whilst on your Optional Work Placement Year you will study a 40 credit module ‘The Placement Year Experience – Organisations in Context’. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.
How will I learn?
The course uses the active blended learning approach to teaching and learning and weekly sessions are delivered in workshop format, usually for 12 hours per week. Some of your studying will be completed online, enabling you to complete some of the work at a time that is most convenient for you. You will have a supportive network around you including your course leader and personal tutor. We recommend that you spend 30 hours per week in self-directed study time.
How will I be assessed?
A variety of individual and group-based assessments are used including reports, presentations, posters, e-portfolios, projects, client briefs, and videos.
What type of events have students organised whilst studying this course?
We have a dedicated YouTube playlist of our student-ran events so you can see the types of events that have been organised in the past.
Will I go on any study trips?*
In previous years Events Management students have participated in an optional study trip to London and an optional study trip to a European destination. The cost of the optional trip to London should not exceed £85 for travel, tours and accommodation, whilst the cost of the optional trip to Europe should not normally exceed £500 for flights and accommodation. You will need to allow an additional £100 for your expenses.
We also aim to provide a regional or national study trip annually to a venue or event. In some cases you will be required to contribute to the cost of entry; this would normally not exceed £50.
*Future study trips are dependent on Government and local travel guides related to Covid-19.
Are there any special features on this course?
- Many students choose to undertake work placements of around 4-5 months’ duration in the summer break or work on internships a couple of days each week. In between stage one and two you can complete a module which provides you with academic credit for this summer work experience. Volunteering is actively encouraged and supported throughout the course to enable students to gain experience and practice skills.
- We are building a student community and encouraging cross-year collaboration. Many first and second year students will volunteer to work at events that are hosted and fully organised by our final year students. The new Events Management Society is run by our Course Advocates and seeks to connect and support students across all year groups. We share industry news and encourage collaboration through our subject area social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (@ETHNorthampton) and LinkedIn.
- We invite industry professionals to provide you with their insight and experience as guest speakers within module activity and in our Changemaker Weeks, as well as involving them in live-client projects and allowing you to present your event ideas to external clients. Our Events Industry Forum ensures that we keep our course content as up to date and relevant as possible and provides connections for students to engage with the industry throughout your studies. Working with the Growth Works, we are offering all UON event management students the opportunity to engage with mentoring and industry events.
Careers and Employability
A wide range of opportunities are available to graduates within this growing sector. Event Managers are employed across many sectors of the economy including film, music and entertainment, exhibitions, conferences, networking and social events, events agencies, PR, sports events, tourism, charities and the public sector.
Some of our recent graduates have taken up roles at Silverstone, the De Vere Hotel Group, Communique Promotions and the Ricoh Arena.
Atlanta Lloyd Atlanta has topped off a year’s industry placement by organising an event fit for a future king.“It was the perfect event to finish my placement with,” said Atlanta. “Having a royal visitor was an extra challenge for me. It meant I had to plan every minute of the event and spent time working with the Palace’s close protection team to make sure everything would go smoothly.”