International Tourism Management (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

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  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 Year
    Part Time: 2 Years

  • Starting:


  • UK Fees 22/23:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,500

  • International Fees 22/23:


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503


This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of the international tourism industry, which is dynamic and fast paced. Now more than ever, the international tourism industry needs a workforce who are qualified to manage destinations, attractions and resorts, and this top-up degree will provide you with up-to-date industry knowledge and the opportunity to build transferable skills which are essential for management roles within the tourism industry and related sectors.

Holders of HND/FdA Travel and Tourism Management qualifications (or similar UK and International qualifications) can apply for this course to gain a full BA Honours degree in one year.

Updated 27/04/2022


  • Opportunity to work with real clients and businesses within the tourism industry and related sectors.
  • International study trips available.
  • Dedicated and supportive teaching staff with industry experience.
  • Top-up your qualifications to a full BA Honours degree.

Course Content

  • The international and tourism industry is a dynamic, changing sector and as a graduate from this course you will be equipped with the creative tourism management skills and knowledge to allow you to adapt and be successful in this diverse business environment. The travel and tourism industry supports about 200m jobs worldwide, or every twelfth worker. The international and tourism industry offers you the chance to thrive in a world of opportunities.

    This programme consists of six compulsory modules of study which explore a range of industry issues and management contexts. You will explore tourism and destination management in a variety of contexts, including rural, urban and cultural and event-based tourism. As the tourism industry is changing rapidly in responses to the 2020 global pandemic, it is more important than even that tourism graduates are able to recognise opportunities for positive change.

    Innovative modules such as the Professional Consultancy Project provide you with the opportunity to apply theory to a live project, develop your project management skills and gain valuable hands-on experience to enhance your future job prospects. The International Destination Management module provides you with a framework for the analysis of destinations in a variety of contexts (urban, rural, attraction, resort, regional, national and international) and incorporates industry best-practice guidelines. The Innovation in Tourism module analyses the process of new product development and innovation in the tourism industry through the examination of niche tourism products including eco-tourism, dark tourism, adventure tourism and cultural tourism.

    You will produce a travel and tourism oriented research project based upon your independent academic research, focusing on a relevant tourism topic of your choice. Your are encouraged to take a critical and analytical perspective to your understanding of tourism business theory combined with a proactive business development approached throughout.

    List of modules

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 21/22. The modules relating to the academic year 22/23 will be available from June 2022.

      • Module code: LEI3002
        Status: Compulsory
        This module develops your ability to formulate, implement, and manage a successful consultancy project within a relevant industry sector, providing vocational currency and enhancing your employability skills. The module also provides you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the broader issues affecting that industry sector.
      • Module code: LEI3003
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides the opportunity for students to explore and analyse the process of new product development and innovation in the tourism industry against a backdrop of pertinent, contemporary travel and tourism issues and concerns. Overall, the module aims to equip students with an approach to tourism management that recognises the value of innovation and creativity and acknowledges the sources and role of change in a dynamic tourism environment.
      • Module code: LEI3014
        Status: Compulsory
        This 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.
      • Module code: LEI3025
        Status: Compulsory
        This 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.
      • Module code: LEI3026
        Status: Compulsory
        This 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.
      • Module code: LEI3027
        Status: Compulsory
        This module supports top up students in identifying the most effective ways to build their academic and professional skill set to support their university achievement and a smooth transition into the world of work.
      • Module code: LEI4002
        Status: Compulsory
        This 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.
  • If you hold a HND/FdA Tourism Management or equivalent qualification then you will be eligible to apply for this course. We welcome international students that have an equivalent Diploma/degree and English Language equivalent grade 6 IELTS.

    If you have completed the ATHE Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism you will be able to progress onto our BA Hons (Top-up).

    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.

    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.

  • 22/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • UK Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    • International Full Time: £14,500

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2022. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    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
    • International Full Time: £13,000

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

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  • How will I learn?

    We use a blended approach to teaching and learning at the University of Northampton, using a range of methods and approaches to share knowledge and support your learning. Our online learning platform offers access to course materials and resources anytime and enables you to engage beyond the classroom and learn in a variety of ways which enhances your digital capabilities.

    For this course you can expect taught study to be in workshop format, usually totaling 12 hours per week. We recommend that you spend 24 hours per week in self-directed study time.

    How will I be assessed?

    Your learning is assessed using a variety of diverse and innovative methods, such as live client briefs, video and poster presentations, research projects, written reports and essays. All assessments are designed to be industry relevant, and address real issues within the tourism industry and related sectors.

    Will I go on any study trips?*

    In previous years students have participated in at least one optional study trip to a European destination. The cost of optional trips would not normally exceed £500 for flights and accommodation. You may need to allow an additional £100 for your expenses on the trip.

    *Future trips are dependent on Government and local guides related to Covid-19.

    Are there any special features on this course?

    The Events, Tourism and Hospitality team has excellent links with industry and local key players such as the Canal and River Trust, River Nene Regional Park (Nenescape), the Northampton Carnival Arts Consortium, Hilton and Marriott Hotels.

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Careers and Employability

Our International Tourism Management Top Up degree graduates have gone on to work in a range of sectors and job roles, locally, nationally and internationally, including aviation, hotel management, attraction and resort management, and within the retail and business travel sectors.

Student Story

Lauren Deegan

Lauren's career has got off to a flying start after the University of Northampton graduate secured a job at an international airport.

Shortly after graduating from her International Tourism Management course, Lauren was appointed PR Assistant within the busy public relations department at Belfast International Airport, in her native Northern Ireland.