Joint Honours Events Management and Business Entrepreneurship offers modules which explore the planning, delivery and management of exhibitions, conferences, sporting events, product launches, festivals, and charitable fundraising events. The programme is delivered around a variety of core subjects and option choices. The course is flexible and you can tailor the modules around your specific interests. In years two and three you can choose to specialise your studies while being fully supported by our experienced academic team.
The programme has been structured to provide you with the practical skills, knowledge, commercial awareness and opportunities that will enhance your future employability and give you the confidence to develop your own business. The programme is practical in focus and offers opportunities to work on your own business ideas and network with entrepreneurs. This course looks at how to develop a business from a practical perspective. Success comes not only from business knowledge but also from personal attitude. You will be actively encouraged to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and attitude.
Students graduating from this Joint Honours programme can progress onto a full-time, part-time or distance learning postgraduate programme.
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The programme has been structured to provide you with experiential learning, this creates a multitude of opportunities to engage in work placements, project work and to network with successful events businesses which ultimately will enhance your future employability. You will go on to plan and deliver an event for a real client and have the opportunity to undertake an optional placement in industry. You will be able to utilise our very own Enterprise Club on campus. The programme is built around an entrepreneurial stream that runs through the three stages of the course. You will gain knowledge of business start-up, business growth and development, managing opportunities, starting an online business and developing strategy.
You will build your understanding of management principles and practices, the business environment and how this operates in society. You will study the events industry, the logistics behind an event and how marketing communications plays its part. You will explore social enterprise and ways in which entrepreneurial opportunities can be identified and developed and will start to learn some of the techniques and skills required to be successful in a business environment.
You will explore and analyse the processes of planning, implementing, managing and evaluating the impact of an event and managing risk. Within business you will develop a business plan for a new venture of your choice and concentrate heavily on issues in small business and entrepreneurship. During Year Two you can select which other modules you wish to study and you can tailor this depending on your interests.
Optional Work Placement Year
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.
In Year Three you can undertake a marketing dissertation or research project related to the events industry.
During Year Three you can select which other modules you wish to study and you can tailor this depending on your interests.
Methods of Learning
For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, usually for 12 hours per week. We recommend students spend 30 hours per week in self-directed study time.
Most assessment tends to be coursework based, which is likely to include business reports, group projects, essays, consultancy projects and presentations.
Facilities and Special Features
- the option to undertake a year-long placement in between Years Two and Three of study. The students that choose to take up a placement year find it an invaluable experience that helps them to apply their learning in their final year and prepare them for their career
- the Events Management and Business Entrepreneurship Joint Honours programme gives you flexibility in module choices, allowing you to tailor the course to your individual interests
- a programme with a practical point of view
- as a student you will have access to the Enterprise Centre and the opportunity to develop your own business ideas and concepts
- there are proven student support systems in place
- if at any time during your first year you decide to change over to the single honours, BSc (Hons) Business Entrepreneurship or Events Management course you can do that, either during the year or at the end of the year, depending on when you make the decision
The ethos of the course encourages a creative ‘can do’ attitude welcomed by organisations of any size. Some students go on to start up their own businesses soon after graduating, whilst many go into industry. You will find employment across many sectors including film, music and entertainment, trade shows as well as conferences, networking and social events, PR and marketing and tourism and hotels. A significant opportunity for graduates is to become self-employed within the events sector.
Students graduating from this Joint Honours programme can choose to progress onto a full-time, part-time or distance learning postgraduate programme. This will enable you to focus your studies in a specialist area or gain a general management qualification such as the MBA.
All students are encouraged to take advantage of the year-long optional placement year after the second year of study.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Standard entry requirements apply to this course. A typical offer is BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
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Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.