Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Cruise Management

If you want more out of life than a nine-to-five office job, then take to the seas with this practical and engaging degree. Created in collaboration with the industry's finest cruise companies, we'll help you to cultivate your professional hospitality management skills in cruise operations. You will emerge confident and eager for the responsibility of managing sophisticated floating resorts around the world.

You will study with a leading provider of education for this sector, and gain a vocational qualification with both choice and flexibility within a growing industry.

NSS results for BSc (Hons) Cruise Management

In the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS), 90% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things and 100% of students go on to work or study six months after finishing the course.*

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Advice from graduate Lawrence Perkins:

"Just like every line of work, you need experience in the area you will be applying for. As part of my University course, I undertook a placement year with another cruise line. I think that opened up a lot of doors for me. My advice would be to take advantage of your placement year, and use it to gain as much experience in as many different areas and fields as possible."

Read more from Lawrence in his case study

Key features

  • Study with a leading provider of education for this sector.
  • Gain a vocational qualification with both choice and flexibility within a growing industry.
  • Benefit from excellent industry support as you learn - our key partners include Celebrity Cruises, providing work placements and career opportunities.
  • Develop your experience with work placements abroad.
  • Choose a course rated as excellent for cruise management education.
  • Our network of high profile partners (Millennium Copthorne Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Dartington Halls Trust and Carnival UK) forms the foundation for the Plymouth University Hotel School. Our Hotel School encourages students to learn practical skills and brings the industry into the classroom.
  • Institute of Hospitality accredited.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you'll familiarise yourself with the key issues of today’s maritime tourism industry and all aspects of its operations with a focus on cruise hotel operations. 
    Core modules
    • HTM102 Cruise and Maritime Operations

      This module introduces the cruise industry and the wider shipping context. There are two significant elements within the module; the shipping industry in general and the hotel services on board ships in particular. A combination of lectures and student-directed learning activities will be included for this module.

    • HTM111 Tourism Environments and Tourist Behaviour

      The importance of the environment for tourism is explored recognising the physical, social and economic impacts of tourism activity and sympathetic approaches to management. The forms of tourism, their associated markets, patterns, impacts and associated tourist behaviour are also explored.

    • HTM141 Hospitality Operations

      "This module introduces the nature of tourism, setting an historical context to its development. It explains the nature and development of tourism. It discusses the patterns and characteristics of tourism supply and demand and the influential factors on them. It explores the structure, operation and organisation of the public and voluntary sectors and their activities. "

    • HTM144 Spa and Resort Management

      This module introduces spa and resort management and enables students to develop an understanding of the wellbeing sector and of contemporary spa and resort management. The module addresses the strategic opportunities and issues emerging from the growth of the sector.

    • HTM150 Special Interest Tourism

      The module examines a range of niche tourism products through the conceptualisation of special interest tourism.

    • HTM151 Introduction to Sustainable Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Cruise Management

      This module introduces students to the sustainable principles and practice of contemporary tourism, hospitality, events and cruise management. Students will gain insight into their dynamic international markets - their scale, size and structure -and an overview of current and future global market trends.

    • HTMP100 Career Investment Programme 1

      The Career Investment Programme is a development scheme designed to enhance students' employability. The stage 1 module provides students with an introduction to the Career Investment Programme, and develops their knowledge and understanding of employability, and the competencies they need to demonstrate when seeking graduate positions. The module encourages engagement in development activities offered by the university, and includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students' skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in their CV's and enhancing their employability.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll start to rehearse your operational skills in various management contexts. Brush up your research techniques and gain insights into the industry from trips and visits. Learn the practicalities of what it takes to be a manager for cruise business.
    Core modules
    • HTM232 Food and Drink Management

      This module provides the opportunity to critically evaluate foodservice events. Established foodservice management theory is presented in a series of lectures and then reflected upon in relation to operational environments.

    • HTM234 Contemporary Business Management for Hospitality Organisations

      This module develops students¿ management skills, and explores the theories, concepts and contemporary issues, relating to the key management functions of HR, marketing, and finance, in the specific context of the hospitality industry.

    • HTM238 Tourism, Hospitality and Events Research Methods

      This module investigates the potential contributions of different disciplines and approaches that help to explain the nature of tourism, hospitality and events management. The module examines the research methods used in investigations that focus on tourism, hospitality and events management as applied academic subjects.

    • HTM245 Cruise Operations and Passenger Services

      The module is designed to develop the knowledge and skills acquired in stage one in the context of the cruise industry. Operational aspects of cruising combined with passenger services form the main focus. A programme of lectures, seminars and individual projects will help develop student learning in context.

    • HTM249 Hospitality Business Development and Performance

      This module provides the students with knowledge and understanding of issues relating to business development, performance measurement and revenue generation in the tourism and hospitality industry.

    • HTMP202 Career Investment Programme 2

      The Career Investment Programme is a development scheme designed to enhance students' employability. The stage 2 module focuses on providing students with information on the placement year, and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary for applying for placement and graduate positions. The module also includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students' skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in their CV's and enhancing their employability.

    Optional modules
    • ELC203 English for Academic Purposes

      This module develops students' level of English in order to operate effectively in an academic context at stage two.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • HTM233 Contemporary Food Concerns

      This module builds upon the knowledge gained from Level 4 module `Food Safety for the Hospitality Industry¿ and is also underpinned by `contemporary issues¿ related to the hospitality industry - including those affecting consumers, the environment and business. The module uses different methods of investigation for assignment work, through laboratory work, which allows for a good understanding of food, consumer requirements and safe delivery. Lectures, laboratory work, group work and visits provide varied environments for learning the topics of this module.

    • HTM248 Tourism Planning and Management

      This module examines the essential features of tourism planning in both a UK and international context, together with a comprehensive review of activities of different types of public sector and hybrid organisations. The module also features the evaluation of tourism strategies.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

  • Optional placement year
  • Take the opportunity to practice your new skills aboard a cruise ship or alternatively in a hotel and get paid while you’re training. You’ll build up your confidence and enhance your CV while gathering a network of important future work contacts. You’ll also have the chance to cultivate your sociable side through the camaraderie with staff and guests. Cruise placements are competitive and subject to availability.
    Core modules
    • HTMP300 Work Placement Year

      The placement year consists of an extended period of professional work experience in a relevant business organisation. It extends the student's commercial awareness and knowledge of the business environment, provides an opportunity for personal development, and equips them with the experience and skills necessary to gain suitable employment on graduation.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you'll do a detailed study of a cruise operations or cruise tourism topic of personal interest for your final honours project. Scrutinise strategy, business planning and quality from the cruise industry perspective.
    Core modules
    • HTM311 Cruise Operations Continuity Planning

      The module considers the complex issues associated to managing change, evaluating risk and ensuring continuity for cruise operations. In order to achieve this, a critical appraisal of contemporary industry issues is undertaken. Thereafter, the module uses individual case study work centred on a cruise operation to enable students to apply their understanding of business continuity planning to a realistic problem.

    • HTM314 Honours Project

      The student integrates subject specific knowledge and skills to develop a specialist area of knowledge in depth and - with supervision from a subject specialist - conducts their own research investigation and reports their findings.

    • HTM322 Managing Service Innovation

      An exploration of the many aspects that define service strategies for Hospitality Management. The module has a predominantly student centred approach to investigating and developing the issues that arise from seminar questions and enables options for individual choice and customised orientation.

    • HTM333 Hospitality Dynamics

      In this module you will explore and reflect on current concepts, trends, and issues in the hospitality industry and management. You will learn through lectures and seminars with subject specialists.

    • HTMP301 Career Investment Programme 3

      The Career Investment Programme is a development scheme designed to enhance students' employability. The stage 3 module focuses on providing students with information on graduate options, including further study and graduate management schemes, and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary for articulating and recording achievement and applying for graduate positions. The module also includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students' skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in their CV's and enhancing their employability.

    Optional modules
    • ELC315 Professional and Academic Communication

      This module is designed to help students to further develop and refine their ability to use English appropriately and effectively in professional and academic contexts at Year 3. They will do this by reviewing their language development by identifying an area of weakness and adopting appropriate strategies to make progress in that area; engaging in a small research project which they will present to the class; writing an essay and practising relevant professional and academic English skills in small class groups. This course requires consistent, steady work throughout the semester.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • HTM339 Leadership

      "The module allows the student to explore the role of leadership within organisations, including both the practical and theoretical aspects of leadership, and how such concepts can change over time. Through an intensive field trip activity, it enables students to further explore and reflect upon leadership theory and concepts in practice. "

    • HTM342 Business Strategy and Consultancy for the Tourism, Hospitality & Events Sectors

      This module focuses on exploring and understanding a range of theoretical approaches to developing strategies for businesses in the tourism, hospitality and events (THE) sectors and applying these principles to a live consultancy project. The learner is provided with the opportunity to gain experience of working with a business in THE industries on a consultancy basis, either in a research or strategic development setting. Learners will engage with a client business to mutually identify a suitable project and develop findings and guidelines to inform a new strategic direction.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Cruise Management programme specification 3697

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

88 - 96

A levels: 88-96 points including a minimum of two A levels plus interview. 

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: MMM in any subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

International Baccalaureate: 24-26 overall to include 4 at in any subject at Higher Level.

14-19 Diplomas: accepted – please enquire. Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.
 
GCSE: all applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above.

Applicants are required to attend an informal interview at an applicant day or open day with the Programme Leader. Further details will be communicated once an application has been received.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,400 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Cruise Management Open Day: Wednesday 9 October 2019

The University of Plymouth is delighted to invite you to our Cruise Management Open Day on board the Queen Victoria on Wednesday 9 October 2019, 09.00-14.00.

As the only university in the UK to offer the BSc (Hons) Cruise Management programme, we are pleased to offer this unique event on board the Queen Victoria cruise liner, in partnership with Cunard (Carnival UK) Cruises.

Taking place on-board the Queen Victoria, in Southampton, this event provides an excellent opportunity for those interested in studying our BSc (Hons) Cruise Management degree, or if you have an interest in hospitality or tourism to get a real world experience of working in this industry.

This unique event will provide you with an opportunity to find out more about studying Cruise Management, get a taste for what life is like on a Cruise Ship, find out more about the fantastic career opportunities within the cruise industry and meet our academics and current student.

To book onto this event, please use the online form.

As the day works just like a University Open Day, students are very welcome to attend with a parent or a guest, however guests will also need to book on through the link to ensure that we have all the relevant information for them to get through security and on-board the cruise liner.

This is a live cruise and will be departing from Southampton after the visit, so for security purposes students must hold a valid passport or a full UK driving licence.

Please note that places are limited so early booking is advised.

Example itinerary:

09.30  Arrival and registration
10.20  Introduction to ‘life at sea’ - Talk from the Hotel General Manager
10.40  Meet our current students
11.00  Tour of the Queen Victoria
12.30  Lunch
13.30  Q&A session with Programme Leader
14.00  Depart

If you would like any further information about this event, please contact us at: fob.recruitment@plymouth.ac.uk. Please also use this email address if you no longer wish to receive communications from us and we will remove you from our mailing list.

Industry partnerships

Our network of high profile industry partners will open doors for our students, giving them opportunities to gain commercial experience while they study.

"Cunard Line and P&O Cruises have a wonderful and unique heritage spanning over 178 years. We are part of Carnival Corporation and PLC - the largest cruise line in the world. We want to attract the best graduates as our next generation of senior leaders and are delighted to be continuing our long standing successful relationship with the University. of Plymouth "
Bill O'Shaughnessy, Vice President - Fleet People

Benefit from excellent industry support as you learn - our key partners include Celebrity Cruises, providing work placements and career opportunities.

"Celebrity Cruises works closely with the University of Plymouth to recruit the best cruise management students for work placements and ongoing careers. We are committed to continue our partnership that has seen many promising students come and work for our company."
Lorna Warren, Director of Celebrity Cruises.

 

Cruise management student journey websites

As part of this programme students are encouraged to create their own website about the course, placement year and beyond.

Cruise Management FAQs

Answers to questions we are regularly asked about BSc (Hons) Cruise Management including:

  • Will I get seasick?
  • What are the travel opportunities? 
  • Are work placements guaranteed? 
  • Can I work ashore?

Read our FAQs

Let our graduates inspire you

Exploring the Cruise Industry

BSc (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management student Molly Braham explains how undertaking an optional placement year working on-board for Carnival UK as part of the course was invaluable.

"Placement is such a fantastic opportunity for not only your personal development but it allows you to make contacts within the industry." 

Hotel School

The University of Plymouth Hotel School is dedicated to providing you - tomorrow’s hospitality graduates - with a stimulating and engaging learning experience in co-operation with a series of industry partners

Our network of high profile industry partnerships will open doors for you, giving you opportunities to gain commercial experience while you study.

Find out more about the Hotel School

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