Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Events Management

Create truly unforgettable events. Our hands-on degree – developed with industry – gives you the insight, know-how and skills to become a critical, creative events professional. Study on a course where our students gave us a 95% satisfaction rate in the 2018 National Student Survey. Collaborate with a range of UK event companies – so you’re ready to impact the way events are produced and managed in the future.

NSS results for BSc (Hons) Events Management

We’re very proud of our National Student Survey (NSS) 2018 return showing overall satisfaction for 95% of our students. 100% of our students agreed staff were good at explaining things.*

Careers with this subject

Advice from graduate Ellie Timbrell:

" I would say to anyone trying to get in to the same line of work that the subject of your degree should not limit what type of job you go for, but to transfer the skills you have learnt and to work as hard as possible to get the grade you deserve. Large companies want to be able to see that you have the work ethic and bags of enthusiasm to bring to the company and the role. "

Read more from Ellie in her case study.

Key features

  • Plan and deliver real, live events – including conferences, high-end banqueting, exhibitions and trade fairs. You’ll bid for the opportunity to manage your preferred event, and learn collaboration skills by working with your course mates on the delivery of all staged events.
  • Be inspired by extra-curricular activity that helps you become a well-rounded events professional. Take part in team-building activities at Skern Lodge in Devon. Learn from guest speakers and attend event conferences. You’ll have the chance to acquire industry-related professional qualifications too.
  • Expand your horizons with our international fieldwork. Build confidence, understand different cultures and get to grips with industry standards. In the past our students have visited event venues in Prague, attended a bespoke training session at Disneyland Paris and explored Amsterdam at night through a series of free events across the city.
  • Lay strong foundations for a successful career using our extensive industry links to secure a one-year work placement in the UK or abroad. Gain vital industry experience – students have worked at international exhibitions, organised Christmas parties for over 900 guests, and taken part in marketing activities and corporate team building.
  • Learn from the best – our teaching staff are all actively engaged in the research of industry leadership, employer needs, planning, communication, event innovation, evaluation and other management issues.
  • Create a portfolio before you even graduate. Assessments are linked to real clients throughout the course, and you’ll have the chance to develop professional materials and presentations to explain your ideas. In previous years, clients have used winning ideas in their business operations.
  • Future-proof your career and benefit from a course that views sustainability as a crucial factor in the events industry. You’ll examine the social, economic, political, cultural and environmental dimensions related to the issue of sustainability. 
  • Seize the opportunity to learn a foreign language.
  • Empower yourself with our unique course. Challenge normal thinking. Ask the difficult questions. Take the long view and become an advocate for better business practice. 
  • In the 2018 National Student Survey, 81 per cent of students were satisfied overall and 100 per cent of graduates felt staff were good at explaining things.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, we'll introduce you to all aspects of this exciting industry including arts, media, hospitality, entertainment, conferences and banqueting. You’ll discover the principles of design and learn what it takes to manage conferences and events. To round off the year, you’ll explore entrepreneurialism and potential careers in the events sector. 
    Core modules
    • HTM109 Principles of Design and Themes

      This module introduces students to experience economy and the principles and use of themes and design in the events, tourism, and hospitality industries.

    • HTM146 Sustainability and Events

      This module provides an overview of sustainable development and how it fits with the events industry. It reviews the importance of sustainable practices at all stages of event delivery event industry and examples of best sustainable practice drawn from a range of event sectors will form the basis of the content eg ISO20121.

    • HTM147 Event Production

      This module provides an introduction to the technical aspects of event production that add value to the event experience. Whilst it is not expected that every event manager will have the technical expertise to deliver every aspect of the event plan it is important that he/she understands the key components and the potential impact they have on the event outcome.

    • HTM148 International Event Destinations

      This module uses a range of approaches to build understanding and familiarity of a selection of international event destinations. The module examines the character, development, regional distribution and impacts of international events, and connects such events to core geographical concepts which are explored in a variety of cultural settings, and are exemplified through the study of selected case studies of specific event issues and locations (ie mature and emerging event destinations).

    • HTM149 Event Management Skills and Entrepreneurship

      This module is designed to develop the academic, organisational and reflective skills necessary to be an effective event manager. The content introduces the concepts of employability and entrepreneurship skills in relation to the events industry to enable learners to gain a thorough understanding of the breadth of industry and the opportunities that exist for future employment.

    • 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
  • This year you’ll develop your knowledge and skills by studying a range of core modules, getting hands-on experience managing and promoting specific events. You will enhance your health and safety knowledge through the crowd behaviour and risk management module. Understand how to get people to attend your event and enhance its reputation. You’ll investigate research methods, giving you the skills required to engage in both academic and business research – invaluable for placements or careers that involve market research. You’ll also have the chance to study optional modules, including festivals and event tourism or a language.
    Core modules
    • HTM237 Conference and Events Practical

      This module is designed for students to demonstrate their accumulation of knowledge and expertise by organising, delivering and evaluating a conference or an event practical.

    • 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.

    • HTM240 Crowd Behaviour and Managing Safety

      To advance understanding of audience behaviour in the context of crowds. To develop the ability to plan for and manage crowd safety at events. To receive accredited training on legislation, safety and risk planning, and managing crowd safety on-site.

    • HTM246 Promoting and Marketing Experiences

      The module explores the principles of tourism marketing by reviewing and analysing key marketing issues. The module also investigates sustainable strategies for tourism businesses in a global context.

    • HTM250 Event Planning and Strategy

      This module investigates the strategies for event delivery taking into consideration the internal and external market forces. It outlines the skills, attributes, processes and resources required to run conferences and events. It provides an overview of the event planning sequence, including the setting of objectives, budgeting, organising and marketing the event.

    • 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.

    • HTM243 Festivals and Event Tourism

      To examine the importance of festivals and event tourism in relation to a tourist destination's policy and planning strategies. This will determine the value of events to the tourism industry. The module will also examine the evolution of event tourism, and discuss the authenticity dilemma of event tourism with particular reference to festivals and festival tourism.

    • 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
  • This year you’ll get the opportunity to undertake a paid industry placement. You’ll spend 48 weeks working with an organisation in the UK or abroad, across a wide range of sectors. You’ll apply the skills and knowledge you’ve gained over the past two years in the real world. You’ll immerse yourself in a professional environment enabling you to make a range of contacts – all invaluable when it comes to securing a job. Complete your placement and you’ll earn a Certificate of Industrial Experience.
    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 undertake the honours project, which allows you to pursue a specific interest that you’re passionate about, through a significant research-based exercise. You’ll gain a strategic understanding of the industry and its future perspectives, by engaging with event issues, such as crisis and disaster management. You can also choose to study a range of other subjects like leadership, event innovation, event consultancy and a language option.
    Core modules
    • HTM310 Crisis and Disaster Management in the Hospitality, Tourism and Events Industry

      This module will equip you with a sound understanding of the principles and practice of economic, environmental and political crisis and disaster management in the hospitality, events and tourism industries.

    • 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.

    • HTM341 Current Event Issues

      This module develops learner knowledge on current global issues, concepts, and trends. The aim is to help learners appreciate the complexities of future scenario planning and how to best apply the findings to the events industry through reflection and application to different scenarios

    • 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. "

    • HTM340 Event Innovation

      This module is designed to develop the creative and communication skills required by event managers. It covers three related themes: innovation, persuasion, and creating an event business.

    • 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 Events Management Programme Specification Sep19 3174

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

96 - 112

A levels: 96-112 points including a minimum of 2 A-Levels. This course considers general studies. 

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: MMM–DMM 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.

IB: 26 - 28 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level. English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4 Standard Level = 5.

GCSE: all applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above. 

14-19 Diplomas are accepted. Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.​

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.

English language requirements

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 £9,250
International £13,400 £13,800
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 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.

Tanya Bellingham

Tanya Bellingham combines an academic career with continued industry experience helping a range of organisations in the UK and beyond develop their event capacities.

Tanya’s research interests cover sustainable solutions for the events and tourism sectors, and the importance of legacy in event design and delivery.

Learn more about the School of Tourism and Hospitality

Dr Nigel Jackson

Dr Nigel Jackson has extensive experience in marketing and public relations within the commercial, agency and not-for-profit sectors, and is the author of 'Promoting and Marketing Events: theory and practice' (2013).

Nigel’s research interests include communication, marketing, public relations and the application of persuasion.

Learn more about Nigel's research interests

Work placements

Kate Matthews shares her placement story

A placement is an unmissable opportunity to get a glimpse into the real you. It will prepare you like nothing else when you leave university and start looking for a job – your confidence, combined with the experience on your CV – will stand you head and shoulders above candidates. The whole opportunity has been amazing! In addition to my continued professional development I have also had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe to work at some amazing events.

Read more about Kates placement 

Find out more about placements with the Department of Tourism and Hospitality

Kate Matthews BA (Hons) Events Management student during her placement year

Second year case study - Plymouth Raiders awards night

I’ve come in this morning to more positive feedback from parents, players and sponsors. People have not stopped talking about it and how well it went. I cannot say enough good things about you all and what you did.

Eight second year event management students as part of their practical module organised the Plymouth Raiders Awards Night.

Find out more about about awards night success

The team after all the hard work. Image courtesy of Leigh Acton.

Let our graduates inspire you

95% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degree*

Whether you want to organise cutting-edge music festivals, become a charity fundraiser or work in tourism or cruise sectors, we’ll work with you throughout your degree to make sure you’re perfectly primed for your career in events.

Find out more about how we prepare you for your career.

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Assessment breakdown

  • . 3% exams
  • T 97% coursework

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* These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Unistats is updated annually in September.