Manchester Metropolitan University


International Convention and Exhibition Management

2016 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • The opportunity to plan and implement your own ‘live event’ strategy and project.
  • Work with a local exhibition industry employer to develop your professional skills.
  • An external array of field trips and activity/visits and guest lectures from exhibition industry practitioners’ as part of the curriculum design.
  • Throughout your studies, you will engage in a range of individual and group work and consultancy projects working with an array of exhibition industry partners and clients.
  • A ‘professional industry package’ with a year’s membership of an international event trade association and magazine to develop your industry outlook.
  • Volunteering is a great way for you to gain experience and make contacts. We have a vast range of volunteering opportunities within the Faculty to develop your CV and enhance your professional outlook and support is available to find them.
  • Internship opportunity

Our Staff: Thanasis Spyriadis

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Lecturer in Events Management

I am a lecturer on both postgraduate (PG) and undergraduate (UG) programmes within the Department of Food and Tourism Management of Hollings Faculty. I am also the unit leader for Strategic Management and Marketing (PG) and Destination Management (PG), and also lectures on Global Sustainability and Governance (PG). At undergraduate level, I am in the teaching team of Wordwide Destinations (UG) and Tourism Policy and Development (UG). I have also been the unit leader for Event Tourism and Destinations (UG).

Currently, I am involved in the supervision of postgraduate research students in the following areas: Augmented Reality (AR) applications in tourism destinations; regulation of the US aerial adventure industry.

I have been awarded an MSc in Tourism Management and Marketing, as well as a PhD on performance evaluation of Destination Management Organisations from Bournemouth University.

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Placement options

Internships You will be offered the chance to undertake a 36-48 week internship supported by our Placement Office, who have extensive contacts with industry and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find placements. The Placement Office will help with your CV, advise on interview techniques and continue to support you whilst you are away from the University.

About the course

This course has been designed with event industry practitioners to offer a practical and managerial approach to equipping you with professional skills, providing you with many opportunities to gain professional experience.

The combination of taught units, a range of live experiential activity and client-based consultancy projects and opportunities to network with industry through external visits and guest lectures will enable you to develop a strong grasp of business culture and provide you with numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in your chosen sector and gain valuable experience.

Your studies will have an international focus to reflect the global nature of these industries. The department has many well-established international collaborative partnerships, which will enrich your student experience. Our international research activities and projects will enrich your student experience and will create new opportunities for research through your engagement with employers.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Core Units

It is intended that core business topics you will study will include:

  • Financial Management 
  • Responsible Business 
  • Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise 
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship 
  • Methods of Enquiry 
  • Developments in Strategic Management and Marketing 
  • Dissertation or Strategic Live Event Project Management  (option)

Specialist units

In addition, you will also study a choice of convention or exhibition specialist units:

  • Exhibition Management or International Exhibition Management
  •  Exhibition Management or International Exhibition Management 
  • Convention Live Project or Exhibition Live Project


Core Units
Convention and Exhibition Management

This unit is designed to develop a critical and in depth understanding of operational and practical convention and exhibition management.

Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise

This unit provides an underpinning to developing creative thinking in a business environment utilising innovative techniques such as multidisciplinary imagineering techniques and performatory works.

Developments in Strategic Management and Marketing

Strategic management and marketing unit is a foundation for strategic thinking in business and crucial to the development of developing strategy, managing resources and capability and long term business function including problem solving and consultancy.


A dissertation (optional) is completed after the taught module programme has ended. This part of the programme gives you the opportunity to undertake a detailed examination of a topic that interests you. You will conduct a piece of research under the supervision of an experienced academic, which will provide an intellectual challenge. The skills needed and developed for successful research will benefit your career in your chosen industry.

Exhibition and Convention Industry Live

This is a practical and professional development based unit. You will work with a local exhibition or convention industry employer for a defined period to help develop your appreciation of the exhibition and convention industry and augment your operational and practical event management thinking.

Financial Management

This unit provides you with a foundation for understanding, analysing and interpreting financial information in a business context. It enables you to apply accounting principles and financial theory to decision-making in your chosen sector.

International Convention and Exhibition Management

The focus of this unit is strategic and international in focus. You will critically develop a broad view and appreciation of the challenges of operating as an international convention, exhibition and  event practitioner working in a complex and volatile global market place.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship

This unit examines the characteristics, impact and role of leadership and entrepreneurship in a contemporary business environment.

Methods of Enquiry

This unit introduces the process of research and the primary principles of research design and enquiry including developing approaches to critical thinking and your dissertation.

Responsible Business

This unit explores and establishes the development of a responsible business culture in a complex and constantly changing environment including ethics, sustainable practices and much more.

Strategic Live Convention and Exhibition Project Management

You have the choice of sector (subject to team formation). The Strategic Live Convention or Exhibition Project Management unit (option) is designed twofold; teamwork and individual. You will have completed the taught module programme. This part of the programmes gives you the opportunity to utilise your developed professional event management skills by planning, organising and implementing a live event project with colleagues to a set of defined objectives. You will also write an individual reflective strategic management report as part of this unit.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Assessment includes written coursework, reports and live project work. All assessments are work orientated. 

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

At least a 2:2 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a related events
management degree. Candidates with industry-relevant management experience may be considered.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

Career options after the course

This course has been designed to provide access to management careers in the convention and exhibition sectors of the events industry. Management careers in the international convention and exhibition sectors of the events industry include venue management, convention marketing management and operations management. 

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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