If you choose the placement degree route, you will spend year 3 of your studies on an industry placement. Placement learning is a key element of the course as it allows you to apply university based knowledge, skills and understanding to the real world of work. It also gives you an advantage when you begin looking for your first job upon graduating! The day-to-day demands of such an experience are both challenging and inspirational. Using the experience you gain whilst on placement is not only invaluable to the final year of your degree but greatly enhances your employability prospects.
Placement opportunities are available both in the UK and abroad. We have established links with companies such as Manchester Airport, STA travel, Walt Disney and Universal Studios USA.
Our dedicated Placement Team which has developed excellent links with the Hospitality, Events and Tourism industries over the last 20 years. You will be offered support through a preparation programme of activities that includes guidance on selection procedures, working overseas, CV preparation, interview and selection techniques.
During the Placement Year, although you will be supervised directly by the company you are employed by, you will also be allocated an Academic Tutor. They will provide support and guidance, assess your progress and generally monitor your welfare for the time you are away from the University.
This course is aimed at students who wish to understand and evaluate tourism in society and develop the skills necessary for a career in tourism in the public or private sector.
Tourism at Manchester Met has been accredited by the Institute of Travel and Tourism as a Centre of Excellence. This helps to enhance what we are able to offer you.
The benefits of this accreditation to you are:
Throughout the course you will study tourism in a national and global context. You can also choose to study a modern language as part of your course.
In year one, you will receive a thorough grounding in how the tourism industry works, including learning about the tourist destination in the context of Manchester; how the commercial aspects of tourism work together, including marketing, the business environment and key financial management skills. In addition, you will also look at the customer as tourist and the changing and future trends in tourism.
In year two, your learning will become more specialised as you develop knowledge in core tourism areas and have the opportunity to participate in UK and international study trips to apply your learning to the real world. Key areas covered in your second year include the role of tour operators; the legal framework within which tourism business operates; human resources and how to manage people working in the tourism industry; sustainable and responsible tourism, and finally how to research and apply research methods in the context of tourism.
In year three, you can choose to gain a year's industry experience you have the option of spending the year on placement within the tourism industry.
Your final year includes studies in strategic tourism management; digital tourism, place management and an in-depth tourism research project. You will also have the option to specialise in a tourism area of your choice such as entrepreneurship, tourism crisis and risk management, and global tourism and local solutions.
Throughout the course there is an option to study a modern foreign language as part of the Universitys Uniwide Languages Programme.
Year 1 will give you a broad understanding of the tourism industry and how it operates, covering management principles, the international environment and culture and citizenship.
You will study six units equating to 120 credits, and have the option to study a modern language. These are:
Explore what makes a successful international tourist destination and help to solve a real-world problem for a tourism company in Destination Manchester Englands second largest city tourism destination and the living-laboratory for your studies.
You will develop marketing skills for tourism, learning how to recognise the importance of marketing as a role and function and apply the marketing mix to illustrate different tourist markets and needs.
Understanding the customer is the key to success in business. Learn about the consumer behaviour of different types of domestic and international tourists and discover future trends.
The business environment is fluid and evolving, and you will learn how political, economic, social, technological and environmental changes influence the tourism sector.
Understanding financial management is a vital skill for all managers of profitable tourism companies. Learn how to analyse financial statements, plan budgets and use financial data to inform decision-making.
Learn about the key operational management theories and models essential for competitive advantage within the global tourism industry.
Learn a modern foreign language, an important skill for success in the tourism sector. In this unit, you will also develop understanding that the customer is the key to success in business. Learn about the consumer behaviour of different types of domestic and international tourists and discover future trends.
In Year 2, a management approach is taken and specialist tourism units are supported by studies in organisational management and the tourist experience.
If you choose the Sandwich route, year 3 of the course will be spent on placement within the tourism industry, gaining great experience to kick start your career.
You will study a total of 120 credits. Six core units and two option units.
You will also have the option of studying a foreign language with each of these option units.
Tourists experiences are designed and managed by businesses and become meaningful when personalised by tourists. Through fieldwork, you will experience and judge the design of real world tourism services.
Develop the knowledge of the theories, strategies, policies and practices that underpin the management and development of human resources in the tourism industry.
Discover how to appraise and apply research methods a critical skill for success in your studies and for your future career.
Tourism is a growing industry and it must respond to twenty-first century global sustainability priorities. You will learn about the ways that the industry, destinations and can tourists accept responsibility and take action to make tourism more sustainable.
Examine the role of tour operators in the tourism supply and distribution chain, and the importance of partnerships with other companies that support the development and delivery of holidays.
Investigate the regulatory framework that applies to all aspects of tourism business operations to prepare you for a future as a manager.
Learn a modern foreign language, an important skill for success in the tourism sector.
Explore the relationship between the media and tourism, from destination advertising to the power of popular and consumer culture.
Examine worldwide tourism distribution channels and learn how to design tourism products, preparing you for a career in Tour Operations.
Develop business enterprise skills, attributes and behaviours, and generate viable ideas for a tourism business or social enterprise.
You will develop the key management skills required to develop creative communications and consider the importance of communications planning within the tourism industry.
If you choose the sandwich route, Year 3 of the course will be spent on placement within the tourism industry, gaining great experience to kick start your career. If you choose not to take a placement year, you will progress directly into your final year of study.
Your final year takes a strategic perspective at both the organisational and destination level, incorporating units that focus on tourism policy and development and strategic tourism management. You also have a choice from a range of specialist units.
You will study 120 credits. Four core units and two option units.
And choose two option units from:
You will also have the option to study a language with any of the above option units.
Investigate how the destination and attraction managers use the latest digital and smart technologies to improve management and enhance tourists experiences.
Undertake in-depth, independent research of a tourism subject of your choosing, supported by an experienced research supervisor.
Understand the nature of strategy and strategic thinking, and analyse the complexity of managing the strategic challenges within international tourism business.
Explore the dual nature of locations as places where people live and as destinations that tourists visit. You will analyse the importance of the collaboration of stakeholders in developing, managing and marketing places as tourist destinations.
'Think global, act local' is the big challenge for you as a future leader of industry. Investigate how global societal concerns are tackled locally and be part of the solution through your innovative client-focused project work.
Maximise your career prospects. Develop the skills required to be industry-ready and to engage successfully with the graduate recruitment process.
Crisis and risk management is increasingly important within the global tourism industry, and you will learn about stakeholder roles and interrelationships during a critical incident.
Develop entrepreneurial behaviour by exploring, selecting and screening a new business idea in order to present a business plan for a new tourism start-up.
You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic, Spanish or Urdu alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from beginner to advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency.
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.
All Full Time students initially enrol on the 3 year BA (Hons) Tourism Management programme and study the same core units in Years 1 and 2. Subject to satisfactory progress, and the availability of a suitable placement, students may then transfer onto the 4 Year route of BA (Hons) Tourism Management.
Examinations and coursework including essays, reports, case studies and presentations.
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
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: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/tehm/our-staff/
A wide range of career opportunities will be available to tourism graduates, both in the UK and overseas, working for travel agencies, tour operators, airlines, visitor attractions, in resort management and with public sector employers (destination marketing organisations and local authorities).
Graduates can also apply for postgraduate study to further develop their understanding of tourism or business management.
In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation
DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known
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