MSc International Events Management

International events management is a £multi-billion industry. Learn the skills and expertise to operate in this fast-paced global market.

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Overview

From festivals and concerts, to conferences and corporate events, this course will give you the professional skills you need to succeed in international event management. 

Develop a broad range of event delivery strategies and a wealth of first-hand experience in planning, managing and evaluating events. Through live experiential activities and client-based consultancy projects, you’ll gain experience planning and managing a variety of real-life events.

We designed the course with successful event industry professionals. And we invite guest lecturers who are active in global events management to share their best practice with you. You’ll develop a powerful grasp of how business operates in this sector.

Beyond academia and into the working world

Supported by our placements office, you’ll also be able to begin building an impressive CV through a 36-48 week internship. Spending this time in a real-world events environment will allow you to hone your skills within a fast-paced professional organisation.

Your engagement with employers will also allow you to create new opportunities that will not only benefit your learning, but pave the way for your professional future in this exciting industry.

Features and Benefits

  • Industry experts - this course is taught by lecturers with extensive experience in areas such as sports events, conference management and exhibitions.
  • Latest insights - high profile industry consultants and ambassadors make sure this course reflects the current needs of the industry.
  • Industry connections – make the most of our well-established industry links and the thriving events scene across Manchester to prepare for opportunities in the world of international events management.
  • Networking events – connect with influential industry professionals at Events Connect Conference, as well as numerous field trips, site visits and guest lectures.
  • Placements – take advantage of over 200 volunteering opportunities, and intern with an international events organisation for up to 48 weeks.
  • Employability – with an abundance of first-hand experience and a wealth of strategy and operational knowledge, you’ll be able to explore a wide range of event management roles.  
“My study was incredibly varied and challenging. I particularly liked the practical nature of the course it helped me develop my own critical way of thinking both in an academic and work place setting.” Chris Austin, Events and Commercial Manager.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“Manchester has a thriving arts and festival scene with over 60 city centre festivals taking place each year; it is the perfect location to contextualise your studies. You will gain a thorough understanding of arts and festival management on a global and local scale.”

Louise Platt, Senior Lecturer, International Events Management.

Career Prospects

By the time you finish this degree, you’ll have the practical skills and real-world experience to succeed in this fast-paced industry.


While previous graduates have gone on to work in areas such as sports events and music festivals, you’ll also be able to pursue opportunities in:

The specific skills you will possess on finishing this course can allow you to explore opportunities in MICE tourism (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions). You could also consider roles with in-house events teams in both the corporate and private sector. Or why not establish your own events agency?

Learn more about graduate careers

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

This course is available to graduates holding at least a 2:2 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) from any subject. Candidates with industry-relevant management experience may be considered. International students please see www.mmu.ac.uk/international.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“The courses we have at the business school have a real-world application. Manchester's a global city, so one of the fantastic things about studying here…”

 
Listen to what Dr Julie Hardman, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

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.

Taught units include live experiential activity and client-based consultancy projects which give opportunities to network with industry. External visits and guest lectures give you the opportunity to develop a strong grasp of business and events culture.

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

Core Units

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

  • Finance for Managers
  • Event Management in Practice
  • Event Sponsorship and Commercial Practice 
  • Contemporary Issues in International Events Management 
  • International Strategic Management
  • Masters Level Learning
  • Dissertation

Option units

Choose one from a list including:  

  • Sport Events Management 
  • •Cultural Events and Festival Management 
  • Language 

You may choose to apply for the MSc International Events Management + Internship Year option, which will take place in year 2.  

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. 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:

Study
Assessment

Placement options

Internships / Placement Options: 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. An additional placement fee will apply (usually £1850).

Please note, if you opt to take the strategic life project unit instead of a dissertation, you will not be able to undertake an internship / placement

Department of Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management

Our Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management Department combines technology with creativity in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The department stays closely linked with professional institutes, associations and businesses, as part of its founding principle of education working with industry to produce career ready graduates.

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Taught by experts

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.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print some of their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

Students can choose to go on an international field trip . This is optional and there is a local alternate for any student who chooses not to go. For the placement year, costs vary hugely between countries and areas, so it is very important to research costs well ahead of time and budget accurately.

Other Costs

Students will be invited to attend a one day conference called Connect which is additional £20 for the day

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,280 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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