University of Suffolk

BA (Hons) Event and Tourism Management

About Program

Suffolk is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations – tourism here is worth £2 billion. The county’s renowned Heritage Coast, seaside villages, Constable Country and quaint market towns attract visitors from all over the world. 

Ipswich offers a vibrant social scene; its variety of restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes provide the perfect setting to build friendships for life. With plans for development across the town, you will be studying in a historic town with an exciting future.
Ipswich is the home of the largest, free music festival in the UK.  One the course event students work collaboratively with businesses in the industry through internships, paid and volunteering roles in the project management and delivery of a wide-range of events. Many opportunities are for very prestigious, large County events such as the Suffolk Show, Art EAT Festival as well as other cultural,  music festivals and business events in the area.
We use authentic learning and assessments using scenarios from local business to the national and international business setting. The balanced approach of problem-based, real-life situations helps contextual the academic theory very effectively.  This approach is seen as a strong point of differentiation compared to other event and tourism degree programmes on offer.
Our course offers smaller class s than elsewhere, more personal support, inspiring modules, and a healthy dose of fun for students who aspire to build a successful career in events and tourism. Here, you receive excellent levels of support due to our small class s and personal tutors.
We work with you to help you get established in this competitive, fast-paced, global industry with opportunities to study and collaborate with a diversity of people and organisations.  Also, our many field trips extend your industry knowledge, and our long-standing industry connections provide exposure to real-world scenarios. 
Our Events and Tourism team work closely with organisations and businesses to get you involved in ‘live’ events rather than simulations, and we start from the very beginning of your degree. The networks and connections you make are priceless. Many of our students particularly enjoy our involvement with festivals.

Not only that, but we have regular guest speakers and industry experts come into the University to share insight. Current guest speakers include Visiting Professor Keith Still, who focuses on crowd science, safety and risk analysis, and Visiting Fellow Rachael Jackson, of RJ Communications and Penn Commercial.

Students on our courses also have the opportunity to study for the Accredited Personal Licence Holders (APLH) qualification.

Education Level

Bachelor Degree (S1)

Study Area

Tourism, Culinary and Hospitality Management

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Originally established as University Campus Suffolk (UCS) in 2007, the university received its status in 2016, and was officially launched as University of Suffolk. As one of the youngest universities in the UK, The University of Suffolk is an agile, responsive university, custom-built for a changing world, absorbing the best of UK university traditions and aligning them with a twenty-first-century audience and a modern world of employment and entrepreneurship.    Through establishing working relationships with charitable organisations, business and research bodies the University has a rich network to enhance its projects and is growing its reputation for world-renowned academic expertise. The University of Suffolk is a key contributor to its local communities; developing subject areas closely aligned to regional economic priorities as well as contributing to the overall economic growth of the county. Students will study in state-of-the-art surroundings, in a thriving location that benefits from excellent transport links.

Unique Selling Point

Ranked 67th in the UK* Ranked 4th in the UK for History subjects* Ranked 8th in the UK for English and Creative Writing subjects* 90% of graduates were in employment or further study 15 months after graduating** In 2019, the University of Suffolk was ranked in the top 10 for Courses and Lecturers, top 15 for Job Prospects and top 20 for Student Support in the Whatuni Student Rankings 2019 Students have the opportunity to start their own business upon graduation from the University of Suffolk’s Innovation Centre (IWIC)

*) Guardian University Guide 2022

**) Graduate outcomes survey conducted by the Higher Education Statistics (HESA) in 2020



Ipswich Main Campus

Ipswich Main Campus

Waterfront Building, 19 Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ


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