About Tourism and Hospitality Management
The tourism, hospitality and events industries are thriving in the UK and around the world.
The service sector is now the largest in the world's economy and our specialist courses are designed to fill the skills gap in this exciting, vibrant industry. We offer core BA degrees in all three areas: BA Events Management, BA Hospitality Management and BA Tourism Management, as well as a unique postgraduate course in Sports Management.
The undergraduate courses are all accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, to ensure you receive high quality, relevant training and they incorporate a huge amount of hands-on, workplace experience. The degrees share a similar structure, providing you with a solid grounding in business, project management, marketing and the cultural industries, while ensuring you receive specialist training in your chosen field.
You can choose to study one of three pathways: the core BA, an 'International' pathway which includes a year abroad, and an 'Entrepreneur' pathway which provides training in Enterprise and Innovation for students who want to start their own business.
We work closely with a huge range of iconic businesses across London to provide the best student experience possible, while giving you the opportunity to network, gain experience and enjoy exciting fact-finding trips to cultural sites across the capital.
Take a look at our course pages to find out more and flick through our own guide to East London to see what fantastic culture and entertainment is right on our doorstep.
Why study with us?
We have an international team here at UEL. Our academics are drawn from countries all over the world and have carried out research in many areas of the tourism, cultural and hospitality industries in the UK and worldwide.
Our staff also work closely with professional bodies, like the Institute of Hospitality, as well as leading service sector businesses in London and around the world - some of these include:
The Excel Centre – London’s major events and conference venue
The O2 Arena
The Olympic Park
RAC Club Pall Mall
Institute of Directors
The Arts Club
Trends brought into the classroom
You’ll learn about the latest strategic issues and trends affecting tourism and hospitality such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation. You will be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of the wider economic and political characteristics of the global tourism industries.
Our courses have an in-built flexibility, so if you choose Events, Tourism or Hospitality Management you will study a similar course structure that incorporates general teaching in the cultural industries, enabling you to discover your strengths and specialise later. Each of our courses incorporates a choice of pathways, allowing you to focus on a global approach or develop your entrprenurial skills.
Our campus is on the doorstep of leading tourism sights such as the 2012 Olympic Park, the Excel Exhibition Centre (host venue for the annual World Travel Market), as well as the trendy Shoreditch/Brick Lane neighbourhoods and the many historic sites and attractions of central London.
"Volunteering for Chigwell Tours at the World Travel Market was a great experience. It gave me the opportunity to better understand how outbound and inbound tourism works and to be an active part of the trading between a tour operator and other tourism organisations. I definitely recommend the experience to everyone for next year."Alessandro Lombardi BA (Hons) , Tourism Management 1st year student
What we're researching
Management is an evolving field and UEL academics are leading projects that keep up to date with the latest trends and take their subjects in fresh directions. As a new student, you can be confident of learning from people with enthusiasm and expertise at the forefront of their profession and developing valuable industry knowledge and leadership and management skills.
Reader in International Tourism Dr Raoul Bianchi has conducted a number of research projects in areas such as tourism development and sustainable tourism planning. He also has interests in tourism entrepreneurship and labour relations.
Henrik Linden, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Tourism Management, has recently completed his PhD in Culture, Media and Creative Industries from King’s College London and is working on a book on Fan Cultures, Tourism and Consumerism.