Tourism and Hospitality at University of East London

Hospitality and Tourism student, Norissa talks about how 'London is hospitality at its best' and how learning from University of East London experts has helped her re-launch her restaurant.

Our courses are a contemporary blend of practical hand-on experience and academia.

About us

There is no better place to study hospitality, events and tourism than in London – the home to some of the world’s most iconic attractions and venues. You will learn from academic staff who are all actively engaged in professional networks and their related industries. They have a vast range of experience and expertise and an excellent reputation for providing support and advice, so that you develop solid business principles alongside contemporary sector knowledge.  Your course will include plenty of hands-on experience working in areas related to your field of study.

Our aim is for you to become an active and successful part of our learning community.  We will encourage you to build your professional network while you study and you will be able to take advantage of our links to industry, including guest speakers, field trips (locally and residential) and other networking opportunities, through development forums and competitions.

You will learn from staff with current experience in events, hospitality, tourism or sport, many of whom are also involved in research within these areas. They will encourage you to grow as a professional, helping you to gain the confidence and flexibility you need to thrive.  

Why choose us?

    Our courses are expertly designed to give you the skills and experience that employers need. You'll be assessed in ways that reflect the real world of business, gain hands-on experience and learn from industry experts.

    1st in London for Student Satisfaction for Hospitality, Events and Tourism courses (NSS, Summer 2019).

    Our students perform well in their degrees - 80% of Hospitality Management students achieved a 1st or 2:1 - and go on to find work in a huge range of industries (UEL Internal Success Data, 2016).

    Our facilities

    Our libraries and learning services are at the very heart of the University. We have a superb range of resources and facilities to help you with your studies and we're committed to offering you a first-class student experience. Our Stratford library, opened at a cost of £14 million, is a state-of-the-art building which provides an inspirational environment for study and research. Overlooking the Royal Docks, our modern Docklands library is another fantastic space for learning, offering a wide range of resources as well as group and silent study facilities. It's also home to the UEL Skillzone, where you can get extra help with your academic writing.​ 

    Our bespoke and modern campus facilities are complete with extensive 24-hour library access, ultra-modern teaching hubs, tiered lecture theatres, seminar rooms, cafes and shops. To ensure our students get the best possible support, we've opened brand-new £3.1 million Student Support Hubs. These contain centralised helpdesks as well as comfortable areas to relax and socialise. The helpdesks provide a 'one-stop shop' for every possible need, from course-related enquiries to personal issues such as health and money matters. 

    As well as the core teaching facilities at UEL, you'll have the chance to visit culture and tourism hotspots across the capital; we have major conference and sporting venues such as the ExCel Centre and Stratford Olympic Park on our doorstep, and fantastic links with museums, hotels and restaurants throughout London. 


    Our reputation and east London base have helped us to develop valuable links to national and multinational organisations. These connections can provide opportunities for you to gain work experience and build your professional network.

    All courses within the Institute of Hospitality and Tourism are accredited by the Institute of Hospitality.

    We also have memberships with the Council for Hospitality Management Education and the association for Tourism in Higher Education.

    I really loved my time at UEL, the university promotes such an inclusive environment with a wide range of opportunities for all. The standard of lecturing is excellent, and the support offered really helped me achieve a first in my degree.

    Georgina Simmons

    BA (Hons) Hospitality Management

    Our staff

    Lisa Wyld, Director of the Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, after years in the international hospitality and events industries, she started her career in academia. Her interests related to events and hospitality, in contexts such as event design and theming, impacts of food and beverage on culture, event impacts, consumer behaviour and experiences as well as leadership challenges within these industries, as well as the links between industry and academia.

    Dr Raoul Bianchi, Reader in International Tourism, has carried out research over many years on the international political economy of tourism, sustainable tourism and on questions of tourism citizenship and borders.

    Dr Naz Ali, Senior Lecturer in Events and Leisure Management, investigates critical geographies related to global tourism, sport events tourism and matters of identity.

    Dr Henrik Linden, Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Cultural Industries Management, explores fan cultures, arts audiences and the representation of places and destinations.

    Birte Schmitz, Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management, has been teaching for 13 years, before which she gained industry experience working in tourism marketing and on seafront and rural development projects on the South Coast of England. Her research interests lie within tourist behaviour, food tourism and rural tourism planning and development.

    Lynthon Musamadya, Senior Lecturer in Events and Hospitality Management, has an interest in strategic, operational and quality management issues and their impact on financial and revenue performance within the events, hospitality and tourism industries.

    Find out more about our staff by visiting our Royal Docks School of Business and Law.

    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, completed his PhD in Culture, Media and Creative Industries and is working on a book on Fan Cultures, Tourism and Consumerism.


    Our degrees are completely focused on your future career. They're expertly designed to include the right balance of transferable skills, specialist knowledge and work-based experience that will make you highly qualified and extremely employable. We embed industry knowledge, case studies, guest speakers and valuable field trips throughout our courses.

    Our students have the chance to network with the many businesses we are proud to work with, including hotels like the Hilton, catering groups like Elior, restaurant companies, contract or licence sectors, independent hospitality or license sectors, tour operators, event venues and management companies, as well as prestigious clubs, sporting venues and arts organisations.

    We also have a superb employability team that works with students to find placements, projects, graduate schemes and full-time employment, combining careers advice with practical training in interview technique and CV writing. This fantastic support network, alongside our prime location in thriving East London - nestled between iconic Canary Wharf and booming Stratford - gives UEL students a real head-start in their chosen careers.

    At UEL, you'll have access to:

    • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
    • Career Assessment, giving you the opportunity to learn about yourself and Career Coach will help you to discover career suggestions based on your interests.
    • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
    • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
    • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
    • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
    • Support with setting up your own business.

    Our location

    Our location in one of Europe's largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

    Career Coach

    Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

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    Undergraduate courses

    BA (Hons) Esports Top up

    Learn everything about the business of e-sports, host small- and large-scale events, develop skills for single player and multi-player team events.

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    BA (Hons) Events Management

    Study event management; attend events for first-hand experience and get the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in a 36 billion pound industry.

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    BA (Hons) Events Management with Entrepreneurship

    Set up an enterprise you're proud of. Develop creativity and resourcefulness, improve your events management skills; become an entrepreneur.

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    BA (Hons) Hospitality Management

    Excel in hospitality management and enjoy placements and guest lectures held with industry leaders. Accredited by Institute of Hospitality.

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    BA (Hons) Hospitality Management with Revenue Analytics

    Develop technical, supervisory and managerial abilities for a global hospitality sector. Benefit from a sought after mixture of theory and practice.

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    BA (Hons) Hospitality Management with Entrepreneurship

    Take over the management of an existing business, get a leadership position, or start a new enterprise with the BA (Hons) Hospitality Management.

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    BA (Hons) Tourism Management

    Study tourism management; benefit from placements and guest lectures from industry leaders across London. Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality.

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    BA (Hons) Tourism Management with Entrepreneurship

    The course is designed with your career in mind; it is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality and you'll benefit from placements, field trips and guest lectures held with industry leaders.

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    Sport Business Management

    The BA (Hons) Sport Business Management aims to develop your capabilities in technical, supervisory and managerial aspects of sport business.

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    Airline and Airport Management

    The BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management is designed with insight from aviation and industry experts and highlights the changes and developments within the industry.

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    Postgraduate courses

    MSc Events and Hospitality Leadership

    Benefit from a mixture of theoretical input and practice to ensure employability. Develop business principles, alongside sector knowledge.

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    MSc Sports Management

    Acquire the tools and skills you need to thrive in the world of sports management. Get a head start when it comes to finding work in the field.

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    Innovation and Sustainable Hospitality

    The MSc Innovation and Sustainable Hospitality draws upon the research expertise, knowledge and experience of the global hospitality industries and a range of practitioners.

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    MSc Sustainable Tourism Development & Management

    The MSc Sustainable Tourism Development & Management builds on existing expertise and knowledge in the fields of sustainable tourism, tourism entrepreneurship and innovation, political economy of tourism, cultural and heritage tourism management, destination marketing and strategic tourism management.

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