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The Top Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management Courses in the UK

Early 2017,The Guardian University League Tables 2018 was released,ranking UK universities by overall scores, and in subject specific tables. Team UKEC have taken a look at the league tables specific to Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management, breaking the list down to the top courses in the UK for international students.

Click here to find out more about the methodology of the Guardian League Tables, and what the figures mean.


University of Surrey

Guardian score: 100

Employability: 59

Overall Guardian ranking: 10

Sample course: MSc International Tourism Management

The University of Surrey is a highly ranked university, based just outside of London. It has a world class reputation in research, and for its teaching, as proven in its student satisfaction score of 90.0. At 28.7%, just under a third of the student population at the university are international.

The MSc International Tourism Management course is one of many hospitality, events management, and tourism courses based within the international industry that the university offers. This course in particular is one of the longest established tourism courses in the world, having been running for over 40 years. Students are given the opportunity to work with industry partners through guest lectures, fieldtrips, and work experience.



Coventry University

Guardian score: 99.7

Employability: 72

Overall Guardian ranking: 12

Sample course: MSc Events Management

Coventry University is now the UK's highest ranked modern university, providing students with a high level of teaching and research. Student satisfaction is extremely high at 91.0. The university student body is made up of 28.1% international students, and the city of Coventry itself is a diverse, thriving, and affordable place to live.

Out of the top 10 Guardian ranked universities for Hospitality, Events Management, and Tourism, Coventry University have the highest employability score. In all courses, the university works closely with industry, offering students real life work experience alongside their studies. The MSc Events Management course provides students with students the chance to showcase and run live events as part of their assessments, as well as opportunities for work-based research and company internships.



Glasgow Caledonian University

Guardian score: 96.7

Overall Guardian ranking: 89

Sample course: MSc International Events Management

Set in the heart of the vibrant and welcoming city of Glasgow in Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University is a popular university with high employment prospects for students. Just under one in ten students at the university are international, attracted by the education quality and low living costs.

The university's MSc International Events Management course takes inspiration from the Commonwealth Games, held in the city in 2014, and one of the largest international events in the world. Students are introduced to the field of international events management through real-life cases and examples, and graduate with the relevant preparation and experience to join the industry.



University of Sunderland

Guardian score: 93.8

Employability: 60

Overall Guardian ranking: 71

Sample course: MSc Tourism and Hospitality

The University of Sunderland has previously made the shortlist for University of the Year, and was named Best New University in the North East in 2012. Based in the North East of England, the university is affordable, with a high student satisfaction rate, meaning that it is extremely popular with students all over the world. Over 27.5% of the university's over 20,000 students are international.

The MSc Tourism and Hospitality course takes a social science approach to tourism and hospitality, combining theory with the practical skills needed for the workplace.  Students will have the advantage of guest speakers and lecturers from industry, as well as the option to complete a work-based learning module, further boosting employability.



Oxford Brookes University

Guardian score: 88.9

Employability: 56

Overall Guardian ranking: 50

Sample course: MSc International Hotel and Tourism Management

Oxford Brookes University is the second university is the famous city of Oxford. Students have the benefit of being able to use facilities from the University of Oxford, including the world-renowned library. Just over 15% of students at Oxford Brookes are international, and the university has a high student satisfaction rate.

The university's MSc International Hotel and Tourism Management offers students the opportunity for a one year paid work placement as part of the course, providing strong links with industry experts and full support where needed. The course itself is very successful, with 100% of students saying they would recommend it to future students in a recent survey. Throughout the course, students will also be mentored by a senior leading figure from the industry.



De Montfort University

Guardian score: 84.5

Overall Guardian ranking: 94

Sample course: MSc Cultural Events Management

De Montfort University is based in the popular student city of Leicester, one of the UK's most diverse towns. Just over 10% of the student body are international, taking advantage of the high levels of student satisfaction and employability.

De Montfort University's Cultural Events Management course is unique in that it focuses on the ever-expanding cultural event and festival industry, enjoying key links with industry leaders such as the British Arts Festival Association, and Festival Republic (the company behind Latitude, Reading and Leeds festivals). Students have the opportunity to complete a work based placement, as well as assisting in the organisation and running of the university's annual week-long Cultural Exchange festival.



Manchester Metropolitan University

Guardian score: 84.2

Employability: 63

Overall Guardian ranking: 76

Sample course: MA International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Manchester Metropolitan University is one of Europe's largest universities, with over 37,000 students. The university is based in the heart of Manchester, with easy access to state-of-the-art facilities.  Student satisfaction and employability prospects are high, whilst living costs are relatively low.

The university's MA in International Tourism and Hospitality Management offers students the opportunity to work closely with industry, either through an optional year-long internship, managing of live projects, or guest lecturers and speakers. The course itself has been designed and development with the help and support of industry leaders and experts.



Bournemouth University

Guardian score: 83.5

Employability: 61

Overall Guardian ranking: 61

Sample course: MSc Tourism Management

Bournemouth University is set in the picturesque county of Devon, on the south coast of England. It was officially named as a university in 1992, and has built a solid reputation for offering professional based courses. This means that students enjoy a high employability rate after studying there. The university now has over 16,000 students, a little over 10% of which are international.

The university's Tourism Management course focuses on the relationships between tourism and the wider economic, environmental and socio-cultural context. Students have the option of an optional study exchange work placement, providing them with real-life work opportunities. The course is world renowned, and accredited by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

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