Taking a holiday or travelling for business is an essential and enjoyable part of everyday life and despite current economic changes and impacts, travel continues to be at the core of many peoples lives.
Todays modern travel industry is a global business offering enormous opportunity in a variety of exciting sectors.
This dynamic industry is sure to see many changes in the future making it an interesting and stimulating choice for study and opportunity in the years to come.
Our undergraduate courses in travel and tourism offer you an unique opportunity to develop specialist marketing or entrepreneurship skills.
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Professional and industry links
The school has excellent links to both industry and key organisations in the travel sector.
In 2008 we inaugurated our first Travel Industry Forum where key players in the industry met to discuss and inform the course and its alignment to the travel industry.
As a result we are delighted to welcome affiliation with AA Appointments, ACE (The Association of Cruise Experts) Amadeus UK, Carlson Wagons Lit Travel, the CAA, Equity Travel, Neilson, The Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) Meon Valley Travel, SKAL and TUI.
The school is also a corporate member of the Institute of Travel & Tourism. Both the travel and tourism course benefit from both membership and recognition by this key organisation.
Ongoing organisational input such as this benefits both your study and future prospects.
This, underpinned by the wide industry experience of all the staff teaching on the degree, ensures travel students at the School of Sport and Service Management are some of the best equipped for a successful future in this dynamic sector.
Business travel specialism
If you want to follow a career in business travel, International Travel Management BA(Hons) now offers additional endorsement from Institute of Travel and Meetings, the leading professional body for business travel in the UK and Ireland.
You will have the the opportunity to enhance your award with certification from ITM by following the business travel route after level 2 of your studies.
On the undergraduate degree you will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by taking a 48-week work placement between years two and three.
The completion of a placement-based final year project replaces the dissertation.
The placement will give you the opportunity to apply practical skills, gain hands-on experience and make industry contacts.
Recent placements have included:
- Walt Disney World
- Easy Jet
- First Choice
- Civil Aviation Authority
We are extremely proud of our excellent track record of graduate success in the travel industry, many graduates are recruited onto specialist management programmes.
Our students are employed by companies including
- Virgin Atlantic
- First Choice Holidays and Flights Ltd
- Four Seasons Hotels
A number of our graduates have gone on to start up their own businesses including a Travel Agency with bases in both Mauritius and Canada and a backpackers hotel in Cambodia.
The Centre for Tourism Policy Studies (CENTOPS) hosts an annual international conference, which is now in its sixth year, and has a visiting researcher programme.
Funding is received from a wide range of sources including the UN World Tourism Organisation and the British Council.