Travel and Tourism Management BA(Hons) 2017-18

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About the course

Tourism is one of the most economically important industrial activities in the world. More than a billion people take an international tourist trip every year and this number is increasing year on year. We all look forward to our holidays but we don't often think about the processes, systems and activities which enable us to have an enjoyable experience whilst away from home. This course focuses specifically on providing knowledge and skills to be able to work in a sector which includes tour operators, travel agencies, on-line retailers, accommodation providers, visitor attractions and tourist boards. Business-related skills are developed in the early years of the course before being applied to all areas of the travel and tourism sector. Marketing and human resource management underpin elements of the second year enabling you to apply these principles whilst on your placement year. The final year takes a more strategic approach and deals with issues related to the sustainability of the industry. At all stages, you have the opportunity to specialise in languages, air or land passenger transport.

Here's what current Travel and Tourism Management student Joe has to say about his course.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Fundamentals of Tourism

This module will introduce you to the fundamental concepts and principles relating to the study of tourism and the tourist industry. The nature of tourism will be explored through an analysis of definitions, trends, market characteristics, determinants and motivations, product development, and an outline of the main industry sectors. The development of tourism will be analysed in the context of its history, macro-environment and the economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts that it imparts. Principles of sustainable tourism development will be introduced.

Business Skills

This module will help you to develop your professional and personal skills with an emphasis on employability and enterprise. Lectures, workshops and tutorials will help you to develop and practice your reading, writing, presentation, teamwork and research skills. ICT skills will be enhanced through the delivery of workshops and competence testing. Data analysis and statistical techniques will be used to show how these tools are vital in performing the tasks required within industry. You’ll have the opportunity to develop the ability to choose, use and manage appropriate mathematical, statistical and ICT systems and techniques to produce and disseminate meaningful management information. The module incorporates elements of PDP and self-evaluation. A weekend residential field trip in the first term will focus on team-building skills.

Economics and Marketing

One half of the module provides an introduction to the principles of micro-economics. You’ll particularly focus on applications in logistics, supply chain management, air transport and transport. The other half of the module introduces key principles of strategic and operational marketing. You’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the underlying concepts and theories underpinning marketing practice and its application in the sectors mentioned above.

Commercial Management

This module introduces you to financial and commercial management, helping to build your understanding of this vital area of business management and helping to support you in your future career. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your understanding of financial statements and how these are used to appraise the performance of a business and you’ll explore the use of information for business control and management decision making.

Option modules: Choose two from a list which may include: Modern Language

Transport: Challenges and Issues

This introductory module provides a perspective on a wide range of policy-related topics focusing in the transportation of people (primarily) and the transportation of goods (secondarily). It provides a foundation for more in-depth study at later stages.

Sports Leisure and Recreation Management

You will be required to be well informed of current affairs that affect the Sports, Leisure and Recreation industry and related sectors of the industry. This module will help provide you with the basic understanding of the historical development and the growing inter-relationships of the sport, leisure and recreation sectors. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts of the sectors and the demand generating sources attached to their development. Current and future trends in participation rates within these areas will also be included to allow you to identify future potential opportunities for the industry.

Introduction to Air Transport

This module gives you an overview of the different players in air transport (e.g. airlines, airports, air traffic control, airline catering). Furthermore it helps provide you with the fundamental concepts of air law, government policy and environmental aspects of air transport. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake research in groups on different airlines and present them to your peers.

Organisations and People

The module will introduce you to the characteristics of organisations and explore how they operate and what influences them. The structures, operations and management aspects of organisations will be analysed. The specific behaviour of people at work will also be examined in order to understand their motivations. Whilst some of the theories of management styles will be discussed, emphasis will be placed on developing your personal skills with regard to key business activities.

Year 2

Core modules:

The Travel and Tourism Industry

This module analyses the structure, operation and organisation of the public, private and not-for-profit sectors of the tourism industry. This will include tour operators, travel intermediaries, accommodation providers, tourist attractions, tourist organisations and non-air transport providers. The activities, macro-environment, legal and regulatory requirements and products of all sectors will be analysed through the use of relevant case studies.

Special Interest Tourism

This module examines Special Interest Tourism which has grown in popularity over the years as the tourist has become more sophisticated and discerning. As a result, numerous travel providers have developed products tailored to the needs of those specific people requiring something “different” from the mass tourist. Such products include food tourism, wine tourism, adventure tourism, dark tourism, cultural tourism, gay tourism and cruise-ship tourism.

Management Theory and Practice for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Industries

This module engages in the development of organisation and management concepts and theories through the exploration of organisational social history, with significance given to contemporary managerial approaches applied at both corporate and operational level for the hospitality, travel and tourism industries. You’ll explore leadership issues, group dynamics, group decision-making, effective communication, organisational culture, structure, and change management processes.

Human Resource Management and the Workplace

This module is designed to generate increased confidence when entering and working in the workplace. The module offers you the opportunity to stimulate your learning through a series of employability workshops relating to topics such as CVs, covering letters, application forms, interviews and assessment centres and will introduce you to a wide range of transferable skills. Human Resource Management & Development will be introduced and the module will demonstrate how this contributes to organisational success in a rapidly changing environment. The module will identify key HRM issues, practices and procedures.

Consumer Behaviour and Experiential Marketing

This module will build upon your knowledge of marketing from an experiential and consumer-orientated perspective. You’ll have the opportunity to extend your knowledge of contemporary approaches through studying experiential and online marketing. The module should also help develop your understanding of the key factors that motivate individuals to consume experiential provisions (i.e. events, hospitality and torusim) and you’ll have the opportunity to gain skills to identify potential markets for marketing strategies.

Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include:

Passenger Transport Management

The focus of this module is on the day-to-day operational and strategic management of passenger transport including urban, interurban and rural public transport operations (heavy rail, light rail, bus, coach, mobility-sharing schemes) and private transport. It should help contribute to your understanding of passenger transport cost considerations as well as aspects of transport demand and revenue management. This is relevant to those of you who intend to work in the passenger transport and tourism industries in the private and public sector. The module draws on relevant concepts supported by examples and practical issues emerging from different companies in the sector.

Airline and Airports Operations and Planning

This module provides an analysis of the major elements of airline and airport operations (e.g. airline scheduling, airport passenger operations) and will be relevant to you if you intend to work in the airline or airport sector. It will help give you a broader view of the airlines’ and airports’ operational environment and procedure.

Modern Language

Year 3 - optional placement year

The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Final year

Core modules:

Sustainable Tourism

This module critically examines the concept of sustainability and its application to the tourist industry. It investigates some of the cost and benefits of tourism development in terms of its impacts on host communities and environments and analyses the ways in which sustainable principles have been applied within the industry. Planning for tourism at local, regional, national and international level will be appraised in terms of the application of these principles through a range of case studies.

Destination Marketing and Management

Tourism destinations operate in a very competitive marketplace and to succeed destinations must implement distinct and specific marketing and management practices. This module will analyse the application of marketing and management concepts, such as tourist behaviours, destination stakeholder management, destination image, and internet marketing, in tourist destinations.


The aim of this module is to help develop your skills and ability to carry out an original investigation into a particular problem. In the early stages of project development, lectures provide guidance in various important aspects of project formulation and development, such as choice of appropriate methodology, literature sources and review techniques, specification of data requirements, data collection and data analysis. For the remainder of the module, emphasis is placed on individual study, supported by regular personal supervision.

Strategic Management for the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Industries

This module will address principles of strategic management and is applied to industry practice. It covers the four elements of strategic management, namely: Strategic Analysis, Strategic Choice, Strategic Implementation and Evaluation. You’ll have the opportunity to explore issues such as competitive advantage, sustainability, competence-based organisations, dispersion of knowledge, supply chain and value chain, mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, hostile takeovers, generic strategies, adaptive strategies, disruptive innovation and the digital age.

Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include:

Transport Economics and Policy

This module aims to provide you with the necessary tools and in-depth knowledge that will give you the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of a wide range of contemporary transport issues. These are analysed and set primarily within a policy and economics context suitable for the level of study. The module builds upon concepts developed in year one and two.

Environmental Management

During the first half of this module a theoretical framework, based on core principles, is introduced. The framework enables you to explore the causes, impacts and potential solutions to various environmental problems. The second half of the module explores how environmental management works in practice in businesses and organisations. A key part of this is understanding how environmental management systems, specifically, ISO14001 work.

Airline and Airports Economics and Marketing

This module comprises the major components of airline and airport economics and marketing and is relevant to those of you who are hoping to obtain management positions in the airline or airport sector. Specifically it seeks to help equip you with the key skills and knowledge of airline/airport cost and revenue inputs in order to make sound managerial decisions. Practical cases and examples are developed throughout the module to support theoretical understanding.

Modern Language

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Huddersfield Business School's Placement Unit won the National Undergradute Employability (NUE) award in 2017 for ‘Best University Placement Service' for their hard work and innovative ideas.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

Previous placement providers have included Greenwich Country Club (Connecticut), Sandals (Antigua), Ovolo Group (Hong Kong), PMG Asia (Singapore), Leger Holidays, Gold Breaks, Country Club of Darien (USA), White Lodgings (USA) and Quinteassential. Or you could join and run EM-VA (Event Management & Volunteering Agency), which is our in-house student enterprise, run by event management placement students and mentored by the event management tutors.

Career opportunities

85% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. *

Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as Marketing & Sales Assistant, Marketing Assistant and Travel Agent in organisations including Age UK, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Travel by Inspire or the Graduate Development Programme with Principal Hotels.*

*Source: DLHE survey and LinkedIn

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment will include individual and group assignments, reports, essays, fieldwork, student portfolios, examinations and a dissertation.

19.7% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


The Business School was opened in 2010 at a cost of £17m and is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop. Located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

The Learning Development Group (LDG) offer a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as referencing, presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to our students on sandwich courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CV's and covering letters.

Excellent teaching rooms combine with fully-equipped computer labs to provide access to technology and learning resources alongside 'The Street' cafe which offers space for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide selection of fresh food and hot and cold drinks.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

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Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website

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