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Undergraduate BA (Hons)

International Tourism Management

Study the forces that affect the tourism industry, from sustainable travel to destination management. You’ll build up a wealth of experience on this international tourism course.

International Tourism Management

Course Overview

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  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

Tourism is constantly expanding to cater for the needs of the traveller and their desire to go further, more frequently and sustainably. This dynamic international tourism management course will keep you up to date with emerging trends and global issues, providing you with the experience and skills required to enter the industry at a professional level.

As part of your course, you’ll:

  • Gain an appreciation of other cultures and be aware and sensitive to the positive and negative impacts of tourism on communities and local economic development
  • Look at the modern challenges faced by tourism organisations, focusing on recent trends and developments so you’re equipped with the skills to solve complex problems and implement plans and solutions to resolve them
  • Acquire an understanding of sustainable tourism and development as well as the organisational structure and management of this ever-expanding service sector
  • Develop an entrepreneurial approach by working alongside key industry partners to build innovative solutions to real-life business challenges
  • Gain an insight into moral, ethical, environmental and legal issues allowing you to make a valuable contribution to the tourism and travel sector
  • Have the opportunity to specialise in key areas such as marketing and human resources and learn from world-leading experts in responsible tourism

This course will enable you to take a strong international focus. You’ll understand the core areas of business and management of the tourism sector as you develop the ability to contribute at a regional, national and global level.

You’ll have the opportunity to work as part of a team as a consultant for a range of our extensive industry contacts. As part of this task, you’ll be asked to find creative solutions to real-life challenges. From working with national organisations like The National Trust to international tour operators like Jet2Holidays, we have a wide range of projects to help you get experience, whatever your interests.

With our flexible study options, you’ll be able to specialise in a specific area that could lead to your career of choice. For example, this could be:

  • Sustainable tourism for less developed countries
  • Destination management
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Tourist attractions management 

Your assessment

Whichever modules you select, you'll never sit an exam. Our assessments are designed to test the skills that are in high demand by our industry and you'll receive expert support and guidance to ensure you can achieve your full potential. Visit the Teaching & Learning section further down this page for more information on which modules you'll be able to study. 

UK Centre of Excellence

We were the first UK university to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Tourism. Awarded by the leading professional body, the ITT (the Institute of Travel and Tourism), this recognition puts us at the forefront of education and research in this dynamic sector.

ITT is the only professional membership body for the UK travel and tourism industry. Membership will enable you to raise your profile, take advantage of networking opportunities with key players in the sector and to enhance your CV and future career prospects.

A year in industry

You’ll be able to impress even the most demanding of future employers with your hands-on experience if you take the opportunity to work in industry as part of your course. You’ll be able to travel the globe working in one or multiple places throughout the year. Why not combine a season in a resort with experience in operations or commercial contracting back at head office? Or how about applying for a year working with Disney in Florida? Our dedicated placement team will support you every step of the way as you build an impressive CV.

Field trips

Our local and international field trips will take your learning outside the classroom so you can experience tourism first-hand.

Expert practitioners 

Our specialist teaching team includes research-active academics and industry professionals who work as consultants to the course. Their expertise will help to shape your learning. 


Guest lectures from leading industry speakers, such as the ITT, ABTA and industry organisations large and small will keep you up to speed with current topics and developments within this exciting sector.

Top-up option

We also offer this course as a top-up. If you have an HND or foundation degree in tourism you could choose this option and study the year three modules listed below in the Teaching & Learning section.

Recognised by TMI and an ITT recognised university:
QS five star rating:

Why study International Tourism Management at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. 100% of students on BA (Hons) International Tourism Management were positive about the way teaching staff explain things*
  2. Our School was ranked in the top 50 best schools globally in 2022 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities
  3. Specialist teaching team including research-active academics and industry professionals
  4. Develop your professional network through our guest lecture series
  5. Sandwich year and placement opportunities
  6. 100% of graduates in work or further study 15 months after graduation**

*National Student Survey 2023
**Percentage of respondents from this course, HESA Graduate Outcomes 20-21