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Course overview

As an event manager you can expect to organise events ranging from a small business conference to masterminding a major music festival.

You learn the principles and theoretical frameworks related to events management and how to apply this theory in practice. You cover logistics and operations management, risk management, strategy, finance, digital marketing, project management, marketing communications, sustainability, economic and social impacts of events.To give you practical experience of events management, you plan and deliver a series of varied events. Benefit from opportunities to engage in work placements, project work and to network with successful events businesses to put your theoretical experience into practice.

Employers are increasingly looking for work-ready graduates with an in-depth understanding of the event industry and the skills to operate in an international business environment. This course equips you with a strong applied grounding in event management that challenges you to develop, promote, operationalise and evaluate a range of events at each year of your studies. You develop knowledge from a theoretical perspective, but also immerse yourself in event management activity, working with a diverse range of businesses and organisations. Engaging with industry experts and professionals, from a range of global businesses and partners, ensures you are fully engaged with current practice and insight, with a real focus on operating within a globally-connected dynamic business environment. We recognise the importance of practice-based learning which is why we work closely with local, national and international businesses for you to gain valuable practical, professional and entrepreneurial skills to make an impact in your chosen career. Top five reasons to study events management at Teesside

  • Career ready: work with regional, national and global businesses on live projects, helping you build career networks and solve real-time problems.
  • Industry input: we work with brands including Coca-Cola, Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Johnson & Johnson to give you experience of working with global organisations.
  • International travel: get a global outlook through international study with our partners in Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, China, India, Singapore and UAE.
  • Work experience: we have a range of work experience opportunities including placements and internships with regional, national and global businesses.
  • Become entrepreneurial: Teesside University students have created 500 new business start-ups through Launchpad – an on-campus start-up community who provide support and advice for students looking to start a new business venture.

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Course details

Year 1 is mainly tutor-led and focuses on providing you with the necessary broad business knowledge and skills. You study the dynamics and operational aspects of the event industry as well as the principles of business management. You also deliver a small fundraising event.

Year 2 takes a more student-led approach with an emphasis on exploring your own interests and deepening your insights, as well as having more responsibility for your own learning. You develop a broader international perspective to the study of business. You also plan and deliver an event using project management skills learned in your first year, and gain a fundamental understanding of risk and crisis management, exploring the many challenges that event managers face.

Between Year 2 and your final year you have the opportunity to spend a year in industry on placement or study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

The final year explores more advanced topics within business and management and you develop your awareness of your own responsibility as a future leader of business. You examine the growth of the international event industry and learn how to take a strategic approach to management. You consider the strategic and applied aspects of events management and have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by undertaking a self-managed independent project through the Dissertation module.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Academic Skills and Personal Development for Business

This module develops your academic and transferrable skills to support successful study on a business degree course. These skills include a range of personal and transferable study skills including active listening, reading and understanding academic texts, note taking, time management, written and oral communication, analytical thinking and referencing, as well as professional skills linked to employability and career aspirations.

Business Creativity Enterprise and Career Aspirations

You are introduced to the basic elements of research and develop an understanding of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in the context of business organisations. You gain the confidence to explore and research current topics and generate new ideas to solve problems. You will work in teams reviewing relevant literature and considering different methodologies for researching and collecting relevant data to develop a proposal for a small research project.

Collecting Understanding and Presenting Business Information

This module will introduce you to the basic elements of collecting primary and secondary business data, understanding it and then presenting it as meaningful information. It will provide you with the confidence to explore current business topics and the knowledge and skills required for the Team Research Project Utilising Digital Platforms module. You will use digital platforms such as Excel spreadsheets, Word, online survey packages and PowerPoint to facilitate collection, basic analysis and presentation of business information.

Introduction to Business Environment

This broad-ranging module provides you with an introduction to the interrelated nature of business activities and their relationships with the micro (internal) and macro (external) environments. The internal environment will introduce the key concepts surrounding marketing and human resource management (HRM). The external environment, examines the key political, economic, social, technological, and cultural issues affecting the modern firm.

Numeracy and Introduction to Finance

This module provides you with an introduction to core numerical skills and quantitative techniques that are essential to studying business in higher education. You will develop effective quantitative problem-solving skills using practical business problems and gain an appreciation of the contribution that accounting makes to the financial analysis and managerial control of business organisations.

Team Research Project Utilising Digital Platforms

This module provides an opportunity for you to work collaboratively as a team, to carry out a short piece of research using an online survey package to conduct a short survey. As part of a team, you will demonstrate your ability to apply skills of research, analysis and synthesis to present your findings and conclusions using appropriate software packages.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Teaching and learning is through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and practice-based projects. You also hear from guest speakers and business practitioners and we support and facilitate you to engage with as many businesses as possible to gain an insight into a range of business disciplines and learn about the role of events across a range of industries and contexts.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through a combination of individual and/or group written assignments, practical assessments, presentations and projects. The focus on employability and practical application means that you are often assessed through live project activity, where you are challenged to take the taught understanding from a module and apply that knowledge with a live business and events management setting; working in collaboration with real organisations.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 32-64 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent in English and maths.

We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Event management offers growing and varied career opportunities, ranging from organising a small business conference to masterminding a major music festival. In charge of both planning and execution, professional event managers have responsibilities that shift with every project.
In your career you need a combination of knowledge, skills, personal qualities and relevant experiences – and you’ll get all this from your degree. The course provides subject knowledge and expertise, opportunities to put what you learn into practice and work-related experience. You also develop transferable personal skills in teamwork, and project and time management that will be valued wherever your career takes you.
You work on your employability through a mixture of academic and vocational modules. You are strongly encouraged to take work placements during holidays, and the placement year option provides invaluable real-world experience.
Through guest lectures and live projects you have lots of opportunities to engage with potential employers. You also have access to workshops and events throughout your course and extensive support to help you secure an optional year placement.
Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.


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Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year) or 5 years (including a work placement)
  • UCAS code: N824 BA/EMFY
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 32-64 tariff points

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