BA (Hons) Event Management

Course summary

This course is aimed at those who want to develop a career in the planning and management of a range of events such as sport, conferences, weddings, fundraising, exhibitions, PR, training and festivals.

Being based in London, where all the main event associations are based and where major sports events, gala evenings and film premieres regularly take place, this course will put you right at the heart of the events management industry.

This is a work relevant course that combines academic study with practical skills, helping students to put theory into practice in a work related environment. You must complete 400 hours work experience in years one and two of the course.

Course detail

Our students are required to undertake a minimum of 40 weeks placement (1600 hours). You may be exempt from the placement year if you have appropriate work experience or current occupation.


Year One (Level 4)

  • Events Planning and Logistics
  • Events Industry
  • Personal and Professional Development for Managers
  • Management Information.

Plus two options from:

  • Food and Drink Service Studies
  • Food Production Operations
  • Business Environment
  • Introduction to the Wedding Industry
  • Sports Events.

Year Two (Level 5)

  • Event Bidding
  • Event Planning
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Management Accounting and Decision-making
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Sports Events
  • Managing People in Practice.

Plus two options from:

  • Restaurant Food Management
  • Small Business
  • Hotels and the Business Traveller
  • Event Design
  • PR and Reputation Management.

Year 3 (Level 6)

  • Live Event Management
  • Event Impact Analysis
  • Conference and Venue Management
  • Service Industries Dissertation or Industrial Project.

Plus two options from:

  • Events Future Trends and Issues
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Global Marketing
  • Consultancy Project
  • Business Leadership and Professional Development
  • Strategic Facilities Management
  • Festival Management
  • Experiential and Fundraising Events.

Entry requirements

GCE A/VCE A level: 112 points

BTec National Diploma to Merit, Merit and Pass

Advanced GNVQ: Merit

Maths and English at Grade 'C' or above at GCSE

Access: Pass

If you do not meet the above requirements, we still encourage you to apply if you have relevant work experience. Mature applicants with substantial work experience are also welcome to apply.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


UK fees

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Fees for our 2017 courses have not yet been released.


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Please note that fees given are per academic year unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to change. Costs can increase each year.

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During the course

Notable aspects

Our links with AEME, Meetings Professional International, EVENTIA and ISES UK open doors to excellent work experience to develop your career.

Special resources

The University is a founding member of the Association of Event Management Education, and the International Special Events Society UK. The Chartered Institute of Public Relations also recognises our Credit Level 6 module in PR and Reputation Management.

Teaching methods

Teaching and learning is work-relevant, and we use assessments to challenge your skills. You will complete live client briefs, work-based case studies, risk assessment exercises, design presentations, essays, project work, team work, live event projects, live client bidding, workshops, industry reports, blogs and more - all backed up by academic research.

You can expect to personally help organise at least one live event during the course. Our staff are at the forefront of event management development research.

What our students say

Dena Weal, BA (Hons) Event Management graduate

"Three words to describe my university experience: Fun. Creative. Informative.

I loved all the practical experience of organising real events.

I will now work as a Wedding planner.

In five years I would like to be running my own company."

Lucie Guillon, BA (Hons) Event Management student

Hannah Bosley, BA (Hons) Event Management graduate

Nicky West, BA (Hons) Event Management student

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

Our graduates have secured positions as:

  • assistant event organisers
  • event planners
  • fundraising officers
  • festival managers
  • event designers
  • event logistics managers
  • venue managers
  • event and project coordinators
  • event client coordinators.

In addition, many have gone on to run their own events businesses, with support from the University.

Study progression

Post-graduate opportunities in events related courses are growing. We offer an MA in Special Events and Fundraising, or you may decide to apply for a PhD in events, or a related area.