Events Management BA (Hons)
Course code N820
What is special about this course?
If your passion is for the dynamic events sector, the BA (Hons) Events Management is the right course for you. Join us and develop sector-specific skills and awareness aligned to high quality, business skills that will make a real impact on the businesses you work with. Discover opportunities to put your learning into practice through portfolio activity, projects, event management, live events and case studies, all while developing the skills and knowledge most valued by the business and events sector, so enhancing your employment opportunities. All students on the events degree will have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of events throughout the duration of the course, including a digital event in year 3.
Living and studying in the Highlands gives you access to an exciting and varied range of events in areas such as music, culture, the arts, business and sporting events. In addition, studying Events Management with the University of the Highlands and Islands will give you the chance to choose option modules from our creative industries courses, such as BA (Hons) Film Making and BA (Hons) Music.
- This course provides a range of theoretical and practical skills required to become an events professional
- This course offers the flexibility to exit at each level with a valuable qualification
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
- 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
- 2 A levels at grade C or above
- Prospective students without the standard entry requirements but with considerable relevant work experience are encouraged to apply
Advanced entry to year two:
- The degree has been set up to allow direct access to year two from a range of relevant HNCs (with 15 credits) for those interested in the events industry, such as:
- Bridging units may be required and applications will be looked at individually
- Recognition of Prior Learning for those with Events experience may be possible
Advanced entry to year three:
- Direct access to year 3 may be possible with HND Events Management or HND Hospitality Management, or other HNDs where candidates have events experience
SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.
- SVQ Level 3 in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership
- City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service
- NC Events Coordination
Year 1 - CertHE
Mandatory units include:
- Industry portfolio 1
- Event fundamentals
- Introduction to the customer-centred business
- Introduction to business
Optional subjects may include:
- Introduction to tourism and hospitality
- Introduction to operations management
- Music in arts and society
Year 2 - DipHE
You will study the following core modules:
- Finance for events
- Industry portfolio 2
- Strategic health safety and legislation for events management
- Principles of event management and event research
- Marketing fundamentals
You will also choose one option module from the following:
- Creating work for clients
- Event fundamentals (core for students requiring a bridging module and direct entry to year 2)
Year 3 - BA
You will study the following core modules:
- Research skills
- Industry portfolio
- Digital marketing
- Developing entrepreneurial effectiveness
- Understanding visitor behaviour
You will also choose one option module from the following:
- Niche tourism
- Live event production
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will study the following core modules
- The main event
- Major event analysis
You will also choose one further option module from the following:
- Business strategy
- Innovation and enterprise
- Strategic marketing
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- You will study through a combination of practical experience, face-to-face and video conference lectures in the classroom and individual online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), supported by tutors and classmates
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years
- Part-time: 8 years
Where can I study my course?
- North Highland
- Perth - years 3 and 4 only
- January (part-time only)
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
- EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
- EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
- EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£915|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£305|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,542.
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. Students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Year||Level||2022-23 Full-time||With scholarship||2023-24 Full-time
Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£13,020||£13,980|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£6,510||£6,990|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£2,170||£2,330|
Part-time study is not open to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
There may be additional costs associated with involvement in any chosen event, depending on the choices and locations of events. These costs may include, however are not limited to:
- Travel costs
- Accommodation costs
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed the degree, you will have all the skills, knowledge and experience you need to seek employment in the event management industry, for example:
- Event manager
- Conference venue organiser
- Festival management
- International conference manager
- Sporting events manager
- Corporate hospitality manager
- Sports and leisure manager
- Voluntary organisations fundraiser
Is there more information available online?
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I’ve always enjoyed putting events together and chose this course so that I could refine what I already knew.
As part of the HNC Events, I completed a placement at Cawdor Castle looking at various event options for the venue.
I am in the process of converting a horsebox into a mobile cafe/bar as part of my own events business.
If Event Management is where you see yourself then this is definitely the degree you need to study.
Victoria Hughes is on the BA (Hons) Events Management at
our UHI Inverness campus
My time here at the university has been made more enjoyable through meeting lots of new people who support me, whether it's fellow students or course lecturers. I have made friends for life. The staff are
very approachable, and they want the best for your academic journey. The experience has equipped me for the future and I feel like I can take on any task that comes my way.
Chloe Macrae studied on the BA (Hons) Events Management at our UHI Inverness campus.
The university's resources such as the virtual learning environment (VLE) mean I can complete the degree much faster than with the Open University, allowing me to get back into employment quicker. It was the natural progression from the HNC Administration and Information Technology course I completed and my hospitality background.
Haley Kirby is studying in her second year of the BA (Hons) Event Management at our UHI Moray campus.
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Please note that UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland will be changing their names to become UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.
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