The University of Northampton

UN_NBS_Logo_BlackWe offer our students a unique experience, focused on enriching employability skills through placements, work experience and volunteering opportunities. We have a 96% student employability rate. Our National Student Survey (NSS) student satisfaction rate is 89%, above sector average. The University of Northampton is one of just nine UK universities in the Top 30 for both student satisfaction and employability.

Ranked in the Top 50 Universities in the UK, social innovation and social change is at the heart of all we do. We were awarded Changemaker Campus status by Ashoka U, a leading global network of social entrepreneurs, in 2013; the first University in the UK to be given this prestigious award”

*HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13, July 2014 compared to full university status HEIs for full time study first Undergraduate degree leavers

Our travel and tourism degree programmes are designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to ensure employability in the travel and tourism industry.

Key Features of Travel and Tourism degrees at the University of Northampton:

  • Overall 97% student satisfaction rate for Travel and Tourism (2014 National Student Survey (NSS)
  • Top ten in the UK for Travel and Tourism 2015 subject league (positioned 7th)
  • 90% of our travel and tourism students’ progress to work or further study (*HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13, July 2014 compared to full university status HEIs for full time study first Undergraduate degree leavers)
  • Excellent links with national and local key players in the tourism industry, including some of the industry’s professional bodies
  • Teaching to industry best practice guidelines
  • Opportunities to participate in study trips in the UK and Overseas
  • A fully dedicated and supportive teaching team with industry backgrounds
  • The opportunity to gain academic credit for a 50 day placement (undergraduate degrees) 

Course Information:

HND Travel and Tourism Management

This programme provides the opportunity for a more vocational entry onto a degree programme as students study for two years, and are then encouraged to complete the top up degree. The programme is linked to professional body requirements and offers a strong, sector related emphasis on your practical skills whilst developing your knowledge and understanding.

BA (Hons) International Tourism Development

The travel and tourism industry is a dynamic, changing sector and graduates of this course will be equipped with the necessary business development and creative skills to allow you to adapt and be successful in this diverse environment. This qualification has been specifically designed to meet the needs of tourism employers and to provide you with the qualifications and skills necessary for real world success. The programme is accredited by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) and the Tourism Society, the professional bodies for tourism management in the UK. 

International Tourism Management (top up)

This programme is designed to enable holders of HND/FdA Travel and Tourism Management qualifications (or similar UK and international qualifications) to gain a full honours degree in just one year. It is accredited by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) and the Tourism Society, the professional bodies for tourism management in the UK.

MA International Tourism Development

This programme is designed to deliver a substantial theoretical and practical understanding of the role and contribution of the tourism industry in the context of international development. You will gain the skills required to manage sustainable tourism businesses, alongside the specialisms of destination marketing and management. You will also explore tourisms relationship with international development in the context of tourism disasters affecting tourist destinations, and the role of tourism in the development of countries that have experienced conflict. An emphasis upon the micro-economic contribution of enterprise projects to support development also features within the curriculum; delivered through the Ashoka Changemaker philosophy; in addition to an international field visit.

Upon completion of the programme, students may wish to progress their studies through a doctoral qualification.

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