Events Management BA (Hons)

UCAS code N820

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Events Management balances a range of business and event subjects to ensure graduates have the skills to find employment in the event management industry.

On successful completion of the degree, you will graduate with a broad understanding of, and experience in, organising and supporting events, as well as a qualification respected by employers in a range of industry sectors.

If you are involved in events voluntarily or otherwise, have good organisational skills or would like to learn more about the events industry, then this could be the course for you.

Special features

  • This course provides a range of theoretical and practical skills required to become an events professional
  • The degree builds on the industry-focused HNC Events in the first year, providing students with a good grounding for degree level study
  • There are also opportunities to enter the degree in year two for those with an HNC from a range of other relevant subjects
  • 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.

Entry requirements

  • 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

Access routes

  • SVQ Level 3 in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service
  • NC Events Coordination

Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Events Management with a grade profile of CCC in one of the below courses:

  • Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
  • Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
  • Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)

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
  • Intorduction 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 (core for those articulating from an HNC in Events)
  • Event fundamentals (core for those articulating from an HNC in a subject other than events)

Year 3 - BA

You will study the following core modules:

  • Research skills
  • Events operations management
  • Critical thinking in management
  • Small business planning

You will also choose two further option modules from the following:

  • Marketing communications
  • Niche tourism
  • Understanding visitor behaviour
  • Work placement: industry specific skills

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will study the following core module:

  • Major event analysis

and complete one of the following:

  • Dissertation
  • Research and plan a new business venture

You will also choose three further option modules from the following:

  • eBusiness (business and leisure)
  • Strategic marketing
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Corporate responsibility in a global environment
  • Work placement: professional practice

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed using our blended learning approach and has run successfully for many years in this way, we can confirm that there will be limited change to how the course will be delivered next year. From September 2020, you will study mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • Full-time
  • 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?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only)


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

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:

Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

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) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

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 £11,650 £12,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,820 £6,000
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,940 £2,000

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring a Tier 4 visa 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 RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous 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.

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

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What our students, graduates and staff say

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 Inverness College UHI 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 Moray College UHI campus.

Apply for Events Management BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

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