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Mr Nick Eade MSc, MA, BA (Hons), FHEA
From sporting and corporate events, to charity fundraisers and music festivals, this course will give you the skills needed for a successful career in this thriving global industry. You’ll have the opportunity to work at events such as the London Marathon, Glastonbury Festival and Goodwood.
High Wycombe Campus
This innovative degree provides you with the skills and inside knowledge needed to work in festival and event management. During this course you’ll combine theory with practical work placements and gain a broad understanding of how events are planned, marketed, developed and run.
What will this course cover?From the very beginning of this course you’ll mix both theory and practice. We link you with a local charity and help you to organise a variety of different fundraising events, giving you hands-on experience from week one.
You’ll spend time focusing on the trends shaping the event and festival industry, with a strong emphasis on safety. You’ll take key modules in marketing, event strategy and hospitality. We’ll also teach you about events rights and merchandising, sustainability and logistics.
This dynamic course is constantly developing in line with a fast-moving industry. This makes sure you finish your degree with the most up to date knowledge and skills, ready to enter employment.
Work at leading events and festivalsSubject to interviews, paid work experience will be available to you on this course along with a number of volunteering opportunities. Previous organisations include Reading and Leeds Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Goodwood, the UK Festival Awards, the London Marathon and Wembley.
In the second year of study you’ll spend time on an assessed work placement. Former students have done this with wedding planners and international events companies in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Download the Programme Specification.
We have a strong teaching team at Bucks with a wealth of professional and academic experience. The course benefits from a huge number of industry links and there are extensive opportunities for work placements throughout your time with us. These placements are often paid and allow you to build your own network of contacts for the future.
Personal License and First Aid While you are studying on this degree, you’ll be offered the chance to become a Personal License holder. This allows you to sell or supply alcohol at events or become a licensee at a registered venue. You’ll also take an Emergency First Aider course, which will further enhance your employability in this industry.
International study tripsOur international study trips give you the chance to visit event management companies overseas. This allows you to observe the professional environment and learn how international events can be operated. Previous trips include Amsterdam, Geneva, Dublin and Barcelona.
A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 200-240. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per yearFull-time International: £9,500 per year
For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.
For fees for international students, visit our international section.
Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.
Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information on making an application through UCAS is available on our Applicants' pages.
If you are an international student, visit our international students section.
When you finish this course you’ll be highly employable throughout the festival and events industry. You’ll be qualified to work in a range of roles such as operations managers, events officers and corporate events coordinators. Former graduates have also found work in the global events industry, as safety and security advisers, wedding planners, within promotion companies and theatres.
How will you help me prepare for my future?Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.
We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.