• Study mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

Is it your dream to work in the events management industry? Our course covers the fundamental principles of event management, setting you up perfectly to enter this industry.

At the heart of our course you’ll find a combination of theory with practical work elements and gain a broad understanding of how events are planned, marketed, developed and run.

Coupling both theory and practical will ensure you are well placed in the sector when it comes to employability. By the end of the course you will have a CV made up of knowledge and experience at well-established high profile events.

During your time at Bucks you will establish a firm understanding of the music and live event business. You'll learn about the unique nature of working in music event management and look at a number of entrepreneurial approaches to the music business. You will also spend time exploring the social and cultural factors that affect the production and consumption of popular music.

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More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


Our BA (Hons) Events, Festivals and Venue Management degree covers the fundamental principles of event management applicable to most sectors. At the heart of the course is the planning of events, employability and preparing students for employment in the Music, Festivals, Leisure and Events Industries.

Some of the subject areas you will be studying are:

  • Live Music Event Management.
  • Venue Management.
  • licensing.
  • Festival planning and management.
  • Marketing & PR.
  • Legal aspects of event management.
  • Safety.
  • Crowd management.
  • Wedding planning.

The teaching team on this course have demonstrable industry backgrounds spanning decades, meaning you will learn from experienced lecturers. The course leader has 30 years of experience in the sector as a Concert Promoter, Venue Operator and as a part of the management for large-scale festivals in the UK, Ireland and the USA. Throughout the course you will also learn from specialist guest lecturers and benefit from an allocated personal tutor for 1-1 tutorials.

Alongside experienced academics, there is a heavy focus on making our course content applicable to the real world so you will find yourself working on two outdoor community festivals in your first and second year modules. You can also choose to work alongside the SU to put on events and gain further work experience. In previous years students have had the opportunity to benefit from industry links with Festival Republic resulting in opportunities at events including Reading Festival, Wireless Festival, Motor Sports Events and more.

On this course you will be taught with a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and event planning tasks. Students are also assessed in a number of ways, such as but not limited to formal essays, presentations, organising events, site planning, group work and a dissertation in your final year.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 80 - 104. 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.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • It's Not All Rock N Roll
  • Licence to Thrill
  • Event Hospitality
  • Marketing and PR for Events
  • Music Cultures
  • Entertainment Industry Framework
  • Managing your Brand
  • Principles of Marketing

Year 2 Modules

  • Event Management
  • Venue Management and Concert Promotion
  • Crowd Management & Visitor Safety
  • Wedding Planning (optional)
  • E Commerce for the Music Industry (optional)
  • The Music Entrepreneur

Year 3 Modules

  • Strategic Event Management
  • Mosh Pit Politics
  • Digital Music Marketing
  • Music Industry Contracts
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation


How much does it cost

Full time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

This course is geared around employability with a focus on creating opportunities for students to enhance their CV, build their networks and improve their overall standing within the industry. Students who have done previous events courses with us have gone on to work at some of the UK’s leading festivals, venues and operators.

Our course caters to the following career pathways:

  • Event Planner
  • Concert and Live Music Events Promoter
  • Festival Manager
  • Venue Manager
  • Wedding Planner
  • Events Marketing & PR
  • Licensing
  • Tour Manager
  • Health & Safety

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.