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Learn to design, create, and run large-scale professional events

3 years Full Time, 4 years Full Time with sandwich placement
Bishop Otter Campus

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Explore all aspects of modern event management

Our BA (Hons) Event Management degree combines theory with real-world practice to provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in running large-scale on-site and online events.

Plan and run your own events

During this degree you will plan live and virtual events and work with real clients, experiencing the kind of work you could undertake after you graduate.

Past students have organised spectacular events including auctions, gala balls, award ceremonies, music festivals, fashion exhibitions, sport challenge events, game shows and family fun days.

Learn through practical experience

The emphasis on practical experience through contact with real-world situations is in integral part of the programme and we believe our hands-on approach to learning allows you to develop the skills that employers are looking for.

In-built placement options

In addition to the events experience you gain during your studies; this course has specific industry work experience opportunities.

Learn from event managers with global experience

You will learn and plan events with managers who have staged events all over the world, from Hong Kong to Sydney, to Barbados to the USA.

On this course you will:

  • Create, design and stage your own events.
  • Learn from and work with event managers who have staged events all over the world.
  • Have the opportunity to complete a one-year or 10-week placement.
  • Develop valuable soft skills like teamwork, communication, and time management.

The Course

Gain the skills and knowledge to succeed within the industry

Learn to organise your own events

Our BA (Hons) Event Management degree develops your understanding of the practical, logistical, business, and operational elements of event management, as well as the academic context.

Your first and second year will give you the grounding necessary to deliver a ‘live’ event for a client in years two and three of the degree.

You can organise an event as your final year project, or you may choose to write a thesis. If you choose to write a thesis you will be assigned a personal project supervisor to support, you.

Study topics include:

  • Event design and planning
  • Management and organisations
  • Project management
  • Tourism and events
  • Operations management
  • Marketing communications
  • Stakeholder management
  • Public relations
  • Finance and sponsorship
  • Risk management
This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Academic and Professional Skills (APS)

This module will support your transition into a university undergraduate degree programme. You will focus on developing academic and professional skills and be encouraged to reflect on and plan you own personal development. You are provided with a range of topics to help you develop and you can choose those most beneficial to you. You will be assessed through a portfolio.

Event Design, Planning and Creation

Events are increasingly seen as an integral part of regeneration and development strategies in many settings and destinations. This module introduces you to the principles of event planning, design and creation. You will develop a detailed understanding and appreciation of the range of event environments you could design, the inherent management challenges event managers face, and the basic design tools you will use as an event manager. You could take part in local field trips and will explore national and international events case studies.

Enterprise Awareness

This module gives you a practical introduction to the commercial realities of organisations and how decision-making impacts different areas of the business. You will use a range of business models to explore the relationships between decisions in operations, sales, marketing and finance. You will also be introduced to basic creation and interpretation of key financial documents and ratios to assess performance. You will be assessed through an group assignment and individual financial portfolio accompanied with a short lecture discussion.

Introduction to Marketing

This hands-on module explores and applies the principles of marketing and using marketing models and theory in a modern business environment. You will work with real clients to solve their marketing problems.

Management and Organisations

You will explore business management theories, the role and position of a manager, and your ability to manage others. You are encouraged to develop your self-awareness as a potential manager and will investigate issues like the history of management, structures, functions, culture and sustainability of an organisation. You will also explore aspects of business psychology and how people are motivated, behave and discuss theories of leadership and conflict management techniques that can be used in effective management. You will be assessed through a report.

Social Media

This module will introduce you to social media from a business and professional perspective. You will investigate tactical aspects of social media and the concept of digital consumers and engaging brand experiences. You will explore the history, development and future of social media and investigate tools to manage roles, teams and campaigns. You will be assessed through a discussion, presentation, and individual report.

Sustainable Competitive Advantage for the Services Sector

This module examines the importance of competitive strategy in securing a position of competitive advantage in the contemporary service environment. It will introduce you to basic management principles and contextualise approaches to competitive strategy and competitive advantage. You will examine indicative sectors across the service environment such as tourism, events, retail, and hospitality and explore how competitive advantage is influenced by key issues such as entrepreneurship and the impact of globalisation on business strategy.

Brands and Branding

This module will introduce you to the topic of branding, the role of branding within marketing and advertising strategy, and the concepts and principles of brand management. You will be assessed through your contributions to three online discussions and an individual report.

Managing Mega Event Destinations

On this module you will develop the conceptual knowledge and practical understanding of the tools, steps and requirements necessary to run a successful event. You will explore the specific and complex requirements needed to plan and stage an event and the implications and impacts of events on the physical and social context where they are organised. You will plan and implement a a small-scale event.

Operations Management

Operations management means the way organisations produce goods and services, with a focus on the activities directly concerned with making and delivering products. Operations management uses a series of processes. Organisations use inputs (including materials, money and human resource) to perform operations such as manufacturing and service provision. These operations give outputs (the finished goods and services). This module explores how organisations effectively manage facilities, assets and resources for the efficient delivery of consistent quality goods and services. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed through a case study.

Project Management

This module introduces you to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective project, including the Prince2 and Agile methodologies. You will explore techniques for change management and version control. You will have the opportunity to explore Project planning and use Project Management software. You will be assessed through a 3,500-word portfolio.

Sustainable Business and Circular Economy

Businesses are increasingly recognising the range of stakeholders who may be impacted by or have an influence over their business, increasing the need for greater social corporate responsibility. This module explores this principle and focuses on businesses and their environmental impact and sustainable development. You will explore the concepts of the ‘triple-bottom’ line and ‘circular economy’, where not only economic but also social and environment issues are regarded as important in business planning. You will critically explore the concept of sustainable business management by applying the topics to a range of case studies including tourism, events and the wider business environment, at a national and international level. You will be assessed by creating sustainability videos and presentations.

Research Skills for Business

This module introduces you to business and management research to prepare you for your final year management project or equivalent personal study. You will cover the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and explore the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design. You will use computer-based statistical techniques to analyse and present quantitative data using SPSS. You will also work collaboratively on a small scale research project.

Purple Goldfish and the Art of the Service Experience

Businesses consistently seek to improve the quality and competitiveness of their products, services, and experiences. Many business now place greater emphasis on service differentiation, the so called ‘Purple Goldfish’, and on meeting the needs of an increasingly quality conscious consumer market by adding value in service and experience. This module introduces you to the principles and practices related to the development and management of customer service strategies.

Professional Graduate

This practically-led module will support you to develop a critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace. You will plan your own development for graduate recruitment and/or your one-year internship placement. The module emphasises the importance of developing your own employability and encourages continuous reflection on personal and professional development (PDP). This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed through two assignments, a mock job/placement interview and PDP report with action plan.

Work Placement (Short)

Many of our students take this double module as it is an opportunity to gain valuable management experience of working in an organisation for 10-12 weeks during semester two. Typically, you would carry out your Research Dissertation during this placement and focus on the project areas you are working on and a research topic that the organisation will benefit from the most. This module allows you to gain work experience in an area of business and management that you are most interested in working in after graduating and enhance your employability skills. We are not aware of any other university that offers this opportunity, which we know is very attractive to employers. You will be assessed through a learning log submission and an individual presentation.

Business Strategy

This module encourages you to critically consider business strategy. The module is designed for students who may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, and who may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. You will design business strategies based on specific tools and models to analyse strategic context. You will consider the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts, processes of strategy, and critical success factors in delivering competitive advantage and customer value. You will be assessed through a case study and an assignment presentation.

Public Relations and Sponsorship

Many businesses are managing their public relationships (PR) to deliberately deliver sufficient information about their operations to the public in a planned and sustained way. This information builds a mutual understanding between an organisation and its public. As part of this relationship companies are increasingly using sponsorship to effectively promote their business and develop and enhance their social and corporate responsibility. This module develops your understanding of the management principles and tools of public relations and sponsorship.

Research Dissertation

The module is an opportunity for you to research a specific area that interests you within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. Your project will make a major contribution to your professional and intellectual development. Many students choose to undertake a project for a client organisation and work with the organisation for ten weeks during their final semester. Your findings must be generalisable and capable of broad application.

Applied Event Management 1

In this module you will review, design and complete each of the planning steps required for the operational implementation of a live external event. Your tutors will guide you towards potential event projects and delivery opportunities based on current University relationships with employers. At the end of this module you will have completed the first part of your the triple-weighted event module and demonstrated the planning and logistical preparation for your final year event. You will be assessed through coursework and a presentation.

Applied Events Management 2&3

In this module you will have the opportunity to implement a live external event as part of your final assignment. You will reflect on your personal professional development as an event management practitioner and use this self-reflection to assess how your course participation has developed the academic and professional skills you will use in the workplace. At the end of this module you will have implemented a medium-scale external event and produced a detailed PDP document and skill portfolio to support your CV.

Global Branding

You will develop your understanding of global marketing alongside your problem solving and decision-making skills. You will be able to critically evaluate key issues associated with global marketing within the context of a dynamic cultural environment. You will appraise global marketing opportunities and threats and make decisions relating to an organisation’s ability to successfully enter and compete in international markets. The module uses a practical and analytical marketing perspective. You will be assessed through creating a brochure.

Alternative course routes

You may choose to study this course as BA (Hons) Event Management single honours or choose to combine your studies with another topic depending on your specialism. You could study:

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Teaching and Assessment

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You will learn through small, interactive workshops that creates a close, friendly, and supportive environment for your studies and helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills such as teamwork, communication, and time management.

You can expect 12 hours per week of scheduled classes including lectures, seminars and workshops and you will need to complete independent study outside of scheduled classes.

You will also be assigned an Academic Advisor who will act as your personal tutor and support you throughout your degree.


You will be assessed through a range of assignments. You may be asked to write event proposals or operational plans, design social and multimedia tools or websites, plan live events, and to deliver PowerPoint pitches and presentations. You will plan two assessed live events during your course.

You will have opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial and business problems and projects. These experiences will provide the basis for some assessments and enable you to apply your learning in authentic commercial situations.

Carly Smith

"I knew selecting Chichester was right for me. The classes were small; you got to know your classmates and it proved a great learning environment. Running my own event in the third year gave me valuable hands on experience that I wouldn't have got from writing a dissertation."


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Work with local experts

The course benefits from the scale, wealth, and diversity of events in the local and regional area. Our close relationship with Goodwood Estates means you will have the opportunity to work with experts at events such as:

  • Goodwood Members’ Meeting
  • Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • Goodwood Revival
  • Glorious Goodwood


"I knew selecting Chichester was right for me. The classes were small; you got to know your classmates and it proved a great learning environment. Running my own event in the third year gave me valuable hands-on experience that I wouldn't have got from writing a dissertation."

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Work Placements

Gain vital industry experience with our placement options

Work placements and internships are an optional opportunity to use the skills and knowledge you gain during your studies in the industry.

There are two main types of placements available: a year-long industrial placement, and a 10-week placement during your final year. Some students will complete both placement options.

Previous students have found placements at companies including:

  • Normura Investment bank
  • Shangri-La Hotel
  • MCI Innovative Communications
  • Grange Hotel St Pauls
  • Caistor Hall Hotel
  • Best Parties Ever
  • Concerto Group
  • Rugby Players Association
  • Christs Hospital
  • Goodwood

Industrial Placement Year

This work placement is 1 year and takes place after your second year. During your placement year you will have a paid position with a company. You will be an employee of the company you choose as well as a registered student.

The company will introduce you to the workplace and provide a valuable learning experience to support and develop your understanding of business practice.

10 Week Work Placement

During your third year you can complete a 10-week full-time work placement at the start of your final semester. This placement is usually unpaid and is assessed as a double module for your degree, with a focus on employability and personal development.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office. We work with you and relevant businesses to help you find your best placement match and ensure that placements are suitable for your degree.

You are responsible for finding your own placement, but the placement office has many contacts and advertises opportunities from organisations who come back to us each year looking for new students.

Elizabeth Perry, BA (Hons) Event Management Student


My placement at the Concerto Group, London
"I've had a lot of support and guidance throughout my course, which has helped me on placement. I'm working as a central member of the team., helping filter everything through to the right area of the company. You can meet loads of contacts that will help you further down the line."
Abigail Miles, BA (Hons) Event Management Student


My placement at the Grange Hotel, London
I've been working as an Event Co-Ordinator at the Grange, St Paul's in London. I liaise with clients and run their events. They run so many different types of events here, so I'm really getting an insight how each one works. Putting on my own event during my second year really helped to give me the skills and experience I needed. I would say to look for a placement that allows you to be creative and that offers a lot of a variety."

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.


Open up your future career options

Our BA (Hons) Event Management course provides you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a competitive field.

Many previous graduates have continued to work with events as well as wider roles within the marketing and business sectors.

Graduates could continue into a variety of roles within:

  • Event Management
  • Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising and Sponsorship
  • Tourism
  • Venue Management
  • and many more

Further Study

You may decide to continue your studies to postgraduate level.

The Business School has a diverse range of postgraduate courses including:

  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MBA
  • PGCE
  • PhD Research

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BTEC/Cambridge Technical
C or better
in English language and mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma
with at least 15 credits at Merit.
28 points
with no element lower than 5.5.


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