International Events Management MSc - 2022/3

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc International Events Management

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip International Events Management
PGCert International Events Management

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PKA61062 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Hospitality & Tourism Management

Programme Leader

LUNT Thomas (Hosp & Tour)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Challenge students understanding of, and instil their responsibility to shape, a more sustainable future society
  • Develop graduates who are resourceful, independent, reflective thinkers and lifelong learners to become successful, globally competitive leaders in their chosen professions in the event industry.
  • Emphasise the international outlook of the event sector to nurture respect for diversity and develop awareness of global challenges
  • Empower students with critical thinking skills and knowledge to appreciate current inter-relationships between key event sectors and the ability to influence their future directions
  • Enable confident, critical, and creative use of full range of digital technologies for information, communication, and problem-solving in contemporary business contexts
  • Inspire and motivate students to unlock their full potential and make a positive difference in the world of events and beyond
  • Inspire future generations of leaders and entrepreneurs to create, lead, innovate, challenge and change local and global event businesses for the better
  • Nurture and challenge students aspiration and intellect in specific areas of events through exciting original elective modules by leading academics and researchers
  • Prepare students to assume key managerial and leadership roles in the global event sector, or to pursue further academic study, by developing knowledge and skills, agility, resourcefulness and resilience through innovative, inclusive and authentic assessments
  • Provide an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of the event industry, and equip students with the professional as well as academic skills and capabilities to become resourceful change makers and future business leaders
  • Provide students with high quality experiential learning by integrating and balancing research-led and practice-based education

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
An in-depth understanding of key issues, challenges and future directions of the international event industry KC PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Appreciate the management, operation, organisation and provision of managing global event businesses through research-led, practice-based modules KC PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Understand the research process and develop an ability to design research in event management with appropriate methods KT PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Develop an ability to recognise and address specific needs, issues, and challenges within the various aspects of global event management to support sustainability in the industry KC PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Critically evaluate key management theories and successfully apply them in the management, operation, organisation and provision of event business or service sector KT PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Develop independent thinking and active learning techniques that challenge existing knowledge and business practices PT PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Critically evaluate the impacts of the event industry on environment, economy and society KC PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Develop a critical understanding of ethical dilemmas, challenges in diversity and inclusion within the event sector and the ability to formulate solutions in dialogue with colleagues, clients, mentors and others CP PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Develop a critical understanding of and the ability to evaluate current and potential technological advances and techniques relevant to event management and pave the way for new technological directions in event management and operations CT PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Develop enhanced learning and problem-solving abilities that build confidence, selfefficacy, resourcefulness, and resilience CT PGCert, PGDip, MSc
An ability to apply knowledge and skills to produce a high-quality research project, which could take the form of dissertation or business plan. KCPT MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Module Selection for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Important. Please read carefully before selecting your modules.
- Students must choose one of the two compulsory modules; Dissertation (MANM387) or Business Plan for Hospitality, Tourism and Events ( MANM514).
- Students who choose to take Dissertation (MANM387-60 credits) have to take two optional modules (30 credits).
- Students who choose to take Business Plan for Hospitality, Tourism and Events (MANM514 -30 credits) will have to take four optional modules (60 credits) including Contemporary Issues in Sustainability ( MANM513 -15 credits) and Designing Digital Services (MANM515 -15 credits).

- Students starting the programme in February will undertake Dissertation (MANM 387) Across Academic Years rather than Year-Long.
- Students starting the programme in October will undertake Dissertation (MANM 387) Year-Long rather than Across Academic Year.

- Students starting the programme in February will undertake Business Plan (MANM514) and MANM513/MANM515 in the summer semester.
- Students starting the programme in October will undertake Business Plan (MANM514) in semester 2 and MANM513/MANM515 in the summer semester.

- Students starting the programme in February will undertake Research Methods ( MANM386-15 credits) during semester 2 rather than semester 1.
- Students starting the programme in October will undertake Research Methods ( MANM386-15 credits) during semester 1 rather than semester 2.

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

The experiencial nature of this learning on this programme offers field trips on two modules MANM509 (Stratigic Planning for Event Managers) [compulsory module] and MANM510 (Event Portfolio and Destination Development) [optional module]. The approximate cost for MANM509 is £50 and MANM510 is £150. These costs are approximate and may change. Please contact the module leader for details.

Through taking this MSc programme students will gain an understanding of the global event industry, and develop the knowledge, skills and insights required to take on leadership positions within the international event sector. Through developing critical thinking, analytical skills and techniques in operations and strategic management, the programme will support students to master the academic knowledge and professional skills required to compete on a global stage. Towards this end, the programme will develop students understanding of national, international and mega events, by integrating theory, practice and application of knowledge.

The MSc in International Event Management will foster highly sought-after graduates who emulate the following characteristics consistent with the Five Pillars of the Surrey Framework:
Critical and creative thinkers - employing evidence-based reasoning, applying multiple perspectives of business issues, recognising distinctive contribution of management and technologies into real-world issues,
Globally and culturally intelligent - demonstrating awareness of, and respect for, intercultural variations in business and technologies, respecting diversity and, promoting equality;
Resourceful, resilient, and enterprising in outlook developing an opportunity-centred mindset and leadership, demonstrating confidence in responding effectively to opportunities, challenges, problems, and setbacks, reflecting and learning from own performance and experiences
Effective communicators presenting study findings effectively, explaining ideas clearly and fluently in writing, orally, and through the creation of technological solutions;
Ethically, socially, and environmentally responsible demonstrating awareness of the potential technology solutions for the promotion of inclusion, social justice, and environmentally sustainable behaviour, professional achievements that will shape a more sustainable future society.
Digitally competent demonstrating skills, knowledge, and attitudes that enable confident, critical, and creative use of a wide range of digital technologies for information, communication, and problem-solving in all aspects of life

These characteristics and qualities embody our institutional educational commitment to developing learners with strong capabilities in the following five areas: Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.