M.A. Events Management

University of Derby

Tuition fee:
  • £ 695 / Module (EEA)
  • £ 11,440 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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During this course you will develop your understanding of events operations, planning, risk management, marketing, finance and strategy in the context of a wide variety of events, including conferences, exhibitions, festivals, product launches, trade shows and sporting events.

By using guest speakers, industry days and having the chance to work on real life problems, you will be able to combine theory with practice and gain the skills and confidence you need to manage your own events. You'll get involved in consultancy work through the Buxton Fringe Festival, the National Student Conference and our
own Conference and Events Unit, which promotes the Dome.

We regularly work collaboratively with professionals in the industry, so you'll have opportunities to work on exciting projects. We're currently working with the Llangollen International Eisteddfod (Festival), Capita Symonds and Showsec, and on major events such as Glastonbury. Our team specialises in events management, not just generic business, so their industry experience will be brought in to
their teaching. One member of staff was responsible for risk management when Liverpool became the Capital of Culture and another worked on safety aspects for events such as the London Marathon and the stunts for Top Gear.

You can study this course full time or part time. You'll learn through on campus teaching, e-learning, block study and/or a combination of these options to suit your individual needs.
All the modules you'll study involve experiential learning, so you'll be able to add to your skills base in your individual portfolio.


This course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Msc.

Postgraduate Certificate

Youll study the following modules:

* Ethnographies of Festival Consumption

* Events Operations and Risk Management

Research Methodologies

Postgraduate Diploma

Youll study the following modules:

* Integrated Business Management

Strategic Directions


Youll study this module:

Independent Scholarship


Applicants will normally be in possession of:

* A UK 2.2 (or above) Bachelors Degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas Institutions. All subjects are considered, but possession of degrees or relevant experience in related subjects will be advantageous

A significant portfolio of work at appropriate level or relevant professional qualifications.

Every applicant is assessed individually on their merits and will need to attend either a face to face or Skype interview. Students applying for the MSc with integrated work placement will need to attend an additional interview with a prospective industry organisation.

English language requirements:

* International applicants will also need to be able to show they have a good standard of English

IELTS minimum overall: 6.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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