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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

Events Management

MSc Events Management (Arts and Culture)
MSc Events Management (Conferences and Exhibitions)
MSc Events Management (Sports)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Bristol Business School
One year full-time, three years part-time
Full-time or Part-time, both start September
Programme leader:
Dr Dan Knox
Key fact:
Open to graduates from any discipline, this course offers you the opportunity to hone your practical skills by getting involved in a range of exciting events and projects, building on our expertise and many links with event managers, organisations and venues in south-west England and beyond.

Page last updated 3 November 2017


The event industry is one of the youngest and fastest growing industries in the world today, playing a key role in economic development and social wellbeing, and stimulating business and leisure travel - both nationally and internationally.

By studying our MSc in Events Management, you will be equipped with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of planning, organising and evaluating the impact of a wide variety of events in a range of different industry sectors. Throughout the course you will develop the professional and transferable skills you need to make your mark in this exciting and dynamic profession.

Wide-ranging expertise

Events span a huge range of activities, from highly-publicised international sporting events, concerts, charity fundraisers, corporate promotions, conferences and exhibitions, to performing arts and cultural festivals, national and regional events, and locally-run festivals. 

The course brings together our established and internationally-recognised expertise in event studies, and business and management, to give you a solid grounding in the various concepts and issues, research techniques and examples of good and distinctive practice across this diverse field.

Industry experience

Gaining practical experience of working in events and festivals is a compulsory part of the course, providing you with invaluable industry experience. Being based in Bristol means you will have access to a year-round calendar of festivals and events, and be able to benefit from our many partnerships with event businesses and organisations in the area.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



You will study the theories and practice of event management, which will be underpinned by marketing, project management, leadership and tourism modules. As part of the course, you will also study the various sectors of the event industry, develop knowledge of the significance of different types of events and festivals, and be given the opportunity to investigate particular events that interest you.

The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of the following four core modules.

Core modules

  • Critical Issues in Tourism and Events Management introduces you to event studies, an interdisciplinary field that studies all kinds of planned events and considers the meanings attached to events and the event experience.
  • Meeting Customer Needs introduces you to marketing and operations management knowledge, in the context of understanding customer needs and fulfilling those needs in ways that offer the greatest value to customers and organisations.
  • Events and Festivals: Planning and Management equips you with knowledge and understanding of planning and managing events and festivals. This includes pitching, accessing funding and project management for events, along with regulatory frameworks and policy contexts.
  • Staging and Evaluation of Events explores the various challenges and responsibilities of managing a range of resources to stage events and festivals, including their design and the evaluation and monitoring of them with regard to the customer experience.

The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of the above modules, along with the following three core modules and one optional module.

Core modules

  • Management Research enables you to understand the importance of gaining and using evidence to inform management decision-making and academic study.
  • Work-based Learning in Events and Tourism provides you with the opportunity to hone your practical skills by getting involved in real-world events and projects. You will undertake a short work placement, volunteering for an events or festival organisation.
  • Leadership enables you to critically examine and evaluate leadership theory and practice. It also helps you to develop a capacity for self-awareness and reflective learning with regard to leading and managing within organisations.

You will also choose one of the following optional modules:

  • Project Management offers a theoretical and practical perspective on critical factors for the successful management of projects. It also provides you with a comprehensive insight into the realities of project management processes in a variety of contemporary organisational settings.
  • Managing Finance aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles and techniques of managing accounting and information management, to support decision-making in a global context.


If you are studying for the full Masters, you will write a dissertation, giving you the chance to research an issue of academic, management or policy relevance in the field of event management or, as an alternative, undertake a significant work-based project. You can focus on an issue of particular interest and/or relevance to your career or organisation.

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

This is a 'conversion' Masters course, and we assume no prior study of events. Teaching is based on international published literature, the professional experience of specialist staff and the use of debate and discussion. We place an emphasis on using real-world examples of event scenarios, in line with the applied nature of event management, and our tutors are thought leaders in their field with industry connections and research experience.

You'll learn though formal classes and seminars, as well as through group work, work-based learning and independent study. The work will include assignments, exercises, case studies and presentations, with an emphasis on independent learning to develop your problem-solving skills. Outside of the classroom, you will have access to the latest research, publications and intelligence on events and business / management.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

Full-time attendance

If you opt for the full-time course, you'll attend the University for 12 months with scheduled classes taking place for an average of 12 hours per week during term time.

Part-time attendance

The part-time route lets you fit study around work and family commitments. It runs over 24 or 36 months, during which time you'll attend the University for a total of 4 - 6 hours per week during term time.


A variety of assessment approaches are used, both individual and group-based, including essays, examinations, reports, critical literature reviews, vivas and presentations. Formal assessments are normally scheduled towards the end of each module, but there are opportunities to submit work and receive feedback on this work throughout the course for example, through blogs, diaries and 'elevator' pitches.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



Real-world experience

You will have the opportunity to put your learning into practice by being involved in real-world projects and events, both within the University and the local business community.

As part of the Work-based Learning in Events and Tourism module, you will undertake a short work placement, volunteering for an events or festival organisation. Previous hosts have included Macmillan Cancer Support, Eat Drink Fashion Bristol, St Pauls Carnival, Destination Bristol and Bristol City Community Trust. These placements are organised with the help of the University and provide an ideal opportunity for you to gain valuable work experience to enhance your knowledge and skills.


A field trip is organised in induction week as an 'ice-breaker' and to get you thinking about the subject and profession. Emphasis is placed on 'learning from the locality' throughout the course.

Study facilities

You will have access to a range of facilities to enhance your learning experience. This includes the University library, which is open 24 hours a day and includes computer facilities. The library is well stocked with electronic and print books, newspapers, journals, government publications, statistics, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, company information, market reports and DVDs.

The University is also currently investing in new facilities, including a £50m project to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building. This will provide a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment for business and law students.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Meet leaders of industry

As a student in the Bristol Business School, you will have the opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. Read more about the speakers you can hear from at the Business School.


Careers / Further study

Careers in event management are diverse, and roles include working as an event organiser, conference centre manager or event marketing executive. There are opportunities to specialise in particular events and event types, including meetings and exhibitions, and sporting and cultural events.

The MSc in Events Management will give you the broad-based skills and insights needed for a successful career within the industry. Networking with event organisers and other employers, and gaining hands-on experience, will stand you in good stead for shaping a successful events career.

You will have access to careers support while you are studying with us (and for three years after you graduate) through the University's careers service.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee7000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583
International-Full Time-Award Fee13250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1104

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583

Supplementary fee information

More information on fees can be found on our tuition fees pages.

For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information.


Entry requirements

You will need:

  • An honours degree (minimum 2.2) in any subject.


  • At least two years event management responsibility or as a consultant/sole practitioner.

Applicants may be interviewed prior to being accepted onto the course.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

English Language Requirement

If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.

Further details are available on our English Language requirements.

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