Bachelor of Tourism Management

The Bachelor of Tourism Management is a specialised undergraduate degree which has a dual social science and management focus, a rare combination at the university level. Additionally, the course is taught in conjunction with the School of Business, allowing students access to academics that are truly experts in their field. There is a large focus on sustainable tourism, both in a business aspect and relating to the local culture and society, focusing on the local community as a stakeholder in tourism as well as the business stakeholders.

The Bachelor of Tourism degree provides an in-depth understanding of the interactions between different aspects of the tourism industry and its natural, social and cultural environments. The degree integrates concern for the host or destination community and the process of tourism planning and development in the context of ecologically sustainable development. The degree considers the relationships between tourism and management systems, mechanisms for regional and community planning and development and the role of tourism as a social, cultural and economic phenomenon. You will be confident and competent to make a significant contribution to tourism and tourism planning, and sensitive to the needs of tourism, tourism destination communities and the industry.

Delivery ModeOn campusOn campus
LocationPenrith or Parramatta campusPenrith or Parramatta campus
Duration3 Years Full Time / 6 Years Part Time3 Years Full Time
Course Code727750 [Parramatta]
727755 [Penrith]
1664.3 [CRICOS Code 056711F]
Entrance Rank72.00 ATAR [Parramatta]
72.00 ATAR [Penrith]
Please refer to Admission Requirements
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Part time-study is only available to local students and is generally completed by day classes as there are limited night classes.

Practical Experience

Students are required to complete 400 hours of supervised work experience undertaken in a tourism organisation.

A Career in Tourism

As a graduate of the Tourism Management degree, you will enjoy a wide variety of career opportunities in Australia and internationally in the tourism, leisure and cultural industries. In addition, the degree is structured to ensure graduates are equipped to pursue careers in a range of fields in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Depending on the electives you choose, you may pursue roles in:

  • festival and event management and programming
  • leisure and tourism policy development
  • tour operations
  • destination marketing
  • visitor attractions management
  • outdoor recreation
  • hospitality provision
  • cultural, tourism and leisure industry development.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will be covered in the Bachelor of Tourism Management degree?

A total of 24 units (240 credit points), comprising an 40 credit points (four units) of social science core units, 80 credit points (nine units) of Tourism core units and 40 credit points (four units) of Business units offered as: two prescribed (Marketing Principles; Accounting Information for Managers); one with choice of either Management Dynamics or Management Foundations) enabling students if desired to only attend Kingswood campus; and one from a selection of three (Introduction to Business Law; Principles of Economics; or Managing People at Work) to enable students to choose direction of majors/sub-majors that suit their career intentions. These units are available at multiple campuses, both semesters and day and evening providing maximum flexibility to students.

How can students benefit from this degree?

Graduates will be able to demonstrate comprehensive, coherent and connected knowledge in the social sciences and business studies as applied to tourism, with:
  • in-depth knowledge of relevant tourism theories and practices
  • the understanding of the social, cultural, economic, historical and psychological bases of social life and the industries surrounding tourism enterprises, through the study of integrated core units in social sciences and business
  • an understanding of the local and international relevance of issues, trends and practices in tourism

Graduates will appreciate the values and principles of scholarly inquiry (generically and within the field of tourism) and will have a sound grasp of relevant empirical research approaches together with the ethical and political dimensions.

How long will the study take?

The Bachelor of Tourism Management taught in English, normally takes three years of full-time study or the equivalent part-time. Admission requirements and additional course details are available on the Admission and Unit Information page.

Is there any work component in this degree?

Yes. Students undertake 400 hours of paid or voluntary work in a hospitality or tourism environment.

What jobs are available?

Graduates will have a wide range of career options. Examples include tourism management in tourism destinations, attractions, special events; tour operations; policy and planning in government and voluntary organisations dealing with tourism, recreation and leisure; visitor services within local and state government; resorts and hotels; sport and leisure centres; product development; promotions and marketing; TAFE teaching; and working with visitor education programs for public and private organisations.

How to Apply

All domestic applications for entry to UWS undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.

Instructions for international applications are available on the UWS International Admissions pages.

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If you are interested in completing a higher research degree, for example Masters Honours, information is accessible from UWS Research (opens in a new window).