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Undergraduate Programmes

Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in International Festival & Event Management


Course Code: 1750-DP062C (CE68-856-00/91)
  • QF Level: 5 QR Registration No.: 18/000071/L5 Validity Period: 1 September 2018 - 31 August 2023
Ms. Sara Liu
T: 2867 8408 or 2520 4607


Programme Overview


Over the last decade, events have emerged as significant tools for community and regional development, tourism promotion and corporate marketing. The steady growth in the number and size of events in Hong Kong has created a significant demand for professional event managers. At the same time, the increasing complexity and government regulation of festivals and events have given rise to an industry body of knowledge, and to the need for personnel trained and skilled in the practice of international festival & event management.

This honours degree programme offered by Edinburgh Napier University is designed to equip students with the skills to plan, design, market, operate and develop events, as well as to use these events to help local economies and communities.

The programme aims to provide students with a coherent and vocationally relevant academic curriculum preparing them for a career in the festival, event and related service sectors. It develops students’ competence in applying appropriate theories and concepts of international event management to practical situations.




Programme Highlights

  • International festival and event management is a unique subject area in Hong Kong;
  • To become the Events Capital of Asia, Hong Kong needs well-trained experts to organise fascinating festivals and world-class events;
  • Lecturers of Edinburgh Napier will fly in to Hong Kong to teach, and they are experienced and knowledgeable in managing major festivals and events;
  • Voluntary internship and job placement opportunities; and
  • Overseas study opportunities available for one full semester in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier

Edinburgh Napier University is one of the largest higher education institutions in Scotland with around 19,500 students studying professional and academic programmes at all levels of award. In 2015, Edinburgh Napier was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. It is a highly prestigious prize, which is granted biennially to universities and colleges that demonstrate world-class standards of excellence.

The location of Edinburgh Napier University is most ideal because Edinburgh is home to spectacular festivals and major events such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. This city attracts travellers and tourists from all over the world, all year round. Students, therefore, encounter a wealth of useful experience and information drawn from the heart of a city rich in culture and creative industries.




Welcome Message

James O'KAne
Professor. James O’Kane
Assistant Dean, The Business School

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the BA (Hons) in International Festival & Event Management programme which is being offered through collaboration between HKU SPACE and the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University. Thank you for considering our programmes for the next stage of your education. We think that they are excellent and we hope that you will enjoy both the variety of learning opportunities provided and the range of content offered

Our degree programme aims to enable you to realise your potential and to develop your specific interests and knowledge, by providing the richest learning opportunities possible, within and across the range of Festival and Events and Business subjects. A core characteristic of our undergraduate programmes is the integration of knowledge of your chosen field discipline with general attributes which will prepare you for professional work demands. This approach provides a pathway for the development of you as an individual and promotes a learning climate that encourages you to strengthen interpersonal and business relationships skills.

We aim to help you to develop a reflective awareness of the skills required for a successful career. Graduate Employability is the key to all our programmes and we aim to equip you with a sound understanding of specialised professional knowledge and skills, in addition to developing leadership skills that will help you make a positive difference to yourself, organisations and society. We offer a curricula and a student-centred educational approach so that our graduates are well-equipped for this interesting and vibrant industry. In addition, our undergraduate programmes give students a solid foundation for further study and research that is important for developing a professional career.

I hope that you find our programme rewarding, challenging and above all enjoyable. I have no doubt that success on this programme will be beneficial to you as an individual and to your career.

Professor. James O'Kane
Assistant Dean
The Business School
Edinburgh Napier University


Content and

Programme Structure

The entire programme consists of 10 modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation (40 credits).

Upon completion of 10 modules and a dissertation, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in International Festival & Event Management.

Bachelor of Arts in International Festival & Event Management will be awarded to students if they apply to exit upon completion of 6 modules with 120 credits.

Year Specialism Module Industry Generic Module Dissertation
Year 3
  • Festival & Event Design and Delivery
  • Planning and Public Policy for Festivals and EventsCEF
  • Event ManagementCEF
  • Sports Event Tourism
  • Global Service Management
  • Facilities Planning for Hospitality, Tourism and Events CEF
Year 4
  • The Management of MICE Events CEF
  • International Festival and Event Environments CEF
  • Business TourismCEF
  • Festival & Event Impacts and Sustainability 
  • Dissertation (for two semesters)

CEF Selected module(s) of the programmes has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes. According to the terms and conditions of the CEF, students seeking reimbursement of the fees under CEF must not have obtained any other publicly-funded financial assistance, such as FASP, for the same programme/ modules to avoid double benefits. For details, please refer to

The above programme structure is intended for use as a guide by prospective students. HKU SPACE and Edinburgh Napier reserve the right to vary the structure.

Student may attend classes for some modules in weekday evenings and weekends.

Duration of Study

This honours degree programme is a fully-accredited undergraduate degree in the United Kingdom. With full exemptions granted, students can complete the programme in two years (including a semester break). 

Teaching Mode

Except for Dissertation, each module consists of 18 hours of lectures and 18 hours of tutorials. Classes will be conducted in English. Quality teaching is demonstrated through:

  • All modules, lecture notes, and teaching materials are in English;
  • All lectures are conducted by professors and lecturers of Edinburgh Napier University;
  • All tutorials are conducted by HKU SPACE lecturers who must be accredited by Edinburgh Napier University;
  • All modules start with 18 hours of lecture in a block teaching week, followed by another 18 hours of tutorials. Reading of selected academic journals and articles and subsequent discussions, field trips as well as guest speakers for special topics of related subjects will be arranged for different modules;
  • Local case studies and examples will be used in tutorials.


The mode of assessment for each module is different but will be generally based on a combination of coursework (including assignments, tests and projects) and the final examination or 100% continuous assessment without examination.

Teaching Staff*

In association with Edinburgh Napier University

  • Programme Leaders
    McLATCHIE, Joan HND: FIM; BSc; PGCert; MSc; FHEA
    LEUNG, Solange BSocSc HK; MSc Surrey; CHE
  • Deputy Programme Leaders
    McLATCHIE, Joan

    PGCert (TLHE); PGDip (HCAM); MA (Hons); MSc (HRM); FHEA

  • Teaching Staff - Edinburgh Napier University
    BAKIEWICZ, Justyna MSc; PhD
    BARRON, Paul Edward HND; MSc; PhD
    FEENEY, Catherine MSc; Cert(Ed); FIH; JP
    THEODORAKI, Eleni BEd; PhD
    EATON, Brian PGCE; B.Com; MBA; MPhil
    GORDON, Pauline PGcert (Professional Education); MSc; BA
    HERRIOTT, Michael HND: FIM; BSc; PGCert; MSc; FHEA
    JARMAN, David MSc; MA (Hons)
    McLATCHIE, Joan PGCert (TLHE); PGDip (HCAM); MA (Hons); MSc (HRM); FHEA
    RIHOVA, Ivana BA (Hons); MSc; PhD
    TAYLOR, Stephen James HD; DipM; MBA; DMS
    TODD; Louise Amanda BA (Hons); M.Phil; PhD
    WARDROP, Kenneth McMillan BA (Hons); MBA
  • Teaching staff - HKU SPACE
    CHAN, Alan MBA (Marketing)
    CHAN, Domenica Bachelor (Commerce and Arts); MBA in International Management
    CHAN, Wes BSc; MSc; MA; PgDip; GradDip; CHE
    CHU, Charles Dip (Management Studies); MSc (Sports Sociology and Sports Management)
    HO, Eugenia B Commerce; MS
    LAI, Wong Yuen-lee Cert (Housing Management); Dip (Recreation Management); BSSc (Hons)
    POON, Priscilla Cert (China Studies); Cert (Executive Development for Tourism); MSc
    ROPER, David BSc; MBA; LLM
    HEUNG, Vanessa BA; MSc; CHE
* Subject to change.

Award and


On completion of the studies, graduates will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in International Festival & Event Management, which is identical to the one awarded to the students in Edinburgh Napier University in the UK.

The Bachelor of Arts in International Festival & Event Management will be awarded to students if they apply to exit upon completion of 6 modules with 120 credits.

Work Placement

Students will have plenty of opportunities to voluntarily participate in various events organised by a range of event organisations in Hong Kong to gain exposure and polish their customer service as well as event organisation skills. Examples of these events are:
• UBS Hong Kong Open Charity Cup
• HKTDC Exhibitions Attachment Programme 
• Longines Hong Kong Masters
​• Clockenflap Internship Programme

In addition, internship opportunities with “International Live Events Association Hong Kong Chapter” (ILEA) are also available for students to connect to experienced event industry professionals.

Career Opportunties

International festivals and events have been identified by the Hong Kong Tourism Board as major items in its promotion plan for travellers and visitors. International festivals and events ranging from meetings, incentive travels, conventions and exhibitions to large scale renowned sports and recreational events such as the Rugby Sevens, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, Wine and Dine Festival, and the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, continue to grow and develop. Therefore, students of the international festival & event management discipline enjoy plenty of job opportunities and good career development prospects.

Further Studies

During the entire course of the programme, students will develop independent thinking skills, critical analysis of current hospitality, tourism, and event management issues. Each honours degree student will undertake a dissertation in which the student will be well-equipped with research skills necessary for further studies.

Graduates of the BA (Hons) IFEM will be eligible to apply for Postgraduate Diploma in International Live Entertainment and Event Management and Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Branding and Event Management and the Master of Science in Marketing with Festival and Event Management (collaborated with HKU SPACE) or other postgraduate programmes offered by various universities.


Fees and

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee* for the 2019/20 academic year is HK$116,800, payable in four instalments.

The tuition fee covers all the fees charged by Edinburgh Napier University, which include application handling fee and assessment fee. The fee for textbook, re-sitting for assessments, re-submission of assessments, and repeating the studies for each module of study is not included.

*The tuition fee is reviewed annually and is subject to change without prior notice.

Continuing Education Fund CEF

Selected modules in the programmes have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes. For details, please refer to Financial Assistance section.

According to the terms and conditions of the CEF, students seeking reimbursement of the fees under CEF must not have obtained any other publicly-funded financial assistance, such as FASP, for the same programme/ modules to avoid double benefits. For details, please refer to

Financial Assistance Schemes

Edinburgh Napier University’s Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in International Festival & Event Management programme delivered in Hong Kong is successfully accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). Full-time students are eligible to apply for Hong Kong government grants and low-interest loans, i.e. Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) and Non-means tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS). For details, please refer to

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

Edinburgh Napier University offers the followings:

  1. Scholarships of £950 each will be awarded to students of BA (Hons) IFEM who demonstrate outstanding academic results in their Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma study.

  2. Students can apply for the Business School Awards (with £350 each) which will be awarded to students who are required to take additional modules in order to fulfil the minimum entry requirements of the programme.

IC Scholarship

(for all CC and HPSHCC AD/HD Graduates) 
Applicants from HKU SPACE CC/HPSHCC graduates or alumni are entitled to a scholarship of HK$5,000 for enrolling an IC undergraduate programme in 2019/20.  If you achieve a CGPA of 2.8 or above in your sub-degree programme, you will be awarded an additional incentive of HK$5,000 (total scholarship amount: HK$10,000).

To be eligible for the scholarship and/or the incentive, you are required to pay the deposit as stipulated in the conditional offer letter or the tuition fee as stipulated in the final offer letter, whichever applicable, on or before the payment due date. The total scholarship amount (either HK$5,000 or HK$10,000) will be disbursed to you after the commencement of the programme on which you have successfully enrolled.

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Entry Requirements

An applicant shall hold:

  1. an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management/Tourism Management/Tourism and Marketing Management/ M.I.C.E.* and Event Management, or a Higher Diploma in Tourism and Event Management/Hotel Management/Tourism and Hospitality Management awarded within HKU system through HKU SPACE; OR
  2. an equivalent award granted by a recognized institution, such as Advanced Diploma/Associate Degree/Higher Diploma in M.I.C.E.*/Festival/Event Management, Tourism, Leisure or Hospitality Management; OR
  3. an equivalent award granted by a recognised institution in other related disciplines such as Business, Management, Marketing, Communication or Linguistics. These applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis; and they may be required to take additional module(s) based on individual merit before the start of the programme.

* M.I.C.E: Meetings, Incentive Travels, Conventions and Exhibitions

Since the teaching of the additional module(s) will start in mid-June, students who are required to take additional module(s) need to apply the programme BY MAY 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.


Student Work
and Activities

Overseas Study in Edinburgh

Overseas study opportunities for a full semester will be available for several students to study in Edinburgh with all Hong Kong credits being counted toward the qualification. No additional tuition fees will be applied. Financial subsidies and accommodation may be arranged for students if needed.

Edinburgh school life 2014

Edinburgh school life (January 2017)

Cherry Cheng

"It was a valuable opportunity for me to attend lectures and had group discussion with other international students. My flatmates were from different countries such as India and Spain, and I learnt a lot of cross-cultural issues during the few months of study in Edinburgh Napier."

Carol Lau

"We had a valuable chance to be volunteers working for a Scottish cultural event in Edinburgh in January to commemorate Robert Burns’ birth! I learnt a lot by working in an  overseas event, especially some catering service skills in a foreign set-up. Besides, I also took part in a running race of 10-miles called “Great Edinburgh Run” in April 2016 and it was a real challenge to me!."

Overseas study at Edinburgh Napier 2014

Overseas study at Edinburgh Napier - Visit to Edinburgh Castle (Spring 2016)

Jacqueline Yeung

"I was impressed by the peaceful environment in Edinburgh! Studying with international students from Italy and other parts of the UK was a very interesting and rewarding life experience and I learnt a lot from their proactive learning attitude."  



Overseas study at Edinburgh Napier 2013

Overseas study at Edinburgh Napier – Cooking at student accommodation (2015)

Sylvia Au

"I have become more independent after studying overseas as I had to cook, do grocery shopping, do laundry and tidy my room by myself. I also learnt how to get along with people from other cultural backgrounds in the student flat. It was a great and priceless life experience!"

Yan Lee

"The learning atmosphere in Edinburgh Napier was quite different from that of Hong Kong, and the international students from Russia, Norway and Germany were outspoken, friendly and active in class. We made a lot of new friends and had good memories there!"

CSM London Summer Study Programme

This programme organised by IC provides a valuable opportunity for students to enroll into a short course in Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design (CSM), one of the world’s leading institutes for arts and design education with 150 years of history.





QF This programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework. For details of the QF level, registration number and validity period, please visit:

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.