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Undergraduate Programmes

Hospitality, Tourism and Events

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Events Management


Course Code: 2245-DP117A (CE 68-815-00/41)
QF Level
  • QF Level: 5 QR Registration No.: 23/000393/L5 Validity Period: 01/09/2023 to 31/08/2028
Mr KK Ho
T: 2867 8329
Ms Sara Liu
T: 2867 8408


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.

The programme aims to develop a range of professional event planning and management knowledge and skills distinctive of an employable, professionally competent international event management practitioner. It develops students’ competence in applying appropriate theories and concepts of international event management to practical situations, so that they can be equipped for a career in the festival, event and related service sectors.

Programme Highlights

Our degrees develop vocationally relevant managerial skills needed for employment in the global tourism industry and the wider hospitality sector, so that you are well-prepared to meet the changing demands of society and the economy.

  • Ranked 14 for Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management in 2018 for Guardian Subject League Table;
  • Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation and ranked top 50 research university (Research Fortnight Research Power League Table 2014) ;
  • 7 modules are assessed by assignments only;
  • Offered different work placement opportunities, where possible, to enrich your RESUME;
  • Gained integrated knowledge from two parts of the world, UK and HK;
  • Blended learning mode during the COVID-19 pandemic: Face-to-face and online teaching by both Plymouth and local lecturers;
  • Provided a valuable opportunity to take part in Plymouth Summer School and 3-month student exchange opportunities in Plymouth, UK;
  • Graduates are highly recognised by employers and awarded a reputable and achievable UK Bachelor Degree and move up your career path anywhere in the world!

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion, graduates should be able to / have developed:

A. Knowledge and understanding

  1. explain, interpret and challenge theories and concepts which are used to understand the origin, purpose, meanings and development of international events from a range of critical perspectives;
  2. display an insight into the structure of event providers and their sectors worldwide, and appreciate the political, technological, social, environmental and economic factors which affect, or impact upon, the supply of, and demand for, international events;
  3. demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of how core values, for example, ethics, integration, sustainability, creativity, strategy, and continuous improvement, relate to, and are reflected in, international events;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which attendees behave at events and within the venue and surrounding destination, in particular crowd management;
  5. demonstrate a critical awareness and appreciation drawn from international examples of existing and emerging standards, policies, initiatives, frameworks and contemporary issues.

B. Cognitive and intellectual skills

  1. analyse the nature, characteristics, needs and expectations of different consumers worldwide through reflection and application of consumer behaviour theories, concepts and socio-cultural theories;
  2. generate creative ideas/concepts, proposals, pitches and apply solutions to offer experiences that meet differing needs;
  3. reflect upon and evaluate the quality of the event experience, access to and participation in, and its impact on the event consumer and/or client and the wider organisation and the practices of co-production and co-creation with particular reference to cultural and other diversities;
  4. appreciate the legacy and impacts of international events in social, economic, environmental, political, cultural, technological and other terms and the associated complexities for future scenario planning, including the ability to forecast and envisage the future for international events;
  5. critically reflect upon the role of those international organisations and structures charged with a responsibility for the promotion of, or the training of, practitioners in events’.

C. Key and transferable skills

  1. research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and data, and apply such skills in explaining and solving familiar and unfamiliar problems, challenging previously held assumptions or answering research questions;
  2. describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data of an applied nature;
  3. complete a sustained piece of independent intellectual work which plans, designs, critically assesses and evaluates evidence in the context of appropriate research methodologies and data sources;
  4. take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development through self-appraisal and reflecting on practice in academic and professional contexts;
  5. recognise and respond to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues which directly pertain to the context of study including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct.

D. Employment related skills

  1. demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of appropriate domains including administration, design, operations, marketing and risk, legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks and how they apply to the phases of events, such as initiation, planning, implementation, event and closure;
  2. operate and effectively manage resources, including human (paid or volunteer), financial, venue, and subcontracted and technical resources whilst demonstrating an appreciation of the associated ethical and sustainability issues;
  3. plan, control, analyse and evaluate events, support service provision and their logistics;
  4. design events, including the programming of spectacle, exhibition, ritual, performance and hospitality;
  5. engage with, contribute to and produce events, based on an acquisition and understanding of appropriate vocabularies, skills, working methods and professional business communications;
  6. write and critique event plans and portfolios, event strategies and to recognise and meet the needs of specific stakeholders.

E. Practical skills

  1. demonstrate literacy and communication skills in a range of contexts including verbal, auditory, performance, digital and multi-media;
  2. demonstrate the numeracy skills required to manage budgets and analyse data, including that of big data;
  3. work effectively, independently and with others;
  4. undertake fieldwork with continuous regard for ethics, safety and risk assessment;
  5. plan, design, manage and execute creative practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures while demonstrating high levels of relevant skills;

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University of Plymouth 


The University of Plymouth, which celebrates its 160th anniversary in 2022, is one of the UK’s most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. The University of Plymouth was ranked 41st overall in The Guardian League Table 2022 UK universities ranking. Described by Times Higher Education as among the newly-emerging ‘modern global elite’, University of Plymouth is ranked inside the top 280 universities in the world, and 42nd in terms of those aged under 50.

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The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation.

With a mission to Advance Knowledge and Transform Lives, Plymouth is consistently rated amongst the top modern universities in the UK, will over two thirds of research rated as "world leading" or of "international quality" in the most recent Research Excellence Framework 2021. A three-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the University continues to grow in stature and reputation.

It has a strong track record for teaching and learning excellence and has one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university. With over 19,000 students, and a further 9,500 studying for Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world, and over 135,000 alumni based in 135 countries around the globe pursuing their chosen careers globally, it has a growing global presence.

The mission of Plymouth Business School is to put business ready graduates on the path to a successful career and happy life. With a focus on learning by doing through live briefs, experiential education and students as active researchers the lecturers are dedicated to building resilience, decision making and leadership capabilities in our students.

Staff within the Tourism and Hospitality teaching team also undertake exciting and innovative research covering such subjects as: genocide heritage; tourism and crime prevention; tourism employability; and the development of tourism and heritage related narratives. Plymouth staff have also published articles in top-rated tourism journals such as the Annals of Tourism Research and Tourism Management.

The Guardian recently voted University of Plymouth as one of the top 29 providers of Gospitality, event & tourism courses in the UK

Plymouth has been ranked 29th by the Guardian University Guide 2022: League Table for Hospitality, Events and Tourism. The Complete University Guide 2014 ranked the programme 11th place out of 57 for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism.

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Content and

Programme Structure

This programme consists of 7 modules (20 credits each, except for Honours Project and Event Strategies, Planning and Design with 40 credits). Students who complete all modules (180 credits) will obtain Bachelor of Science (Honours) Events Management. Under extenuating circumstances, students may be eligible to exit from the programme and obtain an ordinary degree, Bachelor of Science Events Management, upon completion of 140 credits (40 credits at FHEQ level 5 and 100 credits at FHEQ level 6, or 60 credits at FHEQ level 5 and 80 credits at FHEQ level 6).

Module Title
  1. Crowd Behaviour and Managing Event Safety
  2. Event Strategies, Planning and Design
  3. The Psychology of Events
  4. Management Issues for the Event Industry
  5. Business Strategy and Consultancy
  6. Creativity and Innovation in Events
  7. Honours Project

Some modules may be delivered in weekday evenings and/or weekend daytime.

The above programme structure is intended for use as a guide to prospective students. HKU SPACE and University of Plymouth reserve the right to vary the structure.

Duration of Study

With full exemptions granted, students can complete the programme in 1.5 years. 

Teaching Mode

University of Plymouth and HKU SPACE are jointly responsible for teaching various modules and delivering the honours project through consultations, tutorials and workshops. Plymouth lecturers will fly over to Hong Kong to deliver four modules face-to-face and one module online, two modules will be taught solely by HKU SPACE teachers. Specialism modules may be taught in weekday evenings and/or weekend daytime. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, field trips (where applicable), guest speaker talks, revision sessions and individual/group projects.


All coursework of the programme will be conducted in English.

The mode of assessment for each module is different from module to module but will be generally based on a combination of coursework (including assignments and tests/projects). Throughout the programme, students will be assessed by a combination of:

  • Report Writing
  • Case-study assignments
  • Oral presentation
  • Project
  • Test (open/closed book) - if applicable


Overseas study opportunities for a full semester will be available for several students to study in Plymouth 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.  

Teaching Staff

  • Programme Leaders 
    PARKMAN, Richard

    BSc; PgCert (Post compulsory education);
    MSc, PhD


    LEUNG, Solange
    BScoSc (Hons) HK; MSc Surrey; CHE; D.HTM
  • Teaching Staff - University of Plymouth
    ANGLISS, KATIE PhD; BSc (Hons), PGCE (Research Methodologies); PGCE (Academic Practice)
    AGGETT, Mandy HND, BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc Plymouth
    CHEN, Xiazhao PhD; MSc; BA
    FINN, Kristin PhD; MSc; BSc (Hons); PGCAP
    HINE, Catherine BA, MSc Wales
    KELLY, Christina PhD; Msc; BSc (Hons); PGCert
    LIM, Wai Mun BA NUS; MBA Leicester; PgCert (Learning and
    Teaching in Higher Education), PhD Plymouth
    SHEPHERD. Derek MSc (by thesis); BSc
    TANYA, Bellingham MSc; BSc
    TRIPATHI, Smita PhD; MBA; MPhil
  • Teaching Staff - HKU SPACE
    POON, Priscilla Cert (China Studies); Cert (Executive Development for Tourism); MSc
    HO, Eugenia B Commerce; MSc
    LEUNG, Solange BScoSc (Hons) HK; MSc Surrey; CHE; D.HTM
    NGAN, June BA(Hons); MSc
    CHIN, David D.HTM; MSc; B Commerce
    CHUNG, Cardi MS; BA
    CHEUNG, Ho Yin EdD; MPhil, BSc
* Subject to change.

Award and


This bachelor programme confers offshore degrees carrying the same academic status and recognition as that offered to University of Plymouth’s on-campus graduates.

Students are expected to graduate from the registered programme of study upon satisfactory completion of all stated modules and the honours project, and they will be awarded the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Events Management from University of Plymouth.

Work Placement

Students will have opportunities to voluntarily participate in various tourism, hospitality and event job placements in Hong Kong in order to gain more exposure and polish their customer service skills. Previous students worked for Hong Kong Disneyland, Clockenflap Musical Festival, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Hong Kong Cyclothon etc. 

Career Opportunities

This programme is designed to produce graduates with the skills to manage this fast-changing industry. Due to increasing standards set out by consumers, there is a huge demand for dynamic managers equipped with the necessary skills to provide the high levels of service and quality of experience expected. The events management programme also provides students with the opportunity to develop vocationally relevant managerial skills needed for employment or further study. This is achieved through ‘real world’ assessment briefs, which see the students working with industry partners on live briefs and through practically orientated tasks.

Further Studies

Upon graduation, students will have developed independent thinking skills, critical analysis of current hospitality and tourism management knowledge. Honours degree students will have undertaken a final-year project which includes data collection and analysis, therefore, students will be well-equipped with research skills necessary for further studies.

Graduates with second-class honours are eligible to apply for the Master of Science Tourism and Hospitality Management programme, in collaboration with University of Plymouth at HKU SPACE (Full time: 12 months; Part time: 18 months), and they can enjoy 10% alumni discount on tuition fee.

Fees and

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee* for the 2024/25 academic year is HK$110,250, payable over three semesters. The fees for textbook, 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.

Financial Assistance Schemes

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). Programme titles and respective validity periods of the accreditation status are at 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

Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme

Students are eligible to apply for the HKSAR Government’s Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS). The maximum financial assistance under the ENLS is equivalent to the total tuition fee payable to the HKU SPACE in the academic year. For details, please refer to the website of Student Financial Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA).

Scholarships and Bursaries 

Rudy Choy Educational Fund Scholarships (Subject to availability)

Two scholarships will be awarded by the Rudy Choy Educational Fund under SKAL International Hong Kong to new Tourism, Hospitality and Cruise Management students with outstanding achievements in their Higher Diploma studies in HKU SPACE Community College/ HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College. Each scholarship is worth HK$10,000.

IC Scholarship  

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Entry Requirements

Applicants shall:


hold a Higher Diploma/Associate Degree in Tourism and Events Management / Tourism and Hospitality Management / Hotel Management awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE, or other equivalent qualifications granted by a recognised institution;

2.    (i) hold an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management / Tourism and Travel Experience Management/ Live Entertainment, Festival and Event Management / M.I.C.E. and Event Management awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE, or other equivalent qualifications granted by a recognised institution; AND
    (ii) have 2 years of relevant work experience;

hold an Advanced Diploma with 2 years of relevant work experience / Associate Degree / Higher Diploma in other related disciplines such as Business, Marketing, Management, Leisure, and Recreation Studies granted by a recognised institution; 


have a degree of other disciplines granted by a recognised institution.

Applicants from (3) and (4) may be required to take and pass additional module(s), based on individual merit, before the start of the programme.

If the above academic qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency such as :


an overall band of 6.0 or above in the IELTS (with minimum component scores of 5.5 in all four components: listening, reading, speaking and writing); OR


an overall score of 76 or above in the TOEFL iBT (with minimum component scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18).       

Mature students (according to University of Plymouth regulation) and applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Examples of Awards to be Considered by Admission

Admission is not limited to graduates from the following programmes. Applicants from other programmes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.




Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management

Advanced Diploma in Tourism and Travel Experience Management

Advanced Diploma in Live Entertainment, Festival and Event Management

Advanced Diploma in M.I.C.E. and Event Management



HKU SPACE Community College

Higher Diploma in Business


Higher Diploma in Marketing


Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies


Higher Diploma in Airline and Airport Services


Higher Diploma in Public Relations and Corporate Communications


Associate of Business Administration



HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College

Higher Diploma in Hotel Management

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management


Higher Diploma in Tourism and Events Management


Higher Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management


Higher Diploma in Management Studies



School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University

Associate of Arts (Tourism and Hospitality Management)



Hong Kong Community College

Higher Diploma in Event Management


Associate in Business (Hospitality Management)


Associate in Business (Tourism Management)


Associate in Business (Business Management)



School of Continuing and Professional Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Higher Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Management

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management



Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education

Higher Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management

Higher Diploma in International Hospitality and Tourism Management


Higher Diploma in International Hotel Management with Smart Service


Higher Diploma in Tourism and MICE


Higher Diploma in Smart Tourism and Event


Higher Diploma in Airport Operations Management


Higher Diploma in Leisure Management



International Culinary Institute, Vocational Training Council

Higher Diploma in International Theme Park and Event Management



Lingnan Institute of Further Education

Higher Diploma in Airline Service and Management

Higher Diploma in Hospitality (Hotel Operations)



UOW College Hong Kong (formerly Community College of City University of Hong Kong)

Associate of Social Science in Event Management

Higher Diploma in Leisure and Recreation Management

Associate of Social Science in Leisure and Tourism Management



Hong Kong College of Technology

Higher Diploma in Tourism Management (Hospitality)

Higher Diploma in Tourism Management (Airline Services)

Higher Diploma in Tourism Management (Tourism and Event Management)



YMCA College of Careers

Higher Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management



Caritas Bianchi College of Careers

Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management



Hong Kong Metropolitan University Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Studies

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Airlines Studies

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 2024. Late applications will not be accepted.

Progression Path


Student Work
and Activities

Lecture Activities

Leadership activity in HKU Flora Ho Sports Center and Stanley Smith Swimming Pool (Sept 2016)

Leadership activity in HKU Flora Ho Sports Center and Stanley Smith Swimming Pool (Sept 2016)

Plymouth Summer School

Students will have a valuable opportunity to take part in the Summer School course organised by University of Plymouth for two or four weeks in July/ August so as to improve their English communication skills, meet people from around the world, and experience school life in Plymouth. This Summer School is optional and its costs are additional to the programme’s tuition fee.

PLY Summer School 2016

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Alumni Activities

Alumni Night with students and teachers (Sept 2016)

Alumni Night with students and teachers (Sept 2016)

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.




This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 5).

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.