- Study Mode: Full Time
- Location: High Wycombe
- Duration: Three or Four Years
- Start Date: September 2024
Are you interested in learning to run events? From large scale festivals and arena gigs to conferences, corporate events, luxury product launches, grass roots venues and concert halls, our Events Management programme can prepare you for all.
Taught by established industry professionals and experienced academics, you’ll discover the roles and responsibilities associated with the management and operation of every aspect of the event and entertainment industry and the economics, logistics and information flow that sustain it.
Why study this subject?
The UK events industry is thriving, with knowledgeable graduates in high demand. With no two days the same in an events role, an Events Management degree can give you the skills and experience to handle whatever comes your way.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Our programme is delivered by established industry professionals with diverse backgrounds within the industry. Your teaching team includes a Mercury Music Prize winner, an award-winning concert promoter, wedding planners, former record company executives, touring musicians, and digital & brand partnership specialists. As well as this you’ll benefit from guest lectures and workshops from visiting industry associates, which can introduce you to new and emerging issues across the sector.
Our course combines theory and practical work, covering all the fundamental principles of event management, setting you up perfectly to enter this industry. You’ll learn key business skills such as PR and risk assessment as well as work on the real-life, real-time production of small, medium and large-scale events. From the beginning of your studies, you’ll collaborate with fellow students on other programmes, such as music or film courses, to bring events together.
To kick off your time with us you’ll learn about the basic structures of the various types of events, such as conferences, exhibitions, festivals, sport events and the entertainment and experience industry as whole; details of how events are planned and organised professionally and about marketing and promotion of various types of events. You’ll also study core management skills, both for yourself and for the development of venues, artists and companies. You’ll also discover the art of public relation (PR) as well as risk assessment and knowledge of various legislations required by the government in order to operate in the event industry safely and responsibly.
Continuing with your studies you’ll work on producing real events and learning the skills necessary to translate business ideas into practice. This year will foster and develop communication and interpersonal skills, and problem-solving in real time, pressurised situations. Your final year will be focused on an individual project, supported by modules that look at the strategic and long-term thinking that informs the industry.
Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers.
The lectures went above and beyond for everyone in order to provide the best support. This was done through many workshops and 1-1 support. I succeeded purely from the support I received over the three years of my degree. I gained all the knowledge that was required, alongside them telling me about their own experiences within the industry. I have now taken everything from my university experience and have used it since leaving university, which has no doubt helped me gain a job in the event industry.Shauna Reid PR and Events Executive
All our music degrees at Buckinghamshire New University come with membership of UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership (MAP). UK Music is the collective voice of the UK’s world-leading music industry. We represent all sectors of our industry – bringing them together to collaborate, campaign, and champion music. The members of UK Music are: AIM, BPI, FAC, The Ivors Academy, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, PPL, PRS for Music. UK Music also has an informal association with LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment). MAP is a ground-breaking collaboration between educational institutions and UK Music, and is designed to maximise the relationship between the industry and educational institutions in order to inform the next generation of industry professionals.
Buckinghamshire New University gives you the opportunity to choose your specialism for your future career after your experience of the core curriculum in year one. Rather than having to make your big decision before you join us, we introduce you to various specialisms and offer you the flexibility to choose the specialism which leads to your chosen speciality. You can choose between BA (Hons) Events Management and BA (Hons) Music and Live Events Management.
These specialisms are also offered as four-year programmes, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate programme.
I graduated in 2019 having taken part in both the first Winterland and the first Bucks Live events to be taken onto another site - SubWoofers. Both of these events were highly valuable to the course and I think they give great advantage to students as I don't know anyone else who has been given these opportunities.Lauren Robinson
What facilities can I use?
BNU is the only university in the UK to offer FREE access to a huge range of activities and opportunities to enrich your time with us. We call this The Big Deal.
Run by the Students’ Union, the Big Deal gives you FREE access not only to our Students’ Union’s events and entertainment, but a huge range of competitive and recreational sport; skill workshops, CV building activities and of course our societies.
Unlike many other universities, our SU venue is on campus. Our 1,100-capacity event space has hosted some of the hottest live touring bands, renowned DJ club nights, and all kinds of other activities including comedy, theatre, and exhibitions. We also hold Jam Session nights where anyone can get up and get involved.
Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study.
Whilst studying with us you will also use our AppsAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. AppsAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.
What will I study?
This programme gives you all the skills to start a career in the events industry, whether you want to join an existing company or set up your own business. Whether you dream of being a wedding planner or organising international corporate events, the BA (Hons) Events Management specialism can give you the skills you need to succeed.
Through our network of alumni, guest lecturers and industry-experts, you’ll gain a real-time insight into the industry and what employers are looking for in graduates. Our visiting professionals often return to give tutorials, workshops, mentoring, advice, placements, internships and even jobs.
In previous years we’ve been able to offer our students a range of different opportunities to work at a range of different events, festivals, exhibitions & projects. Including, but not limited to:
- Reading Festival - Assistant Zone Managers
- Wireless Festival - H&S Inductions, Licensing Office
- Hyde Park British Summertime - H&S Inductions, Licensing Office
- Wembley Arena
- Creamfields - H&S Inductions, Licensing Office
- Download Festival - H&S Inductions, Licensing Office
- Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
- Mind Body & Spirit
- Common & Steelyard - H&S Inductions, Licensing Office
- Ginger Owl Productions - Various Roles and Opportunities across a wide range of events.
- BBC Radio 1 Weekender - H&S Inductions, Licensing Office & Production Office
- ILMC Conference - Assistants roles at the biggest Music Industry Conference in UK, with all major Artists Agents, Promoters, Artists Management companies, Venue and Arena Operators and Festival Organisers
- Plus many more!
It would have been near impossible for me to have already experienced being an event manager for an event that drew in over 3,000 customers if it wasn’t for Bucks Live. It puts the students on this course a step ahead of those on other event courses across the country, and I imagine it must have a significant impact on the immediate employability of graduating students.Jessie Hall
How will I be taught and assessed?
During your time study on this course you will be taught and assessed with a mixture of :
- Event planning tasks
- Individual and group studies
- Practical exams
- Written assignments
You’ll study in a close-knit tutor group where everyone’s input is recognised and valued. Not only will you make friends for life, but you’ll also make important connections that will last through your career, and you’ll form a network, just like you’d find in the working-world.
Having lecturers who are or have been in the events industry was great, seeing how passionate they were about it was always so encouraging. Before I started my degree, getting a job within the industry seemed so far away. Now to be working in the industry shows all the hard work pay off. I am so exited to now continue my career!Caitlin Barry Sales Event Executive
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)
A minimum of 2 A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024
£15,000 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Upon graduation, you will be prepared for a range of career possibilities. Using the skills and knowledge learnt on this course, you could find yourself performing the following roles all over the world:
- Event Planner
- Wedding Planner
- Exhibition Planner
- Events Marketing & PR
- Health & Safety
- Concert and Live Music Events Promoter
- Festival Manager
- Venue Manager
- Tour Manager
Previous BNU Events students have gone on to work for companies and events including Glastonbury, the SEE Arena Wembley, Broadwick Live, Coda, Festival Republic, IMG, Eventim Apollo, and Ginger Owl Productions.
Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.