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Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management – BBs

  • CAO Points: 262

  • Campus: Moylish, Limerick City

  • years: 3

Course Overview

The travel and tourism sector is a major driver of global employment, generating – directly or indirectly – one in every ten jobs. Ireland has an excellent tourism offering and the industry is of vital importance to the Irish economy, with employment projected to reach 250,000 by 2025. The further development of the sector requires graduates with a wide range of skills such as management capability, information and communication technology skills, product/service design, destination development, marketing and selling skills.

Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management gives you a good grounding in the theory and practice of business in the context of an evolving, highly customer-focused and media-influenced travel and tourism industry. It offers key business management subjects alongside a range of specialist travel and tourism and modules.

The course is ideally suited if you have a keen interest in meeting people, enjoy working as a part of a team, like to travel and have good organisational skills. It is a perfect fit if you are passionate about travel and tourism and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. It includes strong industry links and there are many opportunities to participate in field trips and attend guest lectures. There is a full semester of work placement in Ireland or overseas, and/or the option to study at one of our partner universities across Europe.

Contact Details

Orla Fox-Colleran


Faculty Office


What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish. Foundation Level Mathematics at grade F2 or higher is acceptable as meeting the Mathematics requirement for this course.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

International Applicants

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

Course Modules

  • Business Technology and Interactive Applications

    Credits: 5

    Innovations in technology, with a particular focus on Information Systems and the Internet, have transformed how businesses operate; therefore, learners must understand the basic economic and business forces driving technology within an organisation. They must comprehend the value of information systems and the technology of the Internet, as well as the security and ethical implications of both. The module will also give learners an appreciation of digital multimedia technology and how it can be utilised effectively by organisations.

  • Introduction to Food & Beverage Operations

    Credits: 5

    To provide learners with the knowledge, skills and competencies to enable them to operate in a professional manner within a food and beverage environment.

  • Principles of Financial Accounting

    Credits: 5

    This module provides students with an introduction to the concepts, principles, and practices of financial accounting. No prior knowledge of accounting is required.

  • Principles of Management and Marketing

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide learners with an introduction to the key concepts and theories of management and marketing and to develop an understanding of the role of marketing and management in modern organisations. The module aims to develop the student’s ability to apply knowledge, techniques and skills in order to solve marketing and management problems.

  • Tourism Industry Studies

    Credits: 5

    The module aims to provide the learner with a comprehensive introduction to tourism as an area of academic and applied study. It will highlight the significance of the industry from national and international perspectives and also outline key tourism products and services.

  • Travel Operations

    Credits: 5

    This module provides students with an in-depth insight into contemporary travel operations in both the Irish and global travel industries. It will also introduce students to the key components of the wider travel agency and tour operations industries which will develop core knowledge and understanding of how products are packaged and sold to the tourist.

  • Academic Writing

    Credits: 5

    This module aims to equip students with a range of academic writing competencies by providing an opportunity for students to practise the writing, revising, editing and referencing skills necessary in third level education

  • Business Decision Making and Applications

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to accounting tools and techniques that can aid management decision-making process in any modern organisation. Topics to be included are budgetary process, preparation of operating budgets in particular focusing on cash flow budgeting, variance analysis, and internal control procedures. Learners will also actively learn the use of a widely recognised accounting package.

  • Destination Geography

    Credits: 5

    This module will provide the learner with an understanding of a range of theories, issues and trends within the geography of tourism on a global scale. This module examines worldwide tourism destinations, providing a comprehensive knowledge of the major characteristics of the regional geography of destinations: identifying and locating countries, main cities, physical features, climatic conditions, tourist attractions and their significance for the tourist experience. Using maps, case studies, travel itineraries and other techniques, the Destination Geography module aims to introduce an array of established and emerging destinations to the student through theoretical and practical applications.

  • Microeconomics for Business

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide students with the tools to aid analysis and decision-making. The basic theories and models of microeconomics will be introduced and related to the business decision-making process.

  • Tourism Demand

    Credits: 5

    The module aims to provide the learner with a detailed overview of the main factors influencing the demand for tourism. It will also introduce learners to the importance of consumer behaviour and marketing within the tourism industry.

  • Web Design and Implementation

    Credits: 5

    This module has been developed to enable learners to keep pace with emerging demands for online business presence. During this module students will acquire the requisite skills to plan, develop and analyse an integrated digital presence for organisations in their industry. Furthermore, through this 100% CA based module, learners will have practical exposure to digital analytics.

  • HRM Concepts

    Credits: 5

    This module equips students with an understanding of the core concepts in HR management, taking students on a journey from the earliest origins of the discipline to the present-day role of HR as an operational and strategic organisational function. Students will develop a strong applied knowledge of HRM systems, processes, and best practice in the planning, staffing and reward of employees. They will appreciate the practical operation of HRM in small, medium, and large organisations, as well as the increased devolution of HR activities to line management. Students will also develop practical people management skills through in-class and assessment activities, as well as highly transferable soft skills.

  • Legal Environment for Business

    Credits: 5

    A key feature for the management and operation of any business is the regulatory environment in which it trades. In turn it is both controlled and protected by the legal instruments and requirements of that environment. An understanding of the legal environment, through a business lens, is thus a central feature in the academic grounding of a rounded business graduate and allows them to reflect upon the many and varied interacting influencing aspects of business life.

  • Macroeconomics for Business

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide students with the tools to aid analysis and decision-making. The basic theories and models of macroeconomics will be introduced and related to the business decision-making process

  • Professional Travel & Tour Guiding

    Credits: 5

    The Professional Travel and Tour Guiding module will equip students with the skills and understanding of the national and international travel and tour guiding industry. It will demonstrate skills in leadership, advanced guiding, and group management. It will also implement the best safety and environmental practice in the overall tour experience. Finally, it will introduce students to the professional, social, and administrative skills necessary to offer a quality guiding service both in Ireland and abroad.

  • Social Media and Mobile Applications

    Credits: 5

    This module engages the learner in the application of strategy and marketing to a social media and mobile app environment. It emphasises both the processes and the tools, in an overall marketing strategy, from planning and implementation to the analysis of digital campaigns and mobile app functionality. Learners will examine how best these communication tools and strategies can be applied to compete effectively both offline and online.

  • Special Interest Tourism

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to develop an awareness of the historical and contemporary environment in which special interest tourism has developed and operates. The module will introduce learners to a variety of special interest tourism topics such as adventure, business, dark, food and wine, health and wellness, special events and festivals.

  • E-Travel

    Credits: 5

    This module sets out to introduce learners to the complexities of the relationships of contemporary technology and the travel and tourism industry. Few industries have adapted so speedily to technology as travel and tourism and it is safe to say that it has changed the face of modern travel marketing, retailing and distribution. This module sets out to investigate and evaluate many of these impacts, changes and consequences.

  • Global HRM Practices

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide students with a strong practical knowledge of human resource management (HRM) as it operates globally.  They will be exposed to the latest HR practices that organisations deploy to maximise competitive advantage through their human resources. Students will track evolving trends in HR management practice globally, critically evaluating their effectiveness and applying this knowledge to in-class activities and practical assignments.  They will further develop practical soft skills that are directly transferable and beneficial to their work placement in third year.

  • Irish Culture & Heritage Guiding

    Credits: 5

    The Irish Culture and Heritage Guiding module will develop student competencies regarding providing a professional guiding experience. This module proposes to equip learners with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to assess Irish tourism, heritage, and cultural products. Finally, it facilitates an understanding and appreciation of Ireland’s culture and heritage with emphasis on an identified region or place.

  • Marketing Communications Practice

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to engage learners in the importance of comprehending the key communication concepts within a marketing context and then to engage these learners with specific marketing communication techniques that organisations use in reaching their target audiences.

  • Personal Development

    Credits: 5

    The module will support the learner as they make the successful transition to a new learning environment. It will introduce personal, academic and career development within the context of their programme of study, previous experiences and future aspirations. Ways of enhancing learner motivation and employability will be identified which encourages clarification and attainment of the learner’s personal objectives through a process of planning, experience and reflection. Therefore, this module instils in the learner the value of personal development and self-management and provides the knowledge, skills and competencies to provide a professional career plan for the service’s industry.

  • Travel & Tourism Innovation

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to consider the vital role of innovation and creativity within the travel and tourism industry and will offer learners the opportunity to develop a new product or service concept, thereby applying the knowledge acquired.

  • Applied Law for the Tourism & Event Industry

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide the learner with a broad knowledge of the law relating to the tourism and event industry and the necessary expertise to manage the regulatory and legal requirements of the tourism and event enterprise more effectively. The learner will be able to limit the legal exposure of the enterprise and liaise effectively with legal advisors and will have an insight into how the enterprise needs to arrive at decisions that are in compliance with existing and new legislation. As law is an ongoing and dynamic subject, the syllabus content will be expanded or modified, as the case may be, to reflect developments in the law set out in this module.

  • Entrepreneurship Business Plan

    Credits: 10

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the entrepreneurial process and to equip them with the required skills to transform creative ideas into commercially viable businesses. Learners consolidate prior knowledge and skills in Market Research, Marketing, Operational Planning and Financial Accounting discipline areas through a 100% continuous assessment with three required submissions – business concept presentation, business plan and a funding / pitch presentation. The module deliverables are therefore focused on improving generic skills (oral and written presentation) while engaging learners with as realistic a simulation of the business start-up process as possible considering the centrality of entrepreneurial venture creation to future economic development and prosperity.

  • Global Destination Management

    Credits: 10

    The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of managing global tourism destinations, and it will identify the core principles of sustainable development and examine how they can be put into practice with the aim of making various tourism types and destinations more sustainable. This will involve an in-depth evaluation of good practice within the tourism industry, governments, host communities and tourists. Environmental, economic and cultural aspects of sustainability will be considered. A practical focus will be adopted through the use of global case studies and classroom-based exercises. Students will learn about different approaches to tourism planning, explore the interplay between various stakeholders in the tourism planning process and consider the importance of effective tourism planning to destination development.

  • Integrated Marketing Comms

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide the learner with a clear insight into how the various tools and techniques within the field of marketing communications can be utilised in practice in order to allow the organisation achieve competitive advantage and commercial success. This module will also provide insight into the role played by internal organisational communications and its associated importance In addition, an in-depth examination of the key media options available to both traditional and contemporary marketing organisations will be undertaken.

  • Work Placement/Study Abroad

    Credits: 30

    This Work Placement/Study Abroad component is an integral part of all academic programmes of the Institute and is provided in compliance with HEA/DES requirements for practice-based learning on all third level courses as laid out in the “Higher Education System Performance Framework 2018-2020”. The overall aim of the module is to offer the student the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout their course of study up to this point in a new and relevant experiential setting. This is to achieved whilst facilitating the student in developing the practical life-skill competencies and communication skills necessary to function as an effective member of the work environment and wider society. Students choosing to study abroad will be provided a comparable programme of study in an approved foreign partner Institution

What can you do after this programme?

You are well prepared for a wide variety of careers within the travel and tourism industry in Ireland or abroad in areas such as tourism marketing, arts/culture/heritage/visitor attraction management, tour operations, tourism product development, public sector tourism development, hotel/resort/destination management, and transportation, and with tourism enterprises, community development organisations, national and regional tourism bodies and hospitality and travel organisations.

On successful completion of the course, students can progress to the 4th year of the Level 8 honours degree in Business Studies with Travel & Tourism Management at Moylish campus.