Swansea School of Tourism & Hospitality

The World's Your Lecture Theatre

Learn, work and develop in the company of experts. The School of Tourism and Hospitality are proud to deliver a range of exciting programmes specialising in International Travel, Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure Resort Management.

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We are a dedicated team with a proven track record in delivering exciting and innovative courses located in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.

Undergraduate courses

For undergraduates we offer are a range of degrees and HND’s in:

Whichever pathway you decide to choose, be safe in the knowledge that all our programmes are designed by industry engaged lecturers in close consultation with some of the World’s leading Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Leisure Resort organisations as well as local employers and advisors from our sector. This ensures the currency of our curriculum in order to maximise your graduate employability.

Can’t decide which course is for you? No problem. Why not consider International Travel & Tourism Management which will offer you a flavour of all the other pathways! Please contact the School at any time for further information on programme content


Postgraduate Courses

Our postgraduate programmes provide a variety of pathways to allow you to specialise in your chosen area of Business and Management. 

All our postgraduate and professional courses can be studied part-time to allow flexibility to fit in with a busy lifestyle or industry professionals.

All our lecturers are research informed and many are active researchers presenting at a number of conferences and regularly publishing in specialist journals, books and the Faculty’s ‘South Wales Business Review’.

Current research is in the areas of:

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Empowerment and Guest Service Strategies
  • Internationalisation
  • Embedding employability in the Curriculum
  • Festivals and Events
  • Workbased learning and international placements

Swansea is an exciting and dynamic city with superb leisure facilities and an excellent social life for our students. Our City Centre campus provides easy access to the train station, halls of residences and Swansea’s renowned nightlife as well as the sports facilities we utilise at the LC.

As a premier league City the success of Swansea City FC provides excellent case studies for our Events, Sports Management and Tourism students. Furthermore our close links with The Swans and Ospreys enables us to base some of our modules as the impressive Liberty Stadium and work closely with Parc Y Scarlets. What better way to study events than to be based at a major venue with the opportunity to experience behind the scenes action at events, and discuss key management issues from an insider perspective.

Swansea is also surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty which lends itself to Tourism. The wonderful beaches of the Gower Peninsula and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are a haven for surf and water sports enthusiasts, whilst the Brecon Beacon Mountains offer a range of exhilarating outdoor activities. These make an ideal playgrounds and a diverse range of case studies for your studies.

Wales and Swansea have a strong tradition as an events provider which makes the University and City and ideal location to study tourism, events and sport. The rich cultural heritage of Welsh Estedfodds and the Urdd are an excellent case study, along with the close proximity to Cardiff where 2012 Olympic Events and 2015 Rugby World Cup events are to be hosted. This enables many of our students to secure highly relevant part time work at Liberty Stadium, Parc Y Scarlets, Millennium Stadium, SWALEC Stadium and Ffos Las Race Course. Our links have also enabled many of our students the opportunity to become involved in the international Iron Man Wales event as well as local events such as Pembrokeshire Fish Week which also provide excellent research opportunities.

The University has an active Student Union with a range of Sports teams, Clubs and Societies. Our programmes have also set up their own Societies and students frequently become involved in organising student events which will be excellent career experience for you.

Starting at University and moving away from home is often an unsettling experience however to help you settle in we will offer you the chance to have a ‘buddy’ who will be a student trained to provide you with support when you are starting out on your University life with us. You will also have a personal tutor to provide additional support, and we work hard to provide a supportive environment in which to study by operating an ‘open door policy’ and running tutorials so there is always someone available to support you.

Our team will work hard to ensure your time with us is not only enjoyable but also rewarding. We endeavour to provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge needed to maximise your graduate employability. We look forward to working with you.

All programmes within the School of Tourism and Hospitality have a strong global flavour. We work closely with key global placement employers to offer a range of exciting international placements, organise overseas field trips, we welcome leading managers from all over the world to present to our students as well as utilising a range of international case studies within lectures and assessments. Students also have the opportunity to study languages and develop their cultural understanding through a strong global focus.

We organise regular presentations from a range of local, UK and international industry managers. This will provide you with detailed industry knowledge and some exciting opportunities to apply for. We also provide tutorial support to help you with employment applications, cv writing, interview preparation and presentation skills to prepare students for professional industry based placements.

Over the summer our students undertake a range of UK and  International Placement Experiences - Why not follow their stories on social media, and learn about their experiences as they spend anything from 6 weeks to a year during their studies working in their chosen sector of the industry.

During the winter months our current 1st & 2nd year students are busy applying for positions and many are also undertake some exciting volunteering experiences working at major events or gaining  cv enhancing paid work experience with local hotels & events venues,  as well as becoming involved in open days as student ambassadors and working at the University-sponsored Swansea Triathlon.

Keep checking our social media web pages for exciting updates about our placement student’s positions, activities as well as our field trips, to give you a flavour of what you will experience when you join us here in Swansea!

This is what  just some of our ex-students are up to and what they say about their experience at UWTSD:

“The course enabled me to put theory into practice through the availability of many work placement opportunities. I certainly feel as though I’ve been given a head start with my professional career.”

Dominic Jones CEO of Mary Rose Trust and former Head of European Attractions Merlin Group, Park Director Oakwood Park, Vice President Virgin Cargo Asia and Pacific, Customer Service Manager Madame Tussauds and Rides Manager Thorpe Park and Chessington


“The course exceeded expectations....the experience gained enabled me to secure employment immediately”

Sally Davis CEO Universal Music U Live, previously Events Director O2 Arena and Customer Relations Manager Science Musuem


“The content and modules undertaken as part of the course were enjoyable and informative. Knowledge gained....has given me the ability to manage the hotel efficiently and effectively.”

Mark Gallagher Account Manager Fine Wines & former GM Morgans Hotel Swansea previously GM Blue Bell Hotel Neath and Ramada Encore Swansea.


“The course gave me the knowledge and desire to succeed.”

Kelly O’Maholly Marketing Account Manager Promotions in Motion Sysdney Australia


“I was much encouraged by the support given to me by lecturers. The academic and practical knowledge gave me the confidence to raise my expectations....and believe that my aim was achievable”

Michelle Gibbs Senior Sports Development Manager


“The degree gave me an excellent foundation from which I developed my career eventually resulting in setting up my own Surf School.”

Simon Jayham Properietor GSD Surf, Gower, Wales

UWTSD ranked in the top 10 UK universities for course satisfaction in Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism – Guardian League Table 2019.

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Why Study Here

1. Teaching and learning is focused on real life case studies. You will have opportunities for internships, study abroad and work based placements.

2. All our lecturers are practitioners and research informed.

3. We are a city centre Business campus and a short walk from the beautiful sweeping sands of Swansea Bay.

4. We provide a supportive environment. You will be offered a ‘buddy’ who is a student trained to provide support for you throughout your studies. You will also have a personal tutor.

5. We have a wide range of cultural, business and management events provided by employers, professional bodies and the School and University that you can participate in.