About your course
Study for a Masters in International Events Management at Liverpool John Moores University. This course will give you a critical, theoretical, strategic and practical knowledge and understanding of the sector on an international basis.
- Course available to study full time over a year or part time over two years
- Ideal for graduates and professionals from events, business and management-related backgrounds
- Explore all aspects of international event management
- Learn from research-active staff and event management professionals
- Benefit from extensive networking and collaboration opportunities via EventStart
- This course will only run subject to minimum numbers
The programme is evidently academically multi-disciplinary and applied in nature. These modules and assessments demonstrate well the building blocks of learning that the students will undertake to progress through their programme.
Introduction to the School
The School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition invites you to study in a dynamic and supportive postgraduate environment.
The School offers a creative, inspiring and dynamic environment that challenges student thinking and develops passionate and innovative individuals. It offers you the opportunity to study in a supportive postgraduate setting. You will enjoy unique networking opportunities plus the chance to work with expert academics carrying out innovative research and engagement activities.
Teaching is provided by both research active staff, with industry experience,and external professionals. This ensures that all courses are in line with current and developing practice. The School’s learning disciplines include Sport, Dance,Outdoor Education, Tourism, Events and Nutrition.
The School works closely with a wide range of public, private and voluntary organisations including schools, local authorities, sports teams, museums and tourist attractions. Such engagement helps ensure our courses meet the needs of employers.
Why study this course at LJMU?
With employers identifying a skills gap in candidates applying for international events management posts and recent industry sector reports confirming the continued growth of the worldwide events sector, this course offers an ideal opportunity for students to prepare for employment.
The international scope of the events industry has moved beyond geographical and cultural boundaries, presenting a strong demand for innovative professionals who can meet the requirements and demands of the evolving international events arena.Over the last decade, Liverpool has hosted a wide range of major events, making it the ideal backdrop for your studies. The course will provide experiential links to the city’s event environment to facilitate, contextualise and enhance events-related learning. The programme has strong links with large organisations such as the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool, Liverpool Sound City and Aintree Racecourse.
Academic staff has been involved in the delivery of international events such as the World Firefighter Games, national and international Professional Bull Riding championships and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
The curriculum itself offers a critical knowledge of the different facets of event management in an international context. You will also develop a real understanding of event planning and management processes and how you can develop your career in this ever growing global industry.This programme is ideal if you are interested in working as an events manager or are already working in the industry and want to enhance your knowledge of the sector in an international context.
Programme outline and structure
This programme provides a critical understanding of relevant contemporary issues, whilst focusing on the practical application of theory and events management ‘know-how' and is delivered by staff with practical and academic expertise, using a variety of learning approaches.
The programme is built on self-directed study and independent learning. You will need to read around highlighted materials, identifying and critically appraising important themes. Lectures and tutorials will require active participation and you will also be involved in task-oriented activities featuring guest speakers and group discussions. The course has a strong emphasis on work-related learning. Modules such as ‘Planning and Resourcing Events’ and ‘Staging and Evaluating Events’ are particularly ‘hands-on’ in nature. This programme provides a range of opportunities to network, collaborate and gain event-related work experience with events organisations, including planning and staging a live event and engaging with voluntary work opportunities at events of different scales. Examples of past work experience engagement include the 2012 Olympic Ambassador programme; Aintree Grand National; Commonwealth Games 2014; Liverpool Fashion week; The Liverpool Festival of Business 2014; Outdoor performance art events featuring giant marionettes ( ‘Memories of August 1914’ and ‘Sea Odyssey: Giant Spectacular’.
Course links with EventStart mean you can engage with the wider events community through volunteering and paid work opportunities, securing a broad range of employment-related skills and insights into the events industry.
In terms of support, you will be appointed a personal tutor who will provide academic and pastoral care. Additional academic guidance is available from module leaders, whilst generic study support comprises sessions on topics such as critical analysis, presentations skills and academic writing.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
This module provides students with insights into methodologies and methods for their own research.
Individual Research Project
This module will help students to develop the skills necessary to plan and execute a research project that demonstrates critical and holistic knowledge and deeper understanding of the chosen subject area.
Events in a Global Society
The module provides students with critical perspectives of contemporary issues within the international events industry.
Planning and Resourcing Events
This module provides students with the theoretical knowledge, critical understanding and practical skills needed to plan and resource a live event. Students will experience the practical implementation of the different concepts and theories relevant to event planning and management.
Staging and Evaluating Events
This module provides students with the theoretical knowledge, critical understanding and practical skills needed to stage and evaluate a live event. Students will experience the practical implementation of the different concepts and theories relevant to staging and evaluating events and event impacts.
International Event Studies
The module provides students with a theoretical understanding of international event studies by exploring the historical and sociological development of international events as well the context of international event policy environments.
Learning and Managing at Masters Level
The module provides students with knowledge and understanding of conceptual frameworks and the learning skills necessary to perform successfully at Masters level.
This module focuses on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to promote events using effective communication tools.
How will I be assessed?
The programme employs a wide range of teaching activities including interactive lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars, group work and practitioner engagement via guest lectures and event site visits.
This blend of contact with academics and practitioners will enable you to apply your theoretical learning, grow your network and enhance your learning experience.
The range of assessments used will enable you to reflect on and embed your learning and practice vocational skills. You will be asked to produce essays, presentations, an annotated bibliography, a dissertation and a portfolio.
As part of the ‘Planning and Resourcing Events’ and the ‘Staging and Evaluating Events’, modules you will have to demonstrate the development of your professional practice by planning, executing and evaluating a live event in Merseyside.
For your dissertation, you will need to formulate a research question pertinent to your area of study. You will then critically investigate the issue in relation to the existing theoretical and practical context and synthesise study findings to form a conclusion.
Staff research interests
Staff have a wide range of research interests and are active members of academic and professional bodies such as the Association for Events Management Education (AEME) and the Leisure Studies Association (LSA).
Research subject areas include:
- project and enterprise work
- graduate skills
- sports events
- event volunteering
- event impact
- role theory
- social impacts of events
- commemorative events
- marketing communications
- food events
- arts and cultural events
- leisure practice
- social aspects of events such as community processes and rituals
- destination marketing
Entry requirements (Home)
You will need a first class or upper second Honours degree. Practical applied experience in events management is not essential.
International students should also have IELTS English language at a minimum of 6.5 or equivalent.
This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
According to recent sector reports, the international scope of the events industry continues to grow, creating a rapidly expanding employment sector.
The growth of the global meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry, for example, is reflected in increased employment rates: between 2000 and 2013 some 400 million jobs were generated which represents 20% of global employment growth.
Employment within the events industry in countries like the United States and the UK has also increased. Since 2010 employment as meeting, convention, and event planners in the US grew by nearly 40%.
According to the MPI's UK Economic Impact Study 2013, the UK events industry has become the UK's 16th biggest employer with 515,423 people working this sector, whereas the UK live music industry grown from an estimated 21,600 jobs in 2012 to around 24,000 jobs in 2014.
As a graduate in international events management you will enjoy excellent career opportunities within the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. You will be able to work as a global events manager, international events project manager, international business conference producer, an international media events salesperson or an international events executive.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes