About this course
LJMU's Masters in International Events Management provides a critical, theoretical, strategic and practical understanding of this sector on an international basis.
- Study alongside 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
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. It has strong links with large organisations such as the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool, Liverpool Sound City and Aintree Racecourse.
Academic staff have been involved in the delivery of international events such as the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The course curriculum offers critical knowledge of the different facets of event management in an international context. You will develop a real understanding of event planning and management processes and how you can develop your career in this ever growing global industry.
The 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.
Postgraduate students and graduates share their experience of studying at Liverpool Business School
Having worked for a year as a sports competition intern following her undergraduate degree in History and Politics at Loughborough University, Alysha studied for her Masters in event management.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
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.
Discover the building blocks of your programme
Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.
This module helps to identify the contextual differences which affect strategic decision making in particular organisations. Coursework is integrated into the business simulation.
Digital Communications Management
This module examines the current role of business technologies which drive and support the PR function. It explores digital communication technologies enabling you to understand the effects that this application of technology (including social media) is having on the public relations function. It aims to give you a framework for understanding and evaluating the digital landscape in respect of organisational communication and reputation.
Planning And Resourcing Events
This module provides the theoretical knowledge, critical understanding and practical skills needed to plan and resource a live event. You will experience the practical implementation of different concepts and theories relevant to event planning and management.
Individual Research Project
This module aims to develop the skills to plan and execute a research project and demonstrate critical and holistic knowledge. It provides a deeper understanding of your chosen subject area.
Events In A Global Society
This module helps you develop a critical perspective of contemporary issues within the international events industry from a range of competing and complimentary stakeholder perspectives.
This module encourages you to identify and critically evaluate appropriate research methods and methodologies for your own research.
Staging And Evaluating Events
This module aims to equip you with the theoretical knowledge, critical understanding and practical skills needed to stage and evaluate a live event. You will experience the practical implementation of the different concepts and theories relevant to staging and evaluating events and event impacts.
An insight into teaching on your course
Full-time students attend university for teaching and Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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.
You will learn through interactive lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars, group work and practitioner engagement via guest lectures and event site visits.
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, presentation skills and academic writing.
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.
The programme provides a range of opportunities to network, collaborate and gain event-related work experience 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 and 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.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
The 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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Lindsey Gaston received his PhD in Social Science and Health from Durham University in 2014. His research examined the Social History of the Rugby Player’s Associations’ Benevolent Fund with specific attention to the “Life After Rugby” programme. Lindsey has degrees is Sociology and Religion from the University of Kansas and a combined Masters Degree in Sociology and American History from Baker University.
As newly appointed Programme Leader the most rewarding aspect of my role is working with a team of individuals who care about providing a quality product that is engaging, challenging and relevant to the events industry.
What you can expect from your School
Based at the IM Marsh campus in the leafy suburb of Aigburth, the School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition offers you the opportunity to study in a dynamic and supportive postgraduate environment. On-campus IT equipment, classrooms and library facilities enable you to blend the required practical and academic study requirements simultaneously.
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You will need:
a minimum 2:2 honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent overseas qualification)
- Practical applied experience in events management is not essential
- IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component
- Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
- RPL is accepted on this programme
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Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
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