Events and Conference Management MA

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  • Course description
    Events and Conference Management MA.

    Events and conferences play an essential role in the business, cultural and sporting life of all countries. In recent years an exciting new profession has emerged with conference/events planners and managers organising a diverse range of events, and marketing the great variety of destinations and venues in which they take place.

    This course is specifically designed for people who want to enter, or make further progress in, management-level careers in the fast-expanding field of events and conferences. London is an ideal place in which to study events and conference management. A regular host of world class sports and culture events such as Wimbledon, the London Marathon, Notting Hill carnival and the London Fashion Week, as well as one-off mega events such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics games and the 2015 Rugby world Cup, London is widely recognised as a world events capital. With several hundred conference venues and an abundance of international business and leisure events, London is a world leader in this dynamic industry.

    Course content:

    This course teaches you how and why events/conferences are planned, and how the venues and destinations in which they are held are marketed. You will also learn how events and conferences contribute to enriching the lives of communities and improve communications in business, politics and professional life. The dissertation will give you further opportunity to research a conference or events topic in depth. The course is taught by experienced academics and industry practitioners, providing valuable insight into this exciting industry sector.


    The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

    Core modules:

    Conference and Events Planning

    You will develop critical awareness of the diverse range of skills required to successfully organise conferences and events. You will discuss the problems that can arise in the planning process and examine the ways to address the issues.


    You will undertake research on an events or conference management topic of your choice, and present analysis, conclusions and recommendations in a written report. The report should include a justification of the research methodology employed and a critical review of the underpinning theory and literature.

    Events and Conference Marketing

    You will develop an understanding of the decision-making process underpinning the development and marketing of individual venues as well as conference and events destinations. The module also considers the factors that influence the selection of event venues.

    Event Concepts

    You will review the role and impacts of conferences and events in a global context, critically evaluating the influence of stakeholders and examining the wider significance of these expanding sectors on global communication, culture and sport.

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