MSc Business Event Management

Postgraduate, Full-time

Business Event Management MSc

Learn the strategies behind running business events, then use your skills with placements at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre


In the vibrant capital city Edinburgh, our innovative MSc Business Event Management allows you a unique chance to study for a post-graduate Masters degree for a consistently dynamic and lucrative industry.

If you want to make a career in Business Events (or enhance your current practice if you are already working there) this is a post graduate degree programme suited to you. We ensure that the programme gives you access to management materials, strategic knowledge and experts that are purposeful and appropriate to Business Event Management.

Our unique premium programme heightens your capacity to interface with the multi-faceted components that the business event environment and its clients and suppliers require. Edinburgh, a truly international business, creative industries and cultural hub, is a magnificent place to do so.

As part of the degree you enjoy practical work experience with EICC, our award-winning, world-class events partner. This an opportunity to ensure the theory, the strategic models and the examples we work with really make sense for your professional future.

Important elements of the programme

  • Access to national and international knowledge
  • Association with national and international organisations
  • Applied understanding through industry work experience, speakers and visits
  • At the leading university in Scotland for MSc Business Event Management  

Mode of Study:



1 year



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Course details

This programme aims to develop both your interest and knowledge of the business events industry, and encourage reflective and dynamic understanding. You will study modules that specifically focus on elements of business events management, such as business skills for event managers and sustainable conference management alongside more generic but related management modules - such as tourism marketing and experience design. The research methods and dissertation module harness and develop your research capacity.

In the second semester you undertake a three-week placement at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). During the placement you will spend time in all seven operational areas of the centre and work alongside departmental managers.

This allows you to get a managerial perspective of the organisation. You will be able to choose to spend more time in the area that interests you the most in order to get greater depth of understanding in that area. Importantly you will get the opportunity to meet and understand the CEO's remit in running the organisation.

If you would like, you can also return to the EICC during your research project to undertake primary data collection.
  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Your learning is enhanced by a variety of teaching methods. These include lectures, tutorials and independent study.

    You will work directly with EICC to gain management experience first-hand during your placement there.

    EICC and Edinburgh Napier University work in conjunction on this course. Accordingly, some of your course is located at EICC.

  • briefcase Work placement Three week placement at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.


The Business School

We are a modern, global and dynamic business school home to students, staff and researchers inspired by the world around them to provide creative, sustainable solutions to economic challenges and the needs of society.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £8,466 £9,066
Overseas £14,620 £15,660

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees.

Information of Bursaries and Scholarships.


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  • Meetings Planning
  • Conference and Exhibition Organisation
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  • Convention Management
  • Incentive Travel Planning
  • Corporate Sales Management
  • Destination Marketing Organisation
  • National/Regional Tourism Organisation
  • Hotel and Visitor Attractions