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Event Management / Bainistíocht Imeachtaí

DT413

What is... Event Management?

Event managers are needed to generate event ideas and facilitate them professionally. From a global event like the St. Patrick’s Festival to regional food and sport weekends, public celebrations and festivals, event management has evolved into big business.  This growth nationally and internationally has been fuelled by the increase in the number, size and sophistication of events.  Ireland has a thriving events sector which hosts exciting and varied events and festivals all throughout the year.

Studying this course will give you practical and theoretical skills in all aspects of event management.   The event manager oversees and arranges all aspects of the event.  Students become knowledgeable in areas such as event planning and design, marketing, sponsorship, staging and health and safety.   

What are my... Career Opportunities?

You will graduate with the knowledge and confidence to work in any events sector.  Many of our graduates have established their own event management companies.  Opportunities are also available in consultancy, research and postgraduate education.  The range of transferrable skills and competencies that we teach lead to jobs in areas such as Event and Entertainment Enterprises, Conference Organisation, National and Regional Tourism Organisations, Hotels, Public Relations, Self-Employment, Project Management, Venue Management, Conventions, Sports Tourism, Community Development and Arts and Music Sectors.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standards may have access to a range of postgraduate and Master’s Degrees in DIT and elsewhere at third level nationally and internationally.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

Students are equipped with knowledge, understanding and professional management skills needed to be successful in the exciting and vibrant events industry.

As well as event specific subjects such as Event Staging, Event Industry Studies and Event Risk Management, students follow a broad business course with subjects such as Management, Marketing and Finance and Law being some of the key areas studied to ensure that our graduates are well equipped to be successful in the sector.

European Languages are becoming ever-increasingly important in the world of work and therefore students also study one European language.

Internships / Work Placements

We want our graduates to be ready for the workplace upon completing their degree. Internships give students an edge when it comes to getting that job in the events sector.  Employers place huge value on first hand work experience on top of college education and we ensure that our students have both of these. These are unique networking opportunities to make contacts for careers in the future. 

To ensure that our students hit the ground running, there are two hundred hours of work placement to complete in first year. Students on the programme will also undertake a six-month professional internship/placement in Year 3. 

Module Listing 

Year One 

  • Applied Communications  
  • Management  
  • Computer Applications  
  • Languages  
  • Event Industry Studies  
  • Event Operations  
  • Fundamentals of Accounting  
  • Marketing  
  • Economics  

In first year students are required to undertake 200 hours of event related experience. 

Year Two

  • Management Accounting - Costing & Decision Making  
  • Database & Industry Software  
  • Languages  
  • Event Planning  
  • Production & Staging  
  • Fund Raising & Sponsorship  
  • Human Resource Management  
  • Conference Management

3 Optional Modules  

Year Three

  • Financial Accounting  
  • Event Health & Safety Management 
  • Event Industry Law  
  • Conference & Event Marketing
  • 2 Optional Modules  

Professional Placement  

A period of professional internship in the event industry is undertaken in the 2nd semester of 3rd year, preceded by a tailored induction programme. The internship is arranged & supervised through the School of Hospitality Management & Tourism. 

Year Four

  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Management  
  • Project Management  
  • Research Methods  
  • Strategic Management Seminars  
  • Public Relations  
  • Management Accounting   

A supervised Dissertation is undertaken by students this year. 

Are there study abroad options?

In the second semester of Year 2 there may be opportunities to study at partner institutions in Europe under the Erasmus + Programme. This is a great opportunity for students to experience college in destinations such as Budapest Business School; the University of Savoie, France; the University of Applied Sciences, Finland; and the FH Modul in Vienna. 

Students also have the option of completing their six month internship abroad.  If work placements are completed outside Ireland and within the EU, grants are available through the EU Erasmus + programme. 

Further Information

School of Hospitality Management & Tourism 

T: 01 402 4461 (Alex Gibson) 

E: alex.gibson@dit.ie 

E: tourism.hospitality@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/hospitalitymanagementtourism/

What our Students say!

“The support given by DIT and the people involved behind it should be embraced, and given the opportunity to take a course, should be taken, given half the chance. What I took from DIT and my time spent in college was much more than a great qualification but a life changing experience of one of the most memorable times of my life.”

“The course itself is extremely interesting and unlike other courses available it is largely focused practically on the event industry, not just academically. One of the modules requires 200 hours of work experience to be completed in first year. The experience gained from this part of the course is invaluable to learning about the event industry and puts you at a clear advantage over graduates from other courses that don’t get to experience the extent of events that we do at DIT. Putting this course as number one on my CAO was one of the best decisions I’ve made and I look forward to finishing my next three years at DIT.”