Tourism Management: Master in tourism and event | University of Bologna

Business Management / Tourism, Heritage and Events

The Tourism, Culture and Events track of the Full-time Business Management Master’s course is intended for young graduates wishing to consolidate and explore a managerial research of the intersection between these sectors, connected and mutually indispensable in the practical activity of the companies and institutions involved.

Furthermore, it is important that in this phase of expansion in Italy, in Emilia Romagna and also in Bologna, the economic sectors of tourism, culture and events, the opportunity for a greater managerial culture be seized, to manage and consolidate at best growth towards the high end, towards sustainability, in order not to make it episodic and to avoid the collateral effects of massification of tourist flows and feared cultural banality.

The Full-time Master in Business Management / Tourism, Culture and Events is part of the educational offer aimed at combining business administration with the characteristics of the related sectors.

The course features two cycles of classroom lectures, one of which is common to all other tracks, and a final internship, lasting in total 12 months. The classes preceding the internship feature lectures on the topic of food and beverage management and practical exercises, by way of three corporate projects lasting a month each and a longer project, lasting over six months.

The Italian excellence needs your passion to become increasingly management-oriented. Get in touch with the course program manager: we’ll make your ambitions grow. 



Angelo Manaresi

Angelo Manaresi

Direttore Scientifico

" È importante che in questa fase di espansione in Italia, in Emilia Romagna e anche a Bologna, dei settori economici del turismo, della cultura e degli eventi, sia colta l’opportunità di una maggiore cultura manageriale, per gestire e consolidare al meglio la crescita verso la fascia alta del mercato, verso la sostenibilità, per non renderla episodica e per evitare gli effetti collaterali potenzialmente problematici della massificazione dei flussi turistici e della talvolta temuta banalizzazione culturale. "

Class Profile 2019 - 2020


  • 25

    Average Age

  • 58% – 42% M



The Master in Business Management – Tourism, Heritage and Events is a full-time program structured in 1.500 hours of learning activities over 12 months of study, divided into: 360 hours of lecturing, an estimated 540 hours of independent study, and 600 hours of internship. The structure of the Master is divided into three terms:

  • First term: December – April
  • Second term: May – July
  • Internship: September – March

Classroom participation is about 30 hours per week structured in order to allow time to work in groups, while not neglecting individual students focus and management of interpersonal relationships.
The course is enriched by 3 extensive company projects with a sectorial approach (each lasting one month) that are spaced and integrated with classroom activities and case studies.

The Master offers Business Administration courses intended to consolidate the conceptual knowledge and the operational techniques that are applied to the companies. There are also courses and projects with a focus on sectorial issues of Tourism and Heritage Management. Business Administration courses are concentrated mainly in the first term and are common to all the Master specializations; while track specific courses and company projects take place in the second term.

Given the importance of English language in business, the School offers the opportunity to participate in English conversation sessions within the classroom.

The Master program is constantly updated and adjusted to market needs through continuous interaction between faculty and a specific Management Committee:


Massimo Monti
Amministratore delegato
Alce Nero 

Alberto Miraglia
Direttore Generale
Retail Institute

Franco Gabbrielli
Assopellettieri e Mipel

Lorenzo Scrimizzi
Country Manager

Patrick Romano
Direttore Generale
Bologna Welcome

Massimiliano Di Silvestre
Amministratore Delegato
BMW Italia


This course focuses on the main components of accounting, budgeting and cost analysis. In addition the course will train students on how to analyze economic-financial forecasts and budgets as well as understand the measurement and interpretation of the economic-financial performance of the company. Calculation and analysis in decision-making, management supervision, strategic control and strategic cost management will also be explored.

Liverani Francesca

From the business model to the operational marketing plan. The fundamental conceptual and quantitative tools necessary for understanding, analyzing and constructing the relationship a company establishes with its market of interest: the centrality of the client, studying acquired behavior, the processes of segmentation and positioning, the development of new products and the spread of innovation, pricing decisions, distribution and communication.

Zammit Alessandra

The course aims to introduce students to the most relevant issues (foundational and more advanced) of digital technologies, discussing the most important present and future consequences on the lives of individuals and on the structure and functioning of organizations and processes. The main topics covered are: fundamentals of computational systems, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, conversational systems, computational logic, networks and security.

The course focuses on issues related to the management of materials along the supply chain, from suppliers to distribution channels. In this regard, they have a vital role. Managerial and organizational decisions made about the relationships with external companies with which we relate to, are the focal point of the course. In analyzing the vertical relationships between firms, the course seeks to develop: sensitivity to the Strategic Importance of the reports, the technical and managerial knowledge needed to deal with the decisions in the matter and organizational skills needed to manage them.

Regattieri Alberto
Zanoni Andrea

This course enables executives to use financial tools to make better decisions. The teaching method combines class lectures and discussions to case studies and spreadsheet modelling to get a deeply and insightful understanding of topics in corporate finance. These topics include, but are not limited to, capital budgeting, project and company valuation and the optimal financing and hedging decisions.

Corporate sustainability and the circular economy are currently among the most discussed topics internationally, also due to climate change. The aim of the course is to understand why these issues are of such importance, underlining their urgency. We will learn more about the innovation activities of operational and system processes that companies adopt to implement strategies aimed at the Circulary Economy and the transition to a low carbon business model.

Longo Mariolina

Introduction to marketing research: descriptive analysis. Utilizing probability and hypothesis in marketing research. Design and technical development finalized for collecting primary data. Data analysis: regression. Segmentation and clustering techniques. Perceptual maps and positioning.


Valentini Sara
Zammit Alessandra

The objective of the course in Digital Marketing is to provide the necessary knowledge for successfully implementing a marketing strategy utilizing new information technology, analyzing the needs of the client, the company communication and sales. A principally quantitative approach for measuring the effectiveness of Digital Marketing activities, which finds their natural application in an online context (e.g. Social Media, E-Commerce, Direct Marketing), without overlooking the application of new technologies in an offline context (e.g. Apps and Mobile Marketing in a modern Retailing environment). At the end of the course, it is expected that the students will have acquired a high level of knowledge on the main tools used in the field of Digital Marketing, allowing them to: define and implement a coherent Digital Marketing strategy; select the best suited tools based on strategic objectives; monitor the effectiveness by means of rigorous analytical procedures.

Pizzi Gabriele

Learning method

Le sessioni didattiche prevedono diverse metodologie di apprendimento, tra cui lezioni frontali, simulazioni, discussioni di casi aziendali e presentazioni da parte delle aziende, testimonianze, lavori di gruppo. Completano il percorso didattico le master lecture tenute da professionisti provenienti dal mondo dell’impresa, dell’università e della politica e numerose occasioni di confronto e interazione con il mondo delle imprese attraverso case history.

Il programma si sviluppa in stretta collaborazione con le imprese partner sia durante i corsi, ripartiti in due fasi, sia durante i tre progetti aziendali di impostazione settoriale; l’approccio didattico è totalmente diverso da quello dei corsi universitari tradizionali, poichè le lezioni del Master forniscono veri strumenti funzionali allo svolgimento di progetti concreti. Questa visione progettuale si concretizza in:

  • un progetto aziendale (gennaio – dicembre) che viene sviluppato per tutta la durata del Master
  • 3 importanti progetti da 1 mese ciascuno (maggio, giugno e luglio) relativi al settore di indirizzo scelto
  • altri progetti più brevi inseriti dentro singoli insegnamenti
  • il progetto finale per lo stage.


The integration with companies is a priority and an ever-present feature of all programs of the Bologna Business School, hence for the Master in Digital Technology Management too.
The School is fully committed to creating employability, by way of a systematic career service action, constantly focused on matching at best the students’ professional projects with the needs companies have.
The internship is an exceptional springboard, suffice it to say that six months after the end of the Full-time Masters at Bologna Business School on average 91% of students work in a company.

The BBS Career Service assists and supports students since the very beginning, along a training and professional development path. This is accomplished by organizing a series of workshops, with the aim of providing the fundamental tools and resources to be appropriately prepared for the labor market.

To achieve this goal, students are involved in several workshops, among which we may list:

  • Writing a CV and a Cover Letter
  • How to create an effective Linkedin profile
  • How to prepare for a job interview

In addition to this, thanks to the collaboration with professional career counselors, students receive a customized service, in order to understand their strengths and to build a professional development plan, which will turn out to be helpful when looking for an internship. Here follow some of the activities:

  • Initial guidance interviews
  • Specific interviews, focused on one’s own career plan
  • Continuous support to students with one – to – one sessions









The tuition fees for the Master is 14,800 euro (VAT free) to be paid in three installments:

  • First installment: 1,850 euros
  • Second installment: 7,000 euros
  • Third installment: 5,950 euros

The fee includes participation in the Master, all the study material available through the online platform, and access to the services and facilities of Bologna Business School such as: personal account for the Alma wi-fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the internal gym, special rates for the School restaurant. Furthermore, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of the supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation.
Free parking is also available within BBS Campus.

Additionally, with the Student Card of the University of Bologna, students have access to all of the university facilities, including over 100 libraries, digital resources and study halls (including databases and online subscriptions); the three city center canteens and all university student related discount offers. More information is available on the site of the University of Bologna:


Participants are eligible to apply for Honor Loan with subsidised rate up to the complete coverage of the application fee.
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At Bologna Business School we understand the importance of financial aid in supporting our students to achieve their educational goals. We are aware that an advanced, high quality training path can be a significant commitment, at the same time we also truly believe that investing in one’s future always pays back.

Bologna Business School is pleased to offer partial scholarships to the most meriting students. All of these scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded to the top-ranked candidates in the selection process. The students who come out on top in the selections will be students who not only come from strong academic or practical backgrounds but also those who display the strongest motivation to take part in this program.

There are scholarships of 6,000 euros and  scholarships of 4,000 euros. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship – no specific application is required. They are awarded over the course of every round of selection and if you have performed well enough to merit one of them, you will be informed at the moment of admission.

The scholarships act as tuition waivers, so that they result in a deduction of the total amount of the tuition fees due.


The competition announcement published by INPS supports the participation in 1st and 2nd level University Masters through the provision of scholarships up to a maximum of 10,000 euros.
The scholarships are reserved for children and orphans of members and public pensioners. It is possible to check the methods of access to the scholarships on the INPS portal by submitting your application no later than 12.00 on 30 October 2019.


Applying is open to anyone holding an undergraduate degree of the old and new system. The degree must be obtained on or before the enrollment deadline of the Master.
For auditors, an undergraduate degree is not necessary.

Admission to the Master requires the student to pass the selection process, which consists of:

  • a written exam on general knowledge and logic and mathematics
  • a written exam on English language proficiency
  • a motivational interview designed to assess the candidate’s professional plan and its consistency with the objectives of the Master


This Master’s is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree obtained before the enrolment deadline of each round. Application steps:

Documents to send to are:

  • CV
  • Degree certificate with accompanying transcript
  • Photocopy of you ID
  • TOEFL/IELTS/CAE certificate (optional)
  • GMAT/GRE certificate (optional)
  • Signed copies of your enrolment summary sheet and receipt for the application fee (both are downloadable from ‘studenti online’ website following registration).

The selection process will be held at Bologna Business School. In line with the number of available places, admission to the program is granted according to the position on the list of qualified candidates, drawn up on the basis of the total score awarded at the end of the admissions process.

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