Professionals who want to gain a competitive edge in the special events industry can sign up for a brand new course at the University of Northampton.

The MSc in International Special Events Management will equip students with the skills and knowledge to create events with the wow factor consumers demand. The course has been designed to reflect the diversity of events that fall into this category, such as celebrations, ceremonies and spectacles such as weddings, award ceremonies, fundraising events, galas, product launches, conferences, art shows and music festivals.

The course is not only aimed at recent graduates, but also those already working in the events industry who are looking for accelerated career progression , and can be studied on a full or part-time basis, which offers those in work the flexibility to learn alongside their job.

MSc programme leader, Angela Anthonisz, said: “Special events live or die by the skills of the organiser – not just in terms of planning, but also in terms of creativity and design.

“Our programme focuses on many of the key planning skills required for managing special events, but places particular emphasis on innovation, excellence, creativity and design. We are looking for applicants that are passionate about the events industry and want to enhance their professional skill set.”