Double Degree in Business Administration and Tourism

312 credits - Faculty of Tourism

  Students on the Double Degree in Business Administration and Tourism have the opportunity obtain the International Curriculum Pathway in the European Diploma Supplement. For more information, please see the Faculty of Tourism website.
Start Year

The Faculties of Economics and Business, and Tourism intend to offer a double degree in Business Administration and Tourism so that students are able to attain both degrees in a reasonable length of time.

The synergies between both degrees have become clear in recent years, where it has become usual for students from one course to take subjects from the other. The current accreditation grids forthe two degrees have enabled an attractive learning proposal to be designed for students at the university. In this sense, the UIB needs to ensure that these students attain the skills inherent to each of the two programmes. This learning pathway does not represent a new degree or syllabus and, therefore, is not subject to technical assessment by an external agency or assessment body from the Council of Universities. Indeed, it represents internal organisation at the university to provide facilities for students to obtain two separate degrees.

The UIB has designed a curricular pathway structured into 5 courses, with between 60 and 66 credits per course, and a total of 306 credits. An independent group of 45 students will be created to take this initiative with admission criteria based on the quality of their academic transcript. This will respond to the ever greater demand from students who apply for one of the two degree courses as a first and second option. Due to the limited numbers, demand for the courses cannot currently be met.

In turn, the proposal is in line with the requirements of the professional sphere on the islands, with their high number of tourism enterprises and institutions, and the drive towards sustainable tourism as well as the internationalisation of the university included in its strategic focal points. In this way, the double degree is intended to be multilingual, with a particular emphasis on English in which some subjects will be taught.

International Curriculum Pathway

Students are offered the chance to attain the International Curriculum Pathway accreditation certificate if they fulfil the following requirements:

  1. Passing a minimum of 30 credits for subjects taught in English (without taking into account English language classes).
  2. Meeting at least one of the following criteria:
    1. A one-year stay at a university overseas studying in a foreign language and passing 48 credits.
    2. A one-semester stay at an overseas university studying in a foreign language and passing 24 credits, as well as passing a further 24 credits in subjects taught in English on the degree course.
  3. Doing their Practicum with an intensive use of a foreign language (18 credits) or taking an additional 18 credits in a degree course taught in English.
  4. Writing their Final Degree Project in English.

In any event, the number of credits and subjects taken in English and whether the student followed the Pathway will be shown on the European Diploma Supplement, as well as any stays overseas.

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Credit Summary

Core Training Mandatory Elective Subjects External Practicum Final Degree Project Total
  66   198   12   18   18 312

Subject list by year and semester


First Year

First Semester

Economic Environment*
Introduction to Markets and Financial Operations*
Introduction to Tourism*
Geography of Tourism*

Second Semester

Public Law in Tourism*
Introduction to Business*
English I*
Cultural Heritage Management*
Analysis of Economic Data*
Territorial Resources*


Second Year

First Semester

Financial Economics
Financial Accounting I
Tourism Operations Management  
English II  
French I or German I**

Second Semester

Design of Organisations
Corporate Investment and Financing
French II or German II**
Financial Accounting II
Microeconomic Analysis of Tourism

Third Year

First Semester

Cost Accounting
Tourism Marketing I
Financial Risk Management
Tax System*
English III
French III or German III**

Second Semester

Industrial Economics
Corporate Law
Spanish and World Economics
Tourism Industry Contracts
Quality Management and Customer Service

Fourth Year

First Semester

Financial and Corporate Accounting
Business Strategy
Economic History of Enterprises
Tourism Marketing II

Second Semester

Tourism Intermediaries
Human Resources Management
Financial Management
Account Analysis and Auditing
Market Research and Consumer Behaviour
Environmental Economics in Tourist Areas

Fifth Year

First Semester

Practical Placement
Final Degree Project Tourist
Final Degree Project Business

Second Semester

Practical Placement
Final Degree Project Tourist
Final Degree Project Business

* Core Training
** Students must select one of the two languages


Core Skills

  1. Ability to work in a team.
  2. Ability to adapt to new situations.
  3. Ability to communicate in English.
  4. Ability to gather and interpret relevant data to issue opinions that include a reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical topics.
  5. Being able to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both a specialised and general audience.
  6. Having developed the necessary learning skills to be able to undertake later studies with a high level of independence.

Specific Skills

  1. Acquiring and understanding knowledge in the area of business administration and management, especially in the tourism field, from a basis of general secondary education to a level which, although based on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge of business administration and management at the vanguard.
  2. Knowing how to apply business and tourism administration and management knowledge in the workplace professionally and having the skills that are generally shown in producing and defending arguments and problem solving.
    1. Analysing a business in its environment by using different technical tools.
      1. Being able to apply different marketing and commercial technical research tools to analyse a business and its environment.
      2. Particularly in terms of account statements, analysing a business and its environment by using different technical tools.
      3. Knowing how to use different technical financial analysis tools and taking on knowledge about how domestic and international financial markets work so as to be able to analyse a business and its environment.
      4. Knowing how to use different technical tools to analyse operations and taking on the main business theories so as to be able to analyse a business and its environment.
      5. Knowing the most common strategical analysis tools to analyse a business and its environment.
      6. Knowing and applying different technical financial analysis tools to study a business and its environment.
      7. Based on relevant business-financial data, being able to apply suitable statistical and econometric tools to analyse a business and its environment.
      8. Knowing at a basic level the legal regulatory framework that enables this aspect to be included when analysing a business and its environment.
      9. Consolidating basic mathematical knowledge to be able to understand and work with analysis techniques and tools developed in different areas.
    2. Becoming a part of any functional area (commercial, administration, strategy, finance) at a business, especially in the tourism field, and easily perform any management task you are charged with.
    3. Preparing decision-making (commercial, administrative, finance, strategy, operations) at businesses and organisations, especially in the tourism field.
    4. Knowledge of English and other languages that guarantee understanding, expression and application of specific terminology linked to tourism.
    5. Acquiring a comprehensive vision on tourism and understanding the relationships between the different subsystems and disciplines it comprises.
    6. Recognising the ways in which social and territorial organisations in society can influence tourism models, how resorts are developed and the impact tourism has on the natural and human environment in those places where tourism exists.
    7. Being able to conceptualise patterns, processes, interactions and exchanges in the tourism field, understood as a system within a wider range of spaces.
    8. Showing overall knowledge of the different types of tourism areas around the world, as well as having the ability to analyse the different factors involved in their composition.
    9. Acquiring a critical awareness of the importance of economic processes, business relations, market policies and global economic development that largely impact tourism flows.
    10. Applying the main technologies aimed at studying the relationships that are established between the physical and human environment in different tourism activities, specifically those aimed at assessing the environmental impact of these activities, their impact on the landscape and transmitting scientific content so as to facilitate its application in academic and professional settings.
    11. Knowing and applying the concepts, methods and tools that enable responsible management of natural resources, environmental protection and the sustainable use of land that is compatible with responsibly fulfilling the growing requirement for resources amongst the local population and tourists.
    12. Showing mastery over a wide range of analytical and observational strategies developed from common research methods in different scientific areas throughout academe and using them in a corresponding area of work.