International Tourism Management (MSc)

The International Tourism Management programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and insights required to work in the diverse and dynamic tourism sector. Our stimulating and challenging programme takes a comprehensive approach to understanding tourism and its relationships with the economy, environment and society, within a broad business-based curriculum. The programme is delivered by a world-class team, passionate about their subject and highly respected for tourism research, consultancy and leading academic publications.

Our curriculum is international in scope and is suitable for UK and international students from a range of disciplines. The programme will help you to develop an ability to think critically about the relationship between tourism and management in different contexts and across a range of functions e.g. marketing, policy, business evaluation, strategy and applied research. Throughout our MSc, there is a strong emphasis on sustainability which positions people and the environment at the centre of tourism development and destinations.

Our dissertation module is the flagship of our programme, where you get to demonstrate and apply all the knowledge and skills you have acquired to study a contemporary tourism management issue of your choice. We encourage students to pick a dissertation subject that not only interests them, but is directly related to the kind of employment they are looking to secure following their graduation. Added to that, you can opt for our Work Based Learning module which allows students to work with a tourism business client in a consultancy role, or you may choose to travel abroad to take advantage of summer school opportunities in Europe and further afield.

By the end of the programme you will have the knowledge to understand and critically evaluate ideas at the cutting edge of tourism research alongside research skills that will enable you to predict and evaluate the changing business environment within a tourism context.

This programme is also available with a hospitality focused pathway, leading to a degree title of MSc International Tourism Management (Hospitality). This pathway is designed to address specific challenges in the hospitality industry, including services and facilities management. 

Graduates from the MSc International Tourism Management are well placed to find positions with international tourism and hospitality corporations and businesses as destination managers and marketers, consultants, hotel and event managers as well as tourism development, planning and impact assessment roles in the private and public sectors. In addition, this MSc provides a sound research training for those wanting to go on to further study at PhD level.

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation. The programme in its entirety runs from September to September.

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits.

 

Compulsory modules

Code Module Credits
BEMM381 Tourism Business: Management, Impacts and Evaluation 15
BEMM365 Methods and Techniques for Independent Research 15
BEMM119 Strategy 15
BEMM374 Tourism and Marketing 15
BEMM349 Tourism Dissertation 60

 

The MSc is available with a hospitality focused pathway, leading to a degree title of MSc International Tourism Management (Hospitality). This pathway is designed to address specific challenges in the hospitality industry, including services and facilities management.

Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Lectures

The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.

Our Master’s programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work. Employers expect advanced communication and technical skills, team-working and independent research, project-management and the very latest specialist knowledge from their postgraduate recruits.

An MSc in International Tourism Management wille nable you to develop the tourism, management and professional skills and subject expertise that will make you a valuable asset from day one of your career.

Careers in International Tourism Management

An MSc in International Tourism Management, with its emphasis on data analysis, strategy and sustainable and global thinking, prepares you to be a leader in international tourism and to develop a career in a variety of roles, including:

  • Hotel manager
  • Tourism officer
  • Tourism consultant
  • Marketing executive
  • Property analyst

Potential employers include international hotel chains such as Hilton, Holiday Inn, Radisson; smaller boutique hotels and eco-resorts; tourism authorities; government advisory boards; Destination Management Organisations (DMOs); National Parks and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). Increasingly, most employers in this area expect post holders to become involved with economic development, strategic planning and regeneration issues. The private sector, which includes private heritage sites, visitor attractions and leisure and conference companies, also provides a wide range of employment opportunities.

By careful selection of your optional modules such as International HR management, Marketing Strategy, Event Management, Entrepreneurship or Managing in a Multinational Context, you will be able to further develop a specialization to enhance your employability in your chosen career.

A mid 2:2 degree (55%+) with honours in any discipline from a recognised university. We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £10,000 full-time
  • International: £16,500 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption.

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