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The MA Heritage Tourism programme is aimed at individuals working in, or hoping to work in heritage development, tourism, policy development, community development and interpretation within public, private and voluntary sectors. Read more
The MA Heritage Tourism programme is aimed at individuals working in, or hoping to work in heritage development, tourism, policy development, community development and interpretation within public, private and voluntary sectors.

Course Overview

The MA Heritage Tourism programme is available as a full or part time campus based programme as well as a part-time online programme. In part one of the programme students will study a number of modules which will enable them to gain a systematic understanding of the nature of heritage within the context of tourism development, marketing and management.

Heritage specific modules will engage them in discussion about the nature and meaning of heritage, representations and interpretation of heritage and issues such as authenticity and bias. Additionally, students will also develop an understanding of management principles and marketing applied to the heritage tourism context and will engage in critical thinking about contemporary global issues which form the backdrop to the discipline.

In part two of the programme, students can elect to undertake a dissertation, integrated case study or business development proposal. Exit awards also include Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma.

Modules

Part 1
Within part 1 of the programme students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma or MA must take all compulsory modules and one optional module; students undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate must take three out of the four compulsory modules.
-Heritage Tourism Contexts (compulsory)
-Heritage: Representation and Interpretation (compulsory)
-Marketing (compulsory)
-Management Theory and Practice (compulsory)
-Global Issues (compulsory)
-International Tourism Contexts (optional)
-Events Management: Themes and Issues (optional)
-Industry Research Experience (optional)

Part 2
Students undertaking the MA Heritage Tourism must take one of the following:
-Dissertation
-Case Study
-Business Development Proposal

Key Features

The MA Heritage Tourism programme combines a theoretical approach with practical skills relevant for the sector and promotes an understanding of key concepts from an applied perspective. Students will study a combination of management, social science and subject specific modules which will engage them in discussion about their discipline set within the wider global context.

Graduates from the programmes will have developed transferable employability skills such as research, problem solving, data interpretation and critical thinking as well as gaining the knowledge and practical skills applicable to the sector.

A key feature of the programme is that we aim to produce graduates who are global citizens and who approach their personal and professional lives from a sustainable perspective.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is committed to placing sustainability at the core of its activities and has made it a strategic priority, which has been further enhanced by the creation of the Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) – this ethos is reflected within the programmes with the embedding of sustainable thinking and global awareness throughout the learning.

Key features:
-Available as a campus based or online programme
-Builds on excellent industry and academic links
-Combines theory based discussion with practical application
-Learner focused approach
-Engages students in sustainable thinking and global issues

Assessment

Assessment for both online and campus based versions of the programmes employs a variety of coursework formats which engage students in critical thinking about practical issues. In addition to more traditional essays and reports, assessment across the programme also includes presentations, podcasts, online discussion, articles, seminar report, critical discussion, case studies, interview report, portfolio, poster presentation.

Career Opportunities

The MA Heritage Tourism programme combines a theoretical approach with practical skills relevant for the sector and promotes an understanding of key concepts from an applied perspective. Graduates from the programme will have developed transferable employability skills such as research, problem solving, data interpretation and critical thinking as well as gaining the knowledge and practical skills applicable to the sector.

Online students, although already in related employment will also enhance their future employability by benefiting from industry based case studies, guest lectures in the form of podcasts and recorded interviews. The online learning environment will also provide significant opportunities for students to share professional best practice and ideas within and across subject domains and cultures.

Previous graduates from UWTSD Tourism Masters programmes have gained positions in organisations such as the National Trust, Museums, National Parks, research and consultancy and Higher Education employment. Graduates from this new suite of programmes are also likely to find employment within PR firms, local authorities, theatres, festivals, hotels, sports venues, corporate events.

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Did you know the tourism industry is a major contributor to the global economy? It accounted for 9.8% of world GDP in 2015 and supports 284 million people in employment, the equivalent of 1 in 11 jobs on the planet. . Read more

Did you know the tourism industry is a major contributor to the global economy? It accounted for 9.8% of world GDP in 2015 and supports 284 million people in employment, the equivalent of 1 in 11 jobs on the planet. 

Become a Tourism professional

This Master's degree has been developed to meet the growing demand for competent and resourceful managers in the rapidly expanding tourism industry. It is delivered on our Greenwich Campus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which attracts tourists from all over the world.

Organisations that develop tourism facilities, and those that provide essential services such as transport and holidays, are set to expand in the future. There is increasing demand for experts in formulating tourism policies, tourism plans, strategies and tourism marketing. As a tourism professional, you will need to take a strategic perspective and help develop a competitive sector that is sustainable. 

Our tourism teaching team consists of highly qualified academics, researchers and practitioners in the tourism field.

You will gain sound foundation of business and management principles as well as specialist tourism skills and expertise that are essential for a successful career in tourism management today. 

Placement

You will be able to undertake an optional placement with a tourism business or organisation. This gives you the opportunity to gain professional experience in various aspects of tourism management, which is an increasingly important requirement. 

Rankings

Our hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism subjects were ranked:

  • First overall in London by the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Top five for student satisfaction in London by the Complete University Guide 2017.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Outcomes

The aims of this degree are to:

  • Provide you the understanding of the broad political, economic and social frameworks within which international tourism management takes place
  • Teach you how to evaluate tools and techniques that are used for developing and managing visitors and tourism in a range of destinations
  • Develop your business skills to set up and manage tourism businesses
  • Provide you with analytical and practical skills in tourism marketing
  • Discuss the role of tourism as an agent for cultural change and understanding
  • Develop your strategic perspective and management skills for the tourism industry.

What you'll study

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

You will be assessed through various means, which may include:

  • In-class examinations
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Consultancy plans
  • Presentations
  • Fieldwork reports
  • Portfolios.

Careers

Careers in all aspects of the international tourism industry are open to you, including government tourism agencies, international tourism organisations, tour operators, airlines, marketing, and cultural, heritage, festival and other specialist tourism operations.

Employability

You can reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs.

The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards; which shows their dedication to actively support career development.

Extracurricular activities

The Tourism Society provides an additional forum for students to meet and discuss current trends with faculty and guest speakers.



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This unique cross-disciplinary and industry-oriented program is open to graduates who are passionate about the social and cultural dimensions of the built environment in the 21st century. Read more

This unique cross-disciplinary and industry-oriented program is open to graduates who are passionate about the social and cultural dimensions of the built environment in the 21st century.

Urban and cultural heritage is central to global cities today. The interpretation, management and conservation of urban and cultural heritage is increasingly a matter of urgency and significance for global cities and communities. Challenges for heritage professionals include the pressures of rapid urbanization; issues of economic, social and environmental sustainability; and social and cultural change.

Taking an international perspective on the heritage of buildings, cities and landscapes, the program will explore key heritage issues from around the world, with a particular focus on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. It introduces students to the integrated skills and knowledge required to contribute to the burgeoning fields of urban and cultural heritage, and is suitable for students from a range of academic backgrounds and cultures.

The core subjects in the Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage examine contemporary and theoretical approaches to heritage policy, regulation and practice; new approaches to digital technologies and heritage; issues of heritage significance within historical and cross-cultural contexts; cultural heritage and its social and economic impacts, including tourism; and heritage reconstruction. Students will gain critical research and presentation skills in the analysis, documentation and management of heritage sites, landscapes and tangible and intangible cultural practices. Students also study a range of specialist electives, with the option to undertake a research project or industry internship. 

Key Features of the program include the examination of:

  • Heritage in a global context, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific
  • Heritage and Digital Technologies
  • Heritage, Natural Disasters and Reconstruction
  • Urban and Landscape Heritage
  • Heritage Interiors and Moveable and Intangible Heritage
  • Property, Construction and Heritage
  • Cultural and Historical Heritage Significance
  • Indigenous Cultural Heritage
  • Cultural Industries, the Arts, Tourism and Heritage

The program in unique in its approach, which includes:

  • Cross-disciplinary and integrated approaches to Heritage
  • Professional skills development in Heritage design, research, theory and presentation
  • Industry Partners involved in Specialist Teaching
  • Research by Heritage Thesis (25 points) and Heritage Project (12.5 points) modes
  • Heritage Internship available in long (25 points) and short (12.5 points) modes
  • Flexible course structure

The program will be coordinated by Professor Philip Goad and Professor Kate Darian-Smith with staff from the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning and the Faculty of Arts.

Nested qualifications/exit points

Specialist study is available which will appeal to those looking for professional upgrade. These awards are: 

»   Specialist Certificate in Urban and Cultural Heritage (25 credit points of core subjects)

»   Graduate Certificate in Urban and Cultural Heritage (50 credit points of core subjects)

Following completion of the core subject stream students can choose to specialise through electives, take an industry internship or complete a minor research thesis.

Career outcomes

Heritage skills are in great demand throughout Australia and globally, including the Asia-Pacific region. The Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage is designed to complement existing professional skills in areas such as architecture, planning, archaeology and history as well as provide a pathway to a new career in the management, conservation and interpretation of heritage. It provides graduates with the cross-disciplinary skills to pursue careers locally and globally including:

  • Government and non-Government heritage agencies
  • Cultural and collecting institutions
  • Heritage sites
  • Municipal councils
  • Private practices in architecture, landscape architecture and planning
  • Social and urban planning and policy
  • Public history

Heritage Internship opportunities

Internships are offered in both short and long formats and are tailored to the unique skills, needs and interests of individual students. All Internships are subject to availability, acceptance by the host organisation and approval by the internship subject coordinator.



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The Erasmus Mundus Master in Wine Tourism Innovation (WINTOUR) offers a truly integrated study program that takes advantage of the tourism and oenology expertise of three universities and regions of Europe. Read more

The Erasmus Mundus Master in Wine Tourism Innovation (WINTOUR) offers a truly integrated study program that takes advantage of the tourism and oenology expertise of three universities and regions of Europe: Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain), the University of Porto (Portugal) and the University of Bordeaux (France). 

These universities are located in highly attractive touristic areas, recognized with the label of UNESCO Human Heritage, and have a long tradition in wine, producing specialty wines such as sparkling, fortified, aged red and sweet.

Program objectives

  • Prepare broadly trained, highly adaptable, qualified professionals for the tourism and wine industries. These graduates may then promote innovative wine tourism developments to generate added value through increased income and recognition of this sector.
  • Provide students with multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial knowledge and training that increases their understanding of wine-making and tourism management.
  • Promote high-quality, practical training in entrepreneurship and company management via the organization of internships within the non-academic sector.
  • Ensure the effective integration and networking activities of students within the socio-cultural and professional environment during their period of training.

Program structure

The academic program is structured over two years (four semesters) with 120 ECTS. The first three semesters are each taught in one university (30 ECTS at URV, 30 ECTS at UBx, 30 ECTS at UP) and the last semester is devoted to the Master Thesis and a professional internship, which is completed with one of the associated partners.

Semester 1: URV, Tarragona, Spain

  • Adaptation of Oenology (6 ECTS) – Optional 
  • Adaptation to Geography & Economy (6 ECTS) – Optional 
  • Leisure & Marketing (6 ECTS) – Wine tourism
  • Marketing of Tourism & Wine (6 ECTS) – Wine tourism
  • Sparkling Wine production (6 ECTS) - Wine-making
  • Wine heritage & Tourism 1 (6 ECTS) – Wine heritage

Semester 2: UBx, Bordeaux, France

  • Management of Wine tourism firms and Entrepreneurship (6 ECTS) – Wine tourism
  • ICT & wine tourism - Oenotourism 2.0 (6 ECTS) – Wine tourism
  • Wine appellations knowledge, food and service, tasting (6 ECTS) - Wine-making
  • Aged & sweet wine production (6 ECTS) – Wine-making
  • Wine heritage & Tourism 2 (6 ECTS) - Wine heritage

Semester 3: UP, Portugal

  • Marketing & oenotourism for festive seasons and overall consumer perspectives (6 ECTS) – Wine tourism
  • Practical wine-making (12 ECTS) - Wine-making
  • Fortified wine production (6 ECTS) - Wine-making
  • Wine heritage & Tourism 3 (6 ECTS) – Wine heritage

Semester 4: Professional internship and Master thesis (30 ECTS)

Strengths of this Master program

Students will develop the following skills:

  • Managing complex information on different topics in a natural way, in a foreign language.
  • Defining diagnostics/assessments via the efficient management and use of information.
  • Solving problems fwithin multidisciplinary contexts in a creative and innovative way.
  • Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams within different contexts.
  • Communicating complex ideas clearly to all target publics.
  • Applying ethical principles and social responsibilities as a citizen and as a professional.
  • Developing the necessary autonomy to work on research projects within scientific/technological partnerships.

After this Master program?

The WINTOUR program trains professionals in the field of oenology and tourism, who may apply for positions in the following areas:

Private sector: creation of start-ups and business initiatives with a focus on wine as a tourist attraction and tourism as a means for promoting wine and wine regions; development of international marketing strategies, wine tourism activities of companies within the wine industry; specialized consultancy in the design and development of new strategies for increasing the competitiveness of the wine sector.

Public administration: positions in public organizations responsible for the planning, management and promotion of wine tourism products at a local, national and International level.

Research and teaching: participation and leadership of multidisciplinary research teams in the fields of oenology and Tourism, in public or private research organizations.



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The degree is suitable for students with an interest in anthropological approaches to diverse aspects of tourism as a cultural force in the contemporary world, from sustainable development to cultural heritage. Read more

Who is this programme for?:

The degree is suitable for students with an interest in anthropological approaches to diverse aspects of tourism as a cultural force in the contemporary world, from sustainable development to cultural heritage. Our students come from all over the world, following BA study, a masters degree in another field, or work and travel experience. This combination of diverse backgrounds and skills creates a uniquely stimulating intellectual environment. Many of our graduates go on to a PhD; others pursue careers in research and consulting; NGOs; museums and other cultural institutions; travel-writing; alternative tourism enterprises; and government agencies.

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-anthropology-of-travel-and-tourism/

Programme Overview

The SOAS MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism enables students to pursue specialist interests in global voluntary mobility while gaining advanced training in social and cultural anthropology in a world-leading department. Combining a rigorous set of core courses with options to suit each student’s unique interests, the programme is designed to accommodate students with or without a prior degree in Social Anthropology.

Students will develop expertise in anthropological theory and practice; learn to undertake ethnographic research; and gain comprehensive grounding in the anthropological study of travel and tourism, including issues of development, political economy, cultural change, heritage, cross-cultural encounter, representation and meaning, space and place, commodification, and interconnections between diverse histories and cultures of travel worldwide.

Tourism is not only a culturally and historically shaped form of travel, but a complex social field that spans the globe, comprised of diverse actors, institutions, activities, and modes of interaction that overlap with and cross-cross other forms of global interconnection. As a whole, it comprises the world's largest industry and the single greatest peacetime factor moving people around the globe.

Both a manifestation and a medium of globalisation, tourism has profound significance in multiple realms of human life—economic, environmental, material, social, and cultural. This makes it an ideal lens through which to explore core themes in contemporary social anthropology, such as identity and alterity, political economy, development, heritage, locality, representation, imagination, commodification, and the global circulation of people, objects, ideas, images, and capital.

The MA programme draws upon:

- the emerging body of theoretically sophisticated, ethnographically rich work involving tourism and travel;

- a thorough grounding in the history and contemporary theoretical trends of social-cultural anthropology;

- close engagement with noted and rising scholars in the field, via the programme's Colloquium Series in the Anthropology of Tourism and Travel, as well as opportunities for informal dialogue with visiting anthropologists and sociologists of tourism;

- other areas of expertise in the Department of Anthropology, including anthropology of development, migration and diaspora, museums and material culture, anthropology of food, global religious movements, anthropology of media, human rights, and anthropology of globalisation;

- the unparalleled concentration of area expertise among SOAS' academic staff, covering Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, together with their diasporas;

- the opportunity to engage with numerous other units at SOAS, such as the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, the Food Studies Centre, and the Centre for Media Studies, among many others; and

- the vibrant intellectual and cultural life of the School, the University of London, and the city of London itself—a global tourist destination inviting study on a daily basis.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Director of Studies, Dr Naomi Leite, at an early stage of their application in order to seek advice on the most appropriate options for study.

View a sampling of past MA dissertation titles (http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-anthropology-of-travel-and-tourism/ma-anthropology-of-travel-tourism-dissertations.html)

View profiles of alumni and current students (http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/ma-anthropology-of-travel-and-tourism/student-profiles.html)

Language Study

Beginning in 2016-27, the MA programme will also be available as a 2- or 4-year (full- or part-time) MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism with Intensive Study of Arabic, Japanese, or Korean (other languages likely to be added). For information, contact Director of Studies Dr Naomi Leite.

All SOAS MA students, regardless of department or degree, are entitled to register for one language course for free through our Language Entitlement Programme (LEP). This course is additional to your regular syllabus and is not for credit. Languages normally available include Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. Others are often offered. You must sign up before instruction begins and space fills quickly. Learn more and reserve your place here: Language Entitlement Programme (http://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecultures/studentinfo/language-entitlement-programme/)

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Programme Structure

The SOAS MA in the Anthropology of Travel and Tourism is designed to offer students a chance to pursue specialist interests via a considered selection of courses to suit their individual needs. It provides:

1. a broad-based MA programme for students with some background in issues of tourism/travel who wish to enhance their knowledge in light of contemporary anthropological research.

2. a special-interest MA which will enable students to study topics involving tourism/travel in-depth, in relation to a specific theoretical approach or region.

The programme consists of four units, comprised of a combination of full-year (1 unit) and half-year (.5 unit) courses.

Teaching & Learning

The learning environments making up the MA programme in Anthropology of Travel and Tourism run the gamut from lecture halls to intimate seminar rooms, suiting a wide range of learning styles. Study a language; take a course (or two) in anthropology of human rights, development, globalisation, religion, or gender, among many others; choose a course in another department that catches your interest and contributes to your dissertation plans, from world music to development studies.

The academic staff in the Department of Anthropology are dynamic, experienced teachers who are widely recognised for their expertise and enjoy working directly with students. Renowned scholars from other institutions also come to share their knowledge: nearly every day of the week, the SOAS Anthropology Department has a public lecture series running, including series in the general Social Anthropology, Anthropology of Food, Migration and Diaspora Studies, and, of course, Anthropology of Tourism and Travel.

In addition to these formal settings for learning, our students also learn from one another. Hailing from around the globe and bringing diverse life experiences to bear on their studies, all MA students in the Department of Anthropology can take courses together, making it a rich environment for intellectual exchange. Students also benefit from campus-wide programmes, clubs, study groups, and performances.

Many students in the MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism opt for hands-on learning via the half-unit Directed Practical Study in Anthropology of Tourism course, with placements in leading UK-based NGOs like Equality in Tourism and Tourism Concern, among others, as well as in private tour operator firms, providing background material for future research.

While students in the MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism may take a language course for credit, all SOAS MA students, regardless of department or degree, are also entitled to register for non-credit free courses in a single language through the Language Entitlement Programme (LEP). Languages normally available include Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. Others may also be offered.

Destinations

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website (https://www.soas.ac.uk/careers/graduate-destinations/).

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

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By the year 2020, tourism will be firmly established as one of the world’s most powerful economic forces, and this expected growth will drive the global demand for professionally educated tourism managers. Read more
By the year 2020, tourism will be firmly established as one of the world’s most powerful economic forces, and this expected growth will drive the global demand for professionally educated tourism managers.

The programme covers key aspects of international tourism management with the aim of providing a set of rigorous and industry-relevant analytical tools that will equip graduates for leadership and management positions within the global tourism industry. The programme seeks to provide knowledge and skills through an in-depth study of key issues facing the industry, including sustainable and strategic tourism management, global marketing and tourism operations.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-Our courses are ranked number 2 for Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism by the Guardian University Guide 2016, and 35th in the World according to EdUniversal 2016
-International guest speakers on a range of topics related to tourism management and responsible tourism
-Opportunities to gain valuable applied destination management and tourism planning experience through the international field trip module
-An interactive and internationally diverse learning environment
-Industry field trips to tourism destinations and heritage sites such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Stonehenge and the National Parks of England
-Research-informed teaching from academic staff who are experts in the tourism field
-An international outlook through the use of international case studies, diversity amongst the course cohort, and opportunities for Online International Learning (OIL) projects

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The programme seeks to enhance knowledge and skills through an in-depth study of key issues. The course consists of a range of modules with an international focus, which are taught within an internationally diverse learning environment. The programme thus seeks to produce autonomous learners, able to work with self-direction and originality.

We seek to develop the ability to blend theory and practice in complex situations, and have an appreciation of how properly conducted research can enhance performance as a future manager within the tourism sector.

Modules include:
-Tourism Operations Management
-Sustainable Tourism Management
-Strategic Tourism Management
-Contemporary Issues in Tourism Management
-International Field Trip
-New Business Development

HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?

The MSc International Tourism Management course focuses on strategic decision making in relation to tourism operations, tourism marketing and strategic tourism management. As well as traditional teaching and learning methods such as lectures and seminars, specific subjects adopt a mix of experiential approaches to facilitate the achievement of richer, deeper, and critical learning.

Learning approaches include:
-Using real life case studies from secondary sources and invited guest speakers.
-Providing a combination of classroom and seminar based activities.
-Facilitating an international field trip that provides students with the opportunity to understand the global impacts of tourism.
-The use of online international learning (OIL), working with students from international partner universities.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

A range of different assessment methods are used across the course both to support the development of a variety of skills and knowledge and to take into account different learning styles.

Assessment includes reports, essays, case studies, presentations, portfolios, examinations, and a dissertation.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The in-depth knowledge and critical evaluation and analysis skills developed on the course are designed to prepare graduates for management positions in sectors of the industry including:
-Destination Marketing Organisations
-Accommodation
-Tour Operators
-Travel Agencies
-Airlines
-Tourist Attractions
-Heritage Sites
-The Arts and Cultural Sector

WORK PLACEMENTS

The Management Consultancy Project enables students to undertake a consultancy research project for a tourism organisation. Although the course doesn’t include a traditional placement, many of the modules incorporate work-related learning.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

The course has an international focus, and all modules are applied to an international context, incorporating international case studies and in-depth examples. All students who are enrolled on the course are able to engage in the Global Leaders’ Programme. The international field trip emphasises intercultural engagement and group working, which fosters intercultural competency. Opportunities will also be available to develop Online International Learning (OIL) projects.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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This new two-year joint degree focuses on contemporary theoretical and practical issues in tourism development, with a cultural focus, providing critical analytical skills. Read more
This new two-year joint degree focuses on contemporary theoretical and practical issues in tourism development, with a cultural focus, providing critical analytical skills. Mobility periods will give you the opportunity to study at the University of Glasgow and its world-class consortium partners.

Why this programme

◾The programme provides an excellent opportunity for those new to tourism to engage and attain a broad grasp of the subject as well as a deep and analytical insight into aspects of tourism development, culture and related industries.
◾This is an exciting and innovative new programme offered by the University of Glasgow, Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Malta. You will graduate with a joint degree awarded by each partner.
◾By studying with each of the partners, you will be taught by world-class experts in the areas of social science analysis of tourism, cultural tourism and heritage, and innovation and sustainability.
◾Unique in terms of the subject matter covered, the diverse range and complementarity of the three partner universities involved, and the focus on culture in its broadest sense will greatly enhance your student experience.
◾Courses are both theoretical and practical. Some involve field trips, along with work placement opportunities. This will equip you for the working world in the tourism, heritage, and wider culture based industries.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at each of the three partner universities for one semester, taking a mix of core and optional courses. Teaching is delivered via mix of lectures and seminars, with occasional guest lectures and opportunities for work placements. The final mobility period can be spent with either partner, depending on your chosen topic of dissertation, under the supervision of a team from at least two universities. The programme also includes an optional two-week summer school at Wageningen University (Netherlands) at the end of year 1.
◾Semester 1: September – December (Glasgow): Social science analysis of tourism
◾Semester 2: February – June (Malta): Cultural tourism and heritage (Optional placement available)
◾Summer (optional) – July (Wageningen)
◾Semester 3: September – January (Lund): Innovation and sustainability in the tourism industry
◾Semester 4: February – July (Glasgow, Malta or Lund): Independent study, dissertation

Core courses

University of Glasgow

◾Heritage interpretation and development
◾Tourism and regional development.

University of Malta

◾Cities of culture
◾Cultural tourism and the European dimension
◾Marketing and management of culture
◾Research methods in cultural tourism
◾Traditions and the tourism product.

Lund University

◾Sustainability in service organisations
◾Value creation and innovation in tourism.

Optional courses

University of Glasgow

◾Climate change: Impacts on ecology
◾Environment, technology and society
◾Environmental communication
◾Reading the environment.

University of Malta

◾Cultural legislation and policy
◾Religious heritage and niche tourism.

Summer school

◾Leisure, tourism and environment: Experiences and environments
◾Leisure, tourism and globalisation
◾Research methodologies in leisure, tourism, and environment.

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The heritage industry is a major and growing contributor to the global economy, employing increased numbers of skilled heritage managers. Read more

The heritage industry is a major and growing contributor to the global economy, employing increased numbers of skilled heritage managers. This degree offers a tailor made curriculum to develop the knowledge base and skills required from both the disciplines of Business and Archaeology to allow effective management of the world’s heritage. As a student on this programme you will be guided through modules to develop your understanding of the economic and legal principals within which heritage management operates across the globe, from Museum displays to site presentations and how heritage shapes national identities. This will be matched by education in theory and practice of assessing, preserving, presenting and mitigating the impact of development on our shared heritage. Your business skills will be developed in finance, marketing, project and risk management to provide a broad base suited to working in both the public (government) and private sectors. Graduates from this programme will be suited to work in a wide range of business and management roles in the heritage, tourism and construction sectors.

Introducing your course

The MSc in Heritage and Business Management course allows students to develop the skillset to be responsible for some of the countries most spectacular heritage sites. From National Trust properties, to country estates of immense agricultural and historical importance, this course prepares the student to be able to manage the daily running and operating of such sites. A course that prides itself on its industry recognised standards of excellence, producing the best candidates possible to prospective employers.

Overview

The Masters in Business and Heritage Management course is designed for those who want a promising career in the heritage industry, whether it be in business management, tourism, construction or even agricultural management sectors. The heritage industry is a major and growing contributor to the global economy, employing increased numbers of skilled heritage managers. This degree offers a tailor made curriculum to develop the knowledge base and skills required from both the disciplines of Business and Archaeology to allow effective management of the world’s heritage. As a student on this programme you will be guided through modules to develop your understanding of the economic and legal principals within which heritage management operates across the globe, from Museum displays to site presentations and how heritage shapes national identities. This will be matched by education in theory and practice of assessing, preserving, presenting and mitigating the impact of development on our shared heritage. Your business skills will be developed in finance, marketing, project and risk management to provide a broad base suited to working in both the public (government) and private sectors. Graduates from this programme will be suited to manage stately homes, tourist attractions, national trust properties and museums.

View the programme specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme will be suited to work in a wide range of business and management roles in the heritage, tourism and construction sectors. These will include government positions in heritage bodies, private consultancy and non-governmental organisations. The business skills you gain on this programme will also be useful for a wide range on non-heritage business roles.



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Tourism has developed into one of the prime industries in the global economy. According to the World Travel & Tourist Council, the tourism sector supports 1 in 10 jobs on the planet. Read more

Tourism has developed into one of the prime industries in the global economy. According to the World Travel & Tourist Council, the tourism sector supports 1 in 10 jobs on the planet.

Travel agencies, governments, heritage centers and publishers are increasingly looking for academically trained professionals who can creatively and critically reflect on tourism as a cultural phenomenon, and who are capable of nourishing the cultural interests of tourists with enticing ideas and well-informed stories.

Become an expert in cultural tourism

There is a growing need, both among young adults and older generations, to include new types of travel experiences in mass tourism. For example a journey in the footsteps of Harry Potter or Marcel Proust. Or think of battlefield tourism or 'dark tourism' to former Nazi camps.

At the same time, traditional destinations for cultural tourism such as cathedrals, palaces, museums or ruins face the challenge to adapt to rising levels of education conflicting with shortening attention spans.

By combining historical, literary, art-historical and other disciplinary approaches, and by integrating academic research with practical challenges, this new Master’s specialisation will train you to become an academic expert in cultural tourism.

Find out more on the website: http://www.ru.nl/masters/tourism

Unique Characteristics

  • The only Master’s in Cultural Tourism Studies in The Netherlands
  • Integration of academic research and practical on-the-job training through research projects, policy papers and workshops with public or commercial partners
  • Interdisciplinary approach: combines history, literary and cultural studies, art history, and heritage studies
  • Well-established contacts with leading players in the field of cultural tourism, which will help you to build up your professional network and to learn from state-of-the-art expertise
  • International field work, for instance at renowned academic institutes (such as the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome)

Career prospects

As an academic expert in cultural tourism, you will be able to offer a creative, critical and well-informed contribution to the tourism industry and the cultural sector.

Depending on your own initiative and talents, this Master’s specialisation will help you to become (for example):

  • a publicist for a lifestyle magazine or the cultural appendix of a newspaper,
  • a policy maker at a municipality,
  • a communication or education officer at a museum,
  • a consultant for tourism companies,
  • an entrepreneur who develops new formats for city tours or B&B’s

The combination of solid academic training and hands-on work experience in the field, also offers an outstanding preparation for journalistic, research and policy functions in other fields than the tourism industry.

Visit http://www.ru.nl/masters/tourism to check out the full details of the programme and start your application now!

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This programme is designed to build your understanding of the tourism, heritage and development sectors. Drawing upon a multidisciplinary team to do this, it uses academic approaches from the social sciences and the arts to investigate key themes. Read more
This programme is designed to build your understanding of the tourism, heritage and development sectors. Drawing upon a multidisciplinary team to do this, it uses academic approaches from the social sciences and the arts to investigate key themes. These include motivation, impacts, sustainable development, cultural and natural heritage, interpretation and management within this field.

Why this programme

◾The programme gives you the opportunity to develop a vast repertoire of knowledge and expertise in the subject area through interdisciplinary and critical approaches to study.
◾International in scope, it provides a worldwide perspective of tourism, as well as showcasing the variety and significance of this global industry. The programme covers a wide range of international case studies. We use examples from Europe, the Americas, Asia, as well as Scotland and the UK.
◾The Dumfries campus hosts the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture, and is a centre of expertise in environmental and sustainability issues.
◾A summer work placement with a variety of tourism and heritage related companies or attractions is possible.
◾The local region of Dumfries has fine examples of natural and cultural heritage, including reserves, museums, theme towns and castles.
◾You will also benefit from the combined industry experience of our guest lecturers.

Programme structure

You will complete three core and three optional courses, followed by a dissertation (which may include a work placement). You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork and project work. Some of the courses will also include study trips.

Core courses
◾Heritage, interpretation and development
◾Heritage, management and context
◾Tourism and regional development.

Optional courses
◾Climate change: impacts on ecology
◾Environment, technology and society
◾Environmental communication
◾Environmental ethics and behavioural change
◾Environmental politics and society
◾Event management
◾Reading the environment: old and new world romanticisms
◾Tourism marketing
◾Tourism, sustainability and climate change
◾Writing the environment: modern and contemporary nature writing.

Career prospects

There are a number of interesting roles within tourism and heritage bodies in the public and private sectors such as working for tour companies, heritage attractions, museums, and hotel groups. You could also work as a consultant in business, as part of a local government team and on planning bodies. In addition, there are jobs available in education, particularly at college and university level. Your degree may enable you to consider studying for a research degree to consolidate your expertise.

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This programme is designed to build your understanding of the tourism, heritage,and sustainability sectors. Drawing upon a multidisciplinary team to do this, it uses academic approaches from the social sciences and the arts to investigate key themes. Read more
This programme is designed to build your understanding of the tourism, heritage,and sustainability sectors. Drawing upon a multidisciplinary team to do this, it uses academic approaches from the social sciences and the arts to investigate key themes. These include motivation, impacts, sustainable development, cultural and natural heritage, interpretation and management within this field.

Why this programme

◾The programme gives you the opportunity to develop a vast repertoire of knowledge and expertise in the subject area through interdisciplinary and critical approaches to study.
◾International in scope, it provides a worldwide perspective of tourism, as well as showcasing the variety and significance of this global industry. The programme covers a wide range of international case studies. We use examples from Europe, the Americas, Asia, as well as Scotland and the UK.
◾The Dumfries campus hosts the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture, and is a centre of expertise in environmental and sustainability issues.
◾A summer work placement with a variety of tourism and heritage related companies or attractions is possible.
◾The local region of Dumfries has fine examples of natural and cultural heritage, including reserves, museums, theme towns and castles.
◾You will also benefit from the combined industry experience of our guest lecturers.

Programme structure

You will complete fore core and two optional courses, followed by a dissertation (which may include a work placement). You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork and project work. Some of the courses will also include study trips.

Core courses
◾Heritage, interpretation and development
◾Heritage, management and context
◾Tourism and regional development
◾Tourism, sustainability and climate change.

Optional courses
◾Climate change: impacts on ecology
◾Environment, technology and society
◾Environmental communication
◾Environmental ethics and behavioural change
◾Environmental politics and society
◾Event management
◾Reading the environment: old and new world romanticisms
◾Tourism marketing
◾Writing the environment: modern and contemporary nature writing.

Career prospects

There are a number of interesting roles within tourism and heritage bodies in the public and private sectors such as working for tour companies, heritage attractions, museums, and hotel groups. You could also work as a consultant in business, as part of a local government team and on planning bodies. In addition, there are jobs available in education, particularly at college and university level. Your degree may enable you to consider studying for a research degree to consolidate your expertise.

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The study of how history is engaged with outside academia is a major growth area of research. The MA History and Heritage at Aberystwyth has been developed both for those who are interested in the academic study of this interplay and those who are interested in pursuing careers in the heritage industry itself. Read more

About the course

The study of how history is engaged with outside academia is a major growth area of research. The MA History and Heritage at Aberystwyth has been developed both for those who are interested in the academic study of this interplay and those who are interested in pursuing careers in the heritage industry itself. It offers you the opportunity to explore key concepts and debates in heritage studies, to acquire some heritage business related skills, and to participate for academic credit in a work placement with a leading heritage organisation.

Our Masters programme in History and Heritage draws on expertise from across the university to provide a wide-ranging engagement with the concept of ‘heritage’ and ‘public history’.

In Semester 1 you’ll follow a core module that addresses the theory and practice behind heritage studies. This is followed in Semester 2 either by a module on heritage organisations and the presentation of the past, or by one of the option modules offered on our other schemes, where you will be encouraged to focus in particular on the uses of the past in the countries and eras in question.

Alongside this study you will also have the opportunity to develop your practical skills and experiences through a range of skills and research training modules, including courses in basic accountancy and marketing, and through a work placement module where you get to take a full part in the work of one of the major heritage agencies based here in Aberystwyth.

There are also classes to help you research and write your MA dissertation, an original research project (15,000 words) undertaken by you and written over the course of the year under the close supervision of a specialist within the Department.

All our lecturers are active researchers who publish their work, and you will benefit from being taught the latest historical theories and techniques. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

This degree will suit you:

• If you wish to interrogate historical and heritage practises at an advanced level;
• If you desire a strengthen your critical and scholarly abilities through engagement with historical sources;
• If you wish develop practical skills and gain hands-on experience in Heritage issues;
• If you aim to foster transferable skills and engage in professional and personal development for entering employment.

Course content

Core modules:

Concepts and Sources in Heritage Studies
Dissertation *
Research Methods and Professional Skills in History
Working with History

Optional modules:

Financial Analysis and Decision Making
Heritage Organisations and the Presentation of the Past
Information and Society
Landownership and Society in Wales
People and Organisations
Post Medieval Palaeography and Diplomatic
Rare Books and Special Collections
Science, Place and Victorian Culture
Sources for Postgraduate Research in the Modern Humanities and Social Sciences
The Georgian Spa and Seaside Resort

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Contact time

Approximately 6 hours a week in the first two semesters. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.

Assessment

The course is assessed through a diverse range of assignments, including the 15,000 word MA dissertation.

Careers

Many of our Masters graduates go on to PhD study and academic careers. Others apply their skills directly within the heritage industry, in tourism, museums and archives, or related branches of public administration, the civil service and local government, or go on to careers in related fields such as teaching, journalism or the broadcast media.

Work placements in collaboration with the National Library of Wales, the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments in Wales, or another of the heritage agencies based in and around Aberystwyth, are an integral feature of this MA scheme and give you the experience of applying your skills in a workplace environment.

Employability

Every element of the Aberystwyth Masters in Heritage and History enhances your employability in both vocational and more generic work situations. Alongside the development of your subject-specific knowledge and experience, an especially noteworthy strength of this course is the emphasis on personal development. As an emerging Master historian and heritage expert, your strengthened research and critical faculties will make you a strong candidate for any post where ideas and topics need research, analysis, discussion, expansion and classification.

The inclusion of an optional work placement within this course is highly significant. It balances the best of theory and practice, giving you subject-specific and practical expertise, which will set you above your competitors upon entering the jobs market where experience is at a premium. The study skills, technical knowledge and hands-on experience of heritage and historical processes will give you a tremendous advantage in employment within the discipline.

Beyond Heritage and History-related work contexts, employers in any industry value creativity, research, analysis and discursive skills that you will gain in this course. You will develop highly marketable skills which will, upon graduation, stand you in excellent stead for entry into the general jobs market. The organisational skills you will learn on this course will help you direct and therefore make the most of your individual flair, bringing a balance of skills that prospective employers will find attractive.

Advanced Skills in Research, Writing and Reporting

Upon completion of this degree, you will have mastered the diverse skills needed in many employment situations which require thoroughness, flair and clarity in your work disciplines. As the assessment for this Masters course is done through essay-writing, tutorial and seminar presentation, culminating in the dissertation of up to 20,000 words, you will receive much practise in writing and reporting, as well as rigorous feedback on your submissions. This will develop in you a thorough knowledge of the structure, conventions and development of written communications, which will, in turn, make your writing clear, accurate and authoritative.

A host of employers look for accuracy, thoroughness, an eye for detail and the ability to find and prove connections across broad subject matter, and you certainly will have proven yourself, simply by graduating from this prestigious MA course.

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The University of Sunderland is ranked fourth in the UK for hospitality, event management and tourism according to The Guardian University Guide 2015. Read more
The University of Sunderland is ranked fourth in the UK for hospitality, event management and tourism according to The Guardian University Guide 2015.

Course overview

This Masters course takes a social science approach to tourism and hospitality and combines it with practical skills for the workplace. We have designed our stimulating course to give you a head start in the tourism and hospitality sectors, which are part of one of the world’s largest industries.

We welcome applications from graduates of any discipline. You will learn theoretical approaches through modules such as ‘Critical Tourism Theory and Methods’ and ‘International Tourism and Development’. There is also a core module in ‘Hospitality Management Studies’. We organise field trips and company visits to put your learning into context and we offer an optional work-based learning module.

The final phase of the course is a major project that you negotiate with your tutors to reflect your particular interests and chosen career path. For example, your project could have special relevance to the skill sets required by hotel managers, resort coordinators or restaurant entrepreneurs.

The University of Sunderland is a member of the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership Scheme.

Tutors at Sunderland have active research interests including cultural geographies of tourism, tourism political economies, heritage management and events. This research adds extra depth to our teaching and supervision, enhancing your learning experience.

This course is also available part time - for more information, please view this web-page: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/courses/businessandlaw/postgraduate/tourism-hospitality-part-time/

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research. You can negotiate the topic of the project to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland's tutors.

Modules on this course include:
-Tourism Concepts and Issues (30 Credits)
-Critical Theories and Methods for Tourism, Hospitality and Events (30 Credits)
-Hospitality Management Studies (30 Credits)
-Current Practices in Tourism, Hospitality and Events (30 Credits)
-Tourism and Hospitality Major Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, study visits and group work. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Recently we’ve developed a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.

University Library Services
The St Peter’s Library is excellent for tourism and there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.
Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. You will benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals, many of them in an online format. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
The University of Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is networking with relevant industry organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

This Masters course equips you with the skills and knowledge to progress rapidly in tourism and hospitality management. Potential employers include:
-Hotel and resort management
-Attractions and museums
-Destination marketing agencies
-Tourism companies
-Restaurant and bar management
-Catering management

The University of Sunderland is a member of the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership Scheme.

The Institute of Hospitality is the professional body for aspiring managers studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry. It has been the industry’s leading network for more than 70 years, and it promotes the highest professional standards of management and education.

Another option is to set up your own tourism or hospitality business, drawing on the entrepreneurial resources that are available through our Careers & Employability Service.

During the course, you can choose to undertake a work-based learning module, which will further enhance your employability.
A Masters degree will also open up opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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Wherever in the world you want to work, the hospitality and tourism industry provides opportunities like few others. The sector - ranging from international hotel chains, airlines and tour operators to conference venues, tourist boards and government organisations - is one of the most diverse and exciting industries around, providing management opportunities worldwide in business operations, marketing, sales, customer service, HR, research, logistics and policy. Employment in this sector is set to grow over the next few years and the demand for senior and specialised roles will increase.

To excel in this industry you need to be a good leader, manager, entrepreneur and show awareness of the ethical, cultural, environmental and social settings within which you are working.

This Masters degree helps prepare you for this. We encourage an entrepreneurial and questioning approach to the industry, examining growth and development through the prism of social responsibility and sustainability. The degree also emphasises the management of strategic issues that arise in the sector, through the specialist modules of marketing, business development and management, leadership and cross cultural management.

We examine the needs of both the commercial and non-commercial elements of the sector and the networks and partnerships that link them.

Field trip

Postgraduate students enrolled in the MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management join a residential five day trip Semester 2. For the last three years we have been to Belfast where we study the processes of city marketing. On your return we analyse the issues that the city faces in becoming a competitive destination and you write a City Marketing plan for Belfast.

International Tourism and Hospitality Management Top-up

If you already hold the Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management from either the Confederation for Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) or the Organisations for Tourism and Hospitality Management (OTHM) you can top-up your qualification to a full MSc by studying a research methods module and researching and writing a 20,000 word dissertation.

The degree is jointly delivered with ESHotels in Paris enabling you to integrate with students from this course when you jointly participate on a field trip.

Modules

Year 1

Critical issues in tourism and hospitality industry
City marketing
Cross-cultural management
Business and management strategy
Marketing strategy
Professional leadership

Optional placement year

Year 2

Choose from the following options:

Dissertation
Extended management report

Part-time = two modules a year for three years then dissertation in Year 4; or four modules in Year 1 then two modules plus the dissertation in Year 2, with dissertation extending into Year 3.

Teaching and learning

Classroom teaching includes a mix of traditional lectures, seminars, workshops and guest lectures from industry stakeholders. We undertake a real life business development scenario with our industry partner Merlin Entertainments and undertake a residential field trip in Semester 2.

The nature of the teaching and assessment will allow you to apply the theories and processes learnt in class to their preferred setting (e.g. public or private sector; tourism or hospitality industries; UK, European or International).

We are currently negotiating a partnership with InHolland University, Amsterdam, where you could study Semester 1 in Amsterdam and complete Semester 2 and the dissertation at LSBU (This option is open to UK and EU students only).

Academic expertise

Department staff are experts in their respective fields of urban, environment, tourism, heritage and leisure and related educational policy. Many have professional affiliations, appointed positions and research links, for example with the Association for Tourism in Higher Education, Local Economy, The Landscape Research Group, The Organisation for Tourism and Hospitality Management (OTHM), the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Tourism Society. We integrate these links into our teaching wherever possible.

Tools and knowledge

The course develops the appropriate skills, tools and knowledge to operate innovatively in the global tourism and hospitality environments. The nature of the teaching and assessment allows you to apply the theories and processes learnt in class to your preferred setting (e.g public or private sector; tourism or hospitality industries; related policy and government organisations; UK, European or international).

Placements

If you are a home or EU student you may wish to consider undertaking a voluntary year-long work placement in the UK or overseas to gain, extend or seek variety in your experience within the industry prior to studying with us. If you undertake such a placement you may use this as the basis for an extended industry-related management project instead of the traditional dissertation. This is subject to prior approval by the Course Director and must be an investigation into an aspect of management that is worthy of investigation and is subject to the usual academic discipline.

This option is not open to overseas students, as Home Office regulations mean that overseas students are unable to get a visa for the placement year.

Professional links

We have a wide range of industry speakers on the course and you undertake a range of projects that bring you into contact with managers from the sector. In particular, you'll undertake a research project for the global attractions company Merlin Entertainments in Semester 1 where you analyse their operations and policies, develop solutions to a particular challenge and report back directly to their managers.

International Tourism as a career

Tourism is an international service industry and so you can probably expect a busy, fast-paced job wherever you decide to specialise, interacting with different people and organisations around the globe.

Our LSBU post graduates work around the world. Many work for international companies, tourist boards, policy and development institutes, acquiring senior management skills as they progress.

The nature of the industry - the large majority of organisations in the sector are small to medium enterprises (SMEs) - also provides opportunities for you to start your own business. Web-based tour operations, restaurants and events management companies are all popular options for start-ups. You certainly have choices over the route you take into this vast sector.

Career progression

There is a worldwide shortage of well qualified tourism and hospitality managers, particularly in Asia, and this professional Masters qualification will help you to progress your career. If you are academically minded this could also be a positive step towards a PhD and academic career.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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The Guardian University Guide 2015 rated the University of Sunderland among the UK's top four for tourism, transport and travel.

Course overview

This part-time Masters course is designed to give you a career advantage in the tourism and events sectors. Our course blends a social science approach with the development of job-related skills that are needed by, for example, events managers, festival coordinators and exhibition organisers.

We welcome applications from graduates of any discipline. You will study theoretical approaches through modules such as ‘Critical Tourism Theory and Methods’ and ‘International Tourism and Development’. There is a core module in ‘Events Management Studies’ and an optional module with a focus on work-based learning. We organise a number of field trips and company visits to put your learning into a real-world context. You can negotiate the topic of your Masters project to reflect your personal interests and career aspirations.

The University of Sunderland is a member of the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership Scheme. The University of Sunderland’s tutors have active research interests which include cultural geographies of tourism, heritage management and events. This research informs our teaching which will enhance your learning experience.

This part-time course is spread over two years, which allows you to combine it with flexible paid work and other commitments. If you prefer, we also offer a full-time Tourism and Events MSc.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research. You can negotiate the topic of the project to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland's tutors.

Modules on this course include:
-Tourism Concepts and Issues (30 Credits)
-Critical Theories and Methods for Tourism, Hospitality and Events (30 Credits)
-Events Management Studies (30 Credits)
-Current Practices in Tourism, Hospitality and Events (30 Credits)
-Tourism and Events Major Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, study visits and group work. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds. On this part-time course, you can expect around three hours of contact time a week. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Recently we’ve developed a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.

University Library Services
The St Peter’s Library is excellent for tourism and there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.
Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. You will benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals, many of them in an online format. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is networking with relevant industry organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

This Masters course equips you with the skills and understanding to progress rapidly in tourism and events management. An experienced tourism officer can earn up to £40,000, with an experienced events organiser earning in the range of £50,000 to £70,000.

The University of Sunderland is a member of the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership Scheme. The Institute of Hospitality is the professional body for aspiring managers studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry. It has been the industry’s leading network for more than 70 years, and it promotes the highest professional standards of management and education.

Potential employers include:
-Events management companies
-Conference and exhibition centres
-Events venues
-Hotel and resort management
-Attractions and museums
-Destination marketing agencies
-Tourism companies

Another option is to set up your own tourism business or events management consultancy, drawing on the entrepreneurial resources that are available through our Careers & Employability Service.

During the course you can choose to undertake a work-based learning module, which will further enhance your employability.
A Masters degree will also open up opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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