This program meets the growing needs of the tourism industry to shape high skilled and knowledgeable professionals, so that they can assume leading roles in the management of tourism organizations. The program blends the requisite specialist operational knowledge and skills, with advanced managerial competencies, in order to educate the new generation of tourism executives. It emphasizes the cross-cultural, moral, ethical, institutional and environmental issues in the management of tourism organizations, while covering all specialized business and operational skills. The strategic partnership with Costa Navarino and a series of events in collaboration with key tourism players throughout the program, as well as a well-organized internship process strongly support the development of a professional network and increase considerably the employability of students upon graduation.
The tourism sector fuels growth and job creation around the world, at sustained pace, according to the World Tourism Organization:
The Greek tourism industry is one of the most dynamic fields of employment in the country, according to SETE, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises:
Key features of the program
The MSc in Tourism Management is designed for:
Graduates of the program will be able to:
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.
The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages. (http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/)
During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .
Examples of compulsory modules include; Tourism Business: Management, Impacts and Evaluation; Methods and Techniques for Independent Research; Strategy; Tourism and Marketing; Tourism Dissertation.
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.
For students without Hospitality:
Tourist Behaviour: Understanding Demand; Sustainable Tourism Management.
For students with Hospitality: Hospitality Service Management; Hospitality Resource Management; Research and Consultancy Project.
Examples of optional modules include; Managing Operations; Principles of International Business; Marketing Strategy; Digital Business Models; International Human Resource Management; Work-Based Learning; Research and Consultancy Project (if not taken as core); Hospitality Service Management (if not taken as core); Hospitality Resource Management (if not taken as core); Entrepreneurship: New Venture Development; Leadership and Global Challenges; Intercultural Communication in a Global World; Food, Body and Society.
Tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification, becoming one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world. According to UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO, 2014) the worldwide international tourist arrivals are expected to see a 3.3% increase a year between 2010 and 2030, and reach 1.8 billion by 2030, with emerging destinations growing at the fastest rate.
This creates many career opportunities for qualified managers in the hospitality and tourism industries in both developed and developing countries. The MSc International Tourism Management is designed to prepare graduates for management and senior management positions in a complex and dynamic industry.
The course helps you to start or develop a career in the international tourism industry. You build a strong theoretical and practical foundation by studying both business management and tourism modules.
You learn to apply and critically challenge your understanding of the industries in practical contexts, particularly in the work-related learning module and during your industry placement. You also critically examine the sustainability of the international tourism industry. Throughout the course enhance your employability skills, such as communications and team-working, which are vital for rapid career development.
The placement option offers you an additional opportunity to develop your practical skills, either in the UK or abroad. We help you gain a placement by running employability workshops and have dedicated placement team to support you. Placement opportunities exist in organisations such as • Omega Travel • Cosmos • Visit Peak District and Derbyshire • Hilton • Marriott • Conrad • Anantara resorts • Como resorts • the Gleneagles hotel • the Hotelbeds Group.
You graduate with the skills and knowledge to plan, manage and promote products, services, businesses and destinations in the international tourism industry in a competitive and sustainable manner.
The course is based on the following principles
This course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute, the professional organisation for tourism destination managers.
September start – typically 12 months or 24 months with work experience
January start – typically 15 months
Choose one 15 credit module from
• strategic resort hotel management • hospitality service excellence • managing profitable food and beverage operations • managing the property asset • talent management • sustainable tourism and hospitality in 21st century • contemporary issues in tourism • tourism and globalisation • visitor attraction management • tourism, culture and society • sales and revenue management
You can find international careers in organisations such as • international tour operators • transport operators • visitor attractions • resort management • hotel corporations • conference and event organisers • national tourist organisations • government agencies • tourism consultancy firms.
You can also continue with further study by completing a PhD or Doctorate in Business Administration.