The University of Brighton’s Tourism and International Development MSc provides the opportunity to learn from leading academics and practitioners working in the field of sustainable tourism development and management.
You will learn about theories and applications associated with macro-level destinations’ development and management issues, as well as micro-level interventions, such as those aimed at implementing ethical and responsible tourism practices and mass/niche tourism diversification approach, as well as strategically managing the positive and negative impacts of tourism.
Our programme prepares you for a successful and dynamic career in public, private and third sector organisations such as ministries, tourism boards, development agencies, SMEs, NGOs and consultancies.
The School of Sport and Service Management, where the course is based, is an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which informs our teaching and your learning. We are also a member of the UNWTO Knowledge Network, which will give you access to the extensive UNWTO e-library.
The course is suitable if you are looking to convert from another subject area and pursue a future career in tourism or if you already have a grounding in tourism or related subject areas such as business, management, events, hospitality or sport.
The course is delivered by staff that are actively involved in research and consultancy, ensuring that the curriculum and classroom discussions are informed by current knowledge and practice in the management of international tourism.
Full-time students normally attend class two days per week, while part-time students usually attend once per week. Some modules may be delivered intensively over several consecutive days.
The course is delivered through a variety of lectures, workshops, presentations, tutorials and case studies with an emphasis on interactive learning. You will work both individually and in small, multi-national teams to develop international capabilities and build global networks, learning how to adapt your knowledge to a variety of cultural settings. Our MSc students come from across the world from a variety of backgrounds, and benefit greatly from sharing experiences.
A distinctive feature of postgraduate study within the school is the flexibility and choice provided by the final project. Guided by your programme of study and in consultation with an individual supervisor, there are several options open to you. Whether undertaking an academic dissertation, an applied piece of research such as a business or enterprise project or a study that includes a portfolio or exhibition of work, the final project enables you to pursue your own particular interest in an area relevant to your programme of study.
For international students, the MSc also offers an extended masters route with English language study for between two and sixth months before the course begins.
Areas of study
Our Tourism and International Development MSc aligns with our vision of tourism as a key driver for economic diversification and growth, environmental regeneration, socio-economic integration and inclusive development. Many international organisations, like the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Bank and the EU as well as national ministries and regional development agencies share our vision.
By stimulating a critical understanding of theories and practices, the course offers insight into the role of tourism in international development. Alongside your student peers, you can expect to gain valuable insight into topics such as development in the era of globalisation, responsible tourism practices, consultancy, and social anthropology.
We also offer unique opportunities to study visual discourse in tourism, and management issues in the global cruise industry.
You will take five core management modules and one option module from a choice of four.
Globalisation, Society and Culture
Tourism and International Development: Critical Perspectives
Anthropology, Tourism and Development
Visual Culture: Travel, Tourism and Leisure
Contemporary Issues in Cruise Management
Marketing for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Professional-Based Learning Module:
All credit-based postgraduate courses at the School of Sport and Service Management offer the Professional-Based Learning module.
The module offers you an opportunity to undertake practical experience in a work environment and gain invaluable first-hand knowledge. It is designed to help you engage with the process of planning and delivering expertise in practice, and to reflect upon and take steps to improve your academic, personal and professional skills.
In Semester 1 (September–January) you will have classes on CV development, interview skills, target setting, reflective practice and experiential learning, leading to 100 hours of professional experience in Semester 2 (February–June). This experience could take the form of a part-time job, an unpaid internship, a volunteering opportunity in the university or time as a mentee in your chosen industry. You can also take this module as part of a live consultancy in connection with one of your tourism, sport, hospitality or event modules, either in the UK or a School of Sport and Service Management project overseas.
Our school-based Employability Hub will be on hand to assist you in securing an experience that best meets your career goals and aspirations. Professional experience will enhance your practice and academic knowledge, and many of our students have started their careers with their placement organisation.
Careers and employability
Our graduates work for some of the world’s largest tourism and travel companies.
Many hold senior positions in private and public sector organisations, such as government tourism ministries and development agencies, NGO’s, tour operators, cruise companies and international hotel chains. Those with entrepreneurial skills run their own enterprises, whilst others work as freelance consultants in a wide range of service industries, with many opting for a career in the not-for-profit and volunteer sector. A substantial number of graduates embark on PhDs before starting their career in academia.
Our alumni include Head of Events at the British Heart Foundation, a Senior Government Advisor in Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism, and a Senior Project Manager for the world’s largest executive search organisation, Korn Ferry.