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This course is designed to provide you with a substantial theoretical and practical understanding of the role and contribution of the tourism industry in the context of international development. You will gain the skills required to manage sustainable tourism businesses, alongside the specialisms of strategic destination management and marketing. You will explore tourism’s relationship with the socio-economic and political contexts within international development, tourism disasters affecting tourist destinations, and the role of tourism in the development of countries that have experienced conflict. Our International Tourism Development course places particular emphasis upon the micro-economic contribution of enterprise projects in supporting development and sustainability, in line with the University’s Changemaker ethos.

Upon completion of this course, you may wish to further progress your studies through a doctoral qualification.

Industry Placement Option

If you are studying this course full-time you can opt to participate in a Work Placement during an additional year of the programme.

If you are studying this course full-time you can elect to engage with an industry placement of approximately 12 months in duration. This will entail completing and passing the pre-requisite Service Sector Career Management (0 credit) module before progressing onto the Industry Management Project module (60 credits), instead of the Dissertation and Research Methods module (60 credits). The industry placement enables you to develop your skills and knowledge in a real-world work environment, whilst completing an applied research project. This could give you an advantage over the competition for jobs and scholarships after you graduate and could be a good starting point for setting up your own consultancy business. Your placement will need to be appropriate to your level of study and you should also be paid for this work. We will support you in finding and securing a suitable placement opportunity, however it must be noted that placements are highly competitive and there is no guarantee of a placement offer being made by an employer.

Whilst on your industry placement, you will be required to attend three full-day workshops held at the University, which will support the completion of your applied research project, which will be based on a specific issue faced by the organisation in which you are working. If you are unable or unwilling to progress with an industry placement, you will have the option to transfer onto our Dissertation and Research Methods module in order to gain the required credits to complete your programme of study. The Dissertation and Research Methods module will be taught in two full-day intensive workshops and you will be supported with one-to-one supervision whilst completing your research. You will have approximately five months to work on your research project and will complete all of the taught components of your Master’s programme within 12 months.

Course content

The International Tourism Development course encourages you to analyse and evaluate key issues within the tourism industry. You will investigate the relationship between sustainable development principles and the management of destinations to achieve long-term viability as well as the role of event tourism in destination development as a catalyst for physical, economic and socio-cultural regeneration. In addition, the course provides you with an insight into the political economies surrounding development and the contribution that tourism makes to a destination’s risk mitigation and social renewal after disasters and post-conflict scenarios.

The course draws upon a variety of case studies and projects, allowing you to explore the global scope of tourism, the policies and strategies associated with successful management, the role the industry plays in international development, and the stakeholders involved in its development. The course will also prepare you for the practical, project-based, and customer-focused characteristics of the tourism industry.

Semester 1

From the beginning of the course, you will be introduced to the main themes in destination and tourism management, enabling you to analyse the strategic and dynamic nature of international tourist destinations and issues facing destination managers. Modules in semester one will highlight the need to ensure long-term viability of destination resources through themes such as sustainable development and political economies of international development.

Semester 2

You will examine the vulnerability of destinations and the strategies and approaches needed by managers to develop and recover, particularly post-conflict. The strategic use of events in both the public and private sectors will be examined, particularly their use as a catalyst for physical, economic and socio-cultural regeneration. There is a strong emphasis on developing your personal adaptability in cross-cultural (work) environments preparing you to lead and manage other people internationally. You will also begin to prepare for your dissertation through a series of taught research methods sessions, during which you will produce a research proposal.

Semester 3

The research proposal produced in Semester two will guide you to develop a clearly defined and evidenced study purpose, a critical review of relevant literature, and a robust methodology. You will collect, analyse and interpret your data and apply this to your research, and you will produce a 15-20,000 word research report (dissertation) using this data, with the support of a supervisor.


Career Opportunities

If you are interested in pursuing a specialist career in destination management, sustainable tourism management or international development then studying the International Tourism Development is an ideal progression for you. Our graduates have gone on to work within development organisations, NGOs, aid organisations, post conflict and disaster charities, as well as public and private sector tourism organisations.

Visit the International Tourism Development - MA page on the University of Northampton website for more details!





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