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The MA International Tourism Management programme is aimed at students who work, or aspire to work, in a management position within the tourism industry in small or large organisations, and at global or local levels.

Course Overview

The MA International Tourism Management 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 and development of tourism and destinations, marketing and management.

Tourism specific modules will initiate discussion about the development of places as sustainable destinations, destination management, place image, socio-cultural, environmental, economic and political impacts of tourism and the potential of sustainable approaches to tourism development.

Additionally, students will also develop an understanding of management principles and marketing applied to the 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.
-International Tourism Contexts (compulsory)
-Sustainable Destinations (compulsory)
-Marketing (compulsory)
-Management Theory and Practice (compulsory)
-Global Issues (compulsory)
-Heritage Tourism Contexts (optional)
-International Hospitality Management (optional)
-Events Management: Themes and Issues (optional)
-Industry Research Experience (optional)

PART 2
Students undertaking the MA International Tourism Management must take one of the following:
-Dissertation
-Case Study
-Business Development Proposal

Key Features

The MA International Tourism Management 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 International Tourism Management 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.

Visit the International Tourism Management - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

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