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International Tourism Management MSc (PGDip, PGCert)

Course Description

Course in brief

Our programme offers an innovative and visionary approach in the study of tourism as both economic and social phenomena. Our view is that tourism has become an integral part of history, culture and economies for many regions of the world. This has had a powerful influence on identity, representation and business environments in developed as well as less developing nations. On a global scale the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) forecasts an increase in the number of international arrivals in the region of 1.6 billion by the year 2020. As such the industry needs people who understand the significance, complexity and dynamics of a diverse evolving, developing and growing sector. Our International Tourism Management MSc recognises both the continuing importance and value of the global tourism industry in economic terms and the significance of its social, political and environmental implications.

The programme of learning is delivered through the Tourism Policy, Practice and Performance (TPPP) hub, an affiliate member of the UNWTO.

Course structure

Full-time students attend workshops on two days per week with the part-time route usually requiring one day per week. Teaching methods include group work, case studies, presentations, and live projects. The course is delivered through a variety of approaches including lectures, presentations, tutorials and case studies, with an emphasis on interactive learning.

Areas of study

Core management studies including strategy, operations management, finance, marketing and human resources are integrated with specialist subjects that address the key needs of the international tourism industry. The course seeks to address contemporary issues in sustainable tourism development and management and is cross-disciplinary in nature drawing on themes such as regional studies, anthropology, visual culture and special interest tourism.


Critical Perspectives in Tourism Management
Managing Resources in Hospitality and Tourism Operations
Management Strategy in a Global Business Environment
Globalisation, Society and Culture

Two from:

Ethical and Social Responsibility: Theory and Application
The Visual and Visuality: Performing Culture
Professional Enquiry
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
Digital Marketing Strategies
Sport Tourism
Risk and Crisis Management
Tourism and International Co-operation
International Hospitality Development
Human Resource Strategy in Multi-Unit Service Organisations
Contemporary Issues in Cruise Management
Career and progression opportunities

Graduates are often fast-tracked into senior management, planning and development or consultancy positions with tourism-related organisations, both in the UK and overseas.

Extended masters route

This course offers the extended masters route. This involves English language study for between two and sixth months at the university before starting the MA. Visit https://www.brighton.ac.uk/international/study-with-us/courses-and-qualifications/brighton-language-institute/courses/extended-masters-route/index.aspx

Visit the International Tourism Management MSc (PGDip, PGCert) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements; individual offers may vary. Degree and/or experience: Honours degree with a minimum 2:2 equivalent from a NARIC-recognised institution, or an HND equivalent plus at least 5 years of relevant industry experience. Other applicants with extensive industry experience will be considered on an individual basis. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

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