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Course content

This programme offers the opportunity to learn from leading academics and practitioners working in the field of sustainable tourism management.  

You will learn about management decision-­making, the significance and complexity of managing human and financial resources, and the critical issues involved in marketing international tourism and travel.

All our programmes are underpinned by an emphasis on the impact of globalisation for the international tourism industry, and a critical evaluation of ethical and social responsibility in business, and tourist behaviour.

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.

Course structure

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. 

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

Tourism is a global sector, and so international perspectives will be at the heart of your learning experience. Alongside your student peers, you can expect to gain valuable insight into topics such as destination planning and management, responsible tourism practices, tourism impacts, destination marketing, and mass/niche tourism development strategies. We also offer unique opportunities to study visual discourse in tourism, and management issues in the global cruise industry.

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 you'll benefit greatly from sharing experiences.

You will take five core management modules and one option module from a choice of four.

Modules

  • Globalisation, Society and Culture
  • Marketing for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Professional-based Learning
  • Critical Perspectives in Tourism Management
  • Destination Management and Planning
  • Final Project

One from:

  • Strategic Business
  • Visual Culture: Travel, Tourism and Leisure
  • Contemporary Issues in Cruise Management
  • Consultancy

Professional experience

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 programme prepares you for a wide range of possible employment options in international tourism.

Our graduates work for some of the world's largest tourism and travel companies in sales, marketing, human resources and finance. Many hold senior management positions in private and public sector organisations, such as tour operators, cruise lines, international hotel and restaurant chains, destination management and marketing organisations, and transportation providers.

Those with entrepreneurial skills run their own enterprises, whilst others work as freelance consultants in a wide range of service industries. A substantial number of graduates embark on PhDs before starting their career in academia.

Whether you are thinking of starting a career in tourism management or are already working in the sector, the University of Brighton’s International Tourism Management MSc will enable you to begin a successful and rewarding future.


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

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