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Tourism is one of the largest, most dynamic and competitive industries in the world, creating a demand for managers who possess high-level knowledge and skills to succeed in this exciting global industry. This course will enhance your management potential and develop your critical thinking, problem-solving, research and analytical skills to make an immediate impact on a tourism or service organisation. 

Students will have the opportunity to specialise in a range of areas through our optional module offer.

A strong emphasis is placed on the role of communication and creativity in effective management practice, together with an in-depth understanding of contemporary issues.

A key feature of this course is the ‘international live industry project’, where you will travel to an overseas destination and apply your skills and knowledge to a real tourism context.

Previous students have completed projects in the Gambia, the Azores (in Portugal), the Canaries, Cyprus, Madeira and Dubai.

During your studies, you will work on other industry consultancy projects, network and debate contemporary themes in ‘creative dialogue’ sessions and mix with a diverse range of nationalities. The course also offers you an opportunity to undertake an optional placement.

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Why should I choose this course?

  • UCB is an Institute of Travel & Tourism ‘Centre of Excellence’ and a leading provider of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate courses in tourism, with a national and international reputation.
  • UCB’s well-developed international links are reflected in our thriving international student body, which makes for a diverse and friendly atmosphere.
  • Our lecturers have significant industry and academic experience.
  • Postgraduate students will also benefit from a ‘professional mentor’ to offer further guidance and advice on advancing their careers.
  • The ‘live industry project’ is a fantastic opportunity to travel abroad, gain experience and use the skills you develop on your course in a real industry environment.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, guest speakers, seminars, ‘creative dialogues’ and e-learning activities will facilitate your advanced learning and skill development in this exciting international tourism industry. There is also a range of action-learning opportunities through case studies, scenario planning, simulations and live projects. 

You will be assessed through case study analysis, presentations, essays, e-discussions and debates through a range of individual and team-based environments. 

Employability

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the international tourism industry. Graduates have also gone on to work in corporate travel, destination management, business travel, consultancy, set up their own businesses, and in the wider travel industry. 

Graduating with this MSc will enable you to pursue a career path in:

  • Tour operations
  • Travel organisations
  • Destination management organisations
  • Tourism marketing
  • The transport sector, including aviation
  • The attractions sector
  • Tourism consultancy
  • Digital tourism organisations

[email protected]

[email protected] is our student and alumni support service, designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly-refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises of specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency

Find out more about [email protected] services.

Work placement

You will have the opportunity to undertake an optional six-month placement on the successful completion of the taught part of your course. You are required to secure your own placement with the support of our highly experienced [email protected] team, who have a diverse mix of experience in a wide variety of industries.

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Visit the International Tourism Management MSc / PGDip page on the University College Birmingham website for more details!

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