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Gain the skills and knowledge required to plan, to manage and to promote products, businesses and destinations in a competitive and sustainable manner. This course offers an optional work experience route including a 12 month work placement.

  • Build a strong theoretical and practical foundation in international tourism management.
  • Apply and critically challenge your understanding of the industries in practical contexts.
  • Critically examine sustainability of the international tourism industry.
  • Contribute to the industry and wider society through a practice of corporate social responsibility in your future career.

The industry accounts for 1 in 12 jobs globally, such growth cannot take place without a talented and highly-skilled workforce trained to the highest standards. This course has been specifically designed to prepare graduates for management and senior management positions in this complex, dynamic and fast-growing industry.

'This course changed the way I see the world, and prepared me to become a leader in the industry. Thanks to my experience at Hallam, I now have the tools and confidence to face any challenge. I am currently working as a sales manager in a luxury hotel in Marrakech.' 

Santiago De Le Rosa, MSc International Tourism Management, 2016 graduate

How you learn

You learn to apply and critically challenge your understanding of the industry in practical contexts, particularly in the work-related learning module and during an optional industry placement. You also critically examine the sustainability of the international tourism industry. Throughout the course you will enhance your employability skills, such as communications and team-working, which are vital for rapid career development.

You learn through:

  • face-to-face experiences
  • virtual or simulated active or experiential workshops
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • site visits

Applied learning

The placement option offers you an additional opportunity to develop your practical skills, either in the UK or abroad. We help you gain a placement by running employability workshops and have a dedicated placement team to support you. Placement opportunities exist in organisations such as:

  • Omega Travel
  • Cosmos
  • Visit Peak District and Derbyshire
  • Hilton
  • Marriott
  • Conrad
  • Anantara resorts
  • Como resorts
  • the Gleneagles hotel
  • the Hotelbeds Group

Guest lectures from visiting academics, researchers and other professionals will be utilised to further enhance your knowledge and understanding and to encourage contact with the industry, as well as field visits within certain modules.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • international tour operators
  • transport operators
  • visitor attractions
  • resort management
  • hotel corporations
  • conference and event organisers
  • national tourist organisations
  • government agencies
  • tourism consultancy firms


This course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute, the professional organisation for tourism destination managers.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

City Campus map

Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Compulsory modules:

  • Approaches To Tourism And Hospitality Business Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Business And Management Strategy - 30 credits - Coursework 
  • Destination Marketing - 15 credits - Coursework/Practical 
  • Dissertation - 45 credits - Coursework 
  • Enterprise And Entrepreneurship In Hospitality And Tourism - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Research Methods - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Tourism Planning And Development - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Work Related Learning - 15 credits - Coursework 

Elective modules:

  • Contemporary Issues In Tourism - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Hospitality Service Excellence - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Live Event - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Managing Profitable Food And Beverage Operations - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Managing The Property Asset - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Sales And Revenue Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Strategic Resort Hotel Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Sustainable Tourism And Hospitality In The 21St Century - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Talent Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Tourism And Globalisation - 15 credits - Coursework/Practical 
  • Tourism, Culture And Society - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Visitor Attractions Management - 15 credits - Coursework 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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Visit the International Tourism Management (MSc) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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