The Master's programme in International Tourism and Aviation Management with Internship seeks to prepare aspiring individuals for a managerial career within either the tourism or aviation industry. The course offers the opportunity to interpret and assess trends and changing management practices within the tourism and aviation industry. In doing so it widens career opportunities and the possibility of movement between the two sectors. The mode of study is full-time - studied over 18 months and the internship component is completed after all taught modules have been passed.
You will be expected to undertake a total of 1,200 hours of planned full-time work experience or internship in a tourism or aviation organisation. Normally this will equate to 30 weeks spent with your internship employer completing various work related roles and tasks and completing the various guided learning activities required as part of your programme. The University does not guarantee an internship and you will need to be proactive in finding what might be considered a suitable intern position. To prepare you for the internship one assessed module: Organisational Behaviour in Theory and Practice is incorporated within the course.
The MA programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the study of tourism and aviation management, by drawing upon international case study material, to understand the global operations of both the tourism and aviation sectors. The course seeks to exploit synergies between the tourism and aviation industries to critically inspect the management-related issues, which is a key strength of the programme structure. The programme is taught by experienced team of academics, all with a background in either tourism and/or aviation management. Many of these staff are extensively published and are asked to speak at events and conferences throughout the world.
There are several practice based features of the course, in addition to the internship. These may include guest speakers from industry, use of industry relevant briefs, field work, trips and visits, which can be used to inform teaching, learning and assessment.
The Internship course seeks to provide a dynamic element to the programme introducing the principles of learning through work and allowing you to apply theoretical constructs taught on the course to a 'real world' situation. The MA International Tourism and Aviation Management with Internship is a course that suits students wishing to further apply the principles and practices of management introduced in the course through actual practise or for students seeking further work experience to enhance their professional portfolio.
• Tourism and Aviation Principles and Practice • Understanding the Consumer • Responsible Tourism and Aviation • Organisational Behaviour in Theory and Practice • Destination Management • Strategic Management for the Tourism and Aviation Industry • Aviation Operations • Management Consultancy • The Internship
MA International Tourism and Aviation Management with Internship adopts a blended teaching and learning strategy. This includes the use of lectures, tutorials, seminars, self-managed personal research and learning through work experience. The use of information and communications technology together with electronic learning support materials and e-books are central to the delivery of the curriculum. A feature of our learning approach is the use of industry-based briefs.
Assessments feature both formative (in-course) and summative (final) assessment. Normally a module comprises of no more than two or three pieces of work. No formal examinations are set. The course embraces the use of essays, reports, presentations, case studies, portfolios, audits, in-class tests, project plans, industry-based briefs, business games and work-place simulation (to name but a few). Traditionally the teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the school at Masters level has been to engage with a wide variety of assessment techniques reflecting the broad abilities of different students to meet the assessment outcomes of the various modules.
Career and study progression
Tourism and aviation students traditionally find themselves working in a variety of different sectors of the industry, anywhere in the world, including: - airside - portside - tour operations - attractions management - business travel.