The Master's course in International Tourism and Aviation Management seeks to bring together the theories, concepts and practices to develop critical understandings of a managerial career within either the tourism or aviation industry. The MA offers an opportunity to enhance research skills to advance employability in the tourism or aviation industry. It is offered as a one year full-time and two year part-time course.
During the course you will adopt 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 course structure. The MA is taught by an 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 research for the dissertation. 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 MA International Tourism and Aviation Management course seeks to provide a research-practice and enquiry element, introducing the philosophies, principles and practices of research. You will be required to produce a 15,000 word thesis, which should be topical, student centred and contain an element of original thinking. The MA International Tourism and Aviation Management is a course that suits students wishing to further apply their research skills and contribute to existing debates in tourism and or aviation management.
• Tourism and Aviation Principles and Practice • Understanding the Consumer • Responsible Tourism and Aviation • Destination Management • Strategic Management for the Tourism and Aviation Industry • Aviation Operations • Research Methods • Dissertation
MA International Tourism and Aviation Management adopts a blended teaching and learning strategy. This includes the use of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and self-managed personal research. 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.
Tourism and aviation students traditionally find themselves working in a variety of different sectors of the industry including airside, portside, tour operations, attractions management, business travel as well as anywhere in the world.
For those students wishing to study further, opportunities for M.Phil. and PhD also exist. Speak to the course leader for further details.