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Course content

The Master of Tourism (MTour) is a degree that can be completed in a 12 month period. It is an interdisciplinary programme that mixes cutting edge taught courses with independent research. The programme deals with core, contemporary, and emerging issues and is taught by some of the leading tourism, leisure, and hospitality researchers in the world.

The programme is designed to act as a means of enhancing the knowledge and skills of students seeking or wishing to enhance a career in the tourism industry or related areas and as a foundation for students seeking entry to a PhD programme.

Graduates of the MTour will have a detailed and high level critical understanding of tourism, and related areas, as both an industry and social phenomenon. They will also have a detailed and advanced grounding in pertinent research and presentation skills that enable them to actively participate in the tourism industry, associated governmental and non-governmental institutions, and/or academia to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Programme Requirements

TOUR 423 Advanced Tourism Concepts

TOUR 424 Tourism Methods and Analysis or TOUR 427 Tourism and Development Ethnographic Field School

Four further 400-level TOUR papers, or three further 400-level TOUR papers and one other 400-level paper from outside Tourism

TOUR 590 Research Project (60 points)

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study shall consist of: 400-level papers worth 120 points, including TOUR 423 and either TOUR 424 or TOUR 427; a maximum of 20 points can be included for non-Tourism electives; a project embodying the results of supervised individual research (TOUR 590, 60 points).

The candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the research project, secure the approval of the Head of the Department of Tourism for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation. Entry to the research project is subject to satisfactory performance in the papers component of the programme.

A candidate may not include in a research project any work which has previously been accepted for another qualification.


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