Rapid global change is increasing the demand for highly skilled professionals in international tourism and related industries. Australia's leading, longest-running and most innovative industry-focused postgraduate tourism program, the Master of Tourism prepares students for careers in tourism management, planning, policy and sustainable development.
You will develop skills and specialist knowledge in all aspects of the international tourism industry, including key sectors such as tourism marketing and destination management. Focussing on current and future industry trends, you will acquire a global perspective on all forms of tourism mobility and impacts. Your study will be enriched by industry-based workshops and field schools.
The 21st century 'international tourism industry' can be described as the global movement of people for a variety of motivations. As it expands, the growth rate in emerging economies will double that of advanced economies in the years leading to 2030.
The course will broaden your knowledge and skills in domestic and international marketing, cultural tourism, development and planning, natural resource management, environmental studies, research techniques, cross-cultural and regional studies, sustainability and communications.
Our academic staff are widely regarded as research pioneers in the field of high-yield, independent (or backpacker) travel, and the associated impacts on urban tourism, including the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.
You will have an opportunity to attend an international field school within an emerging economy in the Asia-Pacific region, such as Fiji or Vietnam, where you will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges facing the development of the industry, and how tourism can be harnessed to maximise the benefits for developing nations. Further opportunities exist for students to participate in study tours throughout Australia.
Our program has excellent international networks and partners and you may also wish to participate in an international student exchange semester at one of our prestigious partner universities in Sweden, Estonia or Latvia.
The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Foundations for advanced tourism studies, Part B. Core Master's study and Part C. Advanced expertise. All students complete Part B. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or a combination of the two.
[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]
PART A. Foundations for advanced tourism studies These studies will introduce you to tourism studies at advanced undergraduate or graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.
PART B. Core Master's study These studies provide you with with in-depth understanding of tourism development theory and practice. You will develop the skills and techniques to develop tourism policies and practices in a global setting and to manage tourism and small and medium enterprise development in the direction of more sustainable practice.
PART C. Advanced expertise The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options.
The first option is a program of coursework study where you select the units to suit your own interests. This option includes the opportunity to undertake an internship in the field.
The second option is a 24 point research thesis. Students wishing to use this Masters course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this second option.
Students admitted to the course, who have a recognised honours degree in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences, will receive credit for Part C, however, should they wish to complete a 24 point research project as part of the course they should consult with the course coordinator.