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MSc International Heritage and Cultural Tourism Management

available as Full-time

available as Part-time

Thanks to its rich history, abundance of heritage attractions and world-famous arts festival, Edinburgh is a popular destination for a rising number of cultural tourists from all over the world – which is why it’s a great place for you to study MSc International Heritage & Cultural Tourism Management.

This advanced degree will equip you with the knowledge you need to successfully operate a cultural tourism business and devise policies and strategies for the overall industry. It also contributes towards professional accreditation with the Institute of Hospitality.

Course details

You’ll develop organisational and business skills that relate particularly to cultural aspects of tourism. Throughout your studies, you’ll develop an understanding of the issues and concepts involved in the industry, as well as marketing practice and heritage considerations.

You’ll learn broad skills such as formulating policy and planning for the future, as well as developing your abilities in research, time management and presentation methods.

With a number of tourist ventures and operations in and near the city, you’ll have plenty of options for part-time work and employment after graduation.


Modules that you will study* as part of this course

  • Business Skills for Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (TSM11121 )
  • Case Studies in International Tourism ( TSM11105 )
  • Contemporary Issues in Festivals and Events ( TSM11123 )
  • Contemporary Issues in Hospitality Management ( TSM11107 )
  • Destination Marketing ( TSM11120 )
  • Developing Intercultural Competence in the Workplace (LNG11120 )
  • Dissertation ( TSM11130 )
  • Experience Design and Management for Tourism, Hospitality and Events ( TSM11114 )
  • Festival and Event Management ( TSM11124 )
  • International Business Event Management ( TSM11113 )
  • International Sales Management ( SAL11101 )
  • Managing Heritage Tourism ( TSM11104 )
  • Managing International Hospitality Organisations ( TSM11122 )
  • Natural Area Tourism ( TSM11116 )
  • New Venture Planning ( ENT11101 )
  • Professional Selling and Sales Strategies ( SAL11102 )
  • Research Methods ( SOE11131 )
  • Tourism Concepts and Issues ( TSM11111 )
  • Tourism, Society and Visual Culture ( TSM11109 )

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

How you’ll be taught

This is a full-time course split up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September.

  • Duration:September starts: 12 months
  • January starts: 18 months with a three-month break over the summer (after the first taught trimester)

You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, guest speakers and independent study.


You’ll be assessed in a combination of the following ways:

  • Report writing
  • Project
  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Dissertation
  • Oral Presentation
  • Portfolio


  • Destination development
  • Cultural services management
  • Operations management
  • Tour operators
  • Public sector organisations
  • Retail and hospitality

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Visit the MSc International Heritage and Cultural Tourism Management page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!




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