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Course content

The tourism route will enhance the management and analytical skills of those interested in operating at a leadership level within this dynamic industry. The focus on tourism allows students to review a range of key issues, challenges, and developments in leadership and management, with opportunity to study the special relationships between tourism and the wider social, cultural, economic, and ecological frameworks. The tourism industry is recognised as a growing and diverse sector, and one of the most important drivers of economic growth on a global scale.

The modules of study on this course address the challenges faced by leaders in this constantly changing business environment by supporting the development of the critical thinking skills needed to analyse, evaluate, and make decisions in public and private international tourism organisations.

You will also complete a tourism focused project designed to provide benefits to a wider community.

Teaching learning and assessment

You will attend lectures and seminars, work in groups and carry out independent learning. You will be expected to participate in discussions, develop ideas and engage with experiential learning. Assessment methods will include management reports, essays, web-based discussions, reflections on practice and group work with presentations. A central part of the course experience is the regular involvement with industry, through specific visits, guest speakers and events all of which provide valuable insights into practice, contemporary trends and thinking. Class sizes are normally 10-30.

Teaching hours and attendance

Modules studied on campus require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Attendance at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are full or part-time. In most instances the taught elements of the full-time course occur on Tuesday, Wednesday (AM) and Thursday. Part-time students have the option to select different modules each year.

Links with industry/professional bodies

We work continually with a wide range of business organisations and public services, as well as the third sector, individual business leaders and industry experts to develop our courses. This ensures that along with in-depth theoretical underpinnings, the courses are rooted in relevance and industry practice. As your course progresses you will hear from guest lecturers, participate in visits to a wide range of industries and organisations, and engage in a range of other networking opportunities with staff and industry experts. In recent years we have engaged with: Diageo; New Lanark Heritage Centre and Hotel; Nairns; AG Barr (Irn-Bru); Waldorff Astoria, Edinburgh; Glenkinchie Distillery; Henderson’s restaurants; Isle of Eriska Hotel; Scottish Ambulance Service; Turcan Connell; and Dakota hotels, to name but a few.

Modules

All MSc students will study the following core modules:

Contemporary Issues in International Management/ Strategic Thinking/ International Marketing/ Introduction to Management Accounting and Finance/ Organisational Behaviour All MSc students will then take three further modules in their specific area, for example: Events Leadership in Action (Events)/ Family Business Governance (FASE)/ International Leadership Power and Policy (General)/ Critical Issues in Hospitality and Tourism Leadership (Hospitality/ Tourism)

You will also complete a 60 credit project (Community Impact and Practice) focused towards your specialism in partnership with an external organisation. The project is designed to have a positive community outcome and could be based within the commercial, public or third sector.

This is your opportunity to discover, propose, plan, lead and deliver an externally driven project. whilst developing your skills of reflective practice and personal development planning.

Careers

Our postgraduate courses are designed to enhance your career prospects by opening up a wide range of global opportunities. Our graduates take with them enhanced employability and confidence whether they obtain a position with a multinational organisation, work within the public sector, create their own business, gain employment in the third sector or go on to further studies.

Quick Facts

There is a practical project instead of a dissertation. Students are challenged to research, plan, manage and evaluate a project in conjunction with an external business or organisation, allowing them to develop career-enhancing skills, confidence and opportunities.

Reflecting contemporary working practice, our teaching and assessment takes a strong group and team focus.

Class sizes are beneficially small: this enables students to work closely with fellow students from diverse background and allows lecturers to develop strong relationships with the students. The smaller cohort of students also allows for participation in regular visits and events.


Visit the MSc International Management and Leadership with Tourism page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

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