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Course content

During the two-year MSc programme Leisure, Tourism and Environment at Wageningen University & Research you focus on themes such as landscape, space, place, locality, authenticity and sustainability. The increasing number of people that spends a growing proportion of their leisure time and money on travelling, causes new questions to arise: what is the effect of all this tourism on local cultures and economies?

Programme summary

By joining the MSc Leisure, Tourism and Environment programme, you study the underlying issues of the fast growing tourism industry. You look at tourism from a historical and philosophical perspective, learning about social and cultural theory and how to apply these using advanced research methods and analysis techniques. The MSc integrates the role of governmental, business and ‘third sector’ organisations in the innovation process towards sustainable (tourism) development.

On the Programme of Leisure, Tourism and Environment page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships.


Students can choose between four thematic trajectories that each focus on a specific research domain and that is connected to specific societal questions.

Your future career

The MSc programme Leisure, Tourism and Environment is intended for students who seek a career as an academic professional or as a scientist. Among the professional job possibilities are experts in sustainable tourism or visitor management. Read more about career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.

Related programmes:

MSc International Development Studies 

MSc Management, Economics and Consumer Studies

MSc Development and Rural Innovation 

MSc Communication, Health and Life Sciences

MSc Landscape Architecture and Planning

Visit the MSc Leisure, Tourism and Environment page on the Wageningen University & Research website for more details!






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