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Embark on a transformative journey with the MSc in Tourism Management at BU, designed to elevate your management, research, and analytical prowess. Delve into the intricate dynamics of the global tourism industry, guided by expert faculty actively engaged in cutting-edge research. The programme offers a unique opportunity to undertake a 30-week work placement with a tourism employer, enhancing your practical skills and employability. Immerse yourself in core units such as Managing Visitor Attractions, Business Strategy & Finance, and Tourism Planning & Development, culminating in a comprehensive dissertation project. With a minimum 2:2 Bachelors Honours degree as the entry requirement, this course is tailored for creative individuals who thrive in diverse cultural settings. Benefit from accreditations by esteemed bodies like the Institute of Travel & Tourism and the Institute of Hospitality, ensuring a top-tier educational experience. Prepare for a rewarding career as a Tourism Marketing Manager, Hotel Manager, or other senior roles in the vibrant tourism sector. Elevate your expertise and seize the opportunities that await in this dynamic field.

About the course

Advance your management, research and analytical skills with this conversion course, ideal for graduates who would like to develop a critical understanding of the increasingly global, dynamic tourism industry.

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Entry Requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject.


£10,250 (UK, ROI & CI)
£17,000 (Int'l)
Placement year: £1,850
Part-time study: Your tuition fees will be charged on a pro-rata basis of the full-time fee

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Where will I study?

Where is Bournemouth University


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Student Profiles

Betina Hansen

Originally from Denmark, Betina elected to study her Masters degree at BU because of our outstanding reputation in the tourism field.

Her decision to study at BU was made even easier thanks to the response that she received when she enquired about a place on her course. "I received a very warm welcome from the first time I enquired, and that hospitable attitude continued throughout my application and my time at the University," says Betina.

The friendly environment helped Betina settle in quickly, and get on with the serious business of studying for her degree, which in her own words, she has loved! "The degree is structured very logically and the academics are very knowledgeable and professional. They have provided me with different academic tools that I know I can use in practice in the future, and I have learned about different cultures and tourism in different countries thanks to the international environment that BU fosters. There are students from all over the world and the academic staff have all worked in the tourism industry and carried out research in many different countries. It has been very inspirational."

As much as Betina has enjoyed throwing herself into her studies, she recongises that it is ‘very important’ to do something away from academic life. “Whether you join a sports club, a social club, or get involved in other activities, it enriches your life, develops your social skills and helps you to meet people from other courses,” she says.

BU’s great location has also been something that Betina has taken full advantage of during her time in the UK. “It is close to the sea, near to the New Forest national park, and within easy reach of lots of interesting cities in southern England. I like outdoor activities such as running and walking and Bournemouth and the surrounding areas offer lots of cycling and walking paths.”

“As a result of the global nature of my course, I feel I am more independent than ever and have developed my personal and professional skills. Being part of such an international environment means I have made contact with people from all over the world, which I consider to be an advantage in my future career. I am confident that my Masters from BU will be of huge benefit to me in the future.”


Graduated in 2021

Why Tourism Management?

I am happiest when I am travelling. The research itself is enlightening. I have often planned travel and accommodation for myself as well as friends and family. All those successfully executed plans gave me a sense of achievement and pushed me in the direction of taking formal education in this field doing something I love.

Tourism is now recognized as not just a leisure activity but an economic activity of global significance. The attention given to tourism by governments, both public and private sector organizations, and academics had increased multi-fold in recent decades. Tourists are continually looking for new travel destinations and experiences, and countries generating these are getting their place on the global tourism maps. A master’s degree in the field of Tourism management will equip me with the skills to enter and succeed in the competitive world of tourism.

Why BU?
Honestly, I was very confused when I had to finalize the university. I applied to universities that are known to run successful courses in the field of Tourism. Here is why I chose BU:


Anyone who loves the beach cannot resist the charm of living in a seaside town. What better place to study Tourism Management than a tourist destination?


I was eligible for the Academic Excellence Scholarship worth £3,500, which would decrease my fees considerably, especially compared to other universities. BU automatically processes the scholarship, and you get the confirmation on your CAS.

Open Days:

The communication from BU was amazing. There were regular seminars and open days held by BU international team as well as the India team. It gave a sense of familiarity and comfort.

Why the UK?
UK universities seem to be pretty broad-minded when it comes to acceptance. I had completed my graduation in Accounting and Finance 12 years back. Not only was I returning to academics after a very long time, but I also wanted to study something for which I didn’t have any educational background or work experience.

Secondly, the UK has a cosmopolitan population. And thirdly, it’s geographical location. It is closer to India compared to the USA and has numerous direct flights to my home city, Mumbai. Europe is so near! Yes, you still need to get a Schengen Visa, but the flights are short and cheap!


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Application Procedure

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For courses starting in January 2024, September 2024 and January 2025.

The scholarship amount for September 2024 and January 2025 entry is £3,750.

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Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,500 (tuition fee reduction)


Any international applicant for a full-time taught postgraduate course or Master's by research at BU
You must have achieved a minimum of an upper second-class Honours degree (or international equivalent grades - see below), or a CPE with a merit profile
Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) are eligible for this award.

Application Procedure

Automatically awarded.

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For courses starting in January 2024, September 2024 and January 2025. Scholarships cannot be deferred.

The Academic Scholarship recognises outstanding academic achievement among our postgraduate applicants. To qualify for this award, you need to demonstrate an excellent academic profile that is relevant to your course.

You cannot receive this scholarship if you are applying for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, distance learning course, or part-time course.

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- Any UK, ROI or CI student applying for a full-time taught postgraduate degree or Master's by Research at BU
- You need to have an upper second-class honours (2:1) or above from a Bachelor's degree, or CPE with merit profile
- Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma Legal Practice (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE) are eligible for this award
- You can receive this scholarship alongside a Sports or Music scholarship, but cannot receive any other academic award.

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tuition fee waiver
travel to and from your home country
an arrival allowance
the cost of an entry clearance (visa) application
a grant for thesis or dissertation
an excess baggage allowance
a monthly personal living allowance.

Value of Scholarship(s)

A tuition fee waiver plus other allowances


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You must hold an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to at least an upper-second class Honours degree in the UK
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Have completed at least two years' work experience before applying.

Application Procedure

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