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Within the travel and tourism industry, there is an increasing focus on the need to adopt responsible business practices that improve the quality of life for communities and conserve the environment and local cultures. This course helps meet the resulting demand for managers with the ability to implement responsible tourism strategies within marketing, operations and product development.

You will explore domestic and international tourism and you will understand that the principles of responsible tourism are as applicable to the Yorkshire Dales as they are to The Gambia. In addition to developing your subject knowledge, you will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate responsible tourism policies and practices.

This is the only responsible tourism course in the world certified by the UNWTO.TedQual programme established by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. It is taught by staff with first-hand experience in tourism management, research and consultancy, who will share their global expertise with you.

This award is delivered through face-to-face or distance learning supported by tutorials and our university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This provides greater flexibility to accommodate different learning needs, such as enabling you to continue working whilst studying, and widening participation to the course.

The VLE and online delivery will provide a repository of learning materials, including module handbooks, lecture slides, multimedia elements, digitised readings and past sample assignments.

If you are a student wishing to study distance learning, you may be able to complete the course in two years following discussion with and agreement of the Course Director.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

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You will enhance your ability to operate effectively at a strategic level within conservation organisations and in both the public and private sectors, and you will have expertise and confidence to devise , implement and manage responsible tourism programmes. Graduates have gone on to work as sustainability and product managers for tour operators and have also taken senior managerial positions in government departments and with international non-governmental organisations.

  • Responsible Tourism Adviser
  • Sustainable Product Manager
  • Charity Development Consultant
  • Sustainable Destinations Manager

Core Modules

  • Marketing Responsible Tourism
  • Communities, Culture & Heritage
  • Tourism for Local Economic Development & Poverty Reduction
  • Natural Resource & Environmental Management
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project
  • Tourism Destination Management: Planning & Policy (students starting in Sept 2018)
  • Responsible Tourism Theory & Practice (distance learning students starting in Sept 2018)
  • Destination Management: Roles & Responsibilities (Destinations) (students starting in Sept 2019)
  • Ethical Tourism Business Management (full-time students starting in Sept 2019)

Option Modules

  • Ethical Tourism Business Management (full-time students starting in Sept 2018)
  • Ethical Tourism Business Management (distance learning students starting in Sept 2019)
  • Responsible Tourism Theory & Practice (distance learning students starting in Sept 2019)

Additional information

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Financing your studies

Useful Links

Visit the Responsible Tourism Management MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!




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