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Fast-track your career in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry. Progress rapidly in tourism and events management. Qualify for senior roles with significant responsibility.

Overview

An MSc is an internationally respected qualification. In one year you will develop a strategic understanding of all aspects of tourism and events management.

This Masters course brings together a social science approach to tourism and events with the development of job-related skills and employability. You’ll complete theoretical modules ‘Tourism Concepts and Issues’ and ‘Critical Theories and Methods for Tourism’, and in the final phase of the course you’ll complete a major project personal to your interests and career aspirations.

Why us?

'World-leading' research in Leisure and Tourism, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).

95.3% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students).

An experienced tourism officer can earn up to £40,000, with an experienced events organiser earning in the range of £50,000 to £70,000.

All students on this course are eligible to register for the Institute of Hospitality Education Membership Scheme.

Local, national and international field visits.

Guest speakers from industry and renowned academics.

Course Structure

You will be taught by passionate academics who produce world-leading research. A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars, study visits and group work. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working. Your progress will be assessed by essays, exams, presentations, portfolios of evidence and a dissertation.

Modules on this course include:

  • Tourism Concepts and Issues (30 credits)
  • Research Methods for the Service Sector (30 credits)
  • Event Management Studies (30 credits)
  • Current Practices in the Visitor Economy (30 credits)
  • Tourism and Events Major Project (60 credits)

Facilities

You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Reg Vardy Centre is a modern building with views of the river, and just a short walk from both the coast and Sunderland town centre.

Employment

An MSc is a challenging qualification which requires significant dedication. Employers recognise its worth, and the value that an MSc-qualified tourism and events leader can bring to their organisation. This Masters course equips you with the skills and understanding to progress rapidly in tourism and events management. Potential employers include events management companies, conference and exhibition centres, events venues, hotel and resort management, attractions and museums, destination marketing agencies and tourism companies.

Institute of Hospitality

We are a member of the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership Scheme. The Institute of Hospitality is the professional body for aspiring managers studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry. It has been the industry’s leading network for more than 70 years, and it promotes the highest professional standards of management and education.

Work-based modules

You can choose to undertake a work-based learning module to further enhance your employability. Sunderland has an excellent record on employability - 95.8% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK postgraduate students).


Visit the Tourism and Events - MSc page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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