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The Guardian University Guide 2015 rated the University of Sunderland among the UK's top four for tourism, transport and travel.

Course overview

This part-time Masters course is designed to give you a career advantage in the tourism and events sectors. Our course blends a social science approach with the development of job-related skills that are needed by, for example, events managers, festival coordinators and exhibition organisers.

We welcome applications from graduates of any discipline. You will study theoretical approaches through modules such as ‘Critical Tourism Theory and Methods’ and ‘International Tourism and Development’. There is a core module in ‘Events Management Studies’ and an optional module with a focus on work-based learning. We organise a number of field trips and company visits to put your learning into a real-world context. You can negotiate the topic of your Masters project to reflect your personal interests and career aspirations.

The University of Sunderland is a member of the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership Scheme. The University of Sunderland’s tutors have active research interests which include cultural geographies of tourism, heritage management and events. This research informs our teaching which will enhance your learning experience.

This part-time course is spread over two years, which allows you to combine it with flexible paid work and other commitments. If you prefer, we also offer a full-time Tourism and Events MSc.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research. You can negotiate the topic of the project to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland's tutors.

Modules on this course include:
-Tourism Concepts and Issues (30 Credits)
-Critical Theories and Methods for Tourism, Hospitality and Events (30 Credits)
-Events Management Studies (30 Credits)
-Current Practices in Tourism, Hospitality and Events (30 Credits)
-Tourism and Events Major Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, study visits and group work. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds. On this part-time course, you can expect around three hours of contact time a week. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Recently we’ve developed a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.

University Library Services
The St Peter’s Library is excellent for tourism and there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.
Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. You will benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals, many of them in an online format. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is networking with relevant industry organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

This Masters course equips you with the skills and understanding to progress rapidly in tourism and events management. 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.

The University of Sunderland is 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.

Potential employers include:
-Events management companies
-Conference and exhibition centres
-Events venues
-Hotel and resort management
-Attractions and museums
-Destination marketing agencies
-Tourism companies

Another option is to set up your own tourism business or events management consultancy, drawing on the entrepreneurial resources that are available through our Careers & Employability Service.

During the course you can choose to undertake a work-based learning module, which will further enhance your employability.
A Masters degree will also open up opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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





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