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Do you want to top up a postgraduate diploma to a full Masters qualification?

This Tourism and Hospitality (Dissertation Stage Only) course consists of a single module, which is a research project. The course is only open to those who have already gained a Diploma in Strategic Hospitality Management or a Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and who have at least one year of work experience.

The three-month course starts in January, April, August and October.

Our supportive tutors will help you choose a suitable topic, which will reflect your personal interests and chosen career path, and then supervise your progression to final completion. The course develops a mix of research skills, advanced theory and independent working. The academic team at Sunderland is well placed to supervise your project. Our active research interests include cultural geographies of tourism, tourism political economies, heritage management and events.

The tourism department at Sunderland has a strong reputation. According to The Guardian University Guide 2013, we are ranked seventh in the country for tourism, transport and travel.


This course is focused on your Masters dissertation. You can negotiate the topic of the project to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland's tutors. There is one module on this course:
-Tourism and Hospitality Major Project (Dissertation) (60 Credits)


You will complete a major project (dissertation) on a topic that you negotiate with your tutor. There is a high level of personal research and independent working, under supervision from your tutor. Assessment is based solely on the project (dissertation).


According to a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), people with a postgraduate qualification earn an average of 27% more than graduates with just an undergraduate degree.

Your Masters qualification will help you progress rapidly in tourism and hospitality management. Potential employers include:
-Hotel and resort management
-Attractions and museums
-Destination marketing agencies
-Tourism companies
-Restaurant and bar management
-Catering management

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

A Masters degree will also open up opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

Visit the Tourism and Hospitality (Dissertation Only) - MSc page on the University of Sunderland in London website for more details!




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