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This Masters course is designed to give you a head start in the tourism and hospitality sectors, which are part of one of the world’s largest industries.

Our Tourism and Hospitality MSc brings together a rigorous social science approach with the development of skills that are needed by, for example, restaurant entrepreneurs, resort coordinators and hotel managers.

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 ‘Hospitality Management Studies’ and an optional module with a focus on work-based learning. You will negotiate the final phase of the course with your tutors to reflect your personal interests and career aspirations.

The University of Sunderland is ranked fourth in the UK for tourism, transport and travel, according to The Guardian University Guide 2015. Our active research interests include cultural geographies of tourism, tourism political economies, heritage management and events. Our research informs the content of our course and enhances your learning experience.

This course is taught in London. We also offer a full-time Tourism and Hospitality MSc and a part-time Tourism and Hospitality MSc at our Sunderland Campus.

Download the programme specification for more information on the Tourism and Hospitality course.

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 the University of Sunderland's tutors.

Modules on this course include:

  • Tourism Concepts and Issues (20 credits)
  • Research Methods for the Services Sector (30 Credits)
  • Hospitality Management Studies (30 Credits)
  • Current Practices in the Visitor Economy (30 Credits)
  • Tourism and Hospitality 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.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include essays, exams, presentations, portfolios of evidence and a dissertation.

Information about course regulations and documentation can be found on the University of Sunderland Academic Services website.

Employment and Careers

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 and Employability Service.

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

Fees and Scholarships

Visit the website for further information on course tuition fees, scholarships and other funding information.

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





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