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Course content

The University of Sunderland is ranked fourth in the UK for hospitality, event management and tourism according to The Guardian University Guide 2015.

Course overview

This Masters course takes a social science approach to tourism and hospitality and combines it with practical skills for the workplace. We have designed our stimulating course to give you a head start in the tourism and hospitality sectors, which are part of one of the world’s largest industries.

We welcome applications from graduates of any discipline. You will learn theoretical approaches through modules such as ‘Critical Tourism Theory and Methods’ and ‘International Tourism and Development’. There is also a core module in ‘Hospitality Management Studies’. We organise field trips and company visits to put your learning into context and we offer an optional work-based learning module.

The final phase of the course is a major project that you negotiate with your tutors to reflect your particular interests and chosen career path. For example, your project could have special relevance to the skill sets required by hotel managers, resort coordinators or restaurant entrepreneurs.

The University of Sunderland is a member of the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership Scheme.

Tutors at Sunderland have active research interests including cultural geographies of tourism, tourism political economies, heritage management and events. This research adds extra depth to our teaching and supervision, enhancing your learning experience.

This course is also available part time - for more information, please view this web-page: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/courses/businessandlaw/postgraduate/tourism-hospitality-part-time/

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)
-Hospitality Management Studies (30 Credits)
-Current Practices in Tourism, Hospitality and Events (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.

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
The University of 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 knowledge to 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

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.

Another option is to set up your own tourism or hospitality business, 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 Hospitality - MSc page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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