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Fast-track your career in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Progress rapidly in one of the world’s largest industries. Qualify for senior roles with significant responsibility.

Overview

An MSc is an internationally respected qualification. In one year you will develop the skills and knowledge to advance rapidly in tourism and hospitality management.

This Masters course takes a social science approach to tourism and hospitality and combines it with practical skills for the workplace. You’ll complete theoretical modules ‘Tourism Concepts and Issues’ and ‘Critical Theories and Methods for Tourism, Hospitality and Events’, 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).

Local, national and international field visits.

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

Guest speakers from industry and renowned academics.

Course Structure

You’ll 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.

Part-time students can expect around three hours of contact time a week.

Modules on this course include:

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

Facilities & location

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 graduate can bring to their organisation. This Masters course equips you with the skills and understanding to progress rapidly in tourism and hospitality management, and potential employers include hotel and resort management, attractions and museums, destination marketing agencies, tourism companies, restaurant and bar management and catering management.

Work-based learning module

You can choose to undertake a work-based learning module, which will further enhance your employability.

The Enterprise Place

If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.


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

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