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Course content

This course runs at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS).

Course overview

This Singapore-based 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 course blends 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 within the top four 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.

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:
-International Tourism and Development (30 Credits)
-Critical Tourism Theory and Methods (30 Credits)
-Hospitality Management Studies (30 Credits)
-Tourism and Hospitality Major Project (60 Credits)

Plus choose one optional module from the following list:
-Current Practices in Tourism, Hospitality and Events (30 Credits)
-Tourism Development Independent Study (30 Credits)
-Hospitality Work-Based Learning (30 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.

Facilities & location

This course is based at the Management and Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS).

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

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 via Study Centres - MSc page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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