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Tourism and International Development MSc (PGDip, PGCert)

Course Description

Course in brief

The University of Brighton’s Tourism and International Development MSc provides the opportunity to learn from leading academics and practitioners working in the field of sustainable tourism development and management.

You will learn about theories and applications associated with macro-­level destinations’ development and management issues, as well as micro-­level interventions, such as those aimed at implementing ethical and responsible tourism practices and mass/niche tourism diversification approach, as well as strategically managing the positive and negative impacts of tourism.

Our programme prepares you for a successful and dynamic career in public, private and third sector organisations such as ministries, tourism boards, development agencies, SMEs, NGOs and consultancies.

The course is suitable whether you are looking to convert from another subject area and pursue a future career in tourism or if you already have a grounding in tourism or a related subject area, such as business, management, events, hospitality or sport.

The School of Sport and Service Management, where the course is based, is an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which informs our teaching and your learning. We are also a member of the UNWTO Knowledge Network, which will give you access to the extensive UNWTO e-library.

Course structure

The course is delivered by staff that are actively involved in research and consultancy, ensuring that the curriculum and classroom discussions are informed by current knowledge and practice in the management of international tourism.

Full-time students normally attend class two days per week, while part-time students usually attend once per week. Some modules may be delivered intensively over several consecutive days.

The course is delivered through a variety of lectures, workshops, presentations, tutorials and case studies with an emphasis on interactive learning. You will work both individually and in small, multi-­national teams to develop international capabilities and build global networks, learning how to adapt your knowledge to a variety of cultural settings. Our MSc students come from across the world from a variety of backgrounds, and benefit greatly from sharing experiences.

A distinctive feature of postgraduate study within the school is the flexibility and choice provided by the final project. Guided by your programme of study and in consultation with an individual supervisor, there are several options open to you. Whether undertaking an academic dissertation, an applied piece of research such as a business or enterprise project or a study that includes a portfolio or exhibition of work, the final project enables you to pursue your own particular interest in an area relevant to your programme of study.

Areas of study

Our Tourism and International Development MSc aligns with our vision of tourism as a key driver for economic diversification and growth, environmental regeneration, socio-­economic integration and inclusive development. Many international organisations, like the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Bank and the EU as well as national ministries and regional development agencies share our vision.

By stimulating a critical understanding of theories and practices, the course offers insight into the role of tourism in international development. Alongside your student peers, you can expect to gain valuable insight into topics such as development in the era of globalisation, responsible tourism practices, consultancy, and social anthropology.

We also offer unique opportunities to study visual discourse in tourism, and management issues in the global cruise industry.


- Globalisation, Society and Culture
- Tourism and International Development: Critical Perspectives
- Professional-Based Learning
- Anthropology, Tourism and Development
- Consultancy
- Final Project

One from:
- Strategic Business
- Visual Culture: Travel, Tourism and Leisure
- Contemporary Issues in Cruise Management
- Marketing for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Careers and employability

Our graduates work for some of the world’s largest tourism and travel companies.

Many hold senior positions in private and public sector organisations, such as government tourism ministries and development agencies, NGO’s, tour operators, cruise companies and international hotel chains. Those with entrepreneurial skills run their own enterprises, whilst others work as freelance consultants in a wide range of service industries, with many opting for a career in the not-for-profit and volunteer sector. A substantial number of graduates embark on PhDs before starting their career in academia.

Our alumni include Head of Events at the British Heart Foundation, a Senior Government Advisor in Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism, and a Senior Project Manager for the world’s largest executive search organisation, Korn Ferry.

Extended masters route

This course offers the extended masters route. This involves English language study for between two and sixth months at the university before starting the MSc. Visit https://www.brighton.ac.uk/international/study-with-us/courses-and-qualifications/brighton-language-institute/courses/extended-masters-route/index.aspx

Visit the Tourism and International Development MSc (PGDip, PGCert) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements; individual offers may vary. Degree and/or experience: Honours degree with a minimum 2:2 equivalent from a NARIC-recognised institution, or an HND equivalent plus at least five years of relevant industry experience. Other applicants with extensive industry experience will be considered on an individual basis. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

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