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Course content

Study the complex relationships between tourism, the environment and development. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of tourism as a form of development and examine its environmental impact. Develop your own particular interests in tourism by choosing from a wide range of modules.

Key Benefits

  • A stimulating and enriching experience for students, not only because of its unusual approach to the study of tourism but because it attracts students from different countries, with different academic backgrounds and experience. There are currently around 20 students on the course, an ideal size for interactive teaching. Students usually get to know each other well during the year at King’s.
  • Students are encouraged to carry out fieldwork for their dissertations, which is a challenging and an extremely rewarding experience.
  • Students have been successful in gaining relevant employment following the course.

Description

The MA and MSc Tourism, Environment & Development is the ideal course for those seeking to explore the relationships between tourism, development and the environment. The course makes particular reference to the distinctive political, social and economic environments of the South, and critiques the use of tourism as a vehicle for poverty alleviation, post-disaster and post-conflict development. The MA will be particularly attractive to students who have either worked in tourism, or wish to understand the contribution of tourism to social and economic development. The MA provides an excellent training in research and preparation for those seeking or returning to tourism-related employment.

Course purpose

The MA and MSc Tourism, Environment & Development is the ideal course for those seeking to explore the relationships between tourism, development and the environment. The course makes particular reference to the distinctive political, social and economic environments of the South, and critiques the use of tourism as a vehicle for poverty alleviation, post-disaster and post-conflict development. The MA will be particularly attractive to students who have either worked in tourism, or wish to understand the contribution of tourism to social and economic development. The MA provides an excellent training in research and preparation for those seeking or returning to tourism-related employment.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, and you will typically have 20 hours of this per module. We also expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study for each module. For your 12,000 word dissertation, we will provide four workshops and five hours of one-to-one supervision to complement your 587 hours of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Performance on taught modules in the Geography Department is normally assessed through essays and other written assignments, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination, depending on the modules selected. All students also undertake a research-based dissertation of 12,000 words.

Career prospects

Students on this course have gone on to undertake further postgraduate study as research students as well as finding employment in various areas including the tourism industry; as tourism and development officers for local councils; journalism; senior managers for various organisations; academic appointments and teaching; and government agencies in the North and South.


Visit the Tourism, Environment and Development - MA/MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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