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Tourism, Environment and Development MA/MSc

Course Description

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 systematic and regional modules.

Key benefits

• The programme is 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 around 20 students on the programme, 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. This normally proves a challenging and an extremely rewarding experience.

• Students have been successful in gaining relevant employment following the programme.

• Located in the heart of London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/tourism-environment-and-development-ma-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The MA Tourism, Environment and Developmentprogramme aims to provide students from a range of backgrounds, with an advanced critical understanding of the interrelationships between tourism, environment and development with special reference to the distinctive political, social and economic environments of the South, where tourism can be of great economic, environmental, social and political significance.

- Course purpose -

The MA Tourism, Environment and Development is the ideal programme for those seeking to explore the relationships between tourism, development and the environment. The programme makes particular reference to the world's poorest countries, critiquing 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 -

Specialist taught modules assessed by essay, presentation, lab work and occasionally by examination. The three-month dissertation is core and can be taken overseas or in the UK.

- Required Modules -

- Core module (MA & MSc pathway: 60 credits):

7SSG5006 Dissertation in Tourism, Environment and Development (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)

- Compulsory modules (MA & MSc pathway: 60 credits):

7SSG5002 Practising Social Research (20 credits, T1)

7SSG5108 Tourism and Development (20 credits, T1)

7SSG5178 Tourism, Conservation and the Environment (20 credits, T2)

- Compulsory module (MSc pathway: 20 credits):

7SSG5150 Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography (20 credits, T2)

Career prospects

Students on this programme have gone on to: undertake further postgraduate study as research students; employment in the tourism industry and as Tourism and Development Officers for local councils; journalism; senior managers for various organisations; academic appointments and teaching; Government agencies in North and South.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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

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Entry Requirements

Minimum standard is a 2:1 degree or international equivalent, e.g. GPA of 3.3 from a US University. Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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