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Tourism, Heritage and Development (Dumfries Campus) - MSc

This programme is designed to build your understanding of the tourism, heritage and development sectors. Drawing upon a multidisciplinary team to do this, it uses academic approaches from the social sciences and the arts to investigate key themes. These include motivation, impacts, sustainable development, cultural and natural heritage, interpretation and management within this field.

Why this programme

  • The programme gives you the opportunity to develop a vast repertoire of knowledge and expertise in the subject area through interdisciplinary and critical approaches to study.
  • International in scope, it provides a worldwide perspective of tourism, as well as showcasing the variety and significance of this global industry. The programme covers a wide range of international case studies. We use examples from Europe, the Americas, Asia, as well as Scotland and the UK. 
  • The Dumfries campus hosts the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture, and is a centre of expertise in environmental and sustainability issues.
  • A summer work placement with a variety of tourism and heritage related companies or attractions is possible.
  • The local region of Dumfries has fine examples of natural and cultural heritage, including reserves, museums, theme towns and castles.
  • You will also benefit from the combined industry experience of our guest lecturers.

Programme structure

You will complete three core and three optional courses, followed by a dissertation (which may include a work placement). You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork and project work. Some of the courses will also include study trips.

Core courses

  • Heritage, interpretation and development
  • Heritage, management and context
  • Tourism and regional development.

Optional courses may include

  • Climate change: impacts on ecology
  • Environment, technology and society
  • Environmental communication
  • Environmental ethics and behavioural change
  • Environmental politics and society
  • Event management
  • Reading the environment: old and new world romanticisms
  • Tourism marketing
  • Tourism, sustainability and climate change
  • Writing the environment: modern and contemporary nature writing.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

There are a number of interesting roles within tourism and heritage bodies in the public and private sectors such as working for tour companies, heritage attractions, museums, and hotel groups. You could also work as a consultant in business, as part of a local government team and on planning bodies. In addition, there are jobs available in education, particularly at college and university level. Your degree may enable you to consider studying for a research degree to consolidate your expertise.

More Information on this Programme


Visit the Tourism, Heritage and Development (Dumfries Campus) - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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