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This Master’s reviews a range of key issues, challenges and developments in tourism management, with particular focus on the relationships between tourism and the wider economic, environmental and socio-cultural context. It is a conversion course – meaning it is intended for students who have not studied the subject previously – and is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

This course reviews a range of key issues, challenges and developments in tourism management, with particular focus on the relationships between tourism and the wider economic, environmental and socio-cultural context. 

The course aims to develop your management, research and analytical skills to allow you to operate at a high level within this dynamic industry. During your studies, you'll meet industry experts, with the opportunity to take a professional placement, network and share knowledge and experience whilst learning in a structured environment. The course also offers a unique opportunity to mix with a diverse range of nationalities, allowing you to increase your inter-cultural competence. This is vital to tourism management in an increasingly globalised world. Thus, the course prepares graduates to develop within a variety of potential career paths.

We are internationally known for our quality tourism courses and research activities – in the REF2014 tourism at BU was rated as joint 1st in the UK, based on its internationally recognised research.

This course is delivered by staff who are actively involved in research and consultancy, ensuring that the curriculum and discussions are informed by cutting edge knowledge and practice. Our team includes Professor Adam Blake, who specialises in economic aspects of tourism development, Professor Adele Ladkin, who is a leading researcher on labour and employment in tourism and hospitality, and Professor Dimitrios Buhalis who is a known expert of strategic marketing and the use of technology in tourism. 

Gain a more detailed insight about this course by watching our online presentation delivered by Senior Lecturer Dr Susanna Curtin.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and BU institutional data, unless otherwise stated.

Placements

An exciting and valuable part of your studies with us is the opportunity to gain valuable experience through full-time paid industrial placements, for a minimum of 30 weeks. You will have the option to start your placement when the taught units of the course are finished, before the dissertation.

Find out more about placements for postgraduate students

Careers

Many governments are aware of the economic importance of tourism as well as its wider social and environmental impacts.

Some of our graduates hold senior management positions in private and public sectors, such as tour operators, the aviation and cruise industries, hotel chains and government tourism ministries and development agencies.

Amongst our alumni is a Hospitality Manager for a 4-star hotel in Qatar, a Government Official in the Peruvian Tourism Ministry, the Head of Tourism for the Azores Islands and the Secretary General of the Kurokawa Onsen Tourist Inn Association.

Potential job roles

As a Tourism Management graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:

  • Tourism Marketing Manager
  • Lodging Manager
  • Tour Operator Manager
  • Customer Service Manager

Visit the Tourism Management MSc page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!

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