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Masters Degrees in Tourism, Netherlands

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During the two-year MSc programme Leisure, Tourism and Environment at Wageningen University & Research you focus on themes such as landscape, space, place, locality, authenticity and sustainability. Read more

During the two-year MSc programme Leisure, Tourism and Environment at Wageningen University & Research you focus on themes such as landscape, space, place, locality, authenticity and sustainability. The increasing number of people that spends a growing proportion of their leisure time and money on travelling, causes new questions to arise: what is the effect of all this tourism on local cultures and economies?

Programme summary

By joining the MSc Leisure, Tourism and Environment programme, you study the underlying issues of the fast growing tourism industry. You look at tourism from a historical and philosophical perspective, learning about social and cultural theory and how to apply these using advanced research methods and analysis techniques. The MSc integrates the role of governmental, business and ‘third sector’ organisations in the innovation process towards sustainable (tourism) development.

On the Programme of Leisure, Tourism and Environment page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships.

Specialisations

Students can choose between four thematic trajectories that each focus on a specific research domain and that is connected to specific societal questions.

Your future career

The MSc programme Leisure, Tourism and Environment is intended for students who seek a career as an academic professional or as a scientist. Among the professional job possibilities are experts in sustainable tourism or visitor management. Read more about career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.

Related programmes:

MSc International Development Studies 

MSc Management, Economics and Consumer Studies

MSc Development and Rural Innovation 

MSc Communication, Health and Life Sciences

MSc Landscape Architecture and Planning



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Tourism has developed into one of the prime industries in the global economy. According to the World Travel & Tourist Council, the tourism sector supports 1 in 10 jobs on the planet. Read more

Tourism has developed into one of the prime industries in the global economy. According to the World Travel & Tourist Council, the tourism sector supports 1 in 10 jobs on the planet.

Travel agencies, governments, heritage centers and publishers are increasingly looking for academically trained professionals who can creatively and critically reflect on tourism as a cultural phenomenon, and who are capable of nourishing the cultural interests of tourists with enticing ideas and well-informed stories.

Become an expert in cultural tourism

There is a growing need, both among young adults and older generations, to include new types of travel experiences in mass tourism. For example a journey in the footsteps of Harry Potter or Marcel Proust. Or think of battlefield tourism or 'dark tourism' to former Nazi camps.

At the same time, traditional destinations for cultural tourism such as cathedrals, palaces, museums or ruins face the challenge to adapt to rising levels of education conflicting with shortening attention spans.

By combining historical, literary, art-historical and other disciplinary approaches, and by integrating academic research with practical challenges, this new Master’s specialisation will train you to become an academic expert in cultural tourism.

Find out more on the website: http://www.ru.nl/masters/tourism

Unique Characteristics

  • The only Master’s in Cultural Tourism Studies in The Netherlands
  • Integration of academic research and practical on-the-job training through research projects, policy papers and workshops with public or commercial partners
  • Interdisciplinary approach: combines history, literary and cultural studies, art history, and heritage studies
  • Well-established contacts with leading players in the field of cultural tourism, which will help you to build up your professional network and to learn from state-of-the-art expertise
  • International field work, for instance at renowned academic institutes (such as the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome)

Career prospects

As an academic expert in cultural tourism, you will be able to offer a creative, critical and well-informed contribution to the tourism industry and the cultural sector.

Depending on your own initiative and talents, this Master’s specialisation will help you to become (for example):

  • a publicist for a lifestyle magazine or the cultural appendix of a newspaper,
  • a policy maker at a municipality,
  • a communication or education officer at a museum,
  • a consultant for tourism companies,
  • an entrepreneur who develops new formats for city tours or B&B’s

The combination of solid academic training and hands-on work experience in the field, also offers an outstanding preparation for journalistic, research and policy functions in other fields than the tourism industry.

Visit http://www.ru.nl/masters/tourism to check out the full details of the programme and start your application now!



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What is Mondrian trying to tell us with his painting Victory Boogie Woogie or Vermeer with his Girl with a Pearl Earring? Who actually pays for art and culture? What role models does Hollywood provide us with? If these are questions that interest you, then you should definitely consider the Master’s in Arts & Culture. Read more

What is Mondrian trying to tell us with his painting Victory Boogie Woogie or Vermeer with his Girl with a Pearl Earring? Who actually pays for art and culture? What role models does Hollywood provide us with? If these are questions that interest you, then you should definitely consider the Master’s in Arts & Culture.

The Master’s in Arts and Culture combines a solid theoretical foundation with attention for the field of arts. After graduating, you’ll be a valuable asset to the cultural sector, thanks to your theoretical and methodological knowledge, your well-developed communication skills and your knowledge of the latest scientific insights. With this Master’s degree, you can find work as a project manager or coordinator at museums, art centres, heritage institutions, festivals, art dealers and organisations at the cutting edge of making and financing art and culture. You could also work as a journalist or policy maker.

Specialisations

The Arts and Culture Master’s has four specialisations: two are taught in English and the other two - in Dutch. As electives, you can choose courses belonging to the other specialisations. The Dutch-taught specialisations sometimes offer English courses. The three specialisations are:

Creative Industries

In this English-taught specialisation, you will come to understand the field that is buzzing with creativity: where art meets commerce, and where culture generates innovation and social cohesion.

Tourism and Culture

In this English-taught specialisation, you will combine historical, literary, art-historical and other disciplinary approaches to become an academic expert in cultural tourism.



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