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Travel Business Leadership (MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert)

Course Description

Get ahead in the travel industry as you learn the skills to fast track your journey into leadership and management. This course is perfect if you're working in travel and want to progress into a senior position, or simply if you want to take your first steps into this dynamic sector.

We know what travel executives are looking for when recruiting managers - using insights from our contacts at some of the world's best known travel organisations, including ABTA, easyJet and Virgin Holidays, we created this course to help you become a successful travel manager.

You will study all areas of the industry from tour operators to transport providers as you learn the foundations of leading and managing travel organisations. This course focuses on business acumen, financial management and strategic management skills. You will also explore the role of technology in the travel industry and the impact of social media on contemporary marketing, together with the hot topics that dominate travel today, including sustainable tourism and the growth of online booking.

You'll examine the demand areas of the industry as they continue to grow and learn what it takes to keep ahead in this vibrant and diverse field.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/travel_business_leadership_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


You will have the grounding you need to move into management in the travel industry, whether you work for, or aspire to work for, a travel agency, tour operator or in the marketing and insurance sectors. Benefit from our industry partnerships with the top-name travel companies who contributed to our course content. Created by the travel industry to suit their specific needs, you'll gain from this expertise so you stand out in the job market.

- Product Manager
- Brand Manager
- Sales and Marketing Manager
- Business Development Manager

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

We are one of only four universities in the UK to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT). You will become a student member of this professional body, giving you access to networking opportunities. You can attend the ITT's student-focused events such as the annual student conference at World Travel Market in London - a great place to meet like-minded people and create connections to help you in the future.

Delivered purely through online learning, this flexible way of studying makes it easier to fit your work around your current job and family life. You only need to commit to 10 hours online study a week.


Responsible Tourism Theory & Practice (20 credits)

Technology for Travel (20 credits)
Learn about new developments, how technology influences business, how to assess the need for technology and make investment decisions.

Experiential Marketing (20 credits)
Learn how experiences can communicate brand values and influence consumer behaviour within offline and online environments including social media.

Creativity & Innovation (20 credits)
You'll learn methods and techniques to help organisations innovate effectively and professionally.

Financial Management for Travel (20 credits)
Develop advanced financial management skills, with insights into corporate finance, money markets, and foreign exchange.

Strategic Management for Travel (20 credits)
Develop your critical evaluation skills and learn how to create and deliver successful management strategies.

Masters Research Methods (20 credits)
Gain the knowledge, skills and techniques to develop your abilities to conceive, plan and execute research, preparing you for your chosen major research project.

Masters Research Project (40 credits)
Undertake an extended study of a topic related to the travel industry using the skills and knowledge you've developed during the Masters Research Methods module.


- Online Library
Global access to Leeds Beckett's extensive online library, plus free eBooks to supercharge your study.

- Dedicated Support Team
A highly-skilled and dedicated support team whose job is to work with you through every step of your online learning.

- Virtual Learning Environment
A Virtual Learning Environment that's easy to use and available whenever and wherever you are.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Travel Business Leadership (MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alex White

What impressed me most about my course is that it was developed with leading organisations, such as Carnival Cruises and Thomas Cook. That means the content is up to date, relevant and delivers what my leadership team needs. The way lecturers interact with online technology has revolutionised my ideas about studying and I can connect with classmates and tutors for support wherever I am in the world.

Alex White
Head of Sales, Princess Cruises (UK)


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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