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MBA Tourism

Course Description

The MBA with Tourism route was designed to provide students with the management skills and specific knowledge required to succeed in this growing industry. The focus on tourism allows students to review a range of key issues, challenges, and developments in leadership and management, with opportunities to study the special relationships between tourism and the wider social, cultural, economic, and ecological frameworks. The tourism industry is recognised as a growing and diverse sector and one of the most important drivers of economic growth on a global scale. The modules of study on this programme address the challenges faced by leaders in this constantly changing business environment by supporting the development of the critical thinking skills needed to analyse, evaluate, and make decisions in public and private international tourism organisations.

Teaching learning and assessment

You will attend lectures and seminars, work in groups and carry out independent learning. You will be expected to participate in discussions, develop ideas and engage with experiential learning. Assessment methods will include management reports, essays, web-based discussions, reflections on practice and group work with presentations. A central part of the course experience is the regular involvement with industry, through specific visits, guest speakers and events all of which provide valuable insights into practice, contemporary trends and thinking. Class sizes are normally 10-30.

Teaching hours and attendance

Modules studied on campus require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are full or part-time. In most instances the taught elements of the full-time course occur on Tuesday, Wednesday (AM) and Thursday. Part-time students have the option to select different modules each year.

Links with industry/professional bodies

QMU is an approved centre of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. As an approved centre, we are working towards facilitating CMI professional qualifications within our postgraduate awards. The MBA involves a number of guest lecturers from industry and visits to industry across many sectors, for example Diageo, New Lanark Hertitage Centre, Nairn’s and Glenkinchie Distillery.

This course is subject to successful validation on April 2016. Once this has taken place, this page will be updated with the finalised course content/ module information.

Visit the MBA Tourism page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Traditionally, postgraduate students have an honours degree or equivalent and industry experience. We will consider recent graduates who can demonstrate additional capabilities. In addition, we also welcome applications from graduates with an ordinary degree who can show a period of post-graduation work experience or from those with substantial industry experience and a commitment to CPD.

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