The MSc International Tourism Management applies a range of key management skills across the public and private sectors of tourism and hospitality. In particular, an international emphasis is placed upon development and planning of tourism to illustrate past, present and future difference between tourism policy and practice. These approaches may be political, economic or social however serve to highlight how and why tourism is managed differently. This integrates a range of organisations, their development and tourism policies from the developing and developed world.
The growing size and dominance of tourism as a major employer around the world means that companies and organisations are continually seeking individuals with the knowledge and capabilities of managing various aspects of this international industry across a range of areas e.g. central government, local authorities, trusts, charities and numerous other sectoral organisations. Therefore, the MSc in Tourism Management has been designed to meet such challenges and provide a curriculum that will enhance the knowledge and skills of its students and ensure that they are able to cope with the variety of possible roles and responsibilities that follow. It is intended to cater for those with an appropriate undergraduate qualification who aspire to a career in the area of management and tourism. Emphasis throughout the programme is therefore placed on developing a range of professional, managerial and transferable skills to be aligned with an extensive knowledge of management disciplines applicable to tourism today.
The course consists of a 12 month full-time programme or 2 year part-time programme, comprising three parts. The first two parts are the taught element and the final part consists of research and writing the dissertation element. For full-time students the taught element is normally completed over a nine month period starting in October. Part-time students will normally attend on a one day a week basis and complete the taught element in two years. Students who complete the taught element of the programme, in part or in its entirety, may graduate with either a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. Students wishing to complete the Master of Science in Tourism Management must complete the research element, which comprises a dissertation. Full-time students will normally complete this in the three months that follow the taught element, whilst part-time students complete this during the course of an academic session.