About This Masters Degree
Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management offers a fresh, dynamic outlook, unsurpassed industry connections, a leading international reputation and a remarkable track record in graduate employment.
This programme is distinctive in its strong focus on understanding the challenges and processes associated with the development of tourist destinations world-wide.
PROGRAMME OVERVIEWThe MSc International Tourism Development programme is specifically designed for those with a particular interest in developing tourism in a sustainable way within a local, regional or national economy.
With an emphasis on both the theoretical and applied aspects of tourism planning and development, you will explore conceptual and practical issues facing the public and private sectors when dealing with the development of tourism.
The programme explores a wide variety of tourism development situations, drawing on our longstanding expertise in the sector.
Graduates often pursue careers in fields such as policy-making, strategic planning and development in local and national government, or tourism consultancy.
PROGRAMME STRUCTUREThis programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Sustainable Tourism Management
-Perspectives in Tourism Management
-Tourism Services Marketing
-Tourism Social Science
-Destinations Management and Marketing
-Accounting and Finance for Business
-Innovation in Tourism
-Applied Marketing Research
-Visitor Attraction Management
-Ethics and CRS
-Business Plan for Hospitality and Tourism
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMMEThe programme is designed for those with a particular interest in the issues, problems and processes associated with the planning and development of tourist destinations.
The emphasis of the programme is on both the theoretical and applied aspects of tourism planning and development. The programme provides coverage of both the conceptual and practical issues and problems facing the public and private sectors dealing with the development of tourism in a wide variety of situations.
It provides a basis relevant to a career in tourism development in the public or private sectors. The programme draws on the stimulus of the School’s recent research activities, and takes an integrated approach to the relationships between the various components of the programme.
The programme also provides students with opportunities to work directly with industry partners through not only guest lectures, but also on a real tourism project through the Applied Dissertation initiative and during fieldtrips. The programme provides students with the basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development.
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMESKnowledge and understanding
-A systematic, in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to tourism development
-A high level of theoretical and applied knowledge of the management operation, organisation and provision of business or service sector education
-An understanding of the research process
Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Independently critically evaluate approaches and techniques relevant to tourism development
-Evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on own/others’ work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies
-Demonstrate high level learning and problem solving abilities in the range of modules studied
Professional practical skills
-Analyse and synthesise issues related to tourism development (other skills developed include communication and presentation skills, computing skills, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, report and essay writing skills, problem solving skills, interactive and group skills, and research skills)
-Evaluate the ethical dilemmas likely to arise in research and professional practice, and to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, clients, mentors, supervisors and others
Key / transferable skills
-How to identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and therefore to propose new areas for investigation, new problems, new or alternative applications or methodological approaches
-How to conduct research and produce a high quality reports: this includes the ability to select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of the research work
-A range of generic skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals, irrespective of their sector of operation. These will include analysis and synthesis, oral and written communication, computing/IT literacy, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, problem solving, independent and group working and research
GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIESWe often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
International Tourism Development - MSc
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Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university. Relevant work experience could be an additional benefit where applicants have not reached the standard entry requirements, although it is not an admissions requirement for this particular degree programme. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.