Master International Tourism Development

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  • Objectives
    The course focuses on the growth of international tourism and on the impact of different kinds of tourism on 'development'.

    Graduates should obtain a comprehensive understanding of the organisation, role and ramifications of international tourism, situating its socio-cultural, economic and environmental impacts in any part of the world in a wider theoretical and empirical context. This involves the comparison and contrast of tourism in different countries and regions, and policy recommendations based on clearly formulated and explicit criteria.

    A coherent and informed understanding, clear analysis, and sensible and justifiable tourism strategies in a development context will be of considerable value in the tourism industry and will appeal to those who have recently completed a first degree, and to others who might have studied some time ago but have substantial work experience in the tourism industry.

    The course is supported by the work of the internationally renowned International Institute for Culture, Tourism and Development - one of the leading university research units of its type in the UK - and the Centre for Leisure and Tourism Studies. Academic staff who contribute to the course have wide experience in tourism development in Africa, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, East Asia, the Mediterranean, the Pacific and the UK.
  • Entry requirements
    Relevant Honours degree or first degree with appropriate public or commercial experience in some branch of the tourism industry.
  • Academic title
    MA International Tourism Development
  • Course description
    Course structure
    The course comprises five core modules, a free choice module, and a triple-module dissertation. The curriculum is supported by seminars and dissertation workshops. You are allocated an individual tutor to support your work on the dissertation.

    Core Modules:

    -Research Methods for Leisure and Tourism
    -Sustainable Tourism Planning
    -Social and Economic Dynamics of Tourism
    -Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Tourism Development
    -Theory and Practice in Tourism and Development

    Optional Modules:
    You can choose from a wide range of postgraduate modules offered at the University. Modules of particular interest to International Tourism Development students include:

    -Environmental Management for Hotels, Resorts and Tourism Enterprises
    -Leisure and Tourism Landscapes
    -Technological Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality
    -Urban Tourism Management

    You can also take an optional module entitled Business Work Placement Project, which involves spending at least 30 days with an organisation linked with tourism (for example, a tour operator, a tourism-related NGO, a national tourism board London office) to gain direct experience in a working environment within the industry. You can take it towards the end of the course, as an intensive full-time period during the summer months for example, or part-time over a longer period.

    Subject to discussion with supervisors, you can focus on an academic or geographical area of special interest to you in your dissertation. This should be about 15,000-words long and is normally submitted in September (for September entrants) or May (for February entrants).

    Assessment of core modules is by means of coursework and through the dissertation.

    Career opportunities
    The course is of benefit to those who wish to pursue careers as experts on tourism and tourism development for commercial organisations, government agencies, international development agencies and non-governmental organisations. Graduates are well placed to embark on careers in development work across the world, not only in tourism, but also in many other fields. Graduates may also be able to progress to MPhil/PhD research within London Metropolitan University.

    Attendance & duration
    Full time: one year, two afternoons & one evening a week (Mon & Tues)
    Part-time (day): two years, one afternoon & eve a week (Mon/Tues)

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