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Postgraduate Diploma-MSc in Tourism

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  • Objectives
    The course aims to provide graduates from a variety of disciplines with a comprehensive understanding of the nature of tourism and a range of transferable skills which will equip them for rewarding careers in this increasingly important economic sector. In addition, the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Tourism is designed to meet the needs of the national governments, international organisations and industry for adequately qualified, graduate staff who are trained and equipped to manage tourism development and control.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements A good honours degree from a UK university or equivalent is normally required. Professional experience may be taken into account.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Tourism
  • Course description
    The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management is part of the Strathclyde Business School.  It has 15 academic staff.

    The Department is an international leader in hotel, hospitality and tourism education, undertaking research of international quality in its field in its field, with a high international reputation in industry circles.  The Department is a leading institution for tourism and hospitality research and home to a number of academics who are leaders in their field.


    Tourism is a major item in international trade and a significant contributor to the GDP of many developed and developing countries.  Its importance of tourism as a significant growth industry and the linchpin of national and regional economies is widely recognised. However, the industry also brings social, cultural and environmental costs to a destination.  The basic aim of the MSc in Tourism is to present and develop a critical perspective towards tourism as an industry, but also as a discipline.

    The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (formerly The Scottish Hotel School) has long recognised that none of the traditional academic disciplines alone provides the necessary knowledge and expertise for tourism administration and management.  An interdisciplinary approach is essential, making tourism an ideal subject for multidisciplinary postgraduate study.

    Target Market

    The course aspires to reflect the highest academic standards in a rapidly-developing field of study, and to provide an excellent student learning experience in a friendly and multicultural environment. Students are encouraged to participate in the active scholarly life of the Department.

    The course seeks a balance of applications from Scotland, Europe and overseas. All degree-equivalent and tourism-related experience is welcome. The course is intended for non-tourism graduates who wish to gain a respected postgraduate qualification in the tourism field.
    Course structure

    The taught part of the course consists of ten modules (five compulsory, five optional). Students can select options from the range of postgraduate tourism and hospitality classes offered by the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

    Successful completion of ten modules leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. In addition to the modules, MSc students also undertake a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words.

    Compulsory Modules

        * International Tourism
        * Tourism Products Marketing
        * Tourism Policy and Organisations
        * Research Methods
        * Tourism Project Appraisal


        * Tourism in Developing Countries:  Issues and Policies
        * Tourism Planning in Developing Countries
        * Human Resource Management in Tourism and Hospitality
        * International Human Resource Management for the Tourism and Hospitality Industries
        * Education and Training in Hospitality and Tourism
        * Hospitality Finance and Control (two semesters)
        * Hotel Operational Management
        * Strategic Management for the Hospitality and Tourism Industries

    Further Information

    Study Modes

    The course is available full-time or part-time (over two academic sessions), with exams in January and May.  The dissertation must be submitted by September.


    Assessment is by a mix of written assignments (essays, reports) and formal exams (typically 40/60 split).

    Start Date and Duration

    The course starts in late September and takes nine months for the Diploma; 12 months for the MSc.

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