MSc International Tourism Management

Duration Full time 1 year
Discipline
  • Business and Management
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

The International Tourism Management programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and insights required to work in the diverse and dynamic tourism sector. Our stimulating and challenging programme takes a comprehensive approach to understanding tourism and its relationships with the economy, environment and society, within a broad business-based curriculum. The programme is delivered by a world-class team, passionate about their subject and highly respected for tourism research, consultancy and leading academic publications.

Our curriculum is international in scope and is suitable for UK and international students from a range of disciplines. The programme will help you to develop an ability to think critically about the relationship between tourism and management in different contexts and across a range of functions e.g. marketing, policy, business evaluation, strategy and applied research. Throughout our MSc, there is a strong emphasis on sustainability which positions people and the environment at the centre of tourism development and destinations.

Our dissertation module is the flagship of our programme, where you get to demonstrate and apply all the knowledge and skills you have acquired to study a contemporary tourism management issue of your choice. We encourage students to pick a dissertation subject that not only interests them, but is directly related to the kind of employment they are looking to secure following their graduation. Added to that, you can opt for our Work Based Learning module which allows students to work with a tourism business client in a consultancy role, or you may choose to travel abroad to take advantage of summer school opportunities in Europe and further afield.

By the end of the programme you will have the knowledge to understand and critically evaluate ideas at the cutting edge of tourism research alongside research skills that will enable you to predict and evaluate the changing business environment within a tourism context.

This programme is also available with a hospitality focused pathway, leading to a degree title of MSc International Tourism Management (Hospitality). This pathway is designed to address specific challenges in the hospitality industry, including services and facilities management. 

Graduates from the MSc International Tourism Management are well placed to find positions with international tourism and hospitality corporations and businesses as destination managers and marketers, consultants, hotel and event managers as well as tourism development, planning and impact assessment roles in the private and public sectors. In addition, this MSc provides a sound research training for those wanting to go on to further study at PhD level.

When looking into the top ranking Business Schools that provide leisure and hospitality courses, the University of Exeter Business School appealed to me straightaway for both its academic reputation and its friendly environment. All my lecturers are passionate about their modules and happy to give me help whenever I am in need. The diversity here has given me a better understanding of different cultures and I have to say that I am having one of the best times of my life, enjoying everything that the Business School offers me.

Pham Thi Hoan Hao, MSc International Tourism Management.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.

Current available funding

Programme structure

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation. The programme in its entirety runs from September to September.

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits.

Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
BEMM381 Tourism Business: Management, Impacts and Evaluation 15
BEMM365 Methods and Techniques for Independent Research 15
BEMM119 Strategy 15
BEMM374 Tourism and Marketing 15
BEMM349 Tourism Dissertation 60

The MSc is available with a hospitality focused pathway, leading to a degree title of MSc International Tourism Management (Hospitality). This pathway is designed to address specific challenges in the hospitality industry, including services and facilities management. 

For students without Hospitality:

CodeModuleCredits
BEMM371 Tourist Behaviour: Understanding Demand 15
BEMM375 Sustainable Tourism Management 15

For students with Hospitality:

CodeModuleCredits
BEMM772 Hospitality Service Management 15
BEMM767 Hospitality Resource Management 15
BEMM771 Research and Consultancy Project 15

Optional modules

You will choose two options totalling 30 credits from a regularly updated selection. (Students on the Hospitality pathway have 15 credits of options.)

CodeModuleCredits
BEMM114 Managing Operations 15
BEMM116 Principles of International Business 15
BEMM148 Marketing Strategy 15
BEMM129 Digital Business Models 15
BEMM059 International Human Resource Management 15
BEMM376 Work-Based Learning 15
BEMM108 Entrepreneurship: New Venture Development 15
CLSM158 Leadership and Global Challenges 15

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Lectures

The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.

Careers

Our Master’s programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work. Employers expect advanced communication and technical skills, team-working and independent research, project-management and the very latest specialist knowledge from their postgraduate recruits.

An MSc in International Tourism Management wille nable you to develop the tourism, management and professional skills and subject expertise that will make you a valuable asset from day one of your career.

Careers in International Tourism Management

An MSc in International Tourism Management, with its emphasis on data analysis, strategy and sustainable and global thinking, prepares you to be a leader in international tourism and to develop a career in a variety of roles, including:

  • Hotel manager
  • Tourism officer
  • Tourism consultant
  • Marketing executive
  • Property analyst

Potential employers include international hotel chains such as Hilton, Holiday Inn, Radisson; smaller boutique hotels and eco-resorts; tourism authorities; government advisory boards; Destination Management Organisations (DMOs); National Parks and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). Increasingly, most employers in this area expect post holders to become involved with economic development, strategic planning and regeneration issues. The private sector, which includes private heritage sites, visitor attractions and leisure and conference companies, also provides a wide range of employment opportunities.

By careful selection of your optional modules such as International HR management, Marketing Strategy, Event Management, Entrepreneurship or Managing in a Multinational Context, you will be able to further develop a specialization to enhance your employability in your chosen career.

Further information can be found at:

Our Careers & Employability team will help you identify your career path and support your route to a fulfilling global career.

Developing your skills and career prospects

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our postgraduate Building brilliant careers web page for more information.

Further information

Further information is available through the Careers pages of the University’s Postgraduate Study website.

Entry requirements 2016

A mid 2:2 degree (55%+) with honours in any discipline from a recognised university. We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications. 

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2016/17

  • UK/EU: £9,900 full-time
  • International: £16,000 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Current available funding

Contact us

Postgraduate Admissions Team

For queries on entry requirements, eligibility and how to apply please contact the University of Exeter Postgraduate Admissions team
Email: pg-ad@exeter.ac.uk

Business School Postgraduate Admissions Officer

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Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723246
Email: business-school-msc@exeter.ac.uk