MSc International Tourism Management

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

Overview

Tourism is arguably the world’s biggest and most universal industry, touching all continents. It’s a growing industry and one that requires a range of skilled professionals to manage its growth and impacts.

This Masters will equip you with the advanced knowledge and critical 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-based business context.

We take a real world approach to tourism that bridges the gaps between theory and application, supported by guest speakers and field trips. In addition to the tourism pathway there is also the opportunity for you to follow a hospitality focussed pathway which has been designed to address specific challenges in the hospitality industry.

After graduation, you will be well placed to find positions with international tourism corporations and businesses as destination managers, marketers, consultants, and hotel and event managers as well as tourism development, planning and impact assessment roles in the private and public sectors.

I love that we frequently have guest speakers who are industry leaders who we can network with - this is unique and something I have never experienced before. I also love that we have the chance to take part in study visits as we are in a fantastic location with several tourist spots within and surrounding Exeter, such as the Eden Project and Dartmoor National Park.

Alvard Ghazaryan - MSc International Tourism Management.

Enhance your degree with Study Abroad opportunities

Double Degree

Spend your first year at Exeter and a second year at another world class international institution, resulting in two Masters degrees and the opportunity to expand your knowledge even further. We offer three fantastic Double Degree options with:

  • Grenoble Ecole de Management in France
  • EBS University of Business and Law in Germany
  • Fudan University School of Economics in China

The opportunity to study with Fudan is specific to MSc EconomicsMSc Economics & Econometrics and MSc Financial Economics programmes. For more information on Double Degrees and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.

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
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 45 credits from a regularly updated selection. (Students on the Hospitality pathway have 30 credits of options.)

CodeModuleCredits
BEMM116 Principles of International Business 15
BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy 15
BEMM069 Marketing and New Product Innovation 15
BEMM070 Service Innovation and Marketing 15
BEMM129 Digital Business Models 15
BEMM059 International Human Resource Management 15
BEMM376 Work-Based Learning 15
BEMM371 Tourist Behaviour: Understanding Demand (if not taken as core) 15
BEMM375 Sustainable Tourism Management (if not taken as core) 15
BEMM771 Research and Consultancy Project (if not taken as core) 15
BEMM772 Hospitality Service Management (if not taken as core) 15
BEMM767 Hospitality Resource Management (if not taken as core) 15
BEMM108 Entrepreneurship: New Venture Development 15
CLSM158 Leadership and Global Challenges 15
SML3009 Intercultural Communication in a Global World 15
ANTM021 Food, Body and Society 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 will enable 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 Business School careers service web page for more information.

Further information

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

Entry requirements

A 2:2 degree (50%+) 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. 

Pre-Masters programme for international students

The Graduate Diploma in Management run by the INTO University of Exeter Centre is a pre-Masters programme designed to enhance your subject knowledge, study skills and English ability. Successful completion of the Diploma (subject to achieving the specific grades of entry) gives students from overseas the skills needed for acceptance onto this Masters programme.

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 2019/20

  • UK/EU: £13,300 full-time
  • International: £21,500 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 £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2019.

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