Addressing the issues implicit in the tourism industry, and the biodiversity conservation concerns arising from it.
Tourism is the world's largest industry and nature and wildlife tourism is the fastest growing sector of the industry. Therefore, there is a need to ensure that nature tourism follows the principles of sustainability, by minimising impacts on natural environments, contributing to protected area management and also benefiting local people. This programme addresses the issues implicit in the tourism industry, and the biodiversity conservation concerns arising from it. This requires a broad interdisciplinary approach which we are ideally situated to provide.
All students undertake a relevant research project, over five months. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own ideas for the research project, or alternatively, participate in an international conservation project run by DICE or one of its partners. The project is written up in the form of a research paper for publication rather than a lengthy thesis-style report. DICE is active in encouraging its mission in the selection of research topics so that the programme remains truly international in outlook and interdisciplinary in focus.
The programme is relevant to the work of NGOs, consultancy firms and contractors, tour operators, conservation managers, international agencies, and donors. Equally, it is important to note what this programme is not. The programme specifically does not aim to cover aspects of tourism hospitality and marketing, or of cultural tourism, although many of these aspects are covered by the Kent Business School's MSc in Tourism Management.
Therefore, the programme remains firmly embedded in the DICE mission, aiming to address biodiversity and local community concerns arising from the unparalleled growth in nature and wildlife tourism.
Last updated August 31, 2015