MSc in Tourism Environment and Development
The MSc in Tourism: Environment and Development has been designed to ensure that future developments within the tourism industry produce a sustainable physical, economic social and cultural environment.
The course explores topical issues in the development of tourism destinations. It is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and critical understanding necessary to plan for tourism development, without imposing unnecessary change or damage on the natural, socio-economic and cultural environments of the destination.
Teaching learning and assessment
Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work. Some modules include site visits and fieldwork, which provide you with direct experience of practical and current issues.
Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, involving approximately 200 hours of student input and approximately 36 hours of staff contact, normally delivered through three-hour teaching blocks over a 12-week period.
Each course module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or design work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, design and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations and practical exercises.
Many of the modules have site/field visits as an integral part of the teaching and learning experience. In addition it may be possible to go on one of the residential field trips organised by the Department of Planning as part of the Independent Study module.
Students who have successfully completed this programme have gone on to work in a variety of positions including:
- tourism destination managers
- tourism and environment consultants
- tourism researchers
- tourism development managers
- environmental pressure groups
- travel and tourism operators
- academics - both lecturers and researchers
The destination organisations have been in the public, private and not-for- profit sectors.
Tourism attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applicants are welcome from any academic discipline, as well as from those in work and seeking continuing professional development. Admission is normally open to those with a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent). Applicants with suitable experience of the tourism industry who do not have a degree may be considered.
The course provides the opportunity to attain formal academic training and qualifications based on a diversity of professional backgrounds. Applications will also be considered from those who seek to formalise their prior experiential learning or qualifications.