Tourism Studies - Master

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

Program Description

Tourism Studies - Master

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

Master of Tourism Studies

The master of tourism studies programme is designed to prepare students for career entry or positions in commercial, public, or non-profit organisations providing visitor services at the local, national, or international level. Successful candidates will during the two year programme have gained appropriate knowledge in tourism as an industry and as a social phenomenon, insight into the intersection of production, marketing and consumption, as well as society, culture, and nature. The programme places particular emphasis on how nature and culture can be used by a responsible industry. It builds on theories of marketing, event management, sociology, geography, and anthropology. The programme also focuses on gender perspectives and gender equality.

Successful candidates will during the two year programme have gained appropriate knowledge in tourism as an industry and as a social phenomenon, insight into the intersection of production, marketing and consumption, as well as society, culture, and nature. The programme places particular emphasis on how nature and culture can be used by a responsible industry. It builds on theories of marketing, event management, sociology, geography, and anthropology. The programme also focuses on gender perspectives and gender equality.

The programme provides a scientific understanding of travel and tourism which is to be implemented in a master thesis. It also emphasises research ethics and the development of analytical, critical thinking.

Programme structure

  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Tourism Theory
  • Heritage tourism
  • Tourism Consumption and Practice
  • Nature Based Tourism
  • Event Management
  • Travel & Tourism Marketing
  • Research Methods
  • Master Thesis

Learning outcomes

Knowledge:

  • advanced knowledge of tourism
  • specialized knowledge of tourism consumption and practice, travel and tourism marketing, and event management
  • specialized knowledge of heritage tourism
  • specialized knowledge of nature-based tourism
  • thorough knowledge of scientific perspectives and methods within the field of tourism

Skills:

  • analyse existing theories and methodologies within the field of tourism
  • work independently with practical and theoretical solutions to problems relevant to tourism
  • conduct a limited research project under supervision and in accordance with applicable ethical standards
  • critically analyse sources of information and use these to structure and formulate reasoning
  • independently conduct tourism research

General competence:

  • analyse tourism in critical and ethical ways
  • apply knowledge of tourism in new projects
  • communicate reflexive thinking on tourism development
  • contribute to innovation and innovation processes within tourism
  • assess sustainable development of tourism

Admission requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor`s Degree in tourism, social science or humanities which includes at least 80 credits that are considered to be relevant for this study.

The application deadline is April 15th for norwegian applicants. For international applicants the deadline is 1th of December.

Applicants must have a Bachelor`s Degree in tourism, social science or humanities which includes at least 80 credits that are considered to be relevant for this study.

All applicants must document an minimum grade of C from the undergraduate degree.

Non-EU applicants need to have a Higher Education Entrance Qualification from their home countries and certified language requirements in English. A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the web site for the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For language requirements we refer to NOKUT`s GSU-list. For students from non- English speaking countries, an English language test is usually also required.

Teaching and assessment

Research-based teaching takes place in seminars with lectures and commitments from the candidates in the form of group work, discussions and presentations. Candidates are trained in statistical computing. Some topics can be given in collaboration with other institutions.

Before the candidates may sit for the exam, all required work must be approved. If the required work has not been approved, the candidate may not sit for the regular exam until he/she has passed a separate written exam.

Candidates are appointed a supervisor to the thesis after submitting the mandatory proposal.

Scandinavian speaking candidates are allowed to use first language in the final assessments.

Language of instruction

English

Job prospectives

The study forms the basis for a range of fields of work:

  • Development of sustainable tourism and adventure products
  • Marketing and communication of tourism and adventure products
  • Establishment of culture-based and nature-based enterprises
  • Travel Life's organizational unit (Norwegian Hospitality, Innovation Norway, etc.)
  • International organizations (NGO)
  • Public affairs and regulatory framework for tourism
  • Consultant working for the tourism industry
  • Investigation Work
  • Research and development
  • Teaching

Access to further studies

The study lays the foundation for doctoral studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 4, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2017
Duration
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2 years
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Norway Alta
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