MSc International Tourism Management

General

Program Description

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 understand 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.

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.

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 Economics, MSc Economics & Econometrics, MSc Financial Economics and MSc Money, Banking and Finance.

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.

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

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.

Entry requirements 2020

  • A 2:2 degree (50%+) with honours in any discipline from a recognised university.
  • 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.

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.

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 careers.

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.

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.

Last updated Oct 2019

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