Within the travel and tourism industry, there is an increasing focus on the need to adopt responsible business practices that improve the quality of life for communities and conserve the environment and local cultures. This course helps meet the resulting demand for managers with the ability to implement responsible tourism strategies within marketing, operations and product development.
You will explore domestic and international tourism and you will understand that the principles of responsible tourism are as applicable to the Yorkshire Dales as they are to The Gambia. In addition to developing your subject knowledge, you will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate responsible tourism policies and practices.
This is the only responsible tourism course in the world certified by the UNWTO.TedQual programme established by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. It is taught by staff with the first-hand experience in tourism management, research and consultancy, who will share their global expertise with you.
To support your studies, you will be assigned a personal industry mentor. Our mentors are experienced tourism professionals and have all graduated from this masters course, so they understand your journey. Your mentor could assist you in a number of possible ways, including discussing career pursuits, giving advice on work placements, helping to improve your CV and providing tips on assignments, course material and work/life balance. We have over 20 mentors from areas as diverse as the Gambia Travel Foundation Programme, TUI UK & Ireland and VisitEngland, so we will attempt to match you with an appropriate mentor.
Our teaching is grounded in industry consultancy and research. The quality of our research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in the Research Assessment Exercise completed in 2014 in which Leeds Beckett came second in the country for sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism.
Staff teaching this course have played a leading role in the responsible tourism and hospitality movement through research and development work with the industry and government which enables our students to also play an important role in this sector. Lucy McCombes is a certified Travelife auditor and Dr Simon Woodward is chair of the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee and a Trustee of the Landscape Research Centre.
Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree and a year's work experience in a relevant field including Travel, Tourism, Hospitality, Business, Economics, Marketing, Environmental Management, Ecology, Development, Cultural Heritage Management, Project Management or Planning.
Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements will be expected to have equivalent experience and training from a relevant work environment.
All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional.
All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
You will enhance your ability to operate effectively at a strategic level within conservation organisations and in both the public and private sectors, and you will have expertise and confidence to devise, implement and manage responsible tourism programmes. Graduates have gone on to work as sustainability and product managers for tour operators and have also taken senior managerial positions in government departments and with international non-governmental organisations.
- Responsible Tourism Adviser
- Sustainable Product Manager
- Charity Development Consultant
- Sustainable Destinations Manager
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Modules & Learning
Responsible Tourism Theory & Practice (distance learning only)
This introductory module to the course introduces the concept of responsible tourism and ensures that all students have a common knowledge base about tourism assets and the tourism industry. (This module is not available to full-time students).
Tourism Destination Management: Planning & Policy
This module focuses on the strategies available for the management of a destination, including evaluating the role of public sector agencies and local communities in managing tourism and exploring how the public and private sector stakeholders can work together with civil society to achieve the objectives of responsible tourism management.
Marketing Responsible Tourism
Gain an understanding of marketing management principles and processes, and learn to apply them to the tourism industry in order to encourage sustainable production and responsible consumption.
Communities, Culture & Heritage
Explore the relationships between host communities, their unique cultures and heritage, and the tourists who visit these destinations. You will gain an understanding of how people make and experience places, and how these places and their heritage assets can be responsibly managed.
Tourism for Local Economic Development & Poverty Reduction
Develop a critical understanding of the theoretical concepts and practical strategies that can be used to harness tourism and drive local economic development, community empowerment and poverty reduction.
Natural Resource & Environmental Management
This module focuses on the relationship between tourism and natural resources. You will develop analytical skills and strategies for the effective management of visitors to natural and rural areas, and for minimising the environmental impacts of tourism businesses.
Masters Research Methods
This module involves learning the skills needed to research and assess responsible tourism initiatives and make realistic recommendations for enhancements.
Masters Research Project
This final module allows you to apply your research skills to an organisation, destination or initiative of your choice and apply your project management and business research skills to evaluating and improving the initiative, grounded on your theoretical understanding of responsible tourism.
Fees & funding
UK & EU 2018/19
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £5950. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £11500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
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