Tourism, Heritage & Development (Dumfries Campus) MSc

The old bridge in Dumfries

This programme builds your understanding of the tourism, heritage and development sectors. You will examine these three areas both individually and collectively, taking an in-depth look at the relationships between them.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • The programme is international in scope. We use examples from Europe, the Americas, Asia, as well as Scotland and the UK.
  • The programme offers tourism, heritage and development topics together, drawing upon a multidisciplinary team to do this. You will also benefit from the combined industry experience of our guest lecturers.
  • We will help you arrange a summer work placement with a variety of tourism and heritage related companies or attractions.

Programme structure

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork and project work. Some of the courses will also include study trips.

You will complete three core courses and three optional courses, followed by a dissertation (which may include a work placement).

Subject areas you will study include

  • international development including globalisation, dependency and sustainability development strategies 
  • built heritage such as archaeological remains, castles, monuments and vernacular architecture 
  • arts heritage such as literature, painting and music, as well as language and customs 
  • natural heritage and ecotourism.

Core courses

  • Tourism and regional development
  • Heritage, interpretation and development
  • Heritage, management and context.

Optional courses

  • Climate change: Impacts on ecology
  • Environment, technology and society
  • Environmental communication
  • Environmental ethics and behavioural change
  • Environmental politics and society
  • Reading the environment 
  • Tourism, sustainability and climate change
  • Writing the environment.

What our students say

Aygerim Erikqyzy, Kazakhstan

Why did you choose this course?

"The course is unique as it embraces the tourism development from different perspectives. Examples of international experiences provide a deep understanding of the strong connection between tourism and society, culture, nature, ecology, economy, policy and global processes."

What were your motivations?

"The desire to broad my knowledge about regional tourism development and to study tourism activity in connection with socio-cultural aspects played major roles in choosing the course."

What are your future plans?

"I hope to combine this new knowledge and my past experience to help my country develop a sustainable tourism industry."

What were your favourite aspects of the course?

"One of the advantages of the course is the opportunity to involve yourself academically and professionally in the direction that you choose. Also, the course lets you examine tourist activity from positive as well as from negative side."

What were the best aspects of the Dumfries Campus?

"I think Dumfries Campus is the best place to study. The small groups, friendly staff, modern and comfortable library, and beautiful scenery outside the classroom windows made my learning process much more pleasant and productive. I felt part of a community and part of a big international family."

What about student life in Dumfries and the people you met?

"People in Dumfries are very friendly and helpful. They show a great interest in different cultures and countries. It is easy to break cultural and linguistic barriers in Dumfries.

"The perfect location of Dumfries made me really experience Scotland. I could compare my life in Dumfries with living in health and recreation resort! There is a good environment for sport activities such as hiking, biking and golf. The town provides a good choice of restaurants, pubs and other entertainment centres.  The cost of living is much lower than in other cities in the UK." 

Vipin Raman, India

"Given its reputation, The University of Glasgow seemed the right choice. What better a place than Scotland for a global perspective? In an increasingly globalising world, travel has always been my passion; it helps me understand the different cultures of people in different places. This is what triggered my choice of tourism as a career.

"Since I was particularly keen on doing something related to culture and heritage, the MLitt in Tourism, Heritage & Development seemed apt, and the course is unique. My favourite aspects of the programme included the interesting field trips and the freedom of expression. The lecturers valued our opinions and gave us enough freedom to do things that we were interested in.

"I also found the people of Dumfries are very friendly and helpful, and the university campus is pristine and serene. Dumfries also has some exceptional facilities for mountain biking. Since I am into mountain biking, this was great."

Marishaa Desai, India

"I chose the University of Glasgow as it is one of the top Universities in the UK and also it is the only one to offer this particular course.

"My reason for picking this course in particular was because it entwines the study of heritage, regional development and sustainability well, something that is unique and often ignored. I felt it was very important with the current climate change scenario. The course examines Tourism and Heritage from a social sciences perspective rather than tourism management, which is rare.

"I really enjoyed the field visits, and the freedom we were allowed by our lecturers to choose our assignment topics. This helped up explore our own interests and put in into the context of our course requirements. This way, the course was more interactive."

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MSc

Home and EU
Full time fee£6800
Part time 20 credits£756
International
Full time fee£14500

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

There are a number of interesting roles within tourism and heritage bodies in the public and private sectors such as working for tour companies, heritage attractions, museums, and hotel groups. You could also work as a consultant in business, as part of a local government team and on planning bodies. In addition there are jobs available in education, particularly at college and university level. Your degree may enable you to consider studying for a research degree to consolidate your expertise.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU) 24 July 2015
  • UK and EU applications 28 August 2015
    (with the exception of those programmes offering SFC funded places)

Classes start September 2015 for most programmes and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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