This Masters will provide you with an understanding of the contemporary issues impacting on the tourism industry, and will explore the cultural, environmental and sustainability dimensions of rural and urban tourism. By the end, you will have the managerial and service-related knowledge and understanding to participate in and develop internationally attractive tourism offerings. This degree is offered as a partnership between the Adam Smith Business School and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, drawing on the University’s research strengths in management and tourism. You will spend your time at both the Gilmorehill and Dumfries campuses.
Why this programme
- Tourism is increasingly impacting upon the sustainability of the regions, cultures and attractions of interest. This programme will enable you to better understand how to protect and exploit fragile socio-economic resources; how we identify international best practice and learn from it, and how to shape new sustainable futures.
- You will address a key issue facing communities, industry and government, and learn how best to develop tourism potential without endangering the surrounding infrastructure and environment.
- The programme seeks to develop your theoretical knowledge of models and concepts within service management and sustainable tourism, including skills applicable to real world scenarios.
- Through industry engagement, you will be able to embed learning and development within the dynamic context of tourism related research, practice and policymaking.
- The programme will introduce you to a range of theories, concepts and methodological approaches across disciplines.
- Through a critical and reflective approach, you will be able to identify potential opportunities in tourism and manage operations to provide sustainable futures.
- There will be opportunities to visit various organisations in the tourism and heritage industry such as Annandale Distillery, Big Burns Supper, Ewart Library and The Hunterian.
You will take eight core courses and one optional course, followed by a piece of independent work, either in the form of a dissertation or a project. Your learning experience will be enhanced through a variety of extra-curricular activities, including seminar programmes, study visits and project orientated internships.
In semester one you will study at the Adam Smith Business School in Glasgow, where our Gilmorehill campus is also home to The Hunterian. Semester two will be spent at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries, home to tourism and sustainability at the University and set in a culturally rich region. The summer months can be spent either in Glasgow or Dumfries, depending on your dissertation/project topic.
- Business finance
- Contemporary issues in human resource management
- Events management
- Managing creativity and innovation
- Managing strategic change
- Operations management
- Service delivery risk and resilience
- Tourism sustainability and climate change.
Optional courses may include
- Environmental ethics and behavioral change
- Environmental politics and society
- Sustainable heritage management
- Tourism marketing.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
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By the end of the programme, you will have developed the necessary graduate attributes to become a tourism professional capable of dealing with the challenges posed by environmental, societal and economic change, and to compete in a competitive international job market. Potential career pathways may include specialist managerial roles within the leisure and tourism industry, heritage and cultural industry, as well as generalist managerial roles with industry, commerce and both the public and private sector. Enterprising graduates may go on to develop business opportunities within the tourism, heritage and cultural industries, either individually or in partnership. We have a dedicated careers and employability team who provide 1-2-1 support and advice, group workshops, employer events on campus and networking opportunities throughout the year to help you with your career prospects.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2018-19
|Home and EU|
|Full time fee||£10650|
|Full time fee||£20150|
Fees are subject to change and for guidance only
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £315
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £250
- Registration/exam only fee: £150
- General Council fee: £50
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Available to study a PhD in the Adam Smith Business School in the College of Social Sciences under the supervision of Professor Melanie Simms (Management, Adam Smith Business School)
Level of Study PhD (or 1+3 – Masters then a PhD)more information
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2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in any subject.
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:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- 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 (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
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.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
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How to apply
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Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting 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)
- One reference letter 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)
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- 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.
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Reference: Please provide the name and contact details for one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. The reference should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.
Standard application deadlines
- International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2018
- UK and EU applications: 25 August 2018
Classes start September 2018 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.Apply now