Postgraduate taught 

Sustainable Tourism & Global Challenges (Dumfries campus) MSc

Sustainable Tourism DUMF5143

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

More than ever, tourism is dependent on approaches that ensure long-term sustainability. And yet, short term demands for growth generate challenges regarding how the tourism industry is managed. This course introduces students to the foundational principles and practices of sustainable tourism, examining how such principles and practices have been implemented to facilitate inclusivity and ecological viability, whilst also highlighting the limitations of sustainable tourism transitions. Students will be exposed to the latest approaches in sustainable tourism, whilst also engaging with the overall policy environment, allowing them to provide realistic responses to the increasing challenges encountered by the tourism industry.


This course is 10 credits and is delivered online. It is also available as a micro-credential.


Online delivery

Excluded Courses





CW1: Written assessment (industry briefing paper, approx. 2,000 words) = 100% (ILO1, ILO2, ILO3, ILO4)


■ Students will identify and analyse a current challenge in sustainable tourism. Students will prepare an industry briefing paper to present the findings from the analysis, pitched at highlighting the issue to those working in the tourism sector. Within the industry briefing paper, students will be required to assess and evaluate key models, policies and practices utilised within the sustainable management of tourism to respond to their chosen challenge, and critically consider how cooperation and interaction among tourism stakeholders influences outcomes.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are:

1. To introduce students to the core policy and governance approaches utilised within sustainable tourism

2. To foster a critical understanding regarding how sustainable tourism policy and practice has been implemented to facilitate inclusivity and ecological viability

3. To develop skills in the evaluation of methods utilised to manage stakeholder collaboration in tourism contexts

4. To introduce practical applications of the principles of sustainable tourism

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:


1. Critically assess key models for a sustainable approach to tourism management

2. Critically evaluate sustainable tourism policies and practices

3. Critically evaluate methods utilised to enhance cooperation and interactions among different stakeholders within the tourism industry

4. Formulate appropriate solutions to challenges experienced within tourism contexts, in alignment with the principles of sustainable tourism management

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.