Postgraduate taught 

Sustainable Tourism & Global Challenges (Dumfries campus) MSc

Innovation and Technology in Sustainable Tourism DUMF5161

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain in depth knowledge of the technologies that can be used to develop, deliver and support digital tourism offerings. The course is not intended to develop digital practitioners but to provide an understanding of digital technologies and platforms and how they relate to and impact tourism. The course will allow students to develop digital tourism strategies and understand the benefits and implications of technologies such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Drones and other relevant emerging technologies. Each topic has an accompanying set of readings and self-guided activities, which will allow the student to gain an in-depth, critical understanding of specific areas of digital tourism. Students will also gain independent academic learning skills through self-guided reading, analysis of the structure of academic articles, and critical reflection on the key concepts and approaches within digital technologies for tourism.


One hour lecture and one hour tutorial for 5 weeks.

Excluded Courses





CW1: 20% Short analytical report: A 500 word report analysing a single technology and its appropriate uses in tourism. (ILO1, ILO2)


CW2: 80% Technology Strategy: A 1,500 word digital technology strategy to deliver a specific solution in the tourism context.(ILO1, ILO2, ILO3)

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

1. Introduce students to the key technologies that can support the development of digital tourism strategies.

2. Critically analyse the application of specific technologies in tourism.

3. Develop practical skills in evaluating technologies, developing strategies, independent critical and reflective academic reading and writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Synthesise and evaluate the primary technologies applicable to digital tourism.

2. Apply knowledge of technologies in the creation of project objectives and strategies for tourism.

3. Critically analyse and effectively communicate information from a variety of sources in both presentation and written form.

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.