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Tourism Development & Culture (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master) (Dumfries Campus) MSc

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This two-year Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) explores contemporary theoretical and practical issues in tourism development, with a cultural focus, providing critical analytical skills. Mobility periods will give you the opportunity to study at the University of Glasgow and its world-class consortium partners.

  • MSc: 24 months full-time

Why this programme

  • The EMJMD programme provides an excellent opportunity for those new to tourism to engage and attain a broad grasp of the subject as well as a deep and analytical insight into aspects of tourism development, culture and related industries.
  • This is an exciting and innovative new programme offered by the University of Glasgow (Dumfries Campus), the University of Malta, Lund University (Sweden) and the University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal). You will graduate with a joint degree awarded by three of the partners.
  • By studying with a combination of three partners, you will be taught by world-class experts in the areas of social science analysis of tourism, heritage, business innovation and sustainability.
  • You will also have the opportunity to attend a two week summer school at Wageningen University (Netherlands) with a focus on the environment and tourism.
  • Unique in terms of the subject matter covered, the diverse range and complementarity of the five partner universities involved, and the focus on culture in its broadest sense will greatly enhance your student experience.  
  • Courses are both theoretical and practical. Some involve field trips, along with work placement opportunities. This will equip you for the working world in the tourism, heritage, and wider culture based industries. 

Programme structure

The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at a combination of three partner universities for one semester, taking a mix of core and optional courses. Teaching is delivered via mix of lectures and seminars, with occasional guest lectures and opportunities for work placements. The final mobility period can be spent with one of the semester one of the smester 1, 2 or 3 partners, depending on your chosen topic of dissertation, under the supervision of a team from at least two universities. The programme also includes an optional two-week summer school at Wageningen University (Netherlands) at the end of year 1.

Semester 1 (Sep - Dec) University of Glasgow (Dumfries Campus): Social science analysis of tourism

Semester 2 (Feb – June) University of Malta: Cultural tourism and heritage (Optional placement available)

Summer (July) – Wageningen University (optional)

Semester 3 (Sep - Jun) study track choice

  • Lund University: Innovation and sustainability in the tourism industry

OR

  • University Institute of Lisbon: Tourism management including urban, events, retail and hospitality (Optional placement available)

Semester 4 (Feb - Jul) (Dumfries, Malta, Lund or Lisbon): Independent study, dissertation

Core courses

University of Glasgow

  • Heritage interpretation and development
  • Tourism and regional development.

University of Malta

  • Cities of culture
  • Cultural tourism and the European dimension
  • Marketing and management of culture
  • Research methods in cultural tourism
  • Traditions and the tourism product.

Lund University

  • Sustainability in service organisations
  • Value creation and innovation in tourism.

University Institute of Lisbon

  • Large event and event management
  • Tourism and urban worlds.

Optional courses may include

University of Glasgow

  • Environment, technology and society
  • Environmental communication
  • Reading the environment.

University of Malta

  • Cultural legislation and policy
  • Religious heritage and niche tourism.

University Institute of Lisbon

  • Business analytics in tourism
  • E-Tourism
  • Hospitality business design and operations
  • Shopping tourism and luxury retail management
  • Wine tourism and wine business.

Summer school

  • Leisure, tourism and environment: Experiences and environments
  • Leisure, tourism and globalisation
  • Research methodologies in leisure, tourism, and environment.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

As a graduate you will be well equipped to find work in the tourism, cultural and heritage industries, both in the public and private sector. Potential employers include national and local government, agencies such as tourism departments, museums and heritage attractions, the travel and hotel industries, business consultancies and media organisations. It may be possible to transfer your acquired skills into other related professions such as planning or organisational sustainability. There will also be opportunities for teaching at schools, colleges and universities for qualified teachers, as well as research.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2019-20

MSc

Home: £5,975 or €6,300 per annum (2 year programme)

International: £12,650 or €14,000  per annum (2 year programme)

The fees listed here cover tuition only. The University of Glasgow can only collect fee in Pound Sterling at the published GBP values. As the programme contains various mobility periods, students (funded and self-funded) will need to cover their own airfares between each chosen partner.

For applicants starting in 2018 please refer to the 2018-19 fees table.

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £320
  • Registration/exam only fee: £150

Funding opportunities

Tourism Development & Culture (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master) scholarship

Prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for well qualified applicants to the International Master in Tourism Development & Culture (TourDC). The University of Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this joint Masters programme. Other degree awarding partners include University of Malta, Lund University (Sweden) and University Institute Lisbon.

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Alumni Discount

The University offers a 10% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.

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Master's Loan England only

If you’re starting a master’s degree, you could get a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,609 to help with course fees and living costs. You have to repay your Postgraduate Master’s Loan at the same time as any other student loans you have. You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment.

If you’re studying by distance learning, you can also apply.

Examples of postgraduate master’s qualifications include:

  • MSc (Master of Science)
  • MA (Master of Arts)
  • MPhil (Master of Philosophy)
  • MRes (Master of Research)
  • LLM (Master of Law)
  • MLitt (Master of Letters)
  • MFA (Master of Fine Art)
  • MEd (Master of Education)
  • MBA (Master of Business Administration)

If you plan to study for Master of Architecture (MArch) or an Integrated Master’s qualification, you should apply for undergraduate support

More Information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in any subject. No prior knowledge of tourism is required.

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.

Pre-sessional courses

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:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit 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

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries. Find out more about visa requirements, and the support we offer:

How to apply

Before applying, you should consult the consortium website for further information on the application process, scholarships and accompanying forms.

Scholarships applications will close on Sunday 13 January 2019. Thereafter programme applications will remain open for self-funded students until the standard application deadlines mentioned below.

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2019
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 2019

Programme offers will be made on a rolling basis.

Applications will only be considered for scholarship funding if they are submitted by Sunday 13 January 2019, complete with all required documents. 

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