Tourism Development & Culture (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master) (Dumfries Campus) MSc
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.
- Academic contact: TourDC@glasgow.ac.uk
- Teaching start: Monday, 20 September 2021
- 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 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 the relevant partners.
- By studying with a combination of these 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 10 day 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.
The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at a combination of these partner universities, taking a mix of core and optional courses. Teaching is delivered via mix of lectures and seminars, with guest lectures and opportunities for work placements. The final mobility period will be spent at one of the semester 3 partners (University Institute of Lisbon or Lund University) 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
- University Institute of Lisbon: Tourism management including urban, events, retail and hospitality (Optional non-credit placement available)
Semester 4 (Feb - Jul) (Dumfries, Malta, Lund or Lisbon): Independent study, dissertation
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.
- 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
- Cultural tourism
- Ecology, Environment & Conservation
- Environmental communication
- Reading the environment.
University of Malta
- Cultural legislation and policy
- Religious heritage and niche tourism
- Placement in the cultural sector.
University Institute of Lisbon
- Hospitality business design and operations
- Shopping tourism and luxury retail management
- Wine tourism and wine business.
- Circular Tourism. (The concept of circular tourism is derived from the Circular Economy (CE), which can be defined as a system that is designed to be both restorative and regenerative).
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.
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 & funding
Tuition fees for 2021-22
UK/EU: £6833 or €7637 per annum (2 year programme)
International: £13833 or €15461 per annum (2 year programme)
The fees charged to students reflect the fee and funding regime established by the European Commission in respect of Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programmes. This means that, for this programme, fees paid by EU students are the same as those paid by UK students.
The fees listed here cover tuition only. The University of Glasgow can only collect fees 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.
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
- Registration/exam only fee: £170
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
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.
Banco de Mexico
The Mexican National Bank (Banco de Mexico) provides special loans for students who wish to undertake a programme of postgraduate study. The University of Glasgow in partnership with Bank of Mexico FIDERH is offering a fee discount to holders of a Bank of Mexico FIDERH loan. See the FIDERH website for further information.
Colfuturo Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia
The University of Glasgow offer discounts to all successful Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia (Colfuturo) scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.
CONACyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) / FUNED Agreement
CONACYT offers a non-refundable scholarship, a monthly stipend and medical insurance of an approximate total of $20,000 USD (in the case of the UK, no medical insurance grant is given since students are already covered by the National Health System) The University of Glasgow offer a 30% discount to all successful CONACyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.
In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2020/21. 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. This discount can be awarded alongside other University scholarships.
CONICyT (La Comsion Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica de Chile)
The University of Glasgow offers a 25% discount to all successful CONICyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
Undergraduates with a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent (e.g. a Grade Point Average of 75%) in the following subject areas; social sciences or humanities, or management & business.
Students with Postgraduate Degrees will not be accepted for Scholarship places.
For Scholarship Applicants only - confirmation of IELTS 6.5 (with no subset less than 6.0) or equivalent (if English is not a Student’s first language or s/he did not study her/his undergraduate degree in an English speaking country, as recognised by the UK Home Office) must be submitted by the Scholarship application deadline. Scholarship applications will not be considered without this.
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.
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 using our enquiry form
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.
How to apply
Before applying, you should consult the consortium website for further information on the application process, scholarships and accompanying forms.
Please download and complete the Scholarship Application Form and include it with your application. A scholarship application will not be considered without this.
Scholarship applications will close on Friday 8 January 2021. Thereafter programme applications will remain open for self-funded students until the standard application deadlines mentioned below.
- International applications (non-EU): 30 June 2021
- UK and EU applications: 31 July 2021
Programme offers will be made on a rolling basis.
Applications will only be considered for scholarship funding if they are submitted by Friday 8 January 2021, complete with all required documents. This includes confirmation of IELTS 6.5 (with no subset less than 6.0) or equivalent as required.
Please note: Tourism, Development & Culture mobility Study Track options, for Partner Country** Scholarship students, may experience some restrictions in relation to mobility periods outside the Programme Country* group, pending the outcome of the EU - UK EXIT negotiations.
* Programme Country group = EU countries, Iceland, Norway, FYR Macedonia, Lichtenstein, Turkey, Serbia
** Partner Country group = rest of the world