MSc - Tourism Management


Course Description

Advance your management, research and analytical skills with this conversion course, ideal for graduates who would like to develop a critical understanding of the increasingly global, dynamic tourism industry.

Why study MSc Tourism Management at BU? 

  • Study at one of the top-ten ranked universities in the world for tourism and hospitality
  • You'll meet industry experts, with the opportunity to take a professional placement, network and share knowledge and experience whilst learning in a structured environment
  • Complete an optional 30-week work placement with a tourism employer to further enhance your employability 
  • Learn from specialist academic staff who are actively involved in research ensuring the curriculum is informed by cutting-edge knowledge and practice 
  • Explore the significant relationships between tourism and the wider economic, environmental and socio-cultural context 
  • Benefit from experiencing a new country and culture with the option to study a semester abroad.

Find out more about the content of this course.

Course accreditations

The accrediting bodies on this course are renowned industry-wide for promoting excellence and the highest standards, all of which is reflected in the BU Business School Experience:  

  • Recognition as an Institute of Travel & Tourism Centre of Excellence signifies BU as an industry-leading university
  • Accreditation by the Tourism Management Institute ensures this course meets standards aligned to the needs of the tourism sector, enhancing future employment prospects when you graduate
  • Being recognised as a United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO.TedQual) course provides opportunities for you to participate in tourism policy events of the highest-level, as well as obtaining placements in the most prestigious tourism organisations globally
  • Accreditation by the leading hospitality professional body, the Institute of Hospitality, offers numerous benefits to you such as free membership and access to the mentoring scheme. 

Course details

If you want to study part-time, you’ll study alongside full-time students over two years. You'll be expected to study a minimum of three units per year, along with your dissertation towards the end of your second year.

The timetable for when units take place varies each year but the typical delivery for one unit is four hours a week, split between two sessions, so you will be required to be on campus at least two days a week. We can work with you to consider the timetable and make an appropriate individual plan in terms of which order to study which units.

Core units

  • Managing Visitor Attractions: You’ll look at the principles and practice of managing a range of visitor attractions, including issues of presentation, interpretation, visitor flows, managing capacity, and a range of case studies of management issues at different types of attractions.
  • Business Strategy & Finance: This looks at the foundations of strategic analysis and choices that tie into an organisation’s business decisions. This includes private, public and third sector. You'll study the corporate finance sources of organisations, reporting and interpreting financial data. This will help you understand the dynamics of the tourism, hospitality and leisure sectors.
  • Tourism Planning & Development: Planning is at the heart of tourism development, and the various ways in which tourism planning affects destinations, the tourism industry and tourists is an essential component in the understanding of tourism. This unit demonstrates how planning theories are converted into policies and, in turn, help shape destination development in the tourism industry in both the developing and developed world.
  • The Tourism & Hospitality Industries: This unit will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the operations of the tourism and hospitality industries. It includes many guest speakers from industry
  • Destinations: Contexts for Tourism & Hospitality: Placing the tourism destination at the heart of discussion, this unit explores the physical, conceptual and administrative spaces in which tourism and hospitality activities occur, and as such provide the context for an exploration of the complex and interrelated activities of tourist activities. The unit will be international in nature, drawing on examples and practices from developed and developing nations.
  • Dissertation: This unit is the conclusion of your learning experience. It is an opportunity to undertake a detailed research project into any aspect of tourism management. 

Your application

Tourism Management will suit applicants who:

  • Are creative and enthusiastic
  • Are able to work to tight and competing deadlines
  • Are able to work independently as well as enjoy working with other people
  • Can adapt to working with students from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.

What we’re looking for

We expect our students to be hard working and enthusiastic, open to new ideas and prepared to work with others to achieve the high standard of industry professionals that BU is renowned for.

You should have a strong interest and passion for extending your skills and knowledge, especially during the final stage of the course when you must research one topic of interest and write a 20000 word dissertation on this subject.

Though you must be able to work alone, you must also have the social skills required to interact with others, as the course requires you to do group work. You should also have cultural flexibility as you will meet other students from a diverse range of cultures.

Placements

An exciting and valuable part of your studies with us is the opportunity to gain valuable experience through full-time paid industrial placements, for a minimum of 30 weeks. You will have the option to start your placement when the taught units of the course are finished, before the dissertation.

What job roles can you expect?

Students are capable of taking on a very wide range of work – from operational to managerial roles, in a variety of environments. This includes with hotels, tour operators, event companies, in the recruitment sector, finance or marketing departments.

The placement should be a paid job but voluntary work can be just as enjoyable.


Visit the MSc - Tourism Management page on the Bournemouth University web site for more details!

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