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MSc Tourism Management

Course Description

We are one of the top universities in the world for the study of tourism and hospitality, 10th in the world for hospitality and leisure management according to the QS University Rankings 2019 and 2nd in the UK (10th in the world) for hospitality and tourism management according to the Shanghai Rankings of Academic Subjects 2019.

This Master’s reviews a range of key issues, challenges and developments in tourism management, with particular focus on the relationships between tourism and the wider economic, environmental and socio-cultural context. It is a conversion course – meaning it is intended for students who have not studied the subject previously – and is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

This course reviews a range of key issues, challenges and developments in tourism management, with particular focus on the relationships between tourism and the wider economic, environmental and socio-cultural context. 

The course aims to develop your management, research and analytical skills to allow you to operate at a high level within this dynamic industry. During your studies, 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. The course also offers a unique opportunity to mix with a diverse range of nationalities, allowing you to increase your inter-cultural competence. This is vital to tourism management in an increasingly globalised world. Thus, the course prepares graduates to develop within a variety of potential career paths.

You also have the option to take a 30 week placement working with a tourism employer or undertake a semester abroad as part of your course. You can study in a range of countries worldwide at the end of the taught component of your Master’s degree. 

This course is delivered by staff who are actively involved in research and consultancy, ensuring that the curriculum and discussions are informed by cutting edge knowledge and practice. Our team includes Professor Adam Blake, who specialises in economic aspects of tourism development, Professor Adele Ladkin, who is a leading researcher on labour and employment in tourism and hospitality, and Professor Dimitrios Buhalis who is a known expert of strategic marketing and the use of technology in tourism. 

Gain a more detailed insight about this course by watching our online presentation delivered by Dr Susanna Curtin.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and BU institutional data, unless otherwise stated.

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.

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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.

Find out more about placements for postgraduate students


Many governments are aware of the economic importance of tourism as well as its wider social and environmental impacts.

Some of our graduates hold senior management positions in private and public sectors, such as tour operators, the aviation and cruise industries, hotel chains and government tourism ministries and development agencies.

Amongst our alumni is a Hospitality Manager for a 4-star hotel in Qatar, a Government Official in the Peruvian Tourism Ministry, the Head of Tourism for the Azores Islands and the Secretary General of the Kurokawa Onsen Tourist Inn Association.

Potential job roles

As a Tourism Management graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:

  • Tourism Marketing Manager
  • Lodging Manager
  • Tour Operator Manager
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Hotel Manager.

Industries worked in

  • Tourism
  • Government
  • Leisure
  • Hospitality.

As you progress through the course, selecting option units and setting up your placement – should you choose to complete one – will help you establish the exact career path you want to follow, and the contexts in which you want to put your studies to use.

Further study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master’s, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

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

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- A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject or equivalent.

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