Global Sustainable Tourism

Ulster University - Coleraine

Global Sustainable Tourism

The travel and tourism sector contributes over 7.6% of global GDP, and employs nearly 300 million people worldwide. The scope of the sector can threaten local biodiversity, culture and communities, meaning the development of sustainable tourism destinations and operations is ever more urgent.

This course will provide you with specialist, in-depth tourism knowledge, as well as a practical understanding of how tourism and management theory informs professional tourism practice in enabling the tourism industry to be sustainable, more resilient, and inclusive in its operation.

This MSc degree will prepare you for future roles across the industry, including managerial or practitioner roles as well as roles in tourism policy making, by equipping you with the appropriate knowledge, understanding, analytical and organisational competencies required to enable the tourism sector, both local and global, to be sustainable.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page".

Subjects taught

Course modules include:
Semester 1
• Global Issues in Sustainable Tourism
• Data Analytics for Sustainable Tourism
• Fundamentals of Sustainable Management

Semester 2
• Sustainability Reporting and Governance
• Leadership and Professional Development
• Operationalising Sustainable Tourism

Semester 3
• Dissertation or Capstone Management Project

Entry requirements

Standard entry conditions
To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must normally have gained:
A second-class honours degree or better from a recognised university of the UK, Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

An equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved professional qualification or other qualification; and

Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English to GCSE grade C or equivalent. Non-English speakers must demonstrate that English ability is appropriate for studying at this level and provide evidence of English competence to IELTs 6.0.

Applicants do not have to hold their primary degree in a cognate area, but prior knowledge of studying tourism and/or business at an undergraduate level or relevant work experience may be beneficial.

In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Application dates

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink").

Enrolment dates

Start Date: January 2025

Post Course Info

Career options
The programme is designed for those current working in the tourism and allied travel sector to upskill their specialist and management knowledge, helping to inform tourism policy both at a local and national level. For international students taking this degree, the specialist tourism and management knowledge received will be integral to enable better tourism policy in their home country regarding how it is planned, developed and managed in the present day and near future.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7,Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7,Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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