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.
- Tourism & Hospitality Principles & Practice: This unit is international in nature, drawing on examples and practices from developed and developing countries. You'll appreciate the broad study of tourism as a field in its own right.
- Business Strategy & Finance: 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, Management & Society: Tourism from the perspective of social science theories. More specifically, the contribution of social sciences to the understanding of tourism. You'll understand the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of tourism studies and the complexities of tourism as an industry and a social phenomenon.
- Managing Visitor Attractions: The development and redevelopment of cultural and heritage attractions. You'll review the management of cultural and heritage resources by offering a principal or secondary attraction for tourist destinations. This part of the sector represents a significant component for domestic and international visitors and it includes historic, man-made and contemporary attractions.
- Research Methods: You'll learn how to collect, analyse, interpret and present both qualitative and quantitative data. You will be able to understand the nature of research, and its associated ethics which will provide essential underpinning for your research project.
- Dissertation: An opportunity to study a subject in-depth, showing your understanding of it. The dissertation is the conclusion of your learning experience, where you'll carry out a research project. You'll use appropriate research methodology to collect and analyse data and present your findings. Your dissertation will be 15,000 words, and you'll be taught about research methods.
Option units (choose one)
- Aviation, Tourism Development & Climate Change: The role of aviation management in the planning and development of international tourism. You'll evaluate the potential barriers to growth and explore the challenges of meeting economic and environmental targets, highlighting aviation's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
- Conference Tourism: Here, you'll reflect on the conference sector's growth, and examine its present state by identifying the size, value, trends and growth of major conference destinations throughout the world. You'll also suggest how destinations and venues can develop a better conference product.
- Crisis & Disaster Management: You'll develop a systematic understanding of the unique needs and critical resources that exist within key sectors and activities of Tourism, Hospitality and Events. You'll complete a number of strategic and tactical planning exercises aimed at addressing the need to integrate tourism and events within risk reduction, response and recovery strategies.
- Creative Industries in Tourism & Events: This unit will provide an overview of the creative industries highlighting the relationship to tourism and the importance of events (such as think tanks, festivals, etc.) in the creative industries.
- Entrepreneurship: The process of creating a new entrepreneurial venture, and funding sources for new and upcoming entrepreneurs. There's a focus on identifying and evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities. Entrepreneurial development may cover a single entity, a further investment by a portfolio entrepreneur, a management buy-out, a spin out or a venture in an existing organisation.
- eTourism: Explore how information technology is used in the tourism, travel and hospitality sectors for destinations and organisations. You'll look at technology's contributions to strategic competitive advantage from a marketing perspective.
- Food & Drink: Food and drink gives us sustenance, meets our nutritional needs and forms the basis for many of life’s experiences. It's also central to the hospitality, tourism, retail and events sectors. As such, understanding our relationship with food socially, economically, politically, environmentally and technologically is valuable for strategic and operational areas of expertise.
- Mobile Communication & Mobile Marketing: Design and evaluate innovative mobile applications for an effective marketing communication campaign. You'll learn to understand, design and evaluate mobile communication and marketing initiatives in experience-based industries.
- Sport Tourism: Learn about the features of sport tourism and the changing demands for it, along with its supply structures and impacts on and responses from sport and tourism providers. You'll explore how sport, tourism and events interact.
- Wildlife, Nature & Ecotourism: Investigate the philosophical influence that ‘ecotourism’ has had on a range of tourism products, as well as tourism products where aspects of the World’s ecosystems are the principal focus of the tourism experience. You'll explore the potential and limits of developing natural-based tourism products and experiences.
- Economics for Tourism and Hospitality: This unit will equip you with in-depth knowledge of economics and data analytical skills to analyse tourism and hospitality data and assess the costs and benefits associated with the expansion of this sector.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
Optional work placement
The placement is intended to foster personal and professional development, and to help you to make a connection between academic learning and the working world. You should consider how a range of management theories can be used, and if management in industry could be improved. The transferable skills developed will improve your performance in your future career, both as employee and manager.
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Download the programme specification for MSc Tourism Management.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Background & Experience
For Tourism Management we are looking for 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.
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.
This course selects candidates by looking at their applications. There are no interviews or additional selection activities and therefore we suggest that you make your application stand out from the crowd. For more information take a look at our how to apply pages.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:
- Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent.
- For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service if you are in doubt.
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a 5.5 in all other components or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.
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 in a variety of environments (hotels, tour operators, event companies, recruitment sector, finance and marketing departments). The placement should be a paid job but voluntary work can be just as enjoyable.
What support is available?
We provide a lot of support for you to help you find work, including a block of seminars, covering topics such as writing a CV and a covering letter, completing an application form, performing well in interviews, and we also provide language support to assist you with the written elements of your applications. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to find work. The university does not guarantee that you will find a place. As you all probably know, it is hard work finding a job, and for this reason, many students change their mind once they are here, and choose a taught unit instead of doing the placement.
During your time on placement you will be supported by a unit tutor and a placement development advisor who will visit you on placement and keep in touch by phone and email.
If you chooose an optional work placement there are no additional fees.
*The above are taken from BU institutional data.
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.
As a Tourism Management graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:
- Tourism marketing manager
- Lodging managers
- Tour operator manager
- Customer service manager
- Hotel manager.
Industries Worked In
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
*The above are taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and BU institutional data.
Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the retail sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.
Dr Susanna Curtin
Programme Coordinator for MSc Tourism Management
Susana's main areas of expertise and interest lie in the field of consumer behaviour and the management of wildlife tourism. Susanna has recently been responsible for the qualitative elements of research into the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of wildlife tourism in Scotland for the Scottish government and she is currently working on projects in the UK and Canada. This present research extends into the field of well-being and nature-based experiences both at home and on holiday, and the extent to which animal attractions feature in the general package holiday market.
The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.
||Changes to this course
||Where the change was made
A new option unit: Economics for Tourism and Hospitality
A new option unit: Creative Industries in Tourism & Events
Elective unit change. Removal of the unit Managing Organisations and addition of the unit Research Methods
Managing Organisations: Develop competence in organisational management and behaviour for a management career in the leisure sector. You'll investigate key roles and how these may be affected by operational environments and organisational structures and cultures, particularly in international and multinational organisations.