International Tourism Management

Course contact

Jacqui Greener
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

MSc (full-time/part-time) 1–2 years/3 years


Start date(s)

  • The next intake to this programme will be in September 2018.

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
The MSc in International Tourism Management offers you the opportunity to develop your practical, strategic and conceptual understanding of the fast-growing, contemporary tourism sector.
Bachelor degree or relevant academic, vocational or professional qualifications including significant work experience in the digital marketing/marketing sector.

International students: in addition to the above, overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.
Scotland’s tourism sector currently sustains 175,000 jobs with an estimated 50,000 new roles to be created in the next decade. The World Tourism Organisation predicts that global tourism visits will rise by 600 million by 2020. This rapid growth requires talented senior managers and this Masters programme is designed to enable you to help meet this demand.

You will examine the impact and meaning of tourism across the world and develop an understanding of the complexities of managing in such contexts.

There are three routes available :

Route 1 – for those with little or no prior grounding in tourism management

Route 2 – aimed at those who already have a qualification in tourism management

Route 3 – a work-based learning pathway for those in paid employment within the sector who wish to enhance their understanding (one third of the programme will be completed in the workplace, with the remaining modules delivered via blended learning)

Your learning

To exit with a Postgraduate Diploma you must pass the taught modules. Most students continue to work towards an MSc, completing relevant modules and a dissertation.

The modules include:

  • Branding People, Places and Spaces (core, 20 credits)
  • Critical Concepts in Tourism (core, 20 credits)
  • Creative Research (core, 20 credits) 
  • Politics and Policy in Events and Tourism (core, 20 credits)

You will also complete an additional 40 credits from a list of option modules which vary depending on the route you select. See our website for full details.


You will complete an MSc dissertation (60 credits) to produce an individual piece of research.
Graduates from this programme are expected to secure senior positions in the tourism industry, including operational roles with major tourism providers or strategic roles with destination development organisations. Graduates may also find opportunities within fields related to the tourism sector, including events, marketing and PR.