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This course is designed to provide you with a substantial theoretical and practical understanding of the role and contribution of the tourism industry in the context of international development. You will gain the skills required to manage sustainable tourism businesses, alongside the specialisms of strategic destination management and marketing. You will explore tourism’s relationship with the socio-economic and political contexts within international development, tourism disasters affecting tourist destinations, and the role of tourism in the development of countries that have experienced conflict. Our International Tourism Development course places particular emphasis upon the micro-economic contribution of enterprise projects in supporting development and sustainability, in line with the University’s Changemaker ethos.
Upon completion of this course, you may wish to further progress your studies through a doctoral qualification.
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The International Tourism Development course encourages you to analyse and evaluate key issues within the tourism industry. You will investigate the relationship between sustainable development principles and the management of destinations to achieve long-term viability as well as the role of event tourism in destination development as a catalyst for physical, economic and socio-cultural regeneration. In addition, the course provides you with an insight into the political economies surrounding development and the contribution that tourism makes to a destination’s risk mitigation and social renewal after disasters and post-conflict scenarios.
The course draws upon a variety of case studies and projects, allowing you to explore the global scope of tourism, the policies and strategies associated with successful management, the role the industry plays in international development, and the stakeholders involved in its development. The course will also prepare you for the practical, project-based, and customer-focused characteristics of the tourism industry.
From the beginning of the course, you will be introduced to the main themes in destination and tourism management, enabling you to analyse the strategic and dynamic nature of international tourist destinations and issues facing destination managers. Modules in semester one will highlight the need to ensure long-term viability of destination resources through themes such as sustainable development and political economies of international development.
You will examine the vulnerability of destinations and the strategies and approaches needed by managers to develop and recover, particularly post-conflict. The strategic use of events in both the public and private sectors will be examined, particularly their use as a catalyst for physical, economic and socio-cultural regeneration. There is a strong emphasis on developing your personal adaptability in cross-cultural (work) environments preparing you to lead and manage other people internationally. You will also begin to prepare for your dissertation through a series of taught research methods sessions, during which you will produce a research proposal.
The research proposal produced in Semester two will guide you to develop a clearly defined and evidenced study purpose, a critical review of relevant literature, and a robust methodology. You will collect, analyse and interpret your data and apply this to your research, and you will produce a 15-20,000 word research report (dissertation) using this data, with the support of a supervisor.
For further information on course content and modules please refer to the award map.
Course modules (17/18)
Political Economies of International Development (20 Credits)
- Module code: IRDM078
- Core module Y
International Sustainable Tourism (20 Credits)
- Module code: LEIM010
- Core module Y
Strategic Destination Management (20 Credits)
- Module code: LEIM020
- Core module Y
Risk, Crisis and Post-conflict Management in Tourism (20 Credits)
- Module code: LEIM011
- Core module Y
Strategic Events Management (20 Credits)
- Module code: LEIM012
- Core module Y
Managing Across Cultures (20 Credits)
- Module code: HRMM061
- Core module Y
Dissertation and Research Methods (Tourism, Hospitality, Hotel and Events Management) (20 Credits)
- Module code: LEIM031
- Core module Y
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
In previous years students have participated in an optional study trip to an international destination. The cost of this optional trip would not normally exceed £500 for flights and accommodation. You may need to allow an additional £100 for your expenses.
The programme team also aims to provide a regional or national study trip annually to a tourism attraction or exhibition. In some cases you may be required to contribute to the cost of entry; this would normally not exceed £50.00.
Methods of Learning
You will have approximately nine hours of contact time with your tutor in the first semester and eleven hours in the second semester. Overall you will spend 108 hours per module in self-directed study (reading and research).
This course uses a variety of individual and group-based assessments including reports, presentations, posters, e-portfolios, projects, client briefs, multiple choice tests and examinations.
Facilities and Special Features
Ashoka U is the global association of the world’s leading universities supporting social entrepreneurs; those working together to create solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Our International Tourism Development course emphasises this philosophy, through Ashoka Changemaker projects.
If you are interested in pursuing a specialist career in destination management, sustainable tourism management or international development then studying the International Tourism Development is an ideal progression for you. Our graduates have gone on to work within development organisations, NGOs, aid organisations, post conflict and disaster charities, as well as public and private sector tourism organisations.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
To be accepted onto this programme you will normally need to hold a recognised First or Second Class Honours degree from a UK university (or an international equivalent). We consider a wide range of first degree disciplines, which include travel, tourism, and international development. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
*Year Two fee may be subject to an inflationary increase in 18/19
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2017/18 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,280 through Student Finance England.
*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.