MSc Sustainable Tourism
The importance of industry collaboration in this programme is evident as this course in run in association with Explore Worldwide, the UK’s leading adventure company.
Driven by a fusion of industry with the combined experience and expertise of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Centre for Environmental Strategy, this programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs of students who wish to further their professional development, knowledge and understanding of sustainable tourism.
This innovative programme provides an enriched learning experience that draws upon both social sciences as well as business and management, and provides students with access to world-leading personnel, ideas, attitudes and innovative practices within the field of sustainable tourism.
The importance of industry collaboration in this programme is evident as the MSc is run in association with Explore Worldwide, the UK’s leading adventure travel company. Explore are recipients of several awards in recognition of their work in sustainable and responsible tourism (such as Best Tour Operator in the Responsible Tourism Awards, appearing in the Sunday Times Best Green Companies list, and Best Travel Business in the Green Business Awards).
Applicants should usually hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British/overseas university. Every applicant is assessed individually on their own merit. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Relevant work experience could be an additional benefit where applicants have not reached the standard entry requirements, although it is not an admissions requirement for this particular degree programme.
English language requirements
IELTS minimum overall: 6.5
IELTS minimum by component:
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Fees and funding
All fees are subject to increase or review for subsequent academic years. Please note that not all visa routes permit part-time study and overseas students entering the UK on a Tier 4 visa will not be permitted to study on a part-time basis.
|Programme name||Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|MSc Sustainable Tourism||Full-time||Sept 2013||£9,650||£16,315|
|MSc Sustainable Tourism||Part-time||Sept 2013||£1,072 per module||£1,812 per module|
Sustainable Tourism Operations
This module provides an insight into the operating systems of the tourism industry from the perspective of the tour operator. It explores issues such as marketing, product development, subcontractor relations, the role of NGOs, consumer relations and ethical consumerism.
The learning and teaching strategy for this module will include lectures, industry involvement through case studies, guest speakers, active learning techniques via class debates and discussions, and role play.
Travel and Transport for Sustainable Tourism
This module investigates the opportunities for sustainable travel and transport within the tourism industry. It identifies the opportunities and challenges facing sustainable practice in the travel industry from a range of stakeholder perspectives.
The learning and teaching strategy for this module will focus upon a series of lectures, industry case study examples, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active learning techniques such as class debates, discussions, role play and scenario generation.
Environmental Science and Society
This module introduces basic environmental science concepts including thermodynamics of ecosystems and human systems, ecology and biodiversity, pollution science, the science of climate change, and environmental policy and human behaviour. During the module, students learn how to undertake environmental risk assessments.
Transitions to a Low Carbon Economy
This module provides a broad understanding of the role of energy, and the range of economic, human and environmental impacts associated with energy systems. Specialist knowledge of the energy field is placed within a more general environmental/sustainability framework, allowing students to analyse strategic energy issues and carbon management.
Sustainable Development Applications
This course will provide an introduction to sustainable development for students primarily concerned with industrial ecology, and a consolidation and deepening of understanding for students focusing on sustainable development and corporate environmental management.
Environmental Auditing and Management Systems
This module enables students both to understand and develop appropriate environmental politics and to appreciate and work with environmental management systems (EMS).
Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility
This module evaluates and discusses how environmental concerns have affected organisations in the private sector. It will also examine how organisations have affected the content, shape and direction of the environmental debate.
Social Research Methods (non-credit bearing)
This module aims to develop students understanding of the contribution social research makes to MSc dissertations. It provides students with an insight into quantitative and qualitative social research methods, an appreciation of ethical considerations within research projects, and provides them with the skills to successfully plan research at MSc level.
Sustainable Tourism in Practice
This module engages students in the practical application of existing theories of sustainable tourism. The module is centred on an international field trip provided by Explore Worldwide. Its objective is to provide students with the opportunity to experience first-hand the complex practices and processes involved in applying the principles of sustainable tourism to a tourism destination and tourism product.
The module encourages students to adopt a critical approach to analysing product and operations management and to draw on insights gained by hands-on experience in research and addressing issues of sustainable tourism operations in the field.
Foundations of Sustainable Development
This module introduces the foundational concepts of Sustainable Development. The aim is to provide a basic understanding of sustainable development that will equip students to discuss and research complex conceptual and practical challenges in the integration of sustainable development ideas in organisations, policies and projects.
This module explores the interface between scientific evaluations of environmental impacts and their use in policy decision processes. Case studies will be important to demonstrate examples.
This module introduces the structure of key environmental laws in the UK and EU. Regulations covering waste, water and atmospheric pollution will be an important element.
This module introduces the basic insights of ecological economics – that is an economics grounded in ecological realities - and contrast these with perspectives from conventional economic theory and environmental economics.
Life Cycle Thinking
This module introduces participants to life cycle thinking, life cycle management and related environmental systems analysis approaches. Participants gain sufficient depth of understanding to be able to commission an LCA study, interpret the results and provide critical feedback on its execution.
Water Policy and Management
This module aims to introduce students to global water issues, problems and potential solutions. Students gain a basic understanding of hydrological cycle, global trends in water resources use, international water resources law, as well as concepts such as Integrated Water Resources Management.
The School boasts learning resources which are second to none, housed within the state-of-the-art School of Management building which is wireless-networked and benefits from well-equipped computer laboratories, dedicated high-quality seminar rooms and a 400-seat auditorium.
When students wish to relax and meet friends, the School offers a purpose-built student common room, its own coffee shop and the Lakeside Restaurant which, as well as operating as a professional, fully functioning business, is utilised as a fundamental part of the School’s Hospitality Management programmes.
The School also has one of the world’s most extensive ranges of books, journals and e-resources in tourism and hospitality. The Library’s acquisition policy is to purchase every text published in this field. We are a designated depository for United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) publications.
Tourism at Surrey
- Over the last 40 years, Surrey has established a leading international reputation in tourism education and research
- Surrey has been consistently ranked as one of the best tourism schools in the UK and is widely regarded as one of the best universities in the world for tourism scholarship
- In the recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) 90 per cent of our tourism research was rated as recognised internationally and 60 per cent as internationally excellent or world-leading. The profile of tourism and hospitality research was particularly commended by the panel for being world-leading
- The University was the first in the UK to achieve United Nations World Tourism Organization TedQual certification, which all our Tourism programmes hold
- The School of Management also holds Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, making it the only business school in the world to hold triple accreditation from the UN World Tourism Organization, AACSB and the Association of MBAs (AMBA) (for its MBA programmes)
- The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management excels in both education and research, demonstrated by our publications and networks, our high rates of employment for graduates and the significant contribution we make to good practice in the tourism industry
Sustainable development at Surrey
- Over the last 20 years, Surrey has built an internationally acclaimed centre of excellence on sustainable development – the Centre for Environmental Strategy; this centre takes an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of sustainable systems, integrating the social sciences, physical sciences and engineering to develop action-oriented, policy-relevant responses to long-term environmental and social issues
- In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 100 per cent of our sustainability research was rated as recognised internationally and 75 per cent as internationally excellent or world-leading
- The Centre for Environmental Strategy hosts an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council–funded Industrial Doctoral Centre in Sustainability for Engineering and Energy Systems; this provides a stimulating environment for research and high-quality professional development, enabling talented researchers to drive progress towards the sustainable delivery of products and services
- The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment has accredited some of the MSc programmes offered by the Centre for Environmental Strategy
Leading Researchers in Tourism
Our academic staff are recognised for their excellence and contribution to tourism. Past and present academic staff have produced some of the leading textbooks and research theories, including Professor Richard Butler’s Tourism Lifecycle Theory and Professor Brian Archer’s Multiplier Models. Dr Graham Miller has also produced one of the leading texts on sustainable tourism indicators.
Professors John Tribe and David Airey are world-leading researchers in tourism education. They represent the University of Surrey which holds the chair of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Education and Science Council, are both members of the Academy of the Learned Societies in Social Sciences and have both been Chair of the Association of Tourism in Higher Education. Professor John Tribe is also Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Tourism Research, the world-leading journal in tourism social sciences.
The University of Surrey has recently completed a study for the UK government Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on public understanding of sustainable leisure and tourism. The project was commissioned as part of a larger programme of work for the Sustainable Consumption Programme within Defra. The research explored the willingness of respondents to change their behaviour towards more sustainable alternatives, such as shifting from an overseas holiday to a domestic holiday, reducing the amount of travel, travelling by less impacting forms of transport, or doing less impacting things whilst on holiday or at leisure. Dr Graham Miller led the project, with Dr Caroline Scarles, Dr Kirsten Holmes and Professor John Tribe as co-investigators.
Leading Researchers in Sustainable Development
Professor Tim Jackson is one of the world’s leading researchers in sustainable development. During the last decade, he has led numerous research and policy initiatives on sustainable consumption and production in the UK and abroad. In 2004, Professor Jackson was appointed Economics Commissioner on the Sustainable Development Commission. During 2004 he worked closely with the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the UK Sustainable Development Strategy. In 2009 his book Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet was published by Earthscan. He continues to lead the economics work at the Sustainable Development Commission.
Professor Matt Leach leads energy and environment research in the Centre for Environmental Strategy. Matthew is Vice President of the Energy Institute and past Chair of Council of the British Institute of Energy Economics.