This innovative programme combines our expertise in tourism with a focus on environment, sustainability and responsibility. It is run in partnership with the University’s Centre for Environmental Strategy and Explore Worldwide, the UK’s leading adventure travel company.
The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is a world-leading centre of research and teaching, thanks to our top academics and unsurpassed connections with the hospitality and tourism industries. Postgraduate students from the School make an enormous contribution to the development of their respective subjects.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course provides 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.
This module enables students both to understand and develop appropriate environmental politics and to appreciate and work with environmental management systems (EMS).
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.
This module develops 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.
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.
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 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 of Hospitality and Tourism Management holds accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas university.
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. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.
IELTS min overall 6.5
IELTS min by component 6.0
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|Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|Part-time||Sep 2014||£1,125 *||£1,905 *|
Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
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Graham leads our highly rated School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, where he conducts research into business ethics, sustainable tourism and corporate social responsibility. He acts in an editorial capacity for several prestigious tourism journals and contributes his expertise to government bodies, trade associations and the UN.
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