International Tourism Management MSc

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Why Surrey?

Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management offers a fresh, dynamic outlook, unsurpassed industry connections, a leading international reputation and a remarkable track record in graduate employment.

Our MSc International Tourism Management programme is one of the longest-established university tourism programmes in the world, combining our world-class research expertise with a strong focus on enterprise and innovation.

Programme overview

This programme takes a broad view of tourism management, exploring the challenges relevant to a wide range of situations that managers and other professionals are likely to face.

You will develop your academic skills and knowledge, and learn approaches to management decision-making and critical evaluation. Importantly, the programme has a practical focus on the managerial and strategic issues in the rapidly developing tourism industry.

The programme’s intensive but generalist approach prepares you for a wide range of careers in travel and tourism. Our graduates are often employed in official tourist organisations, transport providers, hotels, tour operating and travel agencies and government organisations.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme takes a broad view of tourism and provides an opportunity to explore issues and problems relevant to a wide range of situations and aspects likely to be faced by tourism managers and other relevant professionals.

It gives an opportunity to develop academic skills and knowledge. At the same time it maintains a practical focus on the rapidly developing tourism industry. Its intensive but generalist approach aims to prepare students for a wide range of possible careers in travel and tourism.

It is designed to provide an appropriate base for employment opportunities in official tourism organisations, in transport, hotels, tour operating and travel agency companies, in government and other organisations where knowledge of tourism is important.

The programme draws on the stimulus of the School’s recent research activities, and takes an integrated approach to the relationships between the various components of the programme.

The programme also provides students with opportunities to work directly with industry partners through not only guest lectures, but also on a real tourism project through the Applied Dissertation initiative and during fieldtrips.

The programme encourages students to develop skills in relation to practical research and decision making in a tourism business environment.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Upon completing the course, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • A systematic, in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to tourism management
  • A high level of theoretical and applied knowledge of the management operation, organisation and provision of business or service sector education
  • An understanding of the research process

Intellectual / cognitive skills

Students will have the ability to:

  • Independently critically evaluate approaches and techniques relevant to tourism management
  • Demonstrate high level learning and problem solving abilities in the range of modules studied

Professional practical skills

Students will be able to:

  • Analyse and synthesise issues related to tourism management. Other skills developed include communication and presentation skills, computing skills, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, report and essay writing skills, problem solving skills, interactive and group skills, and research skills
  • Evaluate the ethical dilemmas likely to arise in research and professional practice, and to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, clients, mentors, supervisors and others

Key / transferable skills

Students will learn:

  • To identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and therefore to propose new areas for investigation, new problems, new or alternative applications or methodological approaches
  • To conduct research and produce a high quality reports: this includes the ability to select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of the research work
  • A range of generic skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals, irrespective of their sector of operation. These will include analysis and synthesis, oral and written communication, computing/IT literacy, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, problem solving, independent and group working and research

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): £15
  • Trip (including overseas travel and accommodation): £90
  • UK-based activity: £43
  • Grand total: £148

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2017 £9,500 £19,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

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Programme leader

Dr Jason Chen

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Programme facts

Type of programme:

MSc

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months

Start date:

Sep 2017

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification from a 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.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

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.

Funding

Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans. Learn more.

 

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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The Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence

For all (with the exception of MBA) postgraduate taught courses starting in September 2017 within the Surrey Business School, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the School of Law, we are offering all applicants who hold a  UK 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) or above opportunity to be awarded between £2,000 and £4,000 through the Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. Download a flyer or read more for eligibility and to apply.

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Further information for applicants

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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