International Tourism Development MSc - 2017/8
University of Surrey
University of Surrey
FHEQ Level 7
Final award and programme/pathway title
MSc International Tourism Development
|PGDip||International Tourism Development|
|PGCert||International Tourism Development|
United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Accredited by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Modes of study
|Route code||Credits and ECTS Credits|
|Full-time||PKA61095||180 credits and 90 ECTS credits|
QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)
Business and Management (Master)
Other internal and / or external reference points
A review of competitor offerings in Russell/1994 group institutions. CIHE (2010) Talent fishing: what businesses want from postgraduates. BIS (2010) One step beyond: making the most of postgraduate education. Discussion amongst Programme leaders. Discussions within Subject Groups.
Faculty and Department / School
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Hospitality & Tourism Management
GKRITZALI A Dr (Hosp & Tour)
Date of production/revision of spec
Educational aims of the programme
The programme is designed for those with a particular interest in the issues, problems and processes associated with the planning and development of tourist destinations.
The emphasis of the programme is on both the theoretical and applied aspects of tourism planning and development
The programme provides coverage of both the conceptual and practical issues and problems facing the public and private sectors dealing with the development of tourism in a wide variety of situations.
It provides a basis relevant to a career in tourism development in the public or private sectors. 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 provides students with the basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development.
Programme learning outcomes
|A systematic, in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to tourism development||K||PGCert|
|A high level of theoretical and applied knowledge of the management operation, organisation and provision of business or service sector education||K||PGDip, MSc|
|An understanding of the research process||K||PGDip, MSc|
|An understanding of the issues and influences relevant to tourism development||K||PGCert|
|An understanding of the theory and its application in the management, operation, organisation and provision of business or service sector education||K||PGCert|
|An ability to independently critically evaluate approaches and techniques relevant to tourism development||C||PGDip, MSc|
|An ability to evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on own/others' work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies||C||PGDip, MSc|
|An ability to demonstrate high level learning and problem solving abilities in the range of modules studied||C||PGDip, MSc|
|An understanding of and ability to evaluate some approaches and techniques relevant to tourism development||C||PGCert|
|An ability to evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on own/others' work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge||C||PGCert|
|An ability to demonstrate learning and problem solving abilities in the range of modules studied||C||PGCert|
|Ability to analyse and synthesise issues related to tourism development. 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||P||PGDip, MSc|
|To 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||P||PGDip, MSc|
|Ability to analyse and synthesise issues related to tourism development. 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.||P||PGCert|
|An awareness of ethical dilemmas likely to arise in professional practice||P||PGCert|
|An ability 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||T||PGDip, MSc|
|An ability 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||T||MSc|
|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||T||PGDip, MSc|
|An ability to identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and therefore to propose new problems||T||PGCert|
|A range of generic skills relevant to the needs of managers, particularly in oral and written communication, computing/IT literacy, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, problem solving, independent and group working||T||PGCert|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
Programme Adjustments (if applicable)
Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7
Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7
Choose 4 from the 10 listed optional modules.
Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity
|Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics||Y|
|Professional Training Year (PTY)||N|
|Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY)||N|
|Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme)||N|
|ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P)||N|
|Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme)||N|
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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.