International Tourism Management MSc - 2024/5

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc International Tourism Management

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip International Tourism Management
PGCert International Tourism Management

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PKA61093 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Business and Management (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Hospitality & Tourism Management

Programme Leader

RIBEIRO Alector (Hosp & Tour)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Inspire and motivate students to unlock their full potential and make a positive difference in the world of tourism and beyond
  • Emphasise the international outlook of tourism to nurture respect for diversity and develop awareness of global challenges.
  • Prepare students to assume key managerial and leadership roles in the global tourism sector, or to pursue further academic study, by developing knowledge and skills, agility, resourcefulness and resilience through innovative, inclusive and authentic assessments.
  • Provide students with opportunities to explore challenges and problems relevant to a wide range of situations and aspects likely to be faced by tourism managers and other relevant professionals.
  • Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the role of intercultural relations within societies and communities in the tourism industry management context.
  • Enable confident, critical, and creative use of full range of digital technologies for information, communication and problem-solving in contemporary business contexts.
  • Challenge students' understanding of international tourism management and instil their responsibility to shape a more sustainable future society.
  • equip students with knowledge of international tourism management, managerial/operational skills, and tools to develop into creative, digital savvy, culturally intelligent, resourceful and resilient professionals who understand the dynamic and complex nature of the tourism industry, conceive and manage challenges and crisis facing the industry.
  • Equip students with personal, interpersonal, and professional skills which are relevant to the employability within international tourism management such as tour operators and international tourism organisations.
  • Provide students with in-depth knowledge of the impacts of the tourism industry on global environment, economy and society .
  • Inspire students to recognise and understand the influence of digital technology and innovation in changing the international tourism businesses at operational and managerial levels.
  • Provide students with opportunities to network directly with industry partners through guest lecturers, during field trips and authentic assessment (application of concept to a real-world case studies.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Critically evaluate the development of issues and influences relevant to international tourism management K PGDip, MSc
Analyse and debate theoretical and applied knowledge in the management, operation, organisation, and provision of services in the tourism sector K PGDip, MSc
Critically evaluate the impacts of the tourism industry on environment, economy and society K PGDip, MSc
Evaluate a wide range of approaches and techniques relevant to strategic and sustainable management to business organisations within the tourism industry K PGCert
Critically evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on own/others' work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies K PGCert
Critically analyse and synthesise issues related to tourism management. C PGDip, MSc
Demonstrate highly effective communication, team working, presentation, negotiation, digital skills and critical reasoning PT PGDip, MSc
Conduct research and produce a high-quality project/ report that includes: the ability to select, define and focus up an organisational issue at an appropriate level; develop and apply relevant and rigorous methodologies to analyse the issue, provide recommendations and logical conclusions and identify the limitations and scope of the project PT PGCert
Identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and propose new areas for investigations / new problems / new or alternative applications and methodological approaches CPT PGCert
Obtain a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executive and professionals irrespective of their sector of operation focusing on analysis and synthesis, communication and presentation skills, marketing, finance and operations, and research and critical reasoning PT PGCert
Develop enhanced learning and problem-solving abilities that build confidence, self-efficacy, resourcefulness, and resilience PT PGDip, MSc
Identify and manage ethical dilemmas likely to arise in management, research and professional practice and to formulate solutions in consultation with internal senior management, peers, clients and others PT PGDip, MSc
Understand the importance of different forms of communication (written, verbal, non-verbal and digital) and how and when to apply them T PGCert

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


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

Module Selection for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

- Students must choose one of the two compulsory modules; Dissertation (MANM387) or Business Plan ( MANM514).
- Students who choose to take Dissertation (MANM387-60 credits) have to take two optional modules (30 credits).
- Students who choose to take Business Plan (MANM514-30 credits) will have to take four optional modules (60 credits) including Contemporary Issues in Sustainability ( MANM513-15 credits) and Designing Digital Services (MANM515-15 credits).

- Students starting the programme in February will undertake Dissertation (MANM 387) Across Academic Years rather than Year-Long.
- Students starting the programme in October will undertake Dissertation (MANM 387) Year-Long rather than Across Academic Year.

- Students starting the programme in February will undertake Business Plan (MANM514) and MANM513/MANM515 in the summer semester.
- Students starting the programme in October will undertake Business Plan (MANM514) in semester 2 and MANM513/MANM515 in the summer semester.

- Students starting the programme in February will undertake Research Methods ( MANM386-15 credits) during semester 2 rather than semester 1.
- Students starting the programme in September will undertake Research Methods ( MANM386-15 credits) during semester 1 rather than semester 2.

- STRATEGY AND INNOVATION IN THE TOURISM ECOSYSTEM Strategic Tourism Management (MANM557) includes £30 additional cost for possible field visits.

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
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

Our commitment to developing learners with strong capabilities in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience is reflected in the following key dimensions of the MSc in International Tourism Management programme:

Employability- being critical and creative thinkers and effective communicators who excel in employing evidence-based reasoning, applying multiple perspectives of business issues, recognising distinctive contribution of management, innovation and technology into real-world issues and present ideas confidently, clearly and fluently in writing and orally.

Digital Capabilities- demonstrating skills, knowledge, and attitudes that enable confident, critical, and creative use of a full range of digital technologies for information, communication, and problem-solving in all aspects of life;

Global and cultural Capabilities- demonstrating awareness of, and respect for, intercultural variations in the tourism industry, respecting diversity and promoting equality, inclusion and social justice;

Sustainability- being ethically, socially, and environmentally responsible by demonstrating awareness of the potential solutions for the promotion of inclusion, social justice, and environmentally sustainable behaviour, professional achievements that will shape a more sustainable future society.

Resourcefulness and resilience - with enterprising in outlook, developing an opportunity-centred mindset and leadership, demonstrating confidence in responding effectively to opportunities, challenges, problems, and setbacks, reflecting and learning from own performance and experiences;

Quality assurance

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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 2024/5 academic year.