Whether you are continuing your studies or returning to postgraduate study to improve your employment prospects, this MSc Tourism Management course will help you develop a range of management skills to achieve your goals.
You will develop your understanding of planning and development, tourist behaviour, marketing, finance and strategy in the tourism industry, including festivals, heritage sites, cities and resorts.
Throughout your MSc Tourism Management studies you will enhance your skills by engaging in practical activities that are currently in high demand in the public and private sectors, such as consultation processes, marketing and PR campaigns and systems evaluation.
Real world learning
You will get involved in consultancy work and projects with a variety of tourism businesses and organisations such as Visit Peak District and Derbyshire Destination Marketing, Chatsworth House, Malta Tourism Authority, New Zealand Tourism and Research Institute (NZTRI), Botswana Tourism Authority, Novotel Hotels International and the Merlin entertainment group.
Links with employers and industry
There are many opportunities for you to meet industry professionals as we invite guest speakers and organise industry days on campus. There are also opportunities to work on real life projects helping you to combine theory and practice.
We are accredited by the Tourism Management Institute and a member of the Institute of Travel & Tourism - assuring you of our good industry links and reputation, and that our course provides you with the knowledge understanding, skills and experience to prepare you for a career in tourism.
Our award-winning academic team are widely published authors contributing to academic and industry journals. They are heavily involved with the needs of the tourism industry and are members of professional and research groups such as the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research (ATLAS) and the Tourism Management Institute (TMI).
Placements - Available to UK/EU students only
Study full time and you can choose to include an integrated work placement of up to 12 months. By choosing this option, you will study your Independent Scholarship module ‘on-the-job’, allowing you to research real world issues faced by your company.
If you are not currently employed or you are an international student, we can support you to find a suitable placement.
Study while you earn
Our e-learning strategy allows you to study whilst in employment. You have the opportunity to study ‘blended learning modules’ where most of your learning is online supported by your tutors. These blended learning modules are accompanied with block modules held at the Buxton campus.
Top 10 UK University for degrees in Tourism Management in the Guardian 2017 league table.
- We are accredited by the Tourism Management Institute and a member of the Institute of Travel & Tourism - assuring you of our good industry links and reputation, and that our course provides you with the knowledge understanding, skills and experience to prepare you for a career in tourism
- You will study with students from around the world helping you to develop a global perspective with your tourism management skills
- Your campus in Buxton sits on the edge of the Northern Powerhouse and the Peak District National Park, an area thriving with tourism businesses, providing unique opportunities for real world learning
- You can study MSc Tourism Management full or part time. If you study full time, there is also an option to include a placement in the UK or abroad.
To complete the MSc Tourism Management, you’ll study modules such as:
- Independent Scholarship (triple module) - On this module you will develop your analytical and critical skills while investigating in detail a service sector topic of your choice. Independent study forms the entire Masters stage of the programme.
The teaching and learning methods used are diverse and may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical fieldwork exercises and online learning materials. Assessments include briefing reports, pitches, presentations, essays, unseen examinations, and case studies.
Who you'll meet
Programme leader - Dr Elina Michopoulou
Dr. Elina (Eleni) Michopoulou is a Senior Lecturer in Business Management at University of Derby, Buxton. She teaches on subjects relating to the management and marketing of Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Spa industries. She holds a PhD in Accessible Tourism Information Systems from University of Surrey, UK. Her research interests include technological applications and information systems in tourism, online consumer behaviour and technology acceptance. She is particularly interested in the field of accessible and wellness tourism, which she has actively been researching for over ten years.
Her research has been published in a variety of outlets including books and high impact journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Current Issues in Tourism, and Information and Management. She regularly acts as a reviewer for a number of academic journals including Tourism Management, Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management and International Journal of Tourism Research, and sits on a number of editorial boards including International Journal of Business and Management, e-Review of Tourism Research (e-RTR) and Research in Hospitality Management. Elina has also acted as a Guest Editor for a Special Issue on Accessible Tourism for the Journal of Tourism Futures.
Previously she was involved in the European Commission funded Project OSSATE (One-Stop-Shop for Accessible Tourism in Europe), that aimed to implement a prototype multi-platform, multi-lingual information service, providing national and regional content on accessible tourist venues, sites and accommodation in Europe.
Applicants will normally be in possession of:
- A UK 2.2 (or above) Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas Institutions. All subjects are considered, but possession of degrees or relevant experience in related subjects will be advantageous
- A significant portfolio of work at appropriate level or relevant professional qualifications.
Every applicant is assessed individually on their merits and will need to attend either a face to face or Skype interview. Students applying for the MA with integrated work placement will need to attend an additional interview with a prospective industry organisation.
English language requirements:
- International applicants will also need to be able to show they have a good standard of English
- IELTS minimum overall: 6.
For more information, please visit our postgraduate application page.
2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)
£825 per 20 credits*
£825 per 20 credits*
£13,500 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
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Alumni discount for Derby graduates
We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.
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Scholarships and bursaries
We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.
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Whether you are a recent graduate or an industry practitioner wanting to consolidate your management knowledge and skills, this specialist MSc Tourism Management programme will enable you to access a wide range of management positions in travel, tourism and destination management.
Our graduates have taken up senior management positions in official tourism organisations, airlines, 4-star hotels, NGOs, tour operators, travel agencies and government organisations. Many of our alumni have also moved into academia and the research arena.
† Additional information about your studies
1 year or up to 20 months with integrated placement (UK/EU students only)
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.