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 professional goals.
- We are accredited by the Tourism Management Institute and a member of the Institute of Travel & Tourism - assuring you of our excellent 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
- Develop an understanding of planning and development, tourist behaviour, marketing, finance and strategy in the tourism industry, including festivals, heritage sites, cities and resorts
- Learn and network with industry experts, and work on live projects to put theory into practice
- Flexible study opportunities through 'blended learning modules' to earn while you learn
- Study with students from around the world helping you to develop a global perspective with your tourism management skills
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 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).
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 on campus.
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.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
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.
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 an 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: 6.0 for September 2021 entry
- IELTS minimum overall: 6.5 for January 2022 entry
For more information, please visit our postgraduate application page.
2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)
£7,850 for the full course or £875 per 20 credits*
£875 per 20 credits
£14,700 for the full course
Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.
* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable
About postgraduate awards
Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.
|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.
Funding your studies
Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.
Find out about funding your studies
Alumni discount for Derby graduates
We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.
Find out about the Alumni discount
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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
1 year or up to 20 months with integrated placement (UK/EU students only)
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.