MSc Ecotourism

Postgraduate, Part-time

Explore the impact of humans on the environment and gain the practical skills and knowledge required to develop sustainable ecotourism.

  • Napier code:

    74705MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    Up to 4 years

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

Ecotourism has the potential to enable communities to benefit from the economic and social aspects of tourism while reducing impacts on the environment and wildlife.

This part-time course takes a science framework and adds a business perspective in order to give those involved in green tourism the ecological background to inform their management decisions.

It builds on the experience of staff working worldwide in nature based tourism and wildlife conservation to help develop sustainable livelihoods through the conservation of communities and natural resources.


ecotourism

You’ll gain a variety of both scientific and business skills including ecological field skills, contract tendering, questionnaire design and analysis, community engagement approaches, proposal and report writing.

An understanding of the diversity of living organisms and their taxonomy is a core component of this course, together with an appreciation of the impact of humans on their environment.

The practical and applied nature of this course encourages the development of generic skills including communication, IT (GIS, R), problem solving, statistical analysis, research and team-working, all designed to enhance your employability.

You’ll benefit from an intensive field course to help embed practical skills in sampling, identification and data analysis. It is likely there will be a choice of two field courses; one abroad (probably in Tobago for two weeks) with an additional cost (approximately £1,400) and one in Scotland for three weeks with minimal associated costs. These usually take place in early May.

The course is studied part-time. The number of modules taken each trimester can vary to suit your availability. If you are eligible for a SAAS loan, then you'll need to study the taught modules over two academic years, otherwise you could take up to three years. In either case, you'll have a further two trimesters in which to complete your research project.

You can choose to start in either September or January. However, the development of theory and practice are best facilitated with a September start.

Subjects include

  • Scientific methods
  • Humans and wildlife
  • Field and laboratory skills

Plus a choice of one module from

  • Environmental management for ecotourism
  • Tourism concepts and issues
  • Managing heritage tourism

And also two modules from

  • Case studies in international tourism
  • Management of aquatic protected areas
  • Experience design and management for tourism, hospitality and events
  • Natural area tourism
In addition you will undertake a research project on a subject of your choice.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Owing to its multidisciplinary nature, our graduates have gained employment in a variety of areas including green education, guiding, environmental events management, government agencies (e.g. SNH, DFID), independent non-governmental wildlife organisations and charities (e.g. RSPB, RZSS) and environmental consultancy.

Some of our graduates have set up their own companies.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in Biology, Tourism, Geography, Zoology in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient and relevant work experience within this industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.



Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 *£570
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 £350
Overseas-Taught modules *£1,893 *£1,893
Overseas-Dissertation module £1,262 £1,262
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 120 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

The Field & Laboratory Skills module includes a field course component. Currently, one option is held in Tobago in May and costs approximately £1400 in addition to the module fee. However, this may be subject to change.

An alternative experience runs in Scotland with minimal cost.