MSc Heritage and Cultural Tourism Management

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Gain the vital knowledge and practical skills to develop a successful career in tourism in one of the leading cultural tourism destinations in Europe.

  • Napier code:

    31414MM

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    1 year, or 18 months for January start

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Craiglockhart campus

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Course introduction

Thanks to its rich history, abundance of heritage attractions and its world-famous festival of the arts, Edinburgh is a popular destination for a rising number of cultural tourists from all over the world – which is why it’s a great place for you to study MSc Heritage & Cultural Tourism Management.

This advanced degree will equip you with the knowledge you need to successfully operate a cultural tourism business and devise policies and strategies for the overall industry and contributes towards professional accreditation with the Institute of Hospitality.


The Kelpies

You’ll develop organisational and business skills that relate particularly to cultural aspects of tourism. Through lectures, guest speakers and case studies, you’ll gain an advanced understanding of the issues and concepts involved in the industry, as well as marketing practice and heritage considerations.

You’ll learn broad skills, such as formulating policy and planning for the future, as well as developing your abilities in research, time management and presentation methods.

This is a full-time course split up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September.

You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

With a number of tourist ventures and operations in and near the city, you’ll have plenty of options for part-time work and employment after graduation.

Subjects include

  • Tourism Concepts and Issues
  • Managing Heritage Tourism
  • Tourism, Society and Visual Culture
  • Experience Design and Management for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Two options
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

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.

As a tourism graduate from Edinburgh Napier University, you’ll be well placed to progress within the industry, whether your career aspirations are local or international.

You may move on to management roles in sectors and organisations including:

  • destination development
  • cultural services management
  • operations management
  • tour operators
  • public sector organisations
  • retail and hospitality


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above.  We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the 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 onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/Masters in Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/Masters in Midwifery

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 £6,450 £6,466
Overseas £12,620 £12,620
This course comprises of 180 credits - 120 from taught modules and 60 from the dissertation.

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