MSc International Heritage & Cultural Tourism Management

Postgraduate, Part-time

International Heritage & Cultural Tourism Management MSc



Gain the vital knowledge and practical skills focusing upon visitor attractions both in the built and natural heritage areas

Overview

Thanks to its rich history, abundance of heritage attractions and world-famous arts festival, 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 International 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. It also contributes towards professional accreditation with the Institute of Hospitality.


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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as Full-time)

Duration:

2 years

Start date:

SepJanJan


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Course details

You’ll develop organisational and business skills that relate particularly to cultural aspects of tourism. Throughout your studies, you’ll develop an 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.

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.





Modules

  • Natural Area Tourism
  • Managing Heritage Tourism
  • Tourism, Society and Visual Culture
  • Experience Design and Management for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Two option modules
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation


Lead Academics

Anna Leask is Professor of Tourism Management and a key member of the Tourism and Languages Subject Group in the Business School. Her teaching and research interests combine and lie principally in the areas of visitor attraction management, heritage tourism and destination management. She has co-edited several textbooks including Managing Visitor Attractions (2008) and Managing World Heritage Sites (2006) and contributed to several key tourism textbooks. She is on the Editorial Board for four international tourism journals and has been actively involved in the Scientific Committees for many international conferences in Europe and USA. She has published in key academic journals such as Tourism Management, International Journal of Tourism Research and Current Issues in Tourism, in addition to publishing a range of case studies, articles and practitioner papers. 

Anna’s recent undergraduate and postgraduate teaching delivery has been in Edinburgh, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore. She has also been involved in the preparation and delivery of the Scottish Enterprise Destination Leaders’ Programme and the Executive Development Programme for Experience Industry Professionals (Singapore) CPD course. Recent research has focused on how visitor attractions and hotels can engage with Generation Y visitors and employees, with primary research being conducted in the UK, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. Anna is a Fellow of the Tourism Society and of the Higher Education Academy. Anna is a Visiting Professor at Wakayama University, Japan.

Dr Stephen Taylor is Programme Leader for the MSc Tourism and Hospitality Suite which covers four named MSc awards (International Tourism Destination Management; International Tourism Marketing; International Hospitality Management; International Heritage & Cultural Tourism Management). His main teaching is Natural Area Tourism which is available as a third year (Level 9) module and as a postgraduate module (Level 11). In addition, he teaches Global Service Management (Level 9) and contributes to three further modules: Leadership & Innovation (Level 10); Global Hospitality Management (Level 10); and Management of International Hospitality Organisations (Level 11). His main research interests centre around the natural environment. This includes the governance of natural areas (e.g. national parks) and the recreational use of natural areas. In respect of the latter, a specific focus is upon adventure tourism, and in particular, mountain tourism. Current research is focused upon the economic and environmental impacts of mountaineering tourism on Kyrgyzstan's 7,134 metre Peak Lenin. 

Dr Louise Todd is a Lecturer and Programme Leader for the MSc International Festival and Event Management. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Royal Society of Arts and Royal Anthropological Institute. Louise’s research interests lie in tourism, cultural events, art, experience design, visual culture and marketing communications. She has published her research in journal articles, book chapters and presented at international conferences.

Louise has experience in designing and delivering research dissemination and public engagement events and activities on a national and international basis. In August 2017, she was invited to present key aspects of her research into the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and its stakeholders as a public performance during the Fringe. She has also been involved in the design and development of Knowledge Exchange and CPD activities, including an externally funded Executive Programme she co-delivered in Singapore to members of the Tourism industry. The content of this was informed by her co-authored published research. 

Dr Ross Tinsley is a Tourism Lecturer and Programme Leader Edinburgh Napier University. He is currently interested in the identity and evolution of counter culture festivals and the role of spirituality within such events. He has also researched and published on small tourism businesses and destination development within developing country contexts. His PhD investigated networking between small tourism businesses and its contribution to destination development. His current work centres on the evolution of the Beltane Fire Festival, of which he was a past performer.



  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    This part-time course will be taught over 2 years.

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

  • note and pen Assessments

    You’ll be assessed in a combination of the following ways:

    • Report writing
    • Project
    • Exams
    • Essays
    • Dissertation
    • Oral Presentation
    • Portfolio

Disclaimer

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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Anna Leask

Professor of Tourism Management and a key member of the Tourism Subject Group in the Business School. Her teaching and research interests combine and lie principally in the areas of visitor attraction, heritage tourism and destination management.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 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 professional work experience within the industry.

The University does not sponsor students to study on part-time programmes in the UK under the Student Visa route. International Applicants must therefore have other valid immigration leave to study on this programme.

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
Stage 1 £3,525 tba
Stage 2 £4,285 tba
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Total - Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £7,810 tba
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Stage 1 £6,525 tba
Stage 2 £7,975 tba
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Overseas and EU-Total Fee £14,500 tba
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Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships



Careers

  • Destination development
  • Cultural services management
  • Operations management
  • Tour operators
  • Public sector organisations
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