MSc International Tourism Destination Management

Postgraduate, Part-time

International Tourism Destination Management MSc



An international programme informed by world-leading research to develop an in-depth knowledge of tourism destination management

Overview

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the world’s largest arts festival, Edinburgh welcomes visitors from across the world all year round. As a result, the city boasts a thriving tourism industry with global connections and is world-renowned for its authentic and innovative tourism experiences. 

Edinburgh Napier University has been teaching tourism for over 25 years and specialises in applied, research-informed learning to provide the graduate employability skills needed for successful careers in the international tourism industry. 

The MSc International Tourism Destination Management programme will equip you with the knowledge you need to successfully operate in an international tourism business. You will study alongside leading tourism academics to build an in-depth knowledge of tourism management, destination marketing and experience design to enhance your career within the sector. This programme is ideal for those with no background in tourism wishing to upskill and move into a vibrant, fast-paced and diverse industry.
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Mode of Study:

Part-time

(available as full-time)

Duration:

2 years

Start date:

SepJan

Course details

You’ll gain organisational and business skills that take into account the diversity of cultures involved in developing and managing international tourism. Through lectures, guest speakers and case studies, you’ll develop an advanced understanding of the issues and concepts involved in international tourism development, as well as marketing practice and heritage considerations around the world.

We will help you to develop skills, such as formulating policy and planning for the future, as well as developing your abilities in research, time management and presentation methods.

Upon completion of the course, you’ll be able to devise sustainable policies and strategies by understanding the key challenges and issues facing the tourism sector. You will also be equipped with creative, innovative and practical solutions to enhance your employability within the industry. 

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

Lead academics

Dr Dina Anastasiadou is the leading authority in EU tourism policy and has published extensively on the impact of regional trading organisations on international tourism development. She has undertaken research projects on cross border collaboration in tourism in Southern Africa, tourism marketing technologies and community engagement in events. Her main research interests lay in tourism policy, governance, stakeholder engagement and organisational structures in tourism. She is currently involved in comparative research in destination management organisational structures in Scotland and Denmark.

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.

Dr Craig Wight is an Associate Professor with responsibility for research and income generation and teaching and learning enhancement at Edinburgh Napier University. He has led and delivered a number of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level with the thrust of these covering strategic management, research methods, and market intelligence creation and usage in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Craig is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is research-active, having authored and co-authored a number of publications on tourism and heritage management in journals and books. He has also undertaken a wealth of tourism, hospitality, leisure and cultural research and consultancy for a range of national and international clients within the public, private and voluntary sectors.


  • calendar How you’ll be taught This part-time course will take up to 2 years to complete and will be structured to support the student through their journey.

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

  • note and pen Assessments The programme is predominantly assessed with coursework assignments including: reports; projects; essays; presentations; and portfolios. You will also complete a standalone research proposal and an in-depth MSc Dissertation to complete the programme.
  • library Facilities Home to the Business School, Craiglockhart campus blends the old and the new. Set within attractive grounds overlooking Edinburgh, facilities include 200- and 400-seat lecture theatres and language and multimedia labs. It's also home to our innovation and enterprise centre.

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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. Please note this is a conversion programme and may not be suitable for those with an academic background in tourism.

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, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • 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 £3,630
Stage 2 £4,285 £4,410
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Total - Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £7,810 £8,040
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Stage 1 £6,966 £7,170
Stage 2 £8,524 £8,775
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Overseas and EU-Total Fee £15,490 £15,945
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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

Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


Careers

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As a wide-reaching industry, a Postgraduate degree in tourism provides a variety of career pathways including: 
• Destination development, marketing and promotion 
• Cultural services management
• Operations management
• Tour operations 
• Airline and airport management 
• Public sector organisations, policy and tourism governance 
• Retail and hospitality

Further study beyond Postgraduate is also available through our Research Degrees at Edinburgh Napier University.

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