MSc International Tourism Management

Postgraduate, Part-time

With a thriving tourism industry, Edinburgh is a great place to explore tourism management and gain the skills to develop a career in international tourism.

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Course introduction

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 a great place for you to study MSc International Tourism Management.

This higher degree will equip you with the knowledge you need to successfully operate or be employed in an international tourism business in the UK or around the world and contributes towards professional accreditation with the Institute of Hospitality.


international tourism

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.

You’ll also 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.

Upon completion of the course, you’ll be able to devise sustainable policies and strategies for the overall industry.

With the 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.

This course is studied part-time for up to two years. You can choose to start in January or September. With the support and guidance of our tutors you’ll develop an individualised programme of study that best suits you.

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

Subjects include

  • Tourism Concepts and Issues
  • Managing Heritage Tourism
  • Case Studies in International Tourism
  • 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, you’ll be well placed to progress within the industry, whether your career aspirations are local or international.

Career opportunities may include:

  • destination development
  • cultural services management
  • operations management
  • tour operators
  • airlines
  • 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 professional 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/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM 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 2017/18 2018/19
Stage 1 £2,940 £3,120
Stage 2 £3,526 £3,880
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Home EU - Total Fee £6,466 £7,000
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Stage 1 £5,679 £5,850
Stage 2 £6,941 £7,150
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Overseas - Total Fee £12,620 £13,000
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This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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