This course reviews a range of key issues, challenges and developments in tourism management, with particular focus on the relationships between tourism and the wider economic, environmental and socio-cultural context.
The course aims to develop your management, research and analytical skills to allow you to operate at a high level within this dynamic industry. During your studies, you will gain access to industry experts, with the opportunity to take a professional placement, network and share knowledge and experience whilst learning in a structured environment. The course also offers a unique opportunity to mix with a diverse range of nationalities, allowing you to increase your inter-cultural competence, which is vital to tourism management in an increasingly globalised world. Thus, the course prepares graduates to develop within a variety of potential career paths.
An honours degree is normally required 2.2 or above, or substantial relevant industrial experience at senior management level. Applicants are encouraged to provide details of relevant work experience.
Tourism & Hospitality Principles & Practice
The unit will be international in nature, drawing on examples and practices from both developed and developing countries and in addition will provide you with an appreciation of the broad study of tourism as a domain within its own right.
Business Strategy & Finance
You will develop an understanding of the foundations of strategic analysis, choice and the implementation strategies that usually tie into an organisation’s business decisions (Private, Public and Third Sector). This includes a study of Corporate Finance in terms of an organisation’s sources of finance, reporting and the interpretation of financial data that is fundamental to the broader understanding of the dynamics of the tourism, hospitality and leisure sectors.
You will identify issues and appropriate measures relating to effective managerial performance in a complex operating environment. The unit seeks to develop competence in the areas of organisational management and behaviour appropriate to the development of a career in management within the leisure sector. The unit focuses on the ‘effective manager’ by investigating key roles and functions and how these may be affected by operational environment, organisational structure and culture, particularly within international and multinational organisations.
Tourism, Management & Society
This unit explores the principles and concepts of tourism from the perspective of social science theories. More specifically, the unit discuss the contribution of various social science disciplines to the understanding of tourism. In doing this, it develops an understanding of the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of tourism studies and provides a theoretical and analytical basis for the understanding of the complexities of tourism both as an industry and as a social phenomenon.
Managing Visitor Attractions
Appreciate the development process as it applies to the development and redevelopment of cultural and heritage attractions. The aim of this unit is to provide a critical review of the management of cultural and heritage resources in providing either a principal or secondary attraction for tourist destinations. This sector of the industry represents a significant component of the provision for both domestic and international visitors and includes historic, man-made and contemporary attractions.
The dissertation, which is underpinned by a research methods unit, provides you with the opportunity to study a subject in-depth. The resulting piece of work is a 15,000 word dissertation, showing your extensive understanding of the topic. The dissertation is the culmination of your learning experience on the programme, requiring the development of the intellectual capacity to plan and carry out an academically-sound research project, involving the use of an appropriate research methodology to collect and analyse data, a critical treatment of the relevant literature and well-presented findings.
Choose one unit from the following options:
Aviation, Tourism Development & Climate Change
The aim of the unit is to develop your awareness of the role of aviation management in the successful planning and development of international tourism. It will evaluate the potential barriers to continued growth and explore the conflicts and challenges of meeting both economic and environmental targets, highlighting the contribution of aviation to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
This unit encompasses the key components of conference tourism. It will reflect on the growth of the conference sector, and will examine the conference sector in its present state, identifying the size, value, trends and growth of major conference destinations throughout the world, and will suggest ways for destinations and venues to develop a better conference product.
The aim of the unit is to understand the process of creating a new entrepreneurial venture along with sources of funding available to nascent and novice entrepreneurs when starting their new entrepreneurial ventures. Strong emphasis is placed upon the identification and evaluation of entrepreneurial opportunities. Entrepreneurial development may cover a single entity, a further investment by a portfolio entrepreneur, a management buy-out, a spin out or an entrepreneurial venture within an existing organisation.
Food & Drink
Food and drink is the basis of life: it provides sustenance, fulfils nutritional requirements, is enjoyable, forms the basis for many of life’s experiences and is central to the hospitality, tourism, retail and events industries. As such, an understanding of the nature of our relationship with food socially, economically, politically, environmentally and in terms of technology is a valuable adjunct to other strategic and operational areas of expertise.
Mobile Communication & Mobile Marketing
Design and critically evaluate innovative mobile applications that enhance the effectiveness of a marketing communication campaign. This unit aims at providing you with the necessary theory and tools for understanding, designing and evaluating mobile communication and mobile marketing initiatives in the experience-based industries. Mobile platforms, delivering effective highly localized and contextual content, are no longer an option but a requirement for successful marketing campaigns. The unit will help you to critically handle mobile marketing and mobile communication projects.
In this unit you will develop an understanding of the nature, diversity and features of sport tourism, while developing an understanding of the changing demands for sport tourism, the supply structures and an examination of its impacts and responses of both sport and tourism providers. It will critically explore the unique interaction of sport, tourism and events.
Wildlife, Nature & Ecotourism
Many governments are extremely aware of the economic importance of tourism as well as its wider social and environmental impacts. Thus tourism is seen as a job creator as well as requiring diverse areas of knowledge and expertise.
Our graduates hold senior management positions in both private and public sectors, such as tour operators, the aviation and cruise industries, hotel chains as well as government tourism ministries and development agencies. Amongst our alumni are a hospitality manager for a 4-star hotel in Qatar, a Government official in the Peruvian Tourism Ministry, the Head of Tourism for the Azores Islands and the Secretary General of the Kurokawa Onsen Tourist Inn Association.
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