M.A. Planning and Management of Tourism Systems

University of Bergamo | Bergamo, Italy
The course prepares experts in the field of Cultural Tourism able to work in the tourist hotel and catering industries and to plan cultural projects with public administrations.

Description of Planning and Management of Tourism Systems


The course on Planning and Management of Tourism has different objectives:

  • To reach high level competence that allows graduate students to work in the tourism and hospitality industries and services, as well as in the promotion and development of tourism and of cultural events.
  • To offer skills, as well as digital and cartographic tools, for planning and co-ordination of cultural and environmental tourism projects within the public administration.
  • To give graduate students the ability to analyse tourism in terms of multiscale territorial processes and in the context of contemporary mobility.
  • To understand the methodology of research for planning regional and touristic development and value major theoretical concepts relevant to business.
  • To offer the ability of defining the anthropo-geographical features and cultural venues of touristic sites, in order to promote sustainability through the principles of participation and social empowerment.
  • To teach the basic skills for the development, management and promotion of cultural products relevant to travel and tourism representations (cinema, theatre, concerts, video-clips, TV scripts and so on).

Career opportunities

  • High-level positions of responsibility requiring the ability to work in centralized and decentralized government institutions, in the fields of tourism, culture, cultural heritage and the environment as well as in the development of local resources
  • Cultural analyst and mediator, project evaluator
  • Managerial activities concerning the exploitation of the cultural heritage and environment
  • Planner of cultural and leisure events, both on a large and a small scale
  • Planning of tourist services, with particular regard to sustainable and responsible tourism and to the dynamics of contemporary mobility
  • The training of researchers in the tourism field.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee

For Extra UE students the fee range is from Euro 550,00 to Euro 1.000,00 according to the fiscal position to the student's family. For UE students the fee range is from Euro 550,00 to Euro 2.200,00 according to the fiscal position to the student's family.Fee reductions can be assessed upon request by the students, according to Italian laws.

Not specified
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content


During the second year students are required to attend Internship activities linked to their studies and their final exam. These are in compliance with agreements between the University and host organizations and are closely monitored by tutors and supervising teaching staff.


The Faculty offers a tutoring service aimed at assisting newly-enrolled students, helping and advising them as regards their studies and in compiling their study plans.

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language. Find a English course on Language Learning Portal.

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Requirements for Planning and Management of Tourism Systems

Entry tests

Individual Interview. A good knowledge of the English language is required for both Italian and foreign students (B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Recognition of certification

Italian students holding a Bachelor Degree (first level) on such artistic, socio-economical and territorial disciplines characterizing the Master Course can attend the Planning and Management of Tourism Curriculum.
Students holding a foreign Bachelor Degree (first level) can apply for the Master Course after recognition of their certifications according to the ministerial criteria. If necessary, certifications will be evaluated during individual interviews.

Work Experience for Planning and Management of Tourism Systems

No work experience is required.

More Information


The Masters degree course in Planning and Management of Tourism Systems is accredited with the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research as a "Laurea Magistrale", the official masters degree designation in the Sorbonne-Bologna scheme.

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University of Bergamo, Italy

Italy The existence of a large university structure in the city of Bergamo dates back to 1961 with the opening of the High College of Journalism and Audiovisual Media, a two year post-graduate school born through the initiative of the Università cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, and through the selection process of Bergamo City Council under the direction of Professor Mario Apollonio

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