M.Sc. Tourism Economics and Regional Development

University of Algarve

Application deadline: 5 September 2014
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,750 / Year (EEA)
  • € 2,750 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2014
Credits: 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 18 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

The increasing economic importance of tourism led to a fast expansion of Tourism Economics over the last two decades. The present master combines this emerging field within Economics with a consolidated one: Regional Economics.

The Algarve in a natural laboratory for Tourism Economics and Regional Development. Hence, this Master aims not only to provide students with state of the arte knowledge on these fields but also to explore its practical applications.

The University of Algarve counts with a wide cadre of experts in the domains of Tourism Economics and Regional Development. This Master also benefits from the participation of world know scholars, such as:

Scott, Noel (Quensland University)

Fayos-Solà, Eduardo (UN World Tourism Organization)

Jafari, Jafar (University of WisconsinStout)

Nijkamp, Peter (Free University, Amsterdam)

Valle, Elisabeth (University of the Balearic Islands)

Vargas, Alfonso (Huelva University)

Integrated in a Double Degree Programme, this Master allows students to access the Master in Tourism and Environmental Economics offered by the University of the Balearic Islands. Thus, students can also obtain the degree of Master in Tourism and Environmental Economics by spending a semester at the University of the Balearic Islands.

Contents

The Master lasts for 3 semesters and comprises a total of 90 ECTS. The courses, all taught in English, are offered during the first three quarters and cover 60 ECTS. The Final Master Work (Dissertation, Project or Internship) takes place in the third semester and is associated with 30 ECTS. The Master includes five modules: Tools (Quantitative Methods and Economics Theory); Tourism Economics; Regional Development; Optional Courses; and Final Master Work. The list of courses is shown below.

I. Tools

Mathematics and Statistics for Economics

Economic Theory

Econometrics

II. Tourism Economics

Tourism Economics

Economic Impact of Tourism

Modelling Tourism Demand

Tourism Policy and Strategy

Tourism and Sustainability

Planning and Management of Tourism Projects

III. Regional Development

Regional Development Economics

Regional Analysis Methods

IV. Optional Courses

Social Geography and Spatial Location

Regional Innovation Systems and Policy

Management of Tourism Organisations

Social and Cultural Impacts of Tourism Development

Integrated in a Double Degree Programme, this Master allows students to access the Master in Tourism and Environmental Economics offered by the University of the Balearic Islands. Thus, students can also obtain the degree of Master in Tourism and Environmental Economics by spending a semester at the University of the Balearic Islands. See:http://www.uib.es/master/phd-mtee/master.html

Requirements

The Master Program is aimed at graduates in Economics or Business Administration. Graduates in other scientific domains, such as Tourism, can also apply. However, their admission may require attending some undergraduate courses in Economics.

All courses will be taught in English. Thus, a good English proficiency is required.

Funding

There are two Academic Merit Scholarships available covering the tuition fee (2,750).

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