M.Sc. Tourism, Development and Policy

The University of Exeter

Application deadline: 25 January; 15 March;
Tuition fee:
  • € 10,500 / Year (EEA)
  • € 16,800 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MSc Tourism, Development and Policy is distinctive for its strong focus on policy, development issues, and the environment as the pivotal dimensions in the future of tourism. It is of interest to anyone who wants to know how to make tourism work in a sustainable way within a local, regional or national economy. It is ideal for careers that involve tourism management, market research and policy-making, such as government, consulting or research.

You will learn about the environment, planning, economics, and marketing in tourism, and begin to develop an objective and critical approach to tourism developments that will help ensure the continued value and long-term sustainability of tourism projects. This Masters offers you the opportunity to undertake work-based learning as part of your degree. You have the chance to apply what you learn in class with employers in the public, private or voluntary sector in order to enhance your employability and kick-start your professional development.

The programme is delivered through the Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism Studies, where cutting-edge thinking is combined with applied best practice. The course leaders, Professor Gareth Shaw and Dr Tim Coles, both advise governments and tourism authorities worldwide on policy for sustainable tourism and marketing, and have published several significant books together with numerous journal articles on tourism. They have organised major international research meetings and sit on the editorial boards of learned journals such as Tourism Geographies and Current Issues in Tourism.

In addition to the support and facilities provided by the University and the Business School, Masters Tourism, Development and Policy students further benefit from:

* guest speakers forum: a number of practitioners and researchers are invited to address the students;
* Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism Studies Research Seminar Programme: visiting speakers and departmental researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds present the findings of their current research on topics in tourism.

Diploma in Tourism Development and Policy
Students who take the taught elements of the programme but not complete the dissertation can undertake a Postgraduate Diploma.


This programme is available for study 12 months full-time and 24 months part-time. The full-time variant is studied over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation. The programme in its entirety runs from October to September.

If you are studying for the Masters award, you will study 180 credits throughout the programme comprised of a number of compulsary modules, including a dissertation, and optional modules.

If you are studying for the Postgraduate Diploma, you will study 120 credits comprised of a number of compulsory and optional modules. You will not undertake a dissertation.

Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Module / Credits

* Tourism Dissertation (BEMM349) Masters students only / 60

* Qualitative Methods in Research (BEMM378) / 15

* Quantitative Techniques in Research (BEMM379) / 15

* Tourism Policy and Strategy (BEMM373) / 15

* Tourism Sector Dynamics (BEMM370) / 15

* Tourist Behaviour: Theory and Practice (BEMM371) / 15

Total credits for Masters 135

Total credits for Postgraduate Diploma 75

Optional modules
You will choose three options totalling 45 credits from a regularly updated selection. Recent modules are shown below:

Module / Credits

* Critical Readings in Tourism and Management (BEMM377) / 15

* Event Management (BEMM380) / 15

* Independent Study/Work-Based Learning (BEMM376) / 15

* Sustainable Tourism Management (BEMM375) / 15

* Tourism and Marketing (BEMM374) / 15 Learning and teaching
Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials
Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.

Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.


A good Honours degree (the equivalent of a UK 2:1) in related disciplines including business, management, tourism, the social sciences, geography, humanities, and modern languages.

English language requirements
* IELTS overall score of 7.0, with no less than 6.0 in any section.
* TOEFL IBT overall score of 90, with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


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