Sustainable Destination Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Sustainable Destination Development M.Sc. at Uppsala University is an international master's programme in which you will be working together with researchers and lecturers in a wide range of subjects with the objective of a career in sustainable destination development. 


Tourist destinations across the world face major challenges. With less visitors, their economies will be threatened; with more visitors, their social, cultural and ecological sustainability will be threatened. How can visits become sustainable? What is required to achieve sustainable visitor locations, and how can we ensure they will remain this way? 

The Sustainable Destination Development M.Sc. at Uppsala University is a new master's programme aimed at those who want to develop cross-border, international key competencies in this field. 

You choose two of three specializations – entrepreneurship, cultural heritage policies and nature-based tourism – to develop your desired academic profile. You will be studying themes such as ecological and cultural sustainability, the shape and importance of locations, management of natural and cultural resources, the principles of environmental assessment, entrepreneurship and strategic leadership. 

You will also have the opportunity to develop your own projects within the scope of the programme themes. Campus Gotland offers a truly unique academic environment with dedicated researchers and lecturers who work with sustainability from a broad, critical and cross-border perspective, and in close proximity to all the players who in one way or another work with tourist visits.


This programme prepares you to work on sustainability issues in the tourism sector in regions across the world: within public administration locally, regionally and nationally, at destination companies, within the private tourism sector or as an entrepreneur. You can choose a career related to development, strategy and management, particularly regarding natural and cultural resources, or in public and private destination companies. 

Programme Structure

The three specializations cover the following courses: 
  • Applied heritage politics :
  • Cultural heritage
  • Natural Heritage
  • Immaterial heritage
  • Sustainable Nature-Based Destinations:
  • Environmental sustainability of tourism
  • Nature-based destinations and sustainable development
  • Entrepreneurship for destination development:
  • Introduction to the tourism business, leadership, organization and CSR
  • Business development, financing, market analysis and customer understanding
  • Immaterial rights, business law and financial governance of entrepreneurial enterprises
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. 

Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15113.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30227 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.


  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000


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