Planning and Management of Tourism System, MD

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
Planning and Management of Tourism Systems is part of the International programme of the University of Bergamo and is organised in two Master courses taught in Italian and in English.


Objectives of this Planning and Management of Tourism Systems course at the University of Bergamo

  • 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 innovative tourism products and of cultural events
  • To give graduate students the ability to analyse tourism in terms of multiscale territorial processes and in the context of contemporary mobility, in the framework of national and European legislation
  • To offer the ability of defining the anthropologic-geographical features and cultural venues of touristic sites, in order to promote sustainability through the principles of participation and social empowerment
  • To understand the methodology of research for planning regional and touristic development and value major theoretical concepts relevant to business
  • 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 teach the basic skills for the development, management and promotion of cultural products relevant to travel and tourism representations (narratives, blogs, film, video-clips, brochures, TV scripts, web-sites).

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 cultural products
  • Managerial activities concerning the valorization 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 focus on sustainable and responsible tourism and to the dynamics of contemporary mobility
  • Cultural analyst and mediator, project writer and evaluator
  • Trainer of operators in the tourism field
  • Researcher in the tourism field.

Recognition of certification

Students holding an Italian Bachelor Degree (first level) with credits in foreign languages, arts and socio-economic- territorial disciplines have requisits for the application to the Master Course.
Students holding a foreign Bachelor Degree (first level) can apply to the Master Course after recognition of their certifications according to the Italian Ministry criteria. If necessary, certifications will be evaluated during individual interviews.


During the second year students are required to attend Internship activities- either in Italy or abroad- 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 academic teaching staff.


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.

Programme Structure

1st year
  • Cultural Studies in Tourism
  • Economics of Culture and Cultural Heritage
  • European Tourism Law
  • English for Tourism
  • Filmology
  • Geography of Environment and Tourism
  • Heritage Studies
  • History and Culture of Museums
  • Intercultural Geography
  • IT for Tourism Managers
  • Local Communities and Ecomuseums
  • Tourism Industry Management
  • Tourism Marketing Management
2nd year
  • Sociology of Tourism
  • Sociology of Tourism in Local Development
  • Tourism Economics (Basic)
  • Tourism Economics (Advanced )
Second-year students are also required to attend the following activities:
  • a course of foreign language at choice;
  • two elective advanced courses;
  • advanced workshop;
  • internship in a national or international institution or enterprise.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following CAE score:

  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

Find English courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

Academic Requirements


Enrolments are accepted with a maximum debit of 40 cfu/ECTS credits. The Italian version of the site shows a Simulazione (template) for each Specialist Degree course activated.

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).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1134 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 567 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1134 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 567 EUR per semester 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.
  • First Instalment: 567.00 Euro to be paid at registration at the University
  • Second instalment: from 0.00 to 1,674.00 Euro to be paid in May

Living costs for Bergamo

700 - 1000 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The University of Bergamo provides study grants (where applicable, depending on family income) and facilities to enrolled students.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.