Tourism Economics and Regional Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #601 (WUR) ,
This Master Program combines the fields of Tourism Economics and Regional Economics. The study cycle, offered since 2012,  is fully taught in English, and attended by students from  different countries. 


The region of Algarve is a natural laboratory for Tourism Economics and Regional Development. Hence, this Master's Program aims not only to provide students with state of the art knowledge on these fields, but also to explore its practical applications. Our motto is: Bridging Theory and Practice.

The Tourism Economics and Regional Development programme is offered at the University of Algarve.

Integrated in a Double Degree Program, this Master also allows students to access the Master in Economics of Tourism: Monitoring and Evaluation, offered by the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain).

Students who conclude our Master can also obtain the Degree of Master in Economics of Tourism: Monitoring and Evaluation, by spending a semester at the University of the Balearic Islands and approving in 30 ECTS.

Master Goals and Learning Objectives 

After attending this master program students should be able to:
  • Analyze the complexity of the economic dimension of tourism and its connection to regional development;
  • Evaluate the economic impact of tourism;
  • Plan and manage tourism projects;
  • Use advanced research methods and techniques;
  • Contribute to the setting and implementation of policies in the domains of tourism and regional development. 


The Master in Tourism Economics and Regional Development is accredited by the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education - A3ES.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mathematics and Statistics for Economics
  • Economic Theory
  • Econometrics
  • Tourism Economics
  • Regional Development Economics
  • Regional Analysis Methods
  • Economic Impact of Tourism
  • Modelling Tourism Demand
  • Tourism Policy and Strategy
  • Tourism and Sustainability
  • Planning and Management of Tourism Projects
  • Research Project


The Master Program is coordinated in Portugal by a Directive Board, headed by Pedro Pintassilgo. Internationally the coordination is undertaken by Jafar Jafari, a world known scholar in the field of Tourism Studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • 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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    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

  • Application form (available below, at the end of the page)
  • CV of your professional and educational background with a color photo;
  • Proof of payment of the application fee, enrollment fee and school insurance;
  • University Degree Certificate and Academic Results Transcripts (If you are non-Portuguese, these documents must be certified in your country by a notary under the Hague Apostille Convention or by the Portuguese Consulate. Documents in English, Portuguese, Spanish or French do not require translation. Documents in any other language must be translated into English or Portuguese);
  • Photocopy of passport or identity card
  • Color photograph
  • Taxpayer number (for Portuguese applicants only).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2083.3333333333 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3125 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1833.3333333333 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Faro

  • 400 - 800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


The Faculty of Economics, University of the Algarve, aims to attract talented students to its Master Programme in Tourism Economics and Regional Development. For the coming academic year, Merit Scholarships will be made available by the Faculty for the most outstanding candidates enrolling in the programme.

How to apply?

Applicants need to apply for a Merit Scholarship in a letter, written in English, addressed to the Director of the MSc in Tourism Economics and Regional Development, Prof. Pedro Pintassilgo. The written application should be accompanied by two letters of recommendation regarding the academic qualities of the applicant, a certified copy of the undergraduate diploma and a certified copy of the grades obtained. The application for admission to the MSc in Tourism Economics and Regional Development and a request for a scholarship should be made simultaneously.

When to apply?

The application should be submitted until March 31, with respect to a scholarship for the academic year.

Eligibility and Selection

All outstanding students, with a BSc in Economics, Management or Tourism are eligible for applying to our Academic Merit Scholarship.

Applicants will be selected based on their C.V., marks on BSc courses, and letters of recommendation. Scholarships will be awarded neither to applicants who already obtained a Master’s degree nor to applicants who have been granted another scholarship covering the tuition fee.

Applicants will be informed of the final decision by 10th April.

The scholarship

There are two Academic Merit Scholarships available, which only cover the tuition fee.


Academic Merit Scholarships are only awarded to applicants who are admitted to the MSc in Tourism Economics and Regional Development. A scholarship granted for the academic year cannot be transferred to another academic year. Failing to enroll in the MSc programme entails forfeiture of the scholarship.

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