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MA International Tourism Development Who is it for?


You are a graduate who is seeking the qualifications and skills required to successfully work in sustainable tourism destination management in a global context, with a particular emphasis in the vital role that tourism plays in the development of international destinations in emerging economies.


About the Course


This course is designed to deliver a substantial theoretical and practical understanding of the role and contribution of the tourism industry in the context of international development. With the emergence of substantial international markets, such as China and India, alongside the ongoing requirement for industry specialists who are able to operate in regions which require development delivered through tourism following conflict, crisis and natural disasters; this course draws upon the extensive expertise of these subjects at the University of Northampton. Through a broad understanding of the economic and political themes surrounding international development, the course will provide you with the skills required to manage sustainable tourism businesses, alongside the specialisms of destination marketing and management; in addition to an exploration of tourism’s relationship with international development in the context of tourism disasters affecting tourist destinations, and the role of tourism in the development of countries that have experienced conflict. An emphasis upon the microeconomic contribution of enterprise projects to support development also features within the curriculum, alongside an international field visit.


You will be able to choose from a range of optional modules that allow for the development of a critical understanding of either: International Marketing, Developing Your Cross- Cultural Capability, or a focus on the Political, Social and Economic Development context of a specific international geographic region.


Course Content


The course will prepare you for the practical, project-based, and customer-focused characteristics of the tourism industry. The programme includes the analysis and evaluation of the relationship between sustainability and the management of destinations, and the role of event tourism in destination development, alongside the political contexts of the industry and the role tourism development plays in development following natural disasters and man-made crisis. Drawing on a variety of case studies and projects, including participation in an international field course, the course explores the global scope of tourism and the role the industry plays in international development; and the stakeholders involved in its development and management.


Modules


• International Sustainable Tourism • Destination Management


• Political Economies of International Development


• Disaster and Post-conflict Management in Tourism


• Project Management


• Event Tourism for Business and Culture • Research Methods and Dissertation


Assessment You will be assessed through a variety of individual and group-based assessments, including written reports, seminar presentations, poster presentations, examinations and industry-based and research projects.


Career Opportunities


We anticipate that graduates of this course will pursue a specialist career in destination management, sustainable tourism management or international development, with an emphasis on employment within development organisations, NGOs, aid organisations, post conflict and disaster charities, as well as public and private sector tourism management.


Duration of Course


You can choose to start studying in either September or January. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops over two taught semesters followed by a period of supported independent study whilst you complete your dissertation.


Entry Requirements


To be accepted onto this course you will normally need to hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree. A wide range of first degree disciplines will be considered, which include travel, tourism, and international development. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).


T +44 1604 892546 E international@northampton.ac.uk W www.northampton.ac.uk


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