This Masters course brings together a social science approach to tourism and events with the development of job-related skills and employability. The sectors of tourism and events are increasingly interlinked, with well-staged events like the Olympic Games drawing in large numbers of tourists.
We teach theoretical approaches through modules such as ‘Critical Tourism Theory and Methods’ and ‘International Tourism and Development’. There is also a core module in ‘Events Management Studies’. We organise field trips and company visits to put your learning into context and we offer an optional work-based learning module. The mix of academic rigour and vocational relevance is designed to give you a long-lasting career advantage.
The final phase of the course is a major project that you negotiate with your tutors to reflect your personal interests and career aspirations. For example, your project could have special relevance to the skill sets required by events managers, festival coordinators or exhibitions organisers.
The University of Sunderland is a member of the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership Scheme.
Tutors at Sunderland have active research interests that include cultural geographies of tourism, tourism political economies, heritage management and events. Our research informs our teaching and enhances your learning experience.
If you prefer, this course is also available as a part-time Tourism and Events MSc so that you can combine it with paid work and other commitments.