Tourism and Aviation MSc

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Develop the skills and knowledge to advance rapidly in tourism and hospitality management. Undertake  international field visits and study abroad opportunities. Start your career in this exciting and growing sector.

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An MSc is an internationally respected qualification. In one year you will develop the skills and knowledge to advance rapidly in tourism and hospitality management.

This Masters course takes a social science approach to Tourism and Aviation and combines it with practical skills for the workplace. In addition to gaining in-depth theoretical knowledge, you will the specialist focus provided by the Aviation Management Studies module and Tourism and Aviation major project will prepare you for a career in this exciting and growing sector. We organise a number of field trips and company visits to put your learning into a real-world context. We also offer an optional workplace module.

This course offers a clear route to graduate employment; as the Department of Tourism is a member of the Swissport Academy, you will explore continuous learning opportunities through airport visits, experiential learning, and guest speakers from Swissport to develop in-demand skills for a career in the aviation industry. In addition, you will be guaranteed an interview for the Swissport graduate scheme.

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All students on this course are eligible to register for the Institute of Hospitality Education Membership Scheme.

Why us?

  • The Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Events is a member of the Swissport Academy which provides our Tourism and Aviation students exclusive graduate recruitment opportunities including a guaranteed interview for the Swissport graduate scheme.
  • 'World-leading' research in Leisure and Tourism, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Local, national and international field visits, work experience and study abroad opportunities
  • 95.3% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students)
  • All students on this course are eligible to register for the Institute of Hospitality Education Membership Scheme
  • Guest speakers from industry and renowned academics
  • Our Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism courses are ranked 2nd according to The Guardian University league tables 2019

Course structure

You’ll be taught by passionate academics who produce world-leading research and throughout your degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff. A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars, study visits and group work. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.

Your progress will be assessed by essays, exams, presentations, portfolios of evidence and a dissertation.

Modules on this course include:

  • Tourism Concepts and Issues (30 credits)
  • Research Methods for the Service Sector (30 credits)
  • Aviation Management Studies (30 credits)
  • Current Practices in the Visitor Economy (30 credits)
  • Tourism and Aviation Major Project (60 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

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  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

    Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

    Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service.

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You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Reg Vardy Centre is a modern building with views of the river, and just a short walk from both the coast and Sunderland town centre.





Entry requirements

We require you to hold at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £6,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £13,000 if you are an international student

Part-time fees are £375 per 10 credits.

Please note, part-time study is not available to international students. If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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An MSc is a challenging qualification which requires significant dedication. Employers recognise its worth, and the value that an MSc-qualified graduate can bring to their organisation. This Masters course equips you with the skills and understanding to progress rapidly in tourism and hospitality management, and potential employers include attractions and museums, airports, tourism companies and major airlines.

Field trip opportunities

Previous field trip opportunities have included North East, national throughout the UK, and international including destinations such as Dublin, Prague, Barcelona and New York.

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