In the 21st century sustainability and social and corporate responsibility have increasingly moved to the centre of the practices of tourism in a wide variety of ways. This is a reflection of tourism's growth and it's ability to bring both pleasures and problems to destinations and some of the people of destinations. This course draws on best practices within the broad realm of tourism business, policy and research to develop a critical understanding of the relationships between tourism and sustainable development in a wide variety of geographical regions of the world.
Effective planning and policy making for international tourism, and for the management of environmental, socio-cultural and economic consequences, requires well qualified managers with a broad and deep understanding of global business activity and of the conceptual and applied issues involving tourism and sustainability issues. Sustainability represents an increasingly influential facet of tourism business, tourism planning, development and management, encompassing all sectors of the industry. This course addresses tourism's potential to be compatible with the achievement of a range of objectives, including developing sustainable organisations, urban and rural regeneration, community based wildlife conservation, and diversifying benefits from international and domestic tourism. In doing so, it facilitates the development of skills and techniques to develop tourism policies and practices in a global setting and to manage tourism development and enterprises in the direction of more sustainable practice.
Through an examination of best practices, problem solving, field work, and other approaches, the course aims to broaden the horizons of what is possible in terms of how tourism may be organised in more sustainable terms of what the UN World Tourism Organizaition term a 'quadruple bottom line'.
The course is aimed at those who are wishing to enter a career, or further develop an existing career, in the broad tourism industry. It will also benefit those wishing to develop tourism expertise in complementary areas such as conservation and wildlife management, rural development, urban and cultural tourism management, community tourism development, and more.
Core modules: PG Cert
* Critical Issues in Tourism
* International Business Environment
* Sustainable Tourism Management
Core modules: PG Dip
* Cultural and Urban Tourism
* Ecotourism and Nature Tourism
* Management Theory into Management Practice: Global Perspectives
* Research Methods for Managers in an International Context
Core modules: MA
* Major Project
* Consultancy Skills
* Event Management
Modules are assessed using assignments, group and individual presentations, project and portfolio work, essays and field work.
Teaching will include a wide range of approaches, including lectures, seminars, videos and case studies, as well as independent fieldwork. Increasingly, the emphasis will be on self-direction, critical reflection and exposure to situations where you can evidence learning through presentations, seminar delivery, group work, interactive discussion groups and video-type interventions. You will be encouraged to apply knowledge, show initiative and develop a critical awareness of current tourism-management situations, problems and potential solutions in unpredictable environments.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.