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The programme emphasises the ethical dimension of international tourism management alongside a sustainable approach to tourism issues in a global context.

Why study International Tourism Management?

This course is a natural pathway for tourism, business and management graduates, but it is open to all who have completed an undergraduate degree or people with significant industry experience.

You will be guided by an experienced academic team through current thinking on international tourism management, planning and development, that range from corporate governance to sustainability, international marketing to tourism planning in an international context. Optional modules include an industry work placement in London and an opportunity to carry out international fieldwork in Cuba.

The degree will equip you with a wide range of analytical, research and communication skills as you work with fellow students and undertake your own original research. You will develop senior management and leadership potential for the tourism and travel industry, underpinned by ethical and responsible business practices. The course will support you in furthering your management career in an international context.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary's offers students the best of both worlds: the campus is based near the river in the green and safe London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, but is only a half hour journey from central London.

Key facts

  • Industry work placement opportunities are available as part of the programme
  • Optional overseas fieldwork allows you to explore tourism management issues in an international context
  • Emphasis on the ethics of international tourism management
  • Develops managerial and leadership skills
  • Dedicated course-specific academic tutor for one-to-one support
  • Small cohorts and a supportive academic environment
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus in South West London, with direct public transport to Central London

Course content

For a Masters programme in addition to the core module students take 3 optional modules.


  • Dissertation Core
  • International Strategic Management Core
  • Research Methods Core
  • Responsible Management and Leadership in a Global Economy Core
  • Tourism and International Development Core
  • Tourism Planning Theories and Concepts Core
  • Industry Placement: International Tourism in Practice Optional
  • Intercultural Management Optional
  • International Marketing Optional
  • Issues in International Tourism  Optional
  • Sustainable Development and Tourism Optional
  • Tourism in Practice (Fieldwork) Optional
Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Career opportunities

A Master's degree in International Tourism Management will provide you with an excellent academic qualification to embark on or progress your career in management. The programme will help your development with a view to professional careers in the tourism sector, including roles in official tourism organisations, large hotel businesses, non-governmental organisations and charities, tour operators, the aviation industry and government organisations. There are also options for graduates to pursue academic careers through postgraduate research degrees. 

Graduates from this programme have the added bonus of a sustained focus on responsible tourism management practice, offering an understanding of its importance in an international context.

The aim of the MSc in International Tourism Management is to provide you with the relevant knowledge, skills and competencies to enable you to exploit the growing number of global job opportunities within the travel and tourism sector. 

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to International Tourism Management students who have started their studies at St Mary's.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

As a Master's student you will be expected to conduct a great deal of independent work and research, supported by our experienced academic team. We will provide you with key tools: our online portal, SIMMSpace; access to our extensive electronic resources and business databases and other research sources.

In addition to your private study, you will have plenty of contact with our team of academics and guest speakers, learning through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials and study groups. Mirroring the business environment, teamwork is a vital component of this course and you will be expected to work closely with your fellow students.

Assessment methods

Assessment will take the form of individual and group work that may include essays, reports, time-constrained coursework, oral presentations and consultancy projects.

Each module is assessed separately and will have a maximum of two pieces of assessment. All assessments count towards your Master's award.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

2019/20 fees

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2018 and 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


For guidance about financing your studies, including information about goverment-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

Previous dissertations

Previous tourism Master's dissertations include:

  • A critical assessment of tourism management and development in Camikava, Latvia
  • A case study of the management of cultural sustainability in Pilzen, Czech Republic
  • A critical analysis of the Italian volunteer tourism industry
  • A critical study of second language ability in the Egyptian tourism industry
  • A study of the management of tourism seasonality in Zakynthos, Greece.
  • The management of heritage tourism and the construction of local identity: a case study of Caltanissetta, Sicily.