MSc International Tourism Management

Focusing on the fast paced and rapidly changing international tourism industry, our Masters programme provides modern management skills and the specialist knowledge of international developments in the travel and tourism sectors to promote successful management careers in the tourism industry.

The international tourism sector is constantly changing with advances in destination management, heritage, place image, sustainability, events, sports and consumption. To stay ahead, organisations require innovative leaders who can manage industry change.

You will advance your knowledge in destination management and customer focused service as well as examining events and heritage management.

This course is supported by The Moffat Centre which is the UK’s largest university-based consultancy and research centre for tourism and travel market research and business development.

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Course Details

1 Year
Start Date
18 September 2017
Full Time
Subject Area
Business and Management, Marketing
GCU Glasgow


Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. A guide to fees at GCU.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

You will also have to think about accommodation, living costs, travel, books and socialising. To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this available at and

Minimum Entry Requirements

All entry requirements listed here represent the requirements for entry to the programme that are normally sought. The Admissions Team may assess additional evidence to assess your eligibility however, depending upon your full academic/employment background.
Typical Entry Requirements
UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent)
Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Programme content and structure

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Download course content here. (PDF document)

Professional Recognition

The Tourism Management Institute (TMI) is the professional body for destination management practitioners, with members drawn from all levels of the private and public sectors: national, regional, sub regional and local. As the destination management section of the Tourism Society, TMI seeks to support professional development within the sector, for potential entrants as well as existing practitioners.

Assessment and recognition by TMI means that students can be confident the course will provide them with knowledge, understanding, skills and experience which will fully prepare them for a career in tourism destination management.

Find out more about the benefits of TMI accreditation.

Teaching and Research

We are committed to equipping our graduates to meet the challenges of an increasingly globalised, knowledge-based economy, ensuring they are best placed to achieve employment. 

The Events, Sport and Tourism team consists of lecturers and active researchers who publish in academic journals and contribute chapters to edited book volumes in their particular field of study. The programmes are driven by the view that there are important distinctions pertaining to the future directions of the events, sport and tourism industries in Scotland, the UK and around the world.

Our students also benefit from guest lectures by industry experts and field trips.

Career Opportunities

This programme explores a dynamic area of enterprise and enterprise development and provides our graduates with varied opportunities and prospects for developing a future in management in the international arena of tourism.


The Moffat Scholarship awards support students pursuing a career in the travel, tourism or events industries.. Awards of up to £3,600 are available to students studying on this programme at GCU.

Application deadline is Thursday 28th July 2016, 12noon. Apply now


For a select number of successful applicants, a fully-funded scholarship is available.

On receipt of your offer to study this course full-time, you can apply for a scholarship to cover your course tuition fees for one year.

Closing date: 1 July 2017.

Apply for a fully funded place.

Postgraduate Scholarships

Help fund your studies with a postgraduate scholarship from GCU. Discounts, bursaries, and scholarships available.