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Sustainable Tourism & Global Challenges MSc

Sustainable Tourism & Global Challenges MSc

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Full time | Dumfries Campus | 12 months | 18-SEP-23

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Full time


12 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Tourism Sustainability

Course type


Course Summary

This programme will give you a strong understanding of sustainable tourism. You will develop an awareness of the cultural and environmental issues influenced by tourism and be able to apply critical and practical solutions.


  • You will evaluate sustainable tourism as a response to local and global challenges experienced within and beyond the tourism industry.
  • Discover policies and practices for the management of sustainable tourism and how these can be used to address environmental and cultural issues.
  • You will be equipped with intellectual and research skills that will enable you to assess complex, real-world problems and develop innovative solutions.
  • The programme will enhance your appreciation of sustainable leadership approaches and how such approaches can be engaged with in differing cultures and contexts.
  • You will be based at a world leading university, located within the Dumfries and Galloway region, an area notable for its natural and cultural resources, including a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, among many other sites of relevance to sustainable tourism.


There are a number of interesting roles and entrepreneurial opportunities within tourism in the public and private sectors such as working for tour companies, heritage attractions, museums, and hotel groups. Specific jobs include policy officers, destination managers and sustainability assessors.

You could also work as a consultant in business, as part of a local, national or international government team and on planning bodies (such as the UN's World Tourism Organization or the World Travel and Tourism Organization). There has also been a recent increase in roles within the third sector, designed to support sustainable transitions within tourism.

In addition, there are jobs available in education, particularly at college and university level. Your degree may enable you to consider studying for a research degree to consolidate your expertise.


This course provides students with the opportunity to gain in depth knowledgeregardingsustainable tourism research.Students will explore some of the major areas of debate within sustainable tourism, and howthese areasof research havedevelopedthrough the influence of criticalsocial theoryturns in the broader social sciences, as well as social and industry shifts.Specific focus will be given to the influence of political economy, feminist theory and postcolonial approaches to the conceptualisation of sustainable tourism.

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Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in social sciences, sciences, humanities, business and management studies, or geography. Other backgrounds may be considered.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The university has over 7,000 postgraduate students from 140 countries around the world, taking up taught and research degrees. Study options vary from Financial Economics...more

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