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Master's Programme in Tourism and Sustainable Development

  • Number of credits 120 credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2022

Worldwide, tourism is seen as an opportunity to create new jobs and economic growth. The development of successful and sustainable tourism requires extensive insights into complex socio-economic and political contexts that affect tourism, at local, regional, national and international level, as well as good insights into the complex relationship between economic, social and environmental preconditions and impacts of tourism.

Tomoya Suzuki

"The environment in Umeå really helps me to focus studying."

While studying

The programme focuses on how tourism affects destinations and the consequences tourism have for societal development. Further, it addresses current challenges of sustainability that are connected to destination development issues. The spatiality of tourism is in focus for discussing the transition to a more sustainable society and the contribution of tourism to that development. You will learn to ask relevant and scientifically grounded questions about changes and trends in diverse geographical settings like rural areas and cities and how they are related to dimensions of sustainability. Insights into the application of different destination development ideals give further tools in performing such transition. These are competencies that will be in high demand for future tourism developers.

During the education you will also develop your skills in applying advanced spatial quantitative and qualitative methods to collects and analyse empirical materials that can help you understand current issues in tourism development. We have our own computer lab at the department where you can work with various assignments. The final thesis project provides opportunities to specialise or broaden your skills and can be conducted in cooperation with an authority or company.

 

Prosperous academic tourism environment

You will be studying at one of the most successful academic tourism milieus in the Nordic countries with extensive research and international collaborations. We provide a top of the line education right at the forefront of tourism research. Furthermore, we aim at giving you the tools to develop your generic competencies, being critical and to have a scientific approach, as well as giving you the skills you need in order to continue learning also after you have left the University. The study language is English.

Portrait former student at Master Tourism program

Korean Alumna Dohee Kim

Teachers and researchers in Tourism

Dieter K Müller, professor
Carina Keskitalo, professor
Roger Marjavaara, docent
Linda Lundmark, docent
Doris Carson, assistant professor
Marco Eimermann, assistant professor
Cenk Demiroglu, associate professor

 

Research Projects at Department

Projects

 

 

 

 

 

Programme overview

Term 1 (year 1)

Tourism and sustainable development, 15 ECTS

Spatial Analysis 15 ECTS

Term 2

Sustainability, destinations and regional development, 15 ECTS

Magister Thesis 15ECTS / Population, Migration and Mobility 15ECTS

Term 3 (year 2)

Advanced Spatial Analysis 15 ECTS

Geographies of tourism and sustainability, 15 ECTS

Term 4 

Master Thesis in Human Geography, 15ECTS

 

Career opportunities

The programme offers advanced insights into the field of tourism and provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and interests within the field of tourism and sustainable development.

The programme offers broad perspectives on tourism by combining various scientific approaches.

 

The programme qualifies successful students for work in tourism within public and private sector.

Examples are:

Destination developer

Tourism strategy developer

Tourism planner

Non Governmental Agency officer

 

Doctoral studies (PhD)


The programme grants basic eligibility for doctoral studies.

Degree

Degree of Master of Science (60 credits). Main field of study: Human Geography. Specialisation: Tourism and
sustainable development.

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits). Main field o f study: Human Geography. Specialisation: Tourism and
sustainable development.
Name of specialisation is proposed but not yet decided.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Tourism and Sustainable Development, 120 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Autumn Term 2022 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2022

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

Basic requirements: A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university. Special Requirements: at least 90 ECTS-credits in Tourism/ Geography/ Human Geography/ Regional Science/ Planning/ Hospitality/ Hotel and Restaurant Management/ Service Management/ Leisure/ Recreation/ Park Management or similar tourism-related subjects. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Entry requirements

Selection

Academic credits completed by the last application date (in the range of 30-285 credits equivalent to ECTS)

Application code

UMU-P2016

Application

The online application opens 15 March 2022 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 19 April 2022. How to apply

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 46,500

Total fee

SEK 186,000

International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2022

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

Basic requirements: A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university. Special Requirements: at least 90 ECTS-credits in Tourism/ Geography/ Human Geography/ Regional Science/ Planning/ Hospitality/ Hotel and Restaurant Management/ Service Management/ Leisure/ Recreation/ Park Management or similar tourism-related subjects. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Entry requirements

Selection

Academic credits completed by the last application date (in the range of 30-285 credits equivalent to ECTS)

Application code

UMU-M2016

Application

Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Universityadmissions.se. Application deadline is 17 January 2022. How to apply

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 46,500

Total fee

SEK 186,000

Contact us

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Programme is given by
Department of Geography
Contactperson for the programme is:
Linda Lundmark