International Tourism Management MSc

University of Surrey
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
February 2024

September 2024

February 2025

About this program

International Tourism Management MSc

What is it that motivates people to travel and what are their expectations? How can we manage tourism in a way that benefits all stakeholders?

These are the kinds of questions you’ll be considering as you learn about what it takes to become a manager within the international tourism industry.

We are ranked:

  • 1st in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2024 for tourism, transport, travel, and heritage studies
  • 1st in the UK and 2nd globally in the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 for hospitality and tourism management
  • 1st in the UK and 15th in the world for hospitality and leisure management in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.

Typically, as a student on our International Tourism Management MSc, you won't have a tourism background at an undergraduate level but you’ll be in great hands as you train to make your mark in this sector. You’ll also benefit from our distinguished track record for graduate employability and our excellent industry connections.

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Admission requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

We may be able to take relevant work experience into consideration if you don't meet these requirements. If you have at least one year of relevant experience in a full-time graduate-level role (or a minimum of two years experience in a relevant graduate-level part-time role) please provide full details of your role and responsibilities in your personal statement and CV when you submit your application.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

These are the English language qualifications and levels that we can accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your program, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content


Year 1

  • International Tourism Management
  • Operating Systems & Sustainability
  • Research Methods
  • Services Marketing for Events, Tourism and Hospitality
  • Accounting & Finance for The Service Industry
  • Business Analytics in Services
  • Business Plan
  • Contemporary Issues in Sustainability
  • Designing Digital Services
  • Ethics and CSR
  • Research Methods
  • Strategy and Innovation in The Tourism Ecosystem
  • Tourism Social Science
  • Visitor Attraction Management
  • Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


February 2024

Full-time - 1 year

  • UK: £10,900
  • Overseas: £19,800

September 2024

Full-time - 1 year

  • UK: £11,900
  • Overseas: £21,500


What you will study

Originally established in 1972, our MSc is one of the longest-established university courses of its type in the world, promising you pioneering research as well as a strong focus on forward-thinking ideas and innovation. Our program is designed to provide students with a unique learning experience that combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills, preparing them for success in the dynamic field of tourism management.

Taking a broad view of international tourism management, you’ll get to know and understand the various global challenges (e.g. climate change, sustainability, overtourism, consumer behavior change, digitalization, safety, and security concerns) that modern tourism managers and other professionals are likely to face.

We will equip you with essential, evaluative decision-making skills, we’ll also nurture your academic abilities while inspiring and encouraging the skills (e.g. leadership, communication, problem-solving, cultural awareness, sustainability, digital) and characteristics you need to become an accomplished tourism professional.

We also support your professional development with a practical focus on up-to-the-minute managerial and strategic issues within tourism, giving you a competitive edge with prospective employers.

We regularly invite high-profile guest speakers from the tourism industry to deliver industry-led presentations to our students. These speakers provide valuable insights into the latest trends and developments in the industry, helping our students stay up-to-date and competitive in the job market.

We also regularly organize field trips for our students to visit tourist attractions, companies, and other relevant sites. These trips provide students with hands-on learning experiences, allowing them to apply what they've learned in the classroom to real-world settings and gain a deeper understanding of the tourism industry.

Career paths

Our MSc in International Tourism Management will provide you with the essential skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in industry.

95 percent of our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management postgraduate students go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA).

Some of our graduates have gone on to start their careers in the following roles:

  • Conference services and facilities manager
  • Hotel manager
  • Senior executive (in destination management services)
  • Senior manager (in international tour operators and travel businesses)
  • Marketing executive (in destination management organizations).

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Students at the University of Surrey are getting ‘best in class’ career services. We’re the winner of the Best University Careers/Employability Service in the UK for 2022 (National University Employability Awards). 95 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes 2023). This performance is a combination of talented and hard-working students and our commitment to helping you get the best work experience and career advice while you are here.

As well as the opportunity to take part in our work placement programme – across the campus you’ll find amazing simulation facilities: a fully operational pilot process plant, wind tunnels, flight simulators, a courtroom and a Clinical Simulation Centre, home to our Immersive Learning Environment that’ll transport you to the centre of clinical scenarios. These provide a safe, supervised environment to put your skills and knowledge to the test and build your professional readiness.

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