Tourism Destination Development

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 9.73 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:2617 Duration:10 months

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This one-year Master Programme in Tourism Destination Development combines theoretical knowledge with experience of application and practical use. Students become acquainted with and take part in ongoing research projects and issues relevant for the development of both international tourism destinations and regional tourism destinations in Dalarna. The aim of the programme is for students to achieve a broad understanding of the opportunities and limitations that come with developing tourism destinations in a sustainable way.

Why should you take this programme?

  • Tourism is a major growth industry internationally, and there is an urgent need for knowledge on how to develop destinations in a sustainable way.
  • Your studies will include close use and understanding of ongoing research in Tourism Studies in Dalarna.
  • You will participate in fieldwork and excursions, while meeting and interacting with regional tourism businesses and organizations.
  • The international character of the study environment will provide strong opportunities for you to build your networks and prepare yourself for a future career in the international tourism industry.

Who should study Tourism Destination Development?

Successful candidates to the programme are those who are interested in working with sustainable destination development and thus becoming a part of the fast-growing international tourism industry. The programme is suitable for students with a bachelor's degree with a major in Tourism Studies, Business Administration and Management, Human Geography, Economics, or similar fields. Documented good command of both oral and written English is required.

Tourism Destination Development: Career and Study Opportunities

After graduating from this programme, students may work in the tourism industry with destination planning and marketing, both in businesses and in public organizations. Former students mainly find work in destination marketing organizations in different countries, at hotels and in activity companies, as well as within local and regional tourism-planning organizations.

Upon completion of the programme, students may also apply for a PhD position within Tourism Studies or similar fields at any Swedish university. They may also apply for a full 'Bologna' Master at some of our partner universities in Europe.

The programme is a one-year master's in Tourism Studies. All courses are taught in English. After passing all courses, including the thesis work, the student is awarded the Degree of Master of Arts with a major in Tourism Studies. The programme comprises 60 credits (1 credit = 1 ECTS) and begins at the end of August, which is the start of the autumn semester.

Programme Structure and Content:

Semester 1 (Autumn) - Late August to January / Credits

  • Sustainable Destination Development (KG3013) / 7.5
  • Event Tourism - Planning, Marketing, Evaluation (TR3006) / 7.5
  • Managing and Interpreting Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites (KG3012) / 7.5
  • Place and Destination Marketing (FÖ3014) / 7.5

Semester 2 (Spring) - Late January to Mid-June

  • Theory and Research Methods (KG3008) / 15
  • Degree Thesis in Tourism (TR3007) / 15

* 1 credit = 1 ECTS

  • All courses are mandatory.
  • 1.5 credits corresponds to one week of full-time studies.
  • 60 credits corresponds to one year of full-time studies.
  • For more information, please contact the Programme Coordinator Susanna Heldt Cassel (
Bachelor’s degree majoring in Human Geography, Business Administration and Management, Tourism Studies, Economics or an equivalent degree. English proficiency as demonstrated through approved previous studies or internationally recognized test.Typically students who have previously studied Tourism, Business or Economics are good candidates for the TDD program however we have admitted students with other academic and professional backgrounds.If you have questions about these entry requirements or if you are unsure whether or not you are eligible for the programme, please contact Programme Director Susanna Heldt Cassel Language ProficiencyEnglish B is equivalent to the following:IELTS 6.5 no test below 5.5 TOEFL internet 90, TWE 20 TOEFL paper 575, TWE 4.5 University of Cambridge/OxfordCertificate in Advanced EnglishCertificate of ProficiencyDiploma of English StudiesNote:Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA do not have to prove their English proficiency.Applicants from West Africa can demonstrate their proficiency with a "Pass" in English language in WAEC/NECO tests.Applicants are advised to submit certificates and transcripts from upper- secondary school together with the Higher Education document, as they may be relevant upon assessment of English language eligibility. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90


There are a number ofscholarships available for successful applicants to the Tourism Destination Development Programme who are applying from non-EU/EEA countries.
Students from the following countries are not eligible for these scholarships: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.

Applicants from these countries may apply for Swedish Institute scholarships.

Value of Scholarships

Up to 18 scholarships available that cover 25% of tuition fees for one year (60 credits).

Up to 7 scholarships available that cover 50% of tuition fees for one year (60 credits).

For more information about scholarships, please visit or contact


Dalarna University is accredited by the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

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