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Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 6.82 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 17.5 k / Year(s)  
92 place StudyQA ranking:6179 Duration:12 months

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This Masters in Tourism, Heritage and Sustainability uses academic approaches from the social sciences and the arts to investigate key themes.

These include motivation, impacts, sustainable development, cultural and natural heritage, interpretation and management within this field. Students will analyse examples from around the world. The programme is deeply international in context and also offers case studies and fieldtrips in Scotland.

  • This programme is unique to the UK as it combines tourism, heritage and sustainability with a social science and arts based approach
  • With increased awareness of sustainability issues, the programme embraces the need for further engagement across all dimensions of this theme
  • Courses delivered by internationally recognized experts. All courses include field trips
  • Series of guest lecturers with experience in relevant sectors
  • The programme gives the student the opportunity to develop a vast repertoire of knowledge and expertise in the subject area through interdisciplinary and critical approaches to study
  • Students may incorporate work placements into their final Project Report in the summer period
  • The local region of the Dumfries campus has fine examples of natural and cultural heritage, including reserves, museums, theme towns and castles
  • The Dumfries campus also hosts the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture, and is a centre of expertise in environmental and sustainability issues
  • The Dumfries campus is relatively small and located in a friendly Scottish town which enables students to gain a sense of belonging quickly.There are excellent IT facilities on the campus for the use of students. Students are able to take advantage of facilities at the Glasgow city campus, which also affords opportunities to visit and investigate world class museums and galleries.

Career prospects

Potential employers include:

  • Government agencies
  • Local government
  • Museums
  • Heritage centres and attractions
  • Tourist boards (regional and national)
  • Education (further and higher).

In the private sector there are heritage attractions, hotels, travel agencies and tour companies, consultancies and media organisations. Students may use this degree programme as a base from which to move into further research and study; and it will give transferable skills for a variety of graduate careers.


Four courses (3 core, 1 optional): two per-semester Dissertation (12,000 – 15, 000 words) or Project Report (8,000 – 10,000) taken in summer months. This is primarily an independent student-led experience, with regular supervisory tutorials to give guidance.

Teaching methods

Teaching will be provided through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, UK field work classes, and project work. This will vary by course, although the majority will be lectures and seminars.

Core Courses

  • Tourism and regional development (30 credits)
  • Heritage management in context: Theory and practice (30 credits)
  • Tourism, sustainability and climate change (30 credits)

Optional Courses

  • Heritage, interpretation and development (30 credits)
  • Tourism: Social science approaches (30 credits)
Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.Further information regarding academic entry language requirementsFor applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):overall score 6.5no sub-test less than 6.0or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)Common equivalent English language qualifications:ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimumCPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): CminimumPTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59Pre-sessional coursesThe University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:Language Centre, University of GlasgowBALEAP guide to accredited courses English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

As a commitment to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence, the University of Glasgow offers a wide range of financial support.

The University of Glasgow also offers funding opportunities to its current students wanting to carry out a project or a piece of research away from the University.


The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School has accreditations by the following professional bodies:

  • Accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Accredited by the Association of MBAs (for the MBA programme)
  • Accreditation by professional accountancy bodies
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

We are also members of the Association of Business Schools and of theEuropean Foundation for Management Development.

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