Tourism MSc

What is special about this course?

Recent worldwide developments have impacted our lives in every way. The tourism industry has never faced a greater global challenge or been in more need of skilled, focused expertise to guide it through these unprecedented times.

Developing the skills and resilience needed in such an environment as we find ourselves today is central to the MSc Tourism programme. You will concentrate on adapting to changing contexts, as framed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are being mainstreamed and adopted as an ‘international currency’ by different countries and nations, including Scotland.

Another key programme focus will be in developing and utilising meta-skills such as complex problem solving, critical thinking, communication, creativity and leadership. You will gain the benefit of observing and experiencing incremental progress and engaging with new tools and methods.

This fully online programme offers two specialised exit awards; the pathway you choose will depend on your own specific background and interests:

MSc Tourism
Travelling with a purpose will be the new tourism mindset. This pathway is for the tourism professional wanting to support communities, destinations and businesses in tourism, as part of the solution rather than the problem, for a sustainable and successful future.

MSc Tourism (Enterprise)
Tourism is a major part of the experience economy. This pathway is for the tourism professional wanting to create meaningful connections between operators and visitors, and ensure expenditure is directed to positive outcomes where quality of life matters.

Both pathways will help you develop and build on your specific interests and expertise, and gain practical, analytical, and highly transferable skills sought after by employers.

Special features

  • The programme offers two pathways:
    • MSc Tourism
    • MSc Tourism (Enterprise)
  • You can study online from anywhere in the UK or the world, giving you the flexibility to work around your schedule and lifestyle
  • You will develop a strong portfolio of ideas, techniques, skills and templates to use as launch pads for yourself and others, in your current and future workplace: get things done and make a difference
  • You can choose to study towards the career-enhancing qualifications of PgCert, PgDip or the full MSc degree, or take individual modules for personal or professional development
  • You wil be encouraged to select assessments, topics and project work linked to your employment or career choices. In the full Masters you can also undertake project work at an advanced level

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 honours degree or above
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

Access routes include:




All students will study the following three core modules (20 credits each):

  • Winds of change - contemporary issues in tourism
  • Out of decline - regenerative tourism
  • Managing in the global network


All students will study three modules from the following (20 credits each):

  • Local economic development (core for Enterprise pathway)
  • Strategic marketing (core for Enterprise pathway)
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Nature worth seeing – natural assets and protected area tourism
  • Selling cold islands
  • Developing communities
  • Research methods and techniques (core for dissertation)


To achieve the award of MSc Tourism you must complete a 60 credit professional business project or dissertation.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed to be fully online, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course and will be able to meet your fellow students, lecturers and personal academic tutor through video conferencing.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 18 months @ 36 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 3 years @ 12-24 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): up to 6 years @ 9 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in online lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
You should allocate approximately 12 hours per week to each 20-credit module.

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI

This course is fully online. You will be enrolled and receive support from tutors at Perth College UHI.

Start date

  • September
  • January


Fees payable for this online postgraduate course depend on your assessed fee status:

2020-21Scottish (SC) and EU (EU)*Rest of UK (RUKO ) and EU (EUO**) International (INTO)**
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £2,940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £8,820
2019-20Scottish (SC) and EU (EU)*Rest of UK (RUKO ) and EU (EUO**) International (INTO)**
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £960
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £2,880
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £5,760
Masters degree (60 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £8,640

*EU students with a term-time address in Scotland.

** EU or international students studying from their own country.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

This course is not open to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the MSc Tourism, you will leave with the inspiration, understanding and confidence to define and respond to tourism’s pressing social, economic and environmental priorities.
You may pursue or further develop a career in several different tourism spheres, such as:

  • Management positions in the public sector or non-governmental organisations
  • Working in destination management in the UK, Europe or further afield
  • Working in rural landscapes and protected areas that are engaged with the tourism economy
  • Working with community tourism projects or helping private sector tourism businesses use the economy to deliver social and environmental good

Can I progress into further study?

The MSc Tourism provides excellent preparation and training for further advanced study (including PhD) in many areas of socio-economic, environmental and responsible tourism research.

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Apply for Tourism MSc

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2021 or Aug/Sep 2021 or Jan/Feb 2022

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.