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Tourism Studies - master


Duration:2 Years
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Tourism Studies
Admission requirements:Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or an equivalent qualification, with a minimum of 80 ECTS within tourism, out-door recreation, event studies, marketing and communication, social sciences, humanities or eduction. Applicants must have a minimum of 5 ECTS in research methods to fulfil the admission requirements.
Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15 April
International applicants: 1 December
Application code:Nordic applicants: 9530
International applicants: 2061

Programme description

Tourism is an increasingly important global phenomenon, which involves social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental opportunities and challenges. Expanding economies enable more people to travel frequently and over longer distances to experience landscapes, townscapes, cultures, and peoples. Globalization and technological developments enable increased mobilities, and thus tourism activities. Tourism development and growth also challenges the sustainability of ecologies in the era of climate change.

This study program seeks to provide students with thorough knowledge about how to balance environmental, economic, and socio-cultural benefits ans concerns in tourism. In particular, students will adress how to meet tourist markets' demands for nature and heritage experiences, without compromising future generations' access to these. Throughout the program, students will obtain specialized insights into the complexities of tourism in relation to experiences, in how tourism is performed and marketed, and how it shapes - and is shaped by - cultural, social, economic, temporal and spatial power relations. The specialized insights should enable students to analyze tourism in ways that give nuanced understandings of sustainable tourism in a variety of settings. By the end of the program, students should be able to employ such scholarly understandings in a Master's thesis, based on social-scientific and humanities-oriented theoretical approaches.

Programme structure

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1st Term (Fall)
2nd Term (Spring)
3rd Term (Fall)
4rt Term (Spring)
Master Thesis
*Master thesis seminars will start in the first semester and continue in the second and third semester. The Master thesis seminar prepares the students for their Master thesis

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students should have obtained the following:


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General competence:

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Teaching and assessment

The course activities consist of different teaching methods. Research-based teaching takes place in seminars with lectures in classroom and fieldwork, and further relies on students' participation in group work, discussions, and presentations. The courses, Philosophy of Social Sciences, Qualitative and Quantitative methods contribute to the students' development of theoretical understanding and reflection, which students will continue to develop throughout the program.

Students will analyze, discuss, and position their knowledge in light of relevant contexts. Through group work, students will be able to discuss subjects to gain deeper understanding. In individual tasks, students will use theoretical literature and examples from the tourism industry. Students will receive supervision and individual guidance in writing papers and assignments. Students are expected to study independently, including curriculum not specified in the scheduled teaching. Canvas is used for the online learning platform and Wiseflow for the examination platform.

Examination methods will vary from course to course, and will generally ble written home exams and school exams as well as oral exams.

A good student environment is achieved through academic and social activities, close contact between lecturer and students during teaching weeks ans skype meetings with remote students.

To achieve the learning outcomes, students must expect to work 40 hours a week in their studies, including lectures, seminars and self-study.

An individual Master's thesis will consist of approximately 30000 words. The exam will consist of a written Master's thesis and an oral exam.

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Exchange possibilities

UiT - The Arctic University of Norway cooperates with international universities regarding student exchange at the Master's level in line with NOKUT's requirements. Student exchange is possible in Semester 3.

Job prospectives

The Master of Tourism Studies forms the basis for a range of fields of work associated with:

Access to further studies

With a Master's degree in Tourism Studies, students can apply for admission to a PhD program at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, or PhD programs at other national and international institutions.