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Tourism Studies - master


Duration:2 År
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 theoretically founded tourism, hospitality, out-door recreation or event studies, or within marketing and communication, social sciences, humanities or education. Applicants must have a minimum of 5 ECTS in research methods to fulfil the admission requirements.
Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15 April, EU/EEA + Swiss applicants: 1 March, Non-EU/EEA applicants: 15 November
Application code:

Nordic applicants: 9530

EU/EEA + Swiss applicants: 7166

Non-EU/EEA applicants: 2061

Programme description

Tourism is an increasingly important global phenomenon, involving social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental opportunities and challenges. Tourism must be able to negotiate constantly changing circumstances. 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 developments and growth also challenges 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 and concerns in tourism. Students will address 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 regarding policy and practice of sustainability; how the tourists co-produce the products and experiences, 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 provide nuanced understandings of sustainable tourism in a variety of contexts. By the end of the program, students should be able to employ such scholarly understandings in a Master's thesis project, conducted in line with social-scientific and humanities-oriented theoretical approaches.

Programme structure

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) REI-3011 Tourism theory and the tourist experience - 10 stp. REI-3012 Nature and tourism in an era of climate change - 10 stp. REI-3013 Indigenous Heritages in Tourism - 10 stp.
2. sem. (spring) REI-3001 Philosophy of Social Science - 10 stp. REI-3014 Qualitative methods - 10 stp. REI-3015 Festival and event tourism - 10 stp.
3. sem. (autumn) REI-3910 Master's thesis - 45 stp. REI-3005 Tourism Marketing - 10 stp. REI-3016 Quantitative methods - 5 stp.
4. sem. (spring)

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 classroom lectures as well as 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 reflect on and 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 the online learning platform and Wiseflow the examination platform.

Examination takes place in the form of written home exams and oral exam.

A good student environment is achieved through academic and social activities, close contact between lecturer and students during teaching weeks and online 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.

Language of instruction


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.