The Master's course in International Tourism and Aviation Management seeks to bring together the theories, concepts and practices to develop critical understandings of a managerial career within either the tourism or aviation industry.
The MA offers an opportunity to enhance research skills to advance employability in the tourism or aviation industry. It is offered as a one-year full-time and two-year part-time course. This course is delivered in an internationally recognised institution.
Why choose this course?
During the course, you will adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the study of tourism and aviation management by drawing upon international case study material to understand the global operations of both the tourism and aviation sectors.
The MA is taught by an experienced team of academics, all with a background in either tourism and/or aviation management. Many of these staff are extensively published and are asked to speak at events and conferences throughout the world. There are several practice-based features of the course which may include guest speakers from industry, use of industry-relevant briefs as well as field work and field trips.
The unique selling point of UWL's postgraduate programmes remains our simple curriculum structure, the eclectic mix of disciplines that contribute to the course and the range of specialist modules in tourism and aviation which reflect the knowledge and expertise of staff and give the course its special 'flavour' and focus.
The underlying philosophy of the study of tourism and aviation is that it should equip students with a number of academic and industry-specific skills appropriate for finding suitable employment within a service-based economy.
MA International Tourism and Aviation Management adopts a blended teaching and learning strategy. This includes the use of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and self-managed personal research. The use of information and communications technology together with electronic learning support materials and e-books are central to the delivery of the curriculum. A feature of our learning approach is the use of industry-based briefs.
Extended MA International Tourism and Aviation Management
If you have completed an undergraduate degree and not met the entry criteria for the MA International Tourism and Aviation Management course, you may qualify for our Extended MA International Tourism and Aviation Management option. It includes two additional modules. They are:
- Advanced Study Skills
- Critical Thinking, Analysis and Evaluation
To help you get the most out of your studies, English language support is also available on this programme if needed.
When you have successfully completed the modules above and you have attended all language support sessions (if applicable) you will automatically progress to the modules listed on the 'course details' tab of this page.
The Extended MA International Tourism and Aviation Management course starts on 13 May 2019 and the total duration is approximately 15 months. Note that the Extended MA in International Tourism and Aviation Management option must be studied full time and the fee is different from the standard MA International Tourism and Aviation Management.
This course is run by the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.
Comprised of experienced and respected academics, the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism teaching staff includes:
The Dean of the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism James Edmunds has over two decades’ experience of teaching and managing tourism, hospitality and aviation courses within higher education. Most recently, he has been involved in managing commercial pilot degree teaching contracts, which has involved working with the world's two largest flight training providers as well as a number of high profile international airlines.
Career and study progression
Tourism and aviation students traditionally find themselves working in a variety of different sectors of the industry, anywhere in the world, including:
- tour operations
- attractions management
- business travel.
On completion of your course, if you wish to study further, you will have the opportunity to study at MPhil and PhD level.
Learning Support is free and available to all tourism students. This includes the use of personal tutors, student mentors and electronic learning materials. The programme prides itself on its policy of open-access to students. In association with the University, the course offers an English and Academic Skills programme for international and overseas students. This runs before the course start date with additional support sessions during the period of study. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Assessments feature both formative (in-course) and summative (final) assessment. Normally a module comprises of no more than two or three pieces of work. No formal examinations are set. The course embraces the use of essays, reports, presentations, case studies, portfolios, audits, in-class tests, project plans, industry-based briefs, business games and work-place simulation (to name but a few). Traditionally the teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the school at Masters level has been to engage with a wide variety of assessment techniques reflecting the broad abilities of different students to meet the assessment outcomes of the various modules.
- Tourism and Aviation Principles and Practices
- Understanding the Consumer
- Aviation Operations
- Destination Management
- Responsible Tourism and Aviation
- Strategic Management for the Tourism and Aviation Industry
- Research Methods
- The Dissertation
You would normally be expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 or above) in any subject from a UK university or equivalent.
All applications are considered on their individual merits. The course welcomes applications from mature and non-standard entry students. Here interview procedures are expected to apply.
In all instances, two references are required.
Extended MA International Tourism and Aviation Management
To study the Extended MA International Tourism and Aviation Management programme you will need:
- A Bachelor's degree
- International students need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 6.5 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).
- We will also consider you for this course with IELTS between 6.0-6.5 - in this case, you would need to complete an English language course during your first semester, which we provide at no additional cost.
International requirements for standard MA International Tourism and Aviation Management
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above and a minimum of 6.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).
In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications.