Tourism and Hospitality MSc (CID1122)




University of Sunderland

Tourism and Hospitality MSc

Course overview 

This Masters course is designed to give you a head start in the tourism and hospitality sectors, which are part of one of the world’s largest industries.

Our Tourism and Hospitality MSc brings together a rigorous social science approach with the development of skills that are needed by, for example, restaurant entrepreneurs, resort coordinators and hotel managers.

We welcome applications from graduates of any discipline. You will study theoretical approaches through modules such as ‘Critical Tourism Theory and Methods’ and ‘International Tourism and Development’. There is a core module in ‘Hospitality Management Studies’ and an optional module with a focus on work-based learning. You will negotiate the final phase of the course with your tutors to reflect your personal interests and career aspirations.

The University of Sunderland is ranked fourth in the UK for tourism, transport and travel, according to The Guardian University Guide 2015. Our active research interests include cultural geographies of tourism, tourism political economies, heritage management and events. Our research informs the content of our course and enhances your learning experience.

This course is taught in London. We also offer a full-time Tourism and Hospitality MSc and a part-time Tourism and Hospitality MSc at our Sunderland Campus.

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, study visits and group work. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include essays, exams, presentations, portfolios of evidence and a dissertation.

Information about course regulations and documentation can be found on the University of Sunderland Academic Services website.

Modular structure



This module is conceived as a travel guide to the increasingly complex and ever exciting world of tourism. Like any guidebook it seeks to stimulate the imagination, point out noteworthy areas of interest and facilitate the learning experience.

On successful completion of this module, you will have demonstrated:

  • A critical understanding of the key concepts and issues associated with international tourism
  • A critical awareness of the changing role of tourism in contemporary societies
  • The ability to critically appraise academic literature on tourism
  • The ability to produce high quality written work that is appropriate for academic and industry audiences
  • The ability to apply academic knowledge and concepts to the analysis of international tourism


This module aims to develop learners’ critical understanding of the philosophical, methodological and theoretical underpinnings of research in the tourism, hospitality and event industries. Specific focus will be on the main research philosophies including positivism, constructivism and critical theory and on methodological approaches such as ethnography.

On successful completion of this module, you will have demonstrated:

  • Critical understanding of the philosophical and methodological underpinnings of research in tourism, hospitality and events
  • Critical appreciation of recent theoretical approaches in tourism, hospitality and events
  • In-depth awareness and evaluation of the range of qualitative and quantitative methods employed in researching tourism, hospitality and events
  • The ability to plan a research proposal in tourism, hospitality or events


International Hospitality Management covers many aspects of the hospitality industries. The focus is on contemporary issues, and as such the exact content will vary from year to year.

However, topics which will be included are: the impacts of globalization, strategic hospitality management, change management in the hospitality industries, international marketing and branding, global trend analysis, the impact of IT, food and the hospitality industries.


This module facilitates the design and implementation of a significant piece of primary research on a topic of interest to you in International Tourism and Hospitality Management.

You will develop and apply the following skills: designing and focusing research; writing research proposals; formulating aims and objectives; selecting and implementing research methods; conducting a literature review; searching relevant documents; the collection of empirical data and appropriate analysis; the presentation of data in written and visual forms; the interpretation of data and its relation to contextual material; referencing; bibliographies; the use of appendices; the production of a research report and the related use of computer software packages.

Optional module:


This module is an open platform for you to engage with current practices, issues and debates in Tourism, Hospitality and Events.

As well introducing you to the latest theoretical debates in the field, this module offers the opportunity to gain an inside knowledge of current trends in the sector. You will critically reflect on the relationship between theory and practice in tourism, hospitality and events, establishing a fruitful dialogue between academia and industry.

Fees and funding

The annual tuition fee for this course is £4,750 for students from the UK / EU. If you are a University of Sunderland graduate, you will receive a £750 alumni discount on your tuition fee.

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