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Five Commonwealth Scholarships to study MSc Responsible Tourism Management: Original Deadlines Extended

MSc Responsible Tourism Management Commonwealth distance learning scholarships for students from Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.

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2019/20 cohort of Commonwealth Scholars, RTM and DEKUTS staff on campus at Nyeri, Kenya

Leeds Beckett University (UK) have been awarded funding for five Commonwealth Distance Learning scholarships to study MSc Responsible Tourism Management. Students will be taught through a combination of online learning and face-to-face teaching delivered in Kenya (at the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology), and possibly in Rwanda.

Lucy McCombes, Senior Lecturer in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett, said: “Within the travel and tourism industry, there is an increasing focus on the need to adopt responsible business practices that improve the quality of life for communities and conserve the environment and local cultures. This course helps meet the resulting demand for managers with the ability to implement responsible strategies within marketing, operations and product development.”

This is the only Responsible Tourism Management course in the world that is certified by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) TedQual programme. It is rated 5 stars in QS World University Rankings and delivers an applied and holistic understanding of the tourism industry.

The course is aimed at early to mid-career tourism professionals who will be able to study part-time over three years. This will allow them to apply their learning to their workplace and contribute to local economic development/poverty reduction through delivering responsible tourism. It is taught by staff with first-hand experience in tourism management, research and consultancy, who will share their global expertise.

Lucy added: “We are now recruiting five high-quality postgraduate students who are citizens of Kenya, Rwanda, or Tanzania who wish to access training not available in their home countries, or who need to remain in their home country while they study. They will have the potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire.”

Scholarships include all tuition fees and fieldtrips, and the cost of flights for those students selected from outside of the country where face-to-face teaching is delivered.

These places offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission have been funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth. They are a great opportunity for Leeds Beckett to build on an existing cohort of Commonwealth Scholars in East Africa and enhance their professional network of responsible tourism practitioners and researchers in the region and worldwide. See the following short film to hear more about the experience of our current Commonwealth students based at RBS in Mauritius.

Applications for candidates are expected to open on 2 March 2020 at 16.00 (GMT) and scholarship applications must be made by 16.00 (GMT) on 4 May 2020 via the Commonwealth online application system. Candidates must upload supporting references by 22 May 2020. For further information and how to apply visit: CSCUK website. Note candidates must also apply for a place at Leeds Beckett University before the deadline on 4 May 2020 and can apply here.

If you have any queries about the course, the scholarships or your application please contact Davina Stanford (email: or Lucy McCombes (email: at Leeds Beckett University (using CSC RTM in the subject header).

2019/20 cohort of Commonwealth Scholars and RTM staff on the equator line during our field trip to Kenya

2019/20 cohort of Commonwealth Scholars and RTM staff on the equator line during our field trip to Kenya

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Dr Davina Stanford

Dr Davina Stanford is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and is Course Leader on the Responsible Tourism MSc.

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