Postgraduate MSc

Responsible Tourism Management

Implement responsible industry practices that improve communities' quality of life and conserve the environment and culture of destinations within travel and tourism.

Responsible Tourism Management

Course Overview

  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    Distance Learning
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    12 Months
  • Start date


    13 Sep 2021

This distinctive postgraduate programme is the only responsible tourism management MSc in the world certified by the UNWTO.TedQual programme established by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. It is taught by staff with first-hand experience in tourism management, research and consultancy, who will share their global expertise with you.

Designed to develop your professional experience in tourism, heritage, and sustainable development, this course will also help meet the resulting demand for managers who can implement responsible tourism strategies within marketing, operations and product development.

As part of your course, you’ll:

  • Explore domestic and international tourism - and understand that the principles of responsible tourism are as applicable to the Yorkshire Dales as they are to The Gambia
  • Plan, implement and evaluate responsible tourism policies and practices
  • Understand and manage the complex interactions between tourism stakeholders
  • Identify, create and implement appropriate responses to better manage common resource use issues

The course is informed by relevant theories and practice-based tools and frameworks, such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council criteria for hotels, tour operators and for destinations; the Sustainable Development Goals and the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

The Cape Town Declaration for Responsible Tourism
Building on the Declaration’s principles, the course’s philosophy acknowledges the importance of making “all forms of tourism sustainable through all stakeholders taking responsibility for creating better forms of tourism”. 

Using research informed teaching and the application of a critical edge, you will study how the Cape Town Declarations aspirations can be met, looking at:

  • The triple bottom line concept
  • Stakeholder theory
  • Resilience
  • Creating shared value
  • Corporate social responsibility 
  • Theories of change and change management

Why study Responsible Tourism Management at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. A global reputation - The School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality Management was ranked in the top 50 best schools globally in 2020 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities
  2. Expert practitioners - Our specialist teaching team includes research-active academics and industry professionals who work as consultants to the course – expertise which feeds into your learning
  3. Like minds - You’ll work with a diverse mix of students from across the School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality Management to share ideas and best practice
  4. Networking - Develop professionals contacts when visiting speakers come to offer unique industry insights during guest lectures
  5. Sandwich year - Deepen your skills and experience, build your confidence, contacts, and CV, and improve your chances of jumping straight into a job after graduation with a paid sandwich year
  6. Support - Not only will we support your throughout your course, you can continue to access careers support up to five years after graduating
Accredited by UNWTO and an ITT recognised university:
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