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How can entrepreneurship for destination development contribute to sustainability? You will be able to answer this question after graduating from this specialisation. You will be working together with researchers and lecturers to create a career in sustainable destination development. The programme is held at Uppsala University Campus Gotland, in the World Heritage city of Visby, one of the most appreciated tourist destinations in the Nordic countries.

WHY THIS PROGRAMME?

Tourist destinations across the world face major challenges. With less visitors, their economies will be threatened; with more visitors, their social, cultural and ecological sustainability will be threatened. How can visits become sustainable? What is required to achieve sustainable visitor locations, and how can we ensure they will remain this way? You should study this specialisation in Entrepreneurship for Destination Development, within the Master’s Programme in Sustainable Destination Development, if you want to develop cross-border, international key competencies in this field.

In close collaboration with the tourist industry, regional authorities and the community, you will be requested to perform theoretical, strategical and practical work, including all the challenges visitor-intensive regions across the world will be facing in the future. The aim of the programme is to familiarise yourself with issues relating to sustainable regional and destination development from many different perspectives for use in your future occupation, encompassing supervision, community planning, education, research, communication, management of natural resources or decision-making.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • have close collaboration with the tourist industry, regional authorities and the community
  • explore what is required to achieve sustainable visitor locations
  • be able to handle all the challenges visitor-intensive regions across the world will be facing in the future

If you opt to study for two years at Uppsala University you can select one of the other specialisations within this Master’s Programme in Sustainable Destination Development during the second year:

Student profile
Regardless of what you have been studying before, you are interested in sustainable tourism and how to preserve both nature and history in a sustainable way. You might have some practical experience working in the field after earning your Bachelor’s degree but you have not forgotten your broad theoretical base and study techniques. You are now looking for an education that gives you both a theoretical understanding and practical experience in working with sustainable destination management.

You are highly motivated and have confidence in your own ability and knowledge. You have an analytical attitude and are both able and willing to express your thoughts. Talking and writing in English is surely no problem for you and you expect to contribute as much to the educational experience of others as you expect to learn from their previous experiences and knowledge. You are used to working independently and in groups and always see education as an opportunity to learn as much as possible, whether it is in the curriculum or not. You are curious and ambitious.

You, as we, believe that experts in this field will be in high demand since the tourism sector is facing more and more serious sustainability challenges, socially, ecologically and economically. Therefore, starting to work right after graduation is something you are considering. A future PhD education is also a possibility you might have thought about so you would value an opportunity to get in closer contact with current research.

DEGREE

The programme leads to a Master of Science (60 credits) with Sustainable Destination Development as the main field of study

 

Requirements:

Academic requirements
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE

More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Fees:

If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 145000

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