How can destination development contribute to sustainability? This is what you will explore in the Master’s Programme in Sustainable Destination Development. During your studies you will work together with researchers and lecturers in a wide range of subjects with the objective of 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.
In close collaboration with the tourist industry, regional authorities and the community, you will be requested to perform theoretical, strategic 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.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
Tourist destinations across the world face major challenges. With fewer visitors, their economies will be threatened; with more visitors, their social, cultural and ecological sustainability will be threatened. The programme will explore key questions such as, how can visits become sustainable? What is required to achieve sustainable visitor locations, and how can we ensure they will remain this way?
Sustainable Destination Development is a new Master’s programme aimed at those who want to develop cross-border, international key competencies in this field. You choose two of three specialisations – entrepreneurship, cultural heritage policies and nature-based tourism – to develop your desired academic profile.
During the programme you can expect to:
- specialise in an area of your interest
- develop your own projects within the scope of the programme themes
- study at a truly unique academic environment
You will be studying themes such as ecological and cultural sustainability, the shape and importance of locations, management of natural and cultural resources, the principles of environmental assessment, entrepreneurship and strategic leadership. At Campus Gotland you will find dedicated researchers and lecturers who work with sustainability from a broad, critical and cross-border perspective, and in close proximity to all the players who in one way or another work with tourist visits.
The programme will prepare you for a career focusing on sustainability issues in tourist-intensive regions anywhere in the world, in public administration, at state, county and municipal level, in destination companies, in private tourist enterprises or as an independent entrepreneur. The interdisciplinary design of this programme will promote the understanding of other subject areas and will strengthen knowledge on the opportunities and limitations within sustainable development. Interaction with students from different countries will also stimulate the understanding of the complexity of sustainability challenges as well as boost the knowledge of possible solutions to the issues, while it will provide you with an invaluable network of like-minded people in this field.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Sustainable Destination Development as the main field of study.
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
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
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
- a statement of purpose (1 page).
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 290000
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