The master of tourism studies programme is designed to prepare students for career entry or positions in commercial, public, or non-profit organisations that provide visitor services at the local, national, or international level. The programme also provides students with necessary academic foundations to proceed to a PhD.
Tourism is an increasingly important global phenomenon, which involves social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental opportunities and challenges. Expanding economies enable more people to travel frequently and over longer distances to experience landscapes, townscapes, cultures, and peoples. Globalization and technological developments enable increased mobilities, and thus tourism activities. Tourism development and growth also challenges the sustainability of ecologies in the era of climate change.
This study program seeks to provide students with thorough knowledge about how to balance environmental, economic, and socio-cultural benefits ans concerns in tourism. In particular, students will adress how to meet tourist markets’ demands for nature and heritage experiences, without compromising future generations’ access to these. Throughout the program, students will obtain specialized insights into the complexities of tourism in relation to experiences, in how tourism is performed and marketed, and how it shapes – and is shaped by – cultural, social, economic, temporal and spatial power relations. The specialized insights should enable students to analyze tourism in ways that give nuanced understandings of sustainable tourism in a variety of settings. By the end of the program, students should be able to employ such scholarly understandings in a Master’s thesis, based on social-scientific and humanities-oriented theoretical approaches.
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|1st Term (Fall)||
REI-3011 Tourism theory and the tourist experience
REI-3012 Nature and tourism in an era of climate change
REI-3013 Indigenous Heritages in Tourism
|2nd Term (Spring)||
REI-3001 Philosophy of social sciences – 10 ECTS
REI-3014 Qualitative methods – 10 ECTS
REI-3015 Festival and event tourism – 10 ECTS
|3rd Term (Fall)||
REI-3005 Tourism marketing – 10 ECTS
REI-3016 Quantitative methods – 5 ECTS
REI-3910 Master’s thesis – 45 ECTS*
|4rt Term (Spring)||
*Master thesis seminars will start in the first semester and continue in the second and third semester. The Master thesis seminar prepares the students for their Master thesis
Upon successful completion of the program, students should have obtained the following:
The student should have
- a thorough knowledge of seminal and contemporary theories within the field of tourism studies
- an in-depth knowledge of research processes and methods adapted to issues within the field of tourism studies
- advanced knowledge of sustainability and responsibility in tourism, in particular as relevant to nature and heritage tourism
- the ability to apply theoretical and methodological knowledge of new areas within tourism studies
- the ability to analyze professional issues based on the history, tradition, specialization, and role of tourism in society
The student should be able to
- critically consider the solidity of information on and descriptions of tourism gained from various sources
- demonstrate analytical capacity by structuring and formulating professional arguments that contribute to innovative solutions in sustainable and responsible tourism
- analyze and relate critically to existing theories, methods and intrepretations within tourism studies, as well as apply tourism perspectives in practical and theoretical problem solving
- make use of relevant research in an independent manner, to contribute to the development of strategies and new opportunities in nature and heritage tourism
- develop research questions and make use of relevant research methods to collect and analyze data concerning tourism objectives
- carry out an independent research project in the field of tourism, under supervision and in accordance with current norms for research ethics.
The student should be able to
- design, plan, develop and carry out tourism research projects
- critically analyze the tourism industry, tourists’ practices and tourism relevant policies as well as consider the ethical concerns and potential dilemmas they imply
- apply reflexive thinking to contribute to innovative processes in heritage and nature tourism development
- contribute to a sustainable and responsible tourism industry and governance of tourism development
- apply knowledge and skills independently and innovatively through cooperation in research, government and industry contexts
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS), or an equivalent qualification, with a minimum of 80 ECTS within tourism, out-door recreation, event studies, marketing and communication, social sciences, humanities or education.
International applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand: An average grade C as a minimum requirement,
International applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned region/countries: An average grade B as a minimum requirement in addition to fulfilling formal admission requirements for Master’s level entry.
Non-EU applicants need to have a Higher Education Entrance Qualification from their home countries and certified fulfilment of English language requirements.
For more details on admission requirements (GSU-list etc.):
Proof of English Proficiency (International Admissions)
Please visit the website of The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration for information regarding Norwegian residence permits.
The maximum number of students accepted per year is 15.
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