MSc International Tourism Management

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

About this course

LJMU's International Tourism Management MSc develops the knowledge and skills to work in this fast-paced sector, calling on extensive links with the tourism industry.

  • Study on a course recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI)
  • Study global tourism in the heart of Liverpool – a thriving, cosmopolitan city with its own multi-million pound tourist industry
  • Develop the knowledge and skills required by management professionals in the international tourism sector
  • Benefit from industry speakers and placement opportunities
  • Discover current and emerging sector developments through the programme's wide-ranging links with the tourism industry
  • Enjoy excellent career opportunities in the public and private sectors in tourism, leisure and hospitality

Our MSc in Tourism is a flexible programme designed for new graduates and those already working in the tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors. 

As with previous Tourism Masters courses, the MSc is expected to attract students from all parts of the globe including the UK, Africa, America and China. Such varied cohorts enrich the learning process, bringing together different experiences and facilitating informed discussion and knowledge sharing.

Employability and career progression is a key objective of the course. The curriculum builds the knowledge, critical analysis and research skills required to work in global tourism management.

Trips to tourism organisations and talks by guest lecturers and industry professionals give you an insider’s view of the sector. A solid grounding in management sciences equips you for a variety of careers and, as learning is directly informed by the latest developments, you will champion contemporary practice. 

Led by expert tutors actively engaged in research and consultancy work nationally and internationally, this eagerly-anticipated Masters will cover a host of key topics. You will study the globalisation of tourism services, management and leadership practice, resource management, global tourism marketing and strategic planning.


AACSB International –The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business logoLiverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University is a member of AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide. Through membership, accreditation, research, thought leadership, professional development, and advocacy, AACSB partners with over 1,500 organizations, from more than 90 countries globally. Membership or participation in the Global Education Alliance does not imply accreditation.

Professional body recognition

This course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI). TMI is the professional body for destination management practitioners, with members drawn from all levels of the private and public sectors: national, regional, sub regional and local. TMI seeks to support professional development within the sector, for potential entrants as well as existing practitioners.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees


Home (full-time, per year):


Home (per credit):


International (full-time, per year):


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

During your studies you will benefit from exceptional networking possibilities and, as a graduate, you will enjoy first class employment opportunities. 

The programme develops a host of transferable skills and will ensure that you are ready for the world of work and engaging, successful careers.

Graduates of our previous Masters courses have gone on to take up management positions right across the global tourism sector. Many hold 

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senior positions in hotels, tourist attractions and tourist resorts, whilst others have set up their own businesses. 

The student experience

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

This course is currently undergoing a review which may impact the advertised modules. Any changes will be communicated to interested parties to ensure they wish to proceed with their application after any review changes have been confirmed. 

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Core Modules

Research Methods
20 credits

This module encourages you to identify and critically evaluate appropriate research methods and methodologies for your own research.

International Marketing Management for Tourism and Hospitality
20 credits

This module provides a critical and analytical framework for international marketing management relating to tourism and its stakeholders. You will analyse the macro and micro environment and the marketing mix.

Strategic Management
20 credits

This module introduces you to strategic management processes in a range of international tourism contexts.

Critical Perspectives in Tourism and Hospitality Management
20 credits

This module will extend your understanding of contemporary issues impacting the management of international tourism and hospitality organisations.

Managing Resources in Tourism and Hospitality
20 credits

This module develops a critical understanding of the major issues surrounding the management of resources in tourism.

Developing Professional Practice
20 credits

This module enables you to develop your professional practice with regards to an international tourism management topic of your choice.

Individual Research Project
60 credits

This module aims to develop the skills to plan and execute a research project and demonstrate critical and holistic knowledge. It provides a deeper understanding of your chosen subject area.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Students will attend university for teaching two days a week.  This is likely to be on Tuesday and Friday - though days are still to be confirmed. Part-time students will take five out of seven modules in the first year and the remaining two modules in the second year. The two modules that are undertaken in the second year are the Individual Research Project and Developing Professional Practice. 

Teaching methods

A wide variety of teaching methods are used on the course including: interactive lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars, group work, guest lectures and engagement with tourism industry managers through guest presentations and visits to industry partners. 

The programme also makes extensive use of LJMU’s virtual learning environment.

Student support levels are exceptionally high in this subject area, with course tutors previously nominated for Teacher Excellence awards in recognition of their outstanding pastoral and academic support for postgraduate students.

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Applied learning

Teaching is provided by both research active staff, with industry experience, and external professionals. This ensures that all courses are in line with current and developing practice. The programme also provides a range of opportunities to network with industry professionals and enables you to access placements in the tourism industry.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

There are one or two coursework assessment tasks per module. You will work on essays, reports, poster presentations, individual projects, case studies, formal reports, oral presentations and research-based projects.

To help you prepare your submissions, timely, constructive, developmental feedback will be provided throughout the course. 

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Takamitsu Jimura

Takamitsu Jimura

Programme Leader

Dr Takamitsu Jimura (Taka) is Programme Leader for MSc International Tourism Management and Senior Lecturer in Tourism at Liverpool John Moores University. Before joining the University in 2015, he worked for York St John University and University of Greenwich for more than seven years. Taka holds a PhD in Tourism and Cultural Heritage Management and a MSc in Tourism, Conservation and Sustainable Development. His research interests include cultural and heritage tourism, tourism marketing and sustainable tourism. Taka is especially interested in investigating the impacts of World Heritage Site (WHS) designation on tourism development, local communities, and heritage management and conservation activities. He is the author of several journal articles and book submissions and regularly presents his work at international conferences. Many of his articles have resulted from his fieldwork in the UK and Japan. His latest journal article examines the WHS management at Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range in Japan. He is currently working for two single-authored book projects and one edited book project with his colleagues at Liverpool John Moores University.

I really enjoy teaching, research, supervision and scholarly activity. I do hope that our students fully enjoy studying with us and find our programme challenging but rewarding. Students on this programme can expand their horizons and develop their knowledge and skills further through study.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

This programme is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, a café, conference facilities and a dedicated postgraduate research area.  It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Liverpool Business School also has a dedicated Management Development Suite, based in a listed building in the historic Georgian Quarter of Liverpool and a short walk from the Redmonds Building. The building has recently undergone £1.2 million investment to provide a professional learning space.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree 


  • an equivalent professional qualification


  • current employment in the tourism, leisure or hospitality sector and the aptitude and motivation to work at masters level

Additional information:

  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

You need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark on the programme and to complete it within the time limits. You should provide evidence, at the interview stage, of your learning capabilities and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.

Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. In exceptional circumstances applications by mature healthcare practitioners without sufficient qualifications will be considered.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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