International Tourism Management

International Tourism Management MSc

Course fees (2017/18 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £5,950
Home cost per credit: £33.00
International full time annual tuition fee: £11,630

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Course type



Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

This MSc in International Tourism Management, from Liverpool John Moores University, develops the knowledge and skills required to work in this fast-paced sector, calling on wide-ranging links with the tourism industry.

  • Masters degree available to study full time (one year) or part time (two years)
  • 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
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

I enjoyed the course and found the modules very interesting and beneficial to my career.

Jennifer Kelly, graduate

I will never forget my times at Liverpool John Moores University and the exceptional treatment I received from all university staff and classmates, making it possible to reach my goals.

Proychai Klakayan, graduate

Introduction to the School

The School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition invites you to study in a dynamic and supportive postgraduate environment.

The School offers a creative, inspiring and dynamic environment that challenges student thinking and develops passionate and innovative individuals. It offers you the opportunity to study in a supportive postgraduate setting. You will enjoy unique networking opportunities plus the chance to work with expert academics carrying out innovative research and engagement activities.

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 School’s learning disciplines include Sport, Dance,Outdoor Education, Tourism, Events and Nutrition.


Why study this course at LJMU?

Re-launched for 2016 with a contemporary, international perspective, 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.

Programme outline and structure

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.

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.

As this is a Masters-level course, there is a strong emphasis on self-guided learning. Classes will take place in Liverpool City Centre. Full and part time routes are available, so you have an opportunity to fit your learning around your professional commitments.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Individual Research Project

This module will enable students to develop the skills necessary to plan and execute a research project that demonstrates critical and holistic knowledge and deeper understanding of the chosen subject.

International Marketing for Tourism and Hospitality

This module provides you with a critical and analytical framework for international marketing management within the context of the tourism sector and its stakeholders. The module content covers the international marketing environment, entry into international markets, international adaptation of the marketing mix, marketing strategies for operating in an international context, and promotion in the tourism and hospitality sectors.   

Strategic Management

This module introduces students to the strategic management process related to a range of international tourism contexts. The module content covers the nature, development and scope of strategic management in the context of tourism organisations; the strategic planning process; and, the management of strategic change and the implementation of strategy.  

Critical Perspectives in Tourism and Hospitality Management 

This module aims to extend students' understanding of contemporary issues impacting the management of tourism and hospitality organisations within the international context. It draws on the social sciences literature relating to tourism and hospitality to critically examine the nature of international tourism management.

Managing Resources in Tourism & Hospitality Management

This module is concerned with understanding issues relating to tourism resource management. It will involve critical examination of the management of resources in an international context. It will look at the characteristics of tourism resources, issues relating to their utilisation in different contexts and discuss issues of sustainability.


Developing Professional Practice

This module will give you an opportunity to develop and reflect on your professional practices relating to an international tourism management topic. You will have the option of doing this via a work related placement or a theoretical project where you critically reflect on personal and professional development.

Research Methods

This module encourages you to identify and critically evaluate appropriate research methodologies and methods for your own research. It provides the foundation for your independent research project.

How will I be assessed?

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 Blackboard - LJMU’s Virtual Learning environment.
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.

Staff research interests

Tutors have a wide variety of research interests and are actively engaged in research and consultancy work in the UK and overseas. They also publish widely and are renowned for the quality of their work.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Urban Tourism
  • Cultural and Heritage Tourism
  • Destination Marketing
  • Tourism Policy

  • Marketing Strategy 
  • Management and Leadership

Entry requirements (Home)

You will need:

  • a 2:2 honours degree or above from a UK university (or equivalent overseas qualification)


  • a professional qualification with recognised degree equivalence


  • you could be currently working in the tourism, leisure or hospitality sector and be able to display the aptitude and motivation required to study at Masters level

International applicants

As well as equivalent qualifications, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or above. If you have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within the last 24 months, you will not be required to produce evidence of your competence in English.

Please note: further evidence of your English language skills may be requested before an offer of study is made.

This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

While not normally required, the Programme Leader may request that you attend an interview prior to any offer being made.


6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


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

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding


Postgraduate loans

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*). 

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.



Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

Graduate employment

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

The MSc in International Tourism Management will develop a host of transferable skills, preparing you to work in management and marketing roles across a range of sectors. The course 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 senior positions in hotels, tourist attractions and tourist resorts, whilst others have set up their own businesses.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes

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