The MA / PgDip in Tourism Management and Destination Leadership is a one- or two-year part-time study program designed to align education, research and engagement agendas with key global development issues in tourism. Students can exit after one year with a PgDip or complete two years for the MA grade.
Many academics, legislators, and professionals have called for leadership in tourism and destination management to rethink how tourism can better serve our communities after the pandemic. Industry needs to reduce exposure to shocks, needs to build resilience and foster adaptability.
This is a part-time online course. The following schedule will run for period 1. The course is taught completely online and runs with the following model in period 1 (January-April), period 2 (hours to be confirmed).
Module 1: Tourism environment, society and development
Every Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. M. From January 15 for 12 weeks
Module 2: Destination Management and Marketing
Every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. from January 15 for 12 weeks
Module 3 Laboratory of professional careers in tourism and internships
Thursday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The calendar for modules 4 and 5, which runs from September to December 2021, will be similar to the previous model with dates to be confirmed. We will hold an induction on Saturday, January 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What will I experience?
- The PgDip program fee is € 495 for eligible job participants (90% subsidized from € 4,950 through the government’s recent July stimulus package.
- Those who receive DEASP payments, including PUPs, are eligible to take this course at no charge.
- Returnees are also free
- Eligible applicants must be ordinarily resident in Ireland and must comply with the EU nationality and residency rules which conform to Springboard as detailed here https://springboardcourses.ie/faq
- There is an additional fee for the master’s degree for all students who wish to advance to the second year (to be confirmed and optional to progress)
- Students who complete 60 credits will earn a Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management and Destination Leadership.
Students who complete the 30-credit dissertation add-on module will earn a master’s degree in tourism management and destination leadership. This is an optional add-on.
This study program is located within the Faculty of Business and Hospitality, in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure and therefore focuses on developing the competencies of graduates relevant to the tourism industry throughout of the program.
The program is delivered in mixed mode, and most of the material is delivered online. Complementary modes of delivery used include self-directed learning, campus induction and occasional seminars, and the use of an assessed field-based learning visit to study tourism planning, development and management in practice.
Two additional teaching and learning strategies employed include 1) the use of a Tourism Careers Laboratory and 2) a thesis project based on primary research. In both, the emphasis will be on encouraging learners to engage in content and begin a journey toward independent learning and the application of critical thinking.