Taught course

International Tourism Development

St Mary's University, Twickenham, London · St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

Entry requirements

You will normally need to have obtained an honours degree (usually second class or above) in Tourism, Development Studies, Geography, Management Studies, or Environmental Studies (or an appropriate first degree which contains a substantive tourism or management studies element) from a recognised university or equivalent. If you do not have an honours degree you will have to have an appropriate professional experience in the tourism industry or development sector, combined with evidence of capacity to study at master's level.

Months of entry


Course content

The travel and tourism sector has emerged as one of the world's largest industries and the fastest growing service sector. Domestically there are over 2 million jobs sustained by tourism activity in the UK, either directly or indirectly and it is estimated that there is almost 1.5 million jobs related directly to tourism activity in the UK, some 5% of all people in employment in the UK. The importance of the Tourism industry to the UK in general and London specifically have recently been noted by the Prime Minster (2010) and Mayor of London (2009) .

Internationally, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening diversification to become one of the fastest growing sectors in the world economy. International tourism is closely linked to development and encompasses growing number of new destinations, particularly in developing countries.

These dynamics have turned tourism into a key driver for socio-economic development. In 2009, international tourism generated US$ 852 billion in export earnings and the United National World Tourism Organisation forecasts a growth in international tourist arrivals of between 3% and 4% in 2010.

The MA in International Tourism Development aims to equip postgraduates with the relevant knowledge, skills and competencies to enable them to exploit the growing number of global job opportunities within the travel and tourism sector in the UK, mainland Europe and global employment markets.

Information for international students

Please contact international@stmarys.ac.uk for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Peter Smith
020 8240 4854