Taught course

Tourism Development and Culture (Dumfries Campus)

University of Glasgow · School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in any subject. No prior knowledge of tourism is required.

Months of entry


Course content

This new two-year joint degree focuses on contemporary theoretical and practical issues in tourism development, with a cultural focus, providing critical analytical skills. Mobility periods will give you the opportunity to study at the University of Glasgow and its world-class consortium partners.

Why this programme

  • The programme provides an excellent opportunity for those new to tourism to engage and attain a broad grasp of the subject as well as a deep and analytical insight into aspects of tourism development, culture and related industries.
  • This is an exciting and innovative new programme offered by the University of Glasgow, Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Malta. You will graduate with a joint degree awarded by each partner.
  • By studying with each of the partners, you will be taught by world-class experts in the areas of social science analysis of tourism, cultural tourism and heritage, and innovation and sustainability.
  • Unique in terms of the subject matter covered, the diverse range and complementarity of the three partner universities involved, and the focus on culture in its broadest sense will greatly enhance your student experience.
  • Courses are both theoretical and practical. Some involve field trips, along with work placement opportunities. This will equip you for the working world in the tourism, heritage, and wider culture based industries.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at each of the three partner universities for one semester, taking a mix of core and optional courses. Teaching is delivered via mix of lectures and seminars, with occasional guest lectures and opportunities for work placements. The final mobility period can be spent with either partner, depending on your chosen topic of dissertation, under the supervision of a team from at least two universities. The programme also includes an optional two-week summer school at Wageningen University (Netherlands) at the end of year 1.

  • Semester 1: September – December (Glasgow): Social science analysis of tourism
  • Semester 2: February – June (Malta): Cultural tourism and heritage (Optional placement available)
  • Summer (optional) – July (Wageningen)
  • Semester 3: September – January (Lund): Innovation and sustainability in the tourism industry
  • Semester 4: February – July (Glasgow, Malta or Lund): Independent study, dissertation

Core courses

University of Glasgow

  • Heritage interpretation and development
  • Tourism and regional development.

University of Malta

  • Cities of culture
  • Cultural tourism and the European dimension
  • Marketing and management of culture
  • Research methods in cultural tourism
  • Traditions and the tourism product.

Lund University

  • Sustainability in service organisations
  • Value creation and innovation in tourism.

Optional courses may include

University of Glasgow

  • Climate change: Impacts on ecology
  • Environment, technology and society
  • Environmental communication
  • Reading the environment.

University of Malta

  • Cultural legislation and policy
  • Religious heritage and niche tourism.

Summer school (optional)

  • Leisure, tourism and environment: Experiences and environments
  • Leisure, tourism and globalisation
  • Research methodologies in leisure, tourism, and environment.

Career prospects

As a graduate you will be well equipped to find work in the tourism, cultural and heritage industry, both in the public and private sector. Potential employers include national and local government, agencies such as tourism departments, museums and heritage attractions, the travel and hotel industries, business consultancies and media organisations. It may be possible to transfer your acquired skills into other related professions such as planning or organisational sustainability. There will also be opportunities for teaching at schools, colleges and universities for qualified teachers, as well as research.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,833 per annum (2 year programme)
International students
£10,667 per annum (2 year programme)

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Donald MacLeod
0141 330 4515