Taught course

Tourism, Heritage & Development

University of Glasgow · School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme builds your understanding of the tourism, heritage and development sectors. You will examine these three areas both individually and collectively, taking an in-depth look at the relationships between them.

Why Glasgow

  • The programme is international in scope. We use examples from Europe, the Americas, Asia, as well as Scotland and the UK.
  • The programme offers tourism, heritage and development topics together, drawing upon a multidisciplinary team to do this. You will also benefit from the combined industry experience of our guest lecturers.
  • We will help you arrange a summer work placement with a variety of tourism and heritage related companies or attractions.

Programme Structure

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork and project work. Some of the courses will also include study trips.

You will complete three core courses and three optional courses, followed by a dissertation (which may include a work placement).

Subject areas you will study include

  • international development including globalisation, dependency and sustainability development strategies
  • built heritage such as archaeological remains, castles, monuments and vernacular architecture
  • arts heritage such as literature, painting and music, as well as language and customs
  • natural heritage and ecotourism.

Core courses

  • Tourism and regional development
  • Heritage, interpretation and development
  • Heritage, management and context.

Optional courses

  • Climate change: Impacts on ecology
  • Environment, technology and society
  • Environmental communication
  • Environmental ethics and behavioural change
  • Environmental politics and society
  • Reading the environment
  • Tourism, sustainability and climate change
  • Writing the environment.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Donald Macleod