Taught course

Tourism, Heritage & Sustainability

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Prestigious Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The SFC has selected this programme in recognition of the high demand for students with these qualifications. The awards cover all tuition costs; for further information, please see: funded places.

This programme uses academic approaches from the social sciences and the arts to investigate key themes. These include motivation, impacts, sustainable development, cultural and natural heritage, interpretation and management within this field.

Why Glasgow

  • This programme is distinctive as it combines tourism, heritage and sustainability with a social science and arts based approach.
  • With increased awareness of sustainability issues, the programme embraces the need for further engagement across all dimensions of this theme.
  • Courses delivered by internationally recognized experts. All courses include field trips.
  • Series of guest lecturers with experience in relevant sectors.
  • The programme gives the student the opportunity to develop a vast repertoire of knowledge and expertise in the subject area through interdisciplinary and critical approaches to study.
  • The local region of the Dumfries campus has fine examples of natural and cultural heritage, including reserves, museums, theme towns and castles.
  • The Dumfries campus also hosts the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture, and is a centre of expertise in environmental and sustainability issues.

Programme Structure

You will be taught though a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork, project work and study trips. You will complete four core and two optional courses, followed by a dissertation (which may include a work placement).

Core courses

  • Heritage, interpretation and development
  • Heritage, management and context
  • Tourism and regional development
  • Tourism, sustainability and climate change.

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
  • 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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Donald MacLeod