About the Responsible Tourism Management Postgraduate course
The travel and tourism industry is more aware than ever of the need to adopt responsible business practices that improve the quality of life within local communities and conserve the environment and cultures of destinations. This course meets the demand to develop managers with the ability to implement responsible tourism strategies within marketing, operations and product development.
You will explore domestic and international tourism understanding that responsible principles are as applicable to the Yorkshire Dales as they are to The Gambia. In addition to developing your subject knowledge, you will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate responsible tourism polices and practices. You will look at real issues and solutions and develop the management skills you need to operate effectively at a strategic level within government, non-governmental and private sectors.
We are also developing our course to increase our links to industry and are in the process of setting up partnerships with industry to link your modules more closely to real life examples. This course is also the only responsible tourism course in the world certified by the UNWTO TedQual programme. It is taught by staff with first-hand experience in tourism management, research and consultancy who will share their global expertise with you.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.
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Mature ApplicantsOur University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
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MODULES & LEARNING
This introductory module to the course introduces the concept of responsible tourism and ensures that all students have a common knowledge base about tourism assets and the tourism industry. (This module is not available to full-time students) Watch Research Fellow Dr Davina Stanford introduce this module.
This module focuses on the strategies available for the management of a destination, including evaluating the role of public sector agencies and local communities in managing tourism and exploring how the public and private sector stakeholders can work together with civil society to achieve the objectives of responsible tourism management.
This module involves learning the skills needed to research and assess responsible tourism initiatives and make realistic recommendations for enhancements. Watch our Senior Research Fellow Dr Janet Cochrane discuss this module.
This final module allows you to apply your research skills to an organisation, destination or initiative of your choice and apply your project management and business research skills to evaluating and improving the initiative, grounded on your theoretical understanding of responsible tourism. Watch Senior Research Fellow Dr Simon Woodward introduce this module.
- Tourism for Local Economic Development & Poverty Reduction
- Natural Resource & Environmental Management
- Communities, Culture & Heritage
- Marketing Responsible Tourism
- Ethical Tourism Business Management (full-time students only)
- Project Planning & Management
- Online Marketing: Strategies & Tools (full-time students only)
Our teaching is grounded in industry consultancy and research. The quality of our research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in the Research Assessment Exercise completed in 2014 in which Leeds Beckett came second in the country for sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism.
Staff teaching this course have played a leading role in the responsible tourism and hospitality movement through research and development work with the industry and government which enables our students to also play an important role in this sector. Lucy McCombes is a certified Travelife auditor and Dr Simon Woodward is chair of the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee and a Trustee of the Landscape Research Centre.
Dr Davina Stanford Dr Davina StanfordSenior Lecturer
The most exciting part of my job is working with students to help them improve what they do. Most of our students are already very knowledgeable and experienced – we can refine that experience and give them the tools they need to critically analyse responsible tourism.Before joining our University, Davina worked for a tourism consultancy focussing on best practice in destination management. Her experience is broad and she has worked for a range of clients including key strategic organisations such as UNWTO, UNEP and VisitEngland. Davina studied her PhD in New Zealand and her current interests include responsible tourist behaviour and destination management.
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