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Responsible Tourism Management
Postgraduate course
PG Cert

Responsible Tourism Management

Centre of Excellence for Tourism.

Overview

Within the travel and tourism industry, there is an increasing focus on the need to adopt responsible business practices that improve the quality of life for communities and conserve the environment and local cultures. This course helps meet the resulting demand for managers with the ability to implement responsible tourism strategies within marketing, operations and product development.

You will explore domestic and international tourism and you will understand that the principles of responsible tourism 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 policies and practices.

This is the only responsible tourism course in the world certified by the UNWTO.TedQual programme established by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. It is taught by staff with first-hand experience in tourism management, research and consultancy, who will share their global expertise with you.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

This course is primarily delivered distance learning with some face-to-face teaching. The incorporation of distance learning is to enable you to continue working whilst undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate.

While most modules are delivered in a distance learning format, they do incorporate an optional weekend of traditional face-to-face contact. Although these teaching weekends are optional, we strongly recommend attending them if at all possible because of the obvious benefits you will receive.

For each distance learning module you will be sent an up-to-date manual of 150 to 200 pages which includes readings, tasks and links to further material.

ASSESSMENT

A blend of assessment methods are used to practice and further develop your professional skills. Individual and small group assignments will be undertaken and performance evaluated through oral presentations, reports and essays.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.
To support your studies, you will be assigned a personal industry mentor. Our mentors are experienced tourism professionals and have all graduated from this masters course, so they understand your journey. Your mentor could assist you in a number of possible ways, including discussing career pursuits, giving advice on work placements, helping to improve your CV and providing tips on assignments, course material and work / life balance. We have over 20 mentors from areas as diverse as the Gambia Travel Foundation Programme, TUI UK & Ireland and VisitEngland, so we will attempt to match you with an appropriate mentor.

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 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.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree and a year's work experience in a relevant field including Travel, Tourism, Hospitality, Business, Economics, Marketing, Environmental Management, Ecology, Development, Cultural Heritage Management, Project Management or Planning.

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements will be expected to have equivalent experience and training from a relevant work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our 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.

Requirements:Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree and a year's work experience in a relevant field including Travel, Tourism, Hospitality, Business, Economics, Marketing, Environmental Management, Ecology, Development, Cultural Heritage Management, Project Management or Planning.

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements will be expected to have equivalent experience and training from a relevant work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


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Careers

Jo Hendrickx

Careers

Jo Hendrickx
Sustainable Destinations Manager Thomas Cook UK and Ireland

MSc Responsible Tourism Management

“Studying and working full-time can be challenging, but I found that you get out what you put in. The networking opportunities Leeds Beckett provided had a big impact on my career allowing me to undertake new projects and helping me achieve a job promotion.

Modules & learning

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Responsible Tourism Theory & Practice

Tourism for Local Economic Development & Poverty Reduction

Natural Resource & Environmental Management

Communities, Culture & Heritage

Marketing Responsible Tourism

Ethical Tourism Business Management

Project Planning & Management

Tourism Destination Management: Planning & Policy

Online Marketing - Strategies & Tools

Dr Davina Stanford
Dr Davina Stanford
Course Director
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 local authorities, regional, national and international agencies, small businesses and local community groups. Davina studied her PhD in New Zealand and her current interests include responsible tourist behaviour and destination management.
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.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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Distance Learning

Distance Learning

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you get can get involved in learning. Our flexible courses – internet-based learning and part-time options – give you more choice, convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

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