MSc Travel and Tourism

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth


February and October *

Study options

1 year



Tuition fees


*This programme is not available for our February 2019 intake. All courses and modes are subject to minimum numbers to run.

Travel and tourism is one of the strongest industries in the UK, forecast to contribute £268.4bn to GDP by 2027*, with huge potential for growth worldwide. This MSc at GSM London gives students an advanced understanding of the industry from a managerial perspective, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to take on leadership roles and pursue enterprise opportunities.
*Travel & Tourism Economic Impact, WTTC 2017

Why study our MSc Travel and Tourism Degree degree?

Drawing on GSM London’s many years of experience in delivering travel-related degrees and postgraduate qualifications, this programme emphasises the contribution of the travel sector to the development and sustainability of tourism . This distinguishes it from other Master’s programmes in the UK, particularly those that are more hospitality-focused.

Students will learn about the practical and academic aspects of the travel and tourism industry, and will explore its structure, interrelationships, management, and planning, whilst examining case studies from around the world.

On completion of this MSc, you will have the capacity to be involved in the more analytical, developmental and strategic aspects of the industry, as well as traditional travel and tourism roles. A huge range of possible career opportunities includes tourism policy analysis, tour directorship, tourism marketing consultancy, travel agency management, and hotel management.

You could also go on to establish your own business in areas such as tour operations or visitor attractions. Or you may wish to continue your studies by undertaking doctorate level research.

Real-world application and expertise
Industry experts and experienced academics have designed this MSc with a focus on developing the skills you need in the real world to secure leadership roles or pursue enterprise opportunities. The programme is delivered by academics with a wealth of industry experience and guest speakers and external visits offer current insights into the industry.

Innovative programme delivery
The programme looks at all aspects of the industry, including a unique elective on ‘Dark Tourism’, a relatively new area of academic study generally only offered at doctoral level. Other modules range from ‘Corporate Finance and Revenue Management’ — invaluable for students planning their own travel and tourism enterprise — to ‘Global and Cultural Events’, which offers networking opportunities with students from our MSc in Events and Entertainment. You can choose your electives according to your specific interests and career aspirations.

Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT)
This programme has links with the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT), the only professional membership body for individuals employed in the travel and tourism industry, so you can benefit from their longstanding expertise on developing and maintaining high professional standards throughout the industry.

Awarded by the University of Plymouth
Your MSc is awarded by the University of Plymouth, ranked 2nd in Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2018 (THE's list of the UK's best universities aged under 50). An established educational institution with business enterprise at its heart, it is a fitting validating partner for your MSc.

Study in London, the financial capital of the world
Our London location in Greenwich places you in the heart of one of the largest and most diverse commercial capitals of the world, a renowned city for events and entertainment. Studying in London will open up extensive opportunities to connect with senior stakeholders and business leaders across many global markets and industries.

How is the course structured?

The MSc programme can be broken down into the following stages: 


Postgraduate Certificate in Travel and Tourism

  • Enterprise and Innovation in the Travel and Tourism Industry
  • Current Practices and Strategy in Travel and Tourism
  • Emerging Markets and Destinations


Postgraduate Diploma in Travel and Tourism

  • City Tourism
  • Airport Operations Management
  • Competitive Intelligence


Master’s Degree (MSc) in Travel and Tourism

  • Consultancy Project
  • One elective, subject to demand:
    • Corporate Finance and Revenue Management
    • Dark Tourism
    • Global and Cultural Events


To find out more about course modules, see full module descriptions

Alternatively, see the programme specification for further details on this programme. Note that the specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change.

For more details on the coure module please review the course Module Specifications.

MSc Travel and Tourism Module Specifications

Entry requirements

To start on Level 7, applicants require a recognised Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum 2:2 classification, (an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution may be accepted).

If you are not a UK passport holder, or a UK passport holder born outside of the UK and not born in a country that appears on the published list, you may need to complete an English language test, such as the in-house GSM London English Language Proficiency Test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your postgraduate degree. All of our programmes are taught in English. Once you submit your application to GSM London the Admissions team will assess it. Should your application be successful and if an English Language Test is required it will appear as a condition of offer.

You will need an IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent qualification.

Applicants to postgraduate programmes who hold a first degree (bachelor's degree) studied and awarded in the UK, or in a country that UKVI recognise as a majority English speaking country will be accepted in lieu of IELTS etc. but only if the degree was awarded 2 years ago or less.

Further details on English Language requirements are provided here.

To commence this programme, the applicant will need to have a recognised Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum classification 2:2, (an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution may be accepted). In addition to the above all applicants must have a minimum of three years’ work experience.

Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence in the form of a satisfactory work reference which covers the period in question.

Non-standard entry:
Applicants who lack the normal programme entry requirements are positively encouraged to apply. In such cases, the Admissions Team must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the programme successfully.

Applicants will be interviewed to identify their aptitude for study at postgraduate level through relevant life or career experience, and other factors relating to professional qualifications. Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence of such achievements.

Accreditation of prior learning:
Partial exemptions from a postgraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be subject to approval by University of Plymouth.

Further information can be found in the Recognition of Prior Learnings Regulations within the Consolidated Policies and Regulations Document.

We will not normally consider APCL’s older than 3 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning that is directly related to the APCL/APEL.


Tuition fees

UK/EU student fees


International student fee


Discounts offered for alumni. Please contact us for details.

How to apply

Applications to GSM London for a postgraduate programme can be made direct to us using the application form here or made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) here.  All available programmes from GSM London are listed on the UCAS website.  There is no cost to you for applying directly to GSM London or through UCAS for a postgraduate programme.

Please note the application deadlines if applying through UCAS which can be found here along with further guidance.

If at any point you require any information, advice or guidance please do get in contact with our Course Advisory team by clicking here.

Registration and Enrolment

Once we receive your application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application and if successful, we will issue you an acceptance letter and a fee statement detailing your enrolment date, course cost and duration. 

You should arrive for enrolment on the date specified in your acceptance letter, at your chosen GSM London campus. Please note that international students will be asked to pay a percentage of tuition fees on or before enrolment.

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