Next start date

Autumn 2018*


February, June and October

Study options

1 year



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, a top UK university aged under 50 according to the Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2017. 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
  • Plus 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a recognised Bachelor’s Honours Degree with minimum 2:2 classification or equivalent. Applicants are also required to provide an academic reference.

If English is not the applicant’s first language, an IELTS minimum score 6.5 or another accepted system is required.

Applications from candidates who lack the standard programme entry requirements are positively encouraged and will be considered on individual merits.

Recognition of prior learning will be considered.

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.


UK/EU student fees


International student fee


Discounts offered for alumni. Please contact us for details.

*We have applied for designation for this programme from the Department for Education and are waiting for a decision. Until the decision is received we are unable to confirm the availability of student support. Visit the HEFCE website for more information.

How to apply

To speak to a dedicated course advisor about the MSc Applied Economics and Finance, please email or phone +44 (0)20 8516 7850

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.