Sustainable Destination Development - Sustainable Nature-Based Destinations, M.Sc.

Sustainable Destination Development - Sustainable Nature-Based Destinations, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
How can valuation and management of nature-based destinations contribute to sustainability? This is the question you will be able to answer after graduating from the Master Programme in Sustainable Destination Development - Sustainable Nature-Based Destinations at Uppsala University.


The Master Programme in Sustainable Destination Development - Sustainable Nature-Based Destinations at Uppsala University is an international Master's programme in which you will be working together with researchers and lecturers in a wide range of subjects with the objective of a career in sustainable destination development. 

The programme is held at Uppsala University Campus Gotland, in the World Heritage city of Visby, one of the most appreciated tourist destinations in the Nordic countries.

Tourist destinations across the world face major challenges. With less visitors, their economies will be threatened; with more visitors, their social, cultural and ecological sustainability will be threatened. How can visits become sustainable? What is required to achieve sustainable visitor locations, and how can we ensure they will remain this way? The Master Programme in Sustainable Destination Development is a new programme aimed at those of you who want to develop cross-border, international key competencies in this field.


This programme prepares you to work on sustainability issues in the tourism sector in regions across the world, at destination companies, within the private tourism sector or as an entrepreneur. You can choose a career focused on development, strategy and management, business development, sustainability and CSR, and innovation in both the private and public sector.  

You will learn how to push innovation processes targeted at the tourism sector, and you will become familiar with how to start and operate tourism enterprises in any part of the world, especially in tourist-intensive regions.

Programme Structure

  • The first semester starts with an introductory course in Sustainable Destination Development. After this, you will engage in a course on Environmental Sustainability of Tourism and a second one on Nature-Based Destinations and Sustainable Development.
  •  The second semester starts with a hands-on project course for multidisciplinary teams studying design-thinking related to a sustainability challenge, followed by a methods course. After this, you will write a thesis.
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. 

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15054 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15054 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 145000


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