Tourism is an increasingly important global phenomenon, which involves social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental opportunities and challenges. Expanding economies enable more people to travel frequently and over longer distances to experience landscapes, townscapes, cultures, and peoples. Globalization and technological developments enable increased mobilities, and thus tourism activities. Tourism development and growth also challenges the sustainability of ecologies in the era of climate change.
This Master in Tourism Studies at UIT the Arctic University of Norway seeks to provide students with thorough knowledge about how to balance environmental, economic, and socio-cultural benefits ans concerns in tourism.
In particular, students will adress how to meet tourist markets' demands for nature and heritage experiences, without compromising future generations' access to these. Throughout the program, students will obtain specialized insights into the complexities of tourism in relation to experiences, in how tourism is performed and marketed, and how it shapes - and is shaped by - cultural, social, economic, temporal and spatial power relations. The specialized insights should enable students to analyze tourism in ways that give nuanced understandings of sustainable tourism in a variety of settings. By the end of the program, students should be able to employ such scholarly understandings in a Master's thesis, based on social-scientific and humanities-oriented theoretical approaches.
Upon successful completion of the program, students should have obtained the following:
The student should have:
- a thorough knowledge of seminal and contemporary theories within the field of tourism studies
- an in-depth knowledge of research processes and methods adapted to issues within the field of tourism studies
- advanced knowledge of sustainability and responsibility in tourism, in particular as relevant to nature and heritage tourism
- the ability to apply theoretical and methodological knowledge of new areas within tourism studies
- the ability to analyze professional issues based on the history, tradition, specialization, and role of tourism in society
More informationVisit official programme website
- Tourism theory and the tourist experience
- Nature and tourism in an era of climate change
- Indigenous Heritages in Tourism
- Philosophy of social sciences
- Qualitative methods
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesTourism & Leisure
- Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or an equivalent qualification, with a minimum of 80 ECTS within tourism, out-door recreation, event studies, marketing and communication, social sciences, humanities or eduction.
InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
- semester fee of NOK 625 (57 EUR)
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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