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Study a graduate program in leisure and tourism

What will I study in a graduate leisure and tourism program?

More than most industries people in the leisure and tourism get paid to do what they enjoy doing – namely travel and entertainment.  If you feel most at home helping people to relax and have a good time then completing a graduate leisure and tourism program could help you get the career you want.
The leisure and tourism industry is one of the most diverse covering everything from sports facilities to holiday destinations. Postgraduate leisure and tourism programs take in further career-focussed courses in a specific area of the industry or research-related degrees.
Specialist areas in the field of leisure and tourism include:

  • Events management
  • Hospitality Tourism Management
  • Retail Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Events Marketing

It is also possible to take postgraduate teaching qualifications focussing on leisure and tourism.

Length of program

The length of a graduate leisure and tourism program depends on where you study and how far you want to go into academia. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 

  • UK – 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

To get a place on a graduate leisure and tourism program it is not essential to have studied the subject before as courses welcome students from other disciplines. However, for a postgraduate courses it is expected that you will have completed an undergraduate degree that displays the skills necessary for the courses.

Individual requirements vary from country to country and between different universities.

On research based postgraduate programs you may be required to submit a research proposal as part of your application.
If you are studying in a country where the first language is different from your own, you may be required to take a language test to prove your skills.

Career development

The leisure and tourism industries are extremely competitive but graduates from a graduate leisure and tourism course have a higher chance of obtaining a position and progressing upwards quickly. Those with postgraduate qualifications can expect to be able to progress into management positions.

Being a varied and large industry there is a long list of different jobs available to leisure and tourism graduates. The skills acquired on a postgraduate course will also be desirable to employers in a number of other industries.

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate leisure and tourism programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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