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Master of Tourism (MTour)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

University of Otago

Summary

The Master of Tourism (MTour) is a degree that can be completed in a 12 month period, starting either in February (semester 1) or July (semester 2). It is an interdisciplinary programme that mixes cutting edge taught courses with independent research. The programme deals with core, contemporary, and emerging issues and is taught by some of the leading tourism, leisure, and hospitality researchers in the world.

The programme is designed to act as a means of enhancing the knowledge and skills of students seeking or wishing to enhance a career in the tourism industry or related areas and as a foundation for students seeking possible to a PhD programme.

Graduates of the MTour will have a detailed and high level critical understanding of tourism, and related areas, as both an industry and social phenomenon. They will also have a detailed and advanced grounding in pertinent research and presentation skills that enable them to actively participate in the tourism industry, associated governmental and non-governmental institutions, and/or academia to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Structure of the Programme

a. Every programme of study shall consist of approved papers from the schedule of papers available for the degree of Master of Tourism to the value of 180 points.

b. With prior approval from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce), papers worth up to a maximum of 60 points in a relevant subject offered by another tertiary institution, may be granted transfer credit for equivalent paper(s) within the programme. Such credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

c. A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the dissertation, secure the approval of the Programme Co-ordinator concerned for the proposed course of the investigation.

Entry criteria

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce).

Every applicant must either

  • be a graduate, and normally have achieved an average grade of B in the papers satisfying the final year major subject requirements of the degree, or
  • have equivalent alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice- Chancellor (Commerce).

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic - Score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 90 with a minimum writing score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL - score of 587 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum of 176
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • University of Otago Language Centre ‘English for Otago’, English for Postgraduate Academic Purposes (EPAP) - Grade C or higher
  • University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes - Successful completion of the English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) with a B Grade
  • University of Auckland Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) - Successful completion of the certificate with a B Grade

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