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Master of Tourism (MTour)

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This qualification will also be temporarily delivered online in order to support international students that are unable to attend classes in 2022 in person due to COVID-19. For more information and criteria please visit the University's COVID-19 website.

Overview

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 entry 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.

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Contact details

Department of Tourism
Tel 64 3 479 8520
Email tourism@otago.ac.nz

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Programme requirements

Master of Tourism (MTour)

Papers

The 180 point programme of study shall consist of three compulsory papers:

  • TOUR 423  Advanced Tourism Concepts
  • TOUR 424  Tourism Methods and Analysis
  • TOUR 590 Research Dissertation (60 points)

Plus papers to the equivalent of 80 points from:

  • TOUR 411 Tourist Culture
  • TOUR 416 Tourism Entrepreneurship and Business
  • TOUR 418 Tourism Destination Development
  • TOUR 420 Special Topic
  • TOUR 421 Special Topic: Global Hospitality Operations
  • TOUR 422 Tourism and Global Environmental Change
  • TOUR 426 Event Management
  • TOUR 427 Tourism and Development Ethnographic Field School

A maximum of 20 points may be included from non-Tourism electives at 400-level.

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Tourism (MTour)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce).
    2. Every applicant must either
      1. 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
      2. have equivalent alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice- Chancellor (Commerce).
    3. In considering an applicant’s qualifications, regard will be given to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant’s performance in the programme.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. A candidate must normally complete the requirements for the programme in 12 months of full-time study, and a part-time candidate within four years of commencing the Programme.
    2. Exceptions to the normal duration of a programme shall be permitted only with the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce).

  4. Withdrawal from the Programme

    Where a candidate withdraws from the programme after completing the prescribed papers, whether voluntarily or otherwise, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) may recommend the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce or determine which papers shall be credited towards the diploma.

  5. Examination of the Dissertation

    1. The dissertation shall be assessed by two examiners, neither of whom is the candidate’s supervisor, to be determined by the Programme Co-ordinator.
    2. Each examiner shall supply a written report and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the final dissertation as submitted.
    3. Where there is disagreement over a final result, an independent moderator determined by the Programme Co-ordinator shall arrive at a decision.

  6. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  7. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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