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MA Cultural Tourism

Cultural Tourism is one of the most important and rapidly expanding economic and social phenomena of the contemporary world. To respond to the professional and intellectual challenges this implies for cultural practitioners, heritage site managers, destination managers, political planners, museum curators and academics, the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, has developed an important and innovative Masterís qualification in Cultural Tourism.

The aim of this new programme is to allow participants to take an informed position in contemporary theoretical debates and applied policy programmes focusing on tourism and its relationships with different concepts and expressions of culture. The course is also designed to equip participants with the knowledge, ideas, and awareness of contemporary policy contexts, together with the research skills and relevant practical applications relating to cultural tourism.

This MA will be taught by the academic staff of the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, a global leader in interdisciplinary research and education regarding tourism and different concepts of culture. Through the MA course modules you will study: The structures and dynamics of international tourism and cultural flows; the social practices and performances of tourists; international tourism and cultural heritage policy; the relationships between tourism and concepts of modernity, globalisation and colonialism; tangible and intangible heritages and their management; the role of museums and the ways by which cultures are represented; festivals and cultural events; culture and regeneration; tourism as a means of intercultural dialogue.

Through the Researching Cultural Tourism module, a choice of second semester options and, the opportunity to work on a 'live' case study relating to the cultural sector, you will be able to develop your own interests and skills. By undertaking your dissertation you will be equipped for future leadership roles in the diverse and dynamic field of cultural tourism and/or develop an opportunity to undertake a PhD at the prestigious Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change.

Through the course, you will acquire the learning and skills necessary to move into a range of career opportunities in cultural tourism sectors, heritage management, cultural policy, international development and research. Course applicants include people progressing from undergraduate qualifications in the social sciences and humanities as well as from more applied and inter-disciplinary undergraduate programmes such as tourism management. The course is also designed to meet the career development needs of professionals from organisations and government agencies concerned with the sustainable development of tourism, museums, heritage sites, and the cultural sectors.

For further information on the MA Cultural Tourism and other postgraduate study options at the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, please visit www.tourism-culture.com/postgraduate_studies.html