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The master of tourism studies programme is designed to prepare students for career entry or positions in commercial, public, or non-profit organisations that provide visitor services at the local, national, or international level. The programme also provides students with necessary academic foundations to proceed to a PhD.
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 study program 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.
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.
Applicants must have a 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 education.
International applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand: An average grade C as a minimum requirement,
International applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned region/countries: An average grade B as a minimum requirement in addition to fulfilling formal admission requirements for Master's level entry.
Non-EU applicants need to have a Higher Education Entrance Qualification from their home countries and certified fulfilment of English language requirements.
For more details on admission requirements (GSU-list etc.):
Proof of English Proficiency (International Admissions)
Please visit the website of The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration for information regarding Norwegian residence permits.
The maximum number of students accepted per year is 15.
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