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Two year theory and research oriented graduate programme in Tourism at the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland. It provides 120 ECTS units of credit and qualifies for the degree magister scientiarum, MS. Entrance requirements are BS degree in tourism studies or comparative degrees (BS or BA) with minimal grade of 6,5.
The scope of research oriented project is 60 ECTS units. An MS degree provides access to doctoral education at level 3.
Knowledge, skills and competence
Upon completion of the MS programme, the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills and competence as follows:
1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1. The student has broadened the previous knowledge base and gained an in-depth insight into a chosen specialised topic within the field of tourism studies.
1.2. The student has obtained an in-depth knowledge of the applicability and/or theoretical values within a specialised field of tourism studies.
1.3. The student has a profound understanding of main methodologies and approaches that are used within the chosen specialised field.
1.4. The student can turn knowledge and understanding gained into applied use in a disciplinary work within the field of tourism
1.5. The student has gained competence in discussing and debating own work.
1.6. The student has gained competence in articulating and explaining own research activities and findings at an academic forum, in written text as well as orally.
2. Practical ability and skills
2.1. The student can design, plan, develop and carry out an independent research.
2.2. The student can write a research proposal and grant applications.
2.3. The student can design and compile comprehensive research project within tourism studies.
2.4. The student has mastered the methodological approaches and techniques of processing the relevant specialised material . The student does also have a good overview and insight into other possible methods to choose from.
2.5. The student can work with other people and contributed to planning and implementation of research within tourism studies.
2.6. The student has skill to apply both quantitative and/or qualitative methods as appropriate in their own research work.
2.7. The student can write abstracts, articles and reports at an academic level.
3. Theoretical skills
3.1. The student has demonstrated an innovative thinking and can through independent and academic performance defined research topics and formed research questions.
3.2. The student can come up with new theories within own field of studies.
3.3. The student can assess different methods independently and appropriate them analytically in problem solving research.
3.4. The student can use relevant software for data processing.
3.5. The student has gained an increased and profound understanding and a good overview into own specialised field, since previous level of studies
4. Communication skills and information literacy
4.1. The student can plan his/her own work and manage time skilfully. The student can meet deadlines, manage teamwork skilfully, write C.V. and realise research and employment possibilities.
4.2. The student has good skills in using information technology such as, academic journals, electronic databases. spreadsheets, processing programs etc.
4.3. The student takes initiative in defining research and development projects within own specialised field.
4.4. The student can compile and manage small projects relevant to own specialised field and be in charge of work carried out by individuals and groups within a project.
5. Learning skills
5.1. The student is able to study independently, and has acquired the necessary educational skills and ability to maintain and augment his/her knowledge. The student is ready to start studying at a level 3 doctoral programme.