Course essentials

Offered by:
VU course code:
BMTD
Location:
Duration:
1.5 years
Intake:
2018: February and July
CRICOS:
092067G
Fees:
2018: A$12,900 per semester

The Master of Tourism and Destination Management is a specialised, professional qualification that prepares business graduates for managerial, policy development and planning roles in the rapidly growing tourism and events industries.

This course incorporates tourism and management studies with a focus on addressing contemporary issues and challenges faced by destinations internationally.

The program is embedded within an established suite of business programs including Victoria University’s internationally awarded MBA.

You will:

  • build managerial skills and cross-disciplinary knowledge
  • develop your skills in understanding, analysing and responding to the complexity of the tourism and events industries within a destination
  • explore relationships between tourism and destination management and the broader economic, social, political and environmental context. 

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We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

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Careers

According to Deloitte, the tourism industry is identified as ranking second within a set of ‘fabulous five’ industry sectors that will drive Australian economic growth with projections of almost 5 per cent growth per annum over the next thirty years.

The UN World Tourism Organisation estimates rapid, continued growth in tourism in the Asia Pacific region. This trend will fuel employment growth in tourism and related areas.

Job titles

The Master of  Tourism and Destination Management will equip students for roles such as: 

  • planning and policy development officers in government departments at national, state and local and regional levels
  • research and planning officers with research and consulting firms
  • tourism planning and promotion agency staff
  • tourism educators through private providers and TAFE
  • policy officers with professional and industry associations
  • managers of attractions
  • marketing and communication roles (events)
  • planners within the travel sector (airlines and other major transport providers)
  • self employment through tourism management businesses.

Practical learning & industry connections

The course builds on the theme of ‘Green Growth’ and sustainability as a central paradigm. The course is developed and conducted with the close involvement of industry leaders, both local and international.

Students will have the opportunity to gain a close insight into industry operations, develop professional networks and apply knowledge within the tourism and events sectors.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect upon theoretical approaches by evaluating their application to effective tourism and destination management practice;  
  2. Justify and apply interdisciplinary knowledge in decision making with creativity for dynamic global environments using contemporary and integrated theoretical and operational knowledge of tourism and destination management;  
  3. Deliberate the economic, legal and political context within which destinations operate, advocating creative planning and policy development process, innovative sustainable practices and risk minimising strategies in contemporary settings;  
  4. Collaborate within teams to provide creative solutions for industry, government and community stakeholders, integrating complex knowledge and ideas effectively to achieve shared goals;  
  5. Resolve complex professional and industry problems and inform management decision making by applying cognitive, creative and reflective skills to collect, analyse and synthesise data and information to generate, implement and evaluate solutions;  
  6. Communicate effectively with specialist and non- specialist audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities, business and other related stakeholders;  
  7. Exemplify professional standards and leadership in a dynamic 21st century work environment, acting consistently, ethically and in a socially responsible manner;  
  8. Plan and execute an evidence-based capstone experience or a substantial research based project linked to contemporary sustainable practices.  

Course structure

To attain the Master of Tourism and Destination Management, students will be required to complete 144 credit points (equivalent to 12 units) consisting of:

  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) core units
  • 84 credit points (equivalent to 7 units) professional core units

Plus either /or
OPTION 1
12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) capstone research project unit; and,
24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) elective units. Students to select from any postgraduate units from across the University (subject to availability). Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.
OPTION 2
12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) research proposal unit; and,
24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) minor thesis unit.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

OPTION 1

12 credit points (equivalent 1 unit) elective unit

Or

OPTION 2

Year 2, Semester 1

OPTION 1

plus, 12 credit points (equivalent 1 unit) elective unit

Or

OPTION 2

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree; OR
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and a Graduate Certificate in a cognate (similar discipline) field.
  • International: In addition to satisfying the Bachelor/Honours Degree or Mature Age admission requirements, International Students must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language as demonstrated by: International English Language Testing System or its equivalent - overall score of 6.5 and no individual band score less than 6.

English language requirements

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There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply for this course

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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