Tourism Environment and Development

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Study the complex relationships between tourism, the environment and development. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of tourism as a form of development and examine its environmental impact. Develop your own particular interests in tourism by choosing from a wide range of modules.

Key Benefits:

  • A stimulating and enriching experience for students, not only because of its unusual approach to the study of tourism but because it attracts students from different countries, with different academic backgrounds and experience. There are currently around 20 students on the course, an ideal size for interactive teaching. Students usually get to know each other well during the year at King's.
  • Students are encouraged to carry out fieldwork for their dissertations, which is a challenging and an extremely rewarding experience.
  • Students have been successful in gaining relevant employment following the course.

Who should take this course

The MA and MSc Tourism, Environment & Development is the ideal course for those seeking to explore the relationships between tourism, development and the environment.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this the MA and MSc course take modules totalling 180 credits. If you are a part-time student you would normally be required to take half of the course credits of required/optional modules in Year 1 and the remaining in Year 2, including the dissertation. King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.

Required Modules:

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Dissertation in Tourism, Environment & Development (60 credits)
  • Tourism & Development (20 credits)
  • Tourism, Conservation & the Environment (20 credits)
  • Practising Social Research (20 credits)

Students following the MSc route are also required to take the following module:

  • Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography (20 credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take one 20 credit optional modules from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Water Resources & Water Policy (20 credits)
  • Development & Environmentalism in the 'South' (20 credits)
  • Environment, Livelihoods & Development in the 'South' (20 credits)
  • Disasters & Development (20 credits)
  • Community, Vulnerability & Disaster Risk (20 credits) (Prerequisite: Disasters and Development, either through taking the module fully or through auditing)
  • Climate Change & Culture (20 credits)
  • A Practical & Theoretical Evaluation of Sustainable Development (20 credits)
  • Up to 20 credits from Level 7 modules offered across the university, subject to approvals

You will then take enough credits to bring your total for the degree to a minimum of 180 from a wide range of optional modules that may include:

  • Any of the modules listed above.
  • Any Level 7 (Master's) modules offered in the Department of Geography.
  • Up to 20 credits from Level 7 modules offered across the university, subject to approvals.


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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