"Preparing for the changes taking place in the tourism industry"
Our cutting-edge degree combines theory and practice, with a focus on global trends and current developments in international tourism. The theory element provides a distinctive social science perspective covering such topics as sustainability, cultural tourism and tourism in developing countries. Students will also have the opportunity to blend their knowledge of tourism with business-related subjects, especially given that the programme concerns the management of this important sector. The practical component offers a range of exciting placements and field trip opportunities, enabling students to build professional industry experience. This programme thus provides students with the chance to specialise in this growth industry, which offers excellent career prospects around the world. Tourism is a multifaceted sector, constantly evolving to meet the diverse needs of customers. The degree utilises a variety of assessment methods, comprising of a mixture of examinations, coursework, class tests, peer review, individual and group presentations, learning diaries and portfolio work.
The programme provides students with a theoretical and applied understanding of international tourism, with an emphasis on the following elements: characteristics of tourists; tourist behaviour and demand; tourism products and supply; and the wider business environment in which tourism operates. The programme's content encourages students to acquire key transferable skills, including analytical thinking and problem solving, along with the ability to work effectively in teams and be able to present and communicate management ideas with confidence. The subject content encourages students to identify a range of challenges for the industry: innovations in technology; tourism management strategies; progressive planning and policy directives; new methods of marketing, branding and re-branding; operational and strategic awareness, including awareness of other sub-sector industries (especially hospitality and events); ideas for business innovation; changing attitudes towards the use of the environment; and purposeful approaches to customer care. The programme will develop students' intellectual capabilities, especially critical evaluation, synthesis, reasoned argument and research, which all play a vital role in encouraging students to become autonomous learners.
Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.
You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.
Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.
Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.
We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following qualifications are normally considered for admission into undergraduate programmes:
UCAS tariff points are calculated as follows:
Note: A* grades were introduced to GCE A-level achievement from 2010. Some A-level subjects are not accepted towards undergraduate programmes.
Note: *International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes
This list shows only a selection of qualifications and if your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to advise you further.
All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:
Minimum score required for Undergraduate : 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)
Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:
As international tourism continues to grow, new opportunities for business and career development are created. Opportunities exist in such areas as: travel media; event marketing, planning and management; travel agencies and tour operators; airlines, airports and other transport sectors; museums and theme parks; travel and tourism consultancy; hotels and other organisations in the hospitality sector; and the recreation and sport industries. Opportunities not only exist in the private sector but also the public (government) sector, e.g., National Tourism Boards. As the tourism industry is essentially a service sector industry, graduates often seek work in such sectors as banking, finance and retail. Given that students have also gained the relevant knowledge and skills in business and management, they can expect to find work in the world of marketing and human resource management, for instance. Graduates may go on to postgraduate study in ‘International Tourism Management’, or related areas associated with the hospitality and event industries. Additionally, they can opt for postgraduate programmes in business and management.
BA (Hons) International Tourism Management
"I was attracted to the structure of the course, as there was a broad selection of modules to choose from. This allowed me to tailor my course according to my desired career path. I enjoyed having the opportunity to take part in national and international field trips, which enabled me to gain
real-life experience and expand my learning beyond the classroom. My experience and degree from Middlesex helped me develop and strengthen key skills which all employers look for. I left Middlesex confident and knowing I would secure a good job."