Tourism Studies - master


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.


Duration:2 Years
Location: Alta
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Tourism Studies
Admission requirements: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.
Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15 April
International applicants: 1 December
Application code:Nordic applicants: 9530
International applicants: 2061
How to Apply

Master of Tourism Studies

The programme emphasizes responsibility and sustainability in nature and heritage tourism. Contemporary tourism involves many factors, ranging from physical infrastructure, innovation and business development to local identity and place development processes. Throughout the programme, complex aspects of tourism are addressed. Tourism is integrated in, and draws from, resoursces such as nature, people and communities. This demands a capacity to analyse tourism in ways that take a variety of factors into consideration. It also requires insight into how production, marketing and consumption processes intersect. The programme also focuses on power realtions and equality in tourism, including questions pertaining to gender, race, and indigenous identities. During the two-year programme, successful candidates will have gained knowledge in tourism and travelling, based on social-scientific and humanities-oriented approaches.

The programme provides a scholarly understanding of travel and tourism that is to be implemented in a master's thesis. It emphasizes research ethics and the development of analytical, critical thinking.

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1st Term (Fall)
REI_3002 - Nature tourism
2nd Term (Spring)
3rd Term (Fall)
Master Thesis 50 stp. Both fall and spring
4rt Term (Spring)
Master Thesis


  • advanced knowledge of tourism
  • specialized knowledge of tourism practices through different contemporary studies
  • specialized knowledge of heritage tourism
  • specialized knowledge of nature tourism
  • thorough knowledge of scientific perspectives and methods within the field of tourism


  • analyse tourism cases using relevant theories and methodologies
  • work independently with practical and theoretical solutions to problems relevant to tourism
  • conduct a limited research project under supervision and in accordance with applicable ethical standards
  • critically analyse sources of information and use these to structure and formulate reasoning
  • independently conduct tourism research

General competence:

  • analyse tourism in critical and ethical ways
  • apply knowledge of tourism in new projects
  • communicate reflexive thinking on heritage tourism development
  • contribute to innovation and innovation processes within nature based tourism
  • assess sustainable development of tourism

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.
All applicants must document a minimum grade of C from the undergraduate degree.

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 : Formal admission requirements - Master's level

Non-EU applicants need to have a Higher Education Entrance Qualification from their home countries and certified language requirements in English.

The maximum number of students accepted per year is 20.

Research-based teaching takes place in seminars with lectures (on-line or in the class room), and field work, and further relies on students' participation in group work, discussions, and presentations. Some topics can be given in collaboration with other institutions.

All courses will be taught in English. All papers as well as the master's thesis must be written in English.

Before the candidates may sit for the exam, all required work must be approved.

Candidates are appointed a supervisor to the thesis after submitting the mandatory proposal.

The study forms the basis for a range of fields of work:
  • Development of sustainable tourism and adventure products
  • Marketing and communication of tourism and adventure products
  • Establishment of culture-based and nature-based enterprises
  • Travel Life's organizational unit (Norwegian Hospitality, Innovation Norway, etc.)
  • International organizations (NGO)
  • Public affairs and regulatory framework for tourism
  • Consultant working for the tourism industry
  • Investigation Work
  • Research and development
  • Teaching
The study lays the foundation for doctoral studies.

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