Postgraduate Programmes: Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism
Leisure is the time people have away from work, school or chores – or essential pursuits such as eating and sleeping – to do activities and hobbies or simply to just relax! Postgraduate Programmes in Leisure will focus on analysing and understanding the concept of leisure as well as look at professional practice within the leisure industry.
Hospitality is the relationship between the guest and a host, for example a hotel manager, maitre de, bar tender, golf club host, events organiser, etc. Postgraduate Programmes in Hospitality are primarily concerned with looking after and entertaining guests, for example hotel management and various other elements of tourism. Hospitality programmes quite often have a sizeable business or management element to them, for example the Hospitality Management Master’s on offer at the University of Derby, which is offered as a full-time, part-time and even a distance-learning programme.
Tourism is the travel of people by choice to places away from where they usually live. A Postgraduate Programme in Tourism will explore the reasons why places become popular tourist destinations, as well as look at the effects of tourism on locations including the sustainability of a region as a tourist destination.
These three subjects are all quite closely linked and are often studied together or in various combinations, such as Liverpool John Moores University’s Tourism and Hospitality Management programme, or London Metropolitan University’s Leisure and Tourism Master’s.
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Sport science looks at the scientific principles and techniques involved to improve sporting performance. A students of Sports Science will study human movement in all contexts including that of sport, and fields of interest will include physiology, psychology, motor control, nutrition, diet and performance analysis.
The UK has a good selection of postgraduate programmes in this field, the School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University alone has ten sports and exercise-related postgraduate programmes on offer!
Most postgraduate programmes are ‘taught’ through formal lectures and group tutorials. While some programmes grade students by tests and exams, others offer continuous assessment through regular assignments and projects. Dissertations (ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 words) are often optional, but essay writing is part of every course. Increasingly, accredited work placements count towards the final result.
Research-based postgraduate programmes
The majority of research programmes are MPhils and PhDs. These are normally for graduates who already have a master’s and/or work experience. It is comparatively rare to go straight into these courses with just a first degree. An MPhil might take two to four years to complete, and a PhD three to six years. It is essential to be motivated and to have your own ideas for original research topics. Some programmes now include initial lectures, tutorials, and an introduction to research and statistical techniques and resources. But, for the majority of the time, students are expected to manage their own work, to generate individual or collaborative research papers and to discuss progress with their supervisor every few months. At the end of their research, students have to produce an extended report or thesis (about 40,000–70,000 words for an MPhil and 80,000–100,000 words for a PhD) on their findings and discuss them in a final oral exam (the ‘viva’) with a panel of academics. A few master’s degrees in law are available by research, and are particularly useful to students intending to take a PhD later. Those without formal research skills are taught these at the beginning of the programme.
Entry to Postgraduate Programmes in Leisure, Hospitality, Tourism and Sports
Successful applicants will generally be expected to hold a good bachelor degree (second-class Honours or above) from a recognised institution. Check with your preferred institution to see exactly what qualifications are required.
IELTS scores of 6.5–7.0 or TOEFL scores of 100-107 are usually needed. Because of ongoing changes in the law we advise international students to regularly check the UKBA website to make sure they can fulfil the necessary requirements. Most individual institutions also have useful information on the Tier 4 requirements for international students, and can offer assistance in terms of student queries about their specific English language requirements.
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How much will it cost?
A one-year taught master’s programme can cost anything between a few thousand pounds to well over £10,000, although there are different rates according to whether you are a European Union (EU) or non-EU student. Applications for funding or scholarships must be made well over a year in advance (information on the various institutional scholarships is available from the British Council website) and funding should always be arranged before you leave your home country.
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