University of Glasgow: Tourism Development & Culture (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master)

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Dumfries View department profile
Telephone 0141 330 4515
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This two-year Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) explores contemporary theoretical and practical issues in tourism development, with a cultural focus, providing critical analytical skills. Mobility periods will give you the opportunity to study at the University of Glasgow and its world-class consortium partners.

Academic contact: Admissions enquiries: September start MSc: 24 months full-time


The EMJMD programme provides an excellent opportunity for those new to tourism to engage and attain a broad grasp of the subject as well as a deep and analytical insight into aspects of tourism development, culture and related industries.

This is an exciting and innovative new programme offered by the University of Glasgow (Dumfries Campus), the University of Malta, Lund University (Sweden) and the University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal). You will graduate with a joint degree awarded by three of the partners.

By studying with a combination of three partners, you will be taught by world-class experts in the areas of social science analysis of tourism, heritage, business innovation and sustainability.

You will also have the opportunity to attend a two week summer school at Wageningen University (Netherlands) with a focus on the environment and tourism.

Unique in terms of the subject matter covered, the diverse range and complementarity of the five partner universities involved, and the focus on culture in its broadest sense will greatly enhance your student experience.

Courses are both theoretical and practical. Some involve field trips, along with work placement opportunities. This will equip you for the working world in the tourism, heritage, and wider culture based industries.


The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at a combination of three partner universities for one semester, taking a mix of core and optional courses. Teaching is delivered via mix of lectures and seminars, with occasional guest lectures and opportunities for work placements. The final mobility period can be spent with one of the semester one of the smester 1, 2 or 3 partners, depending on your chosen topic of dissertation, under the supervision of a team from at least two universities. The programme also includes an optional two-week summer school at Wageningen University (Netherlands) at the end of year 1.

Semester 1 (Sep - Dec) University of Glasgow (Dumfries Campus): Social science analysis of tourism

Semester 2 (Feb – June) University of Malta: Cultural tourism and heritage (Optional placement available)

Summer (July) – Wageningen University (optional)

Semester 3 (Sep - Jun) study track choice

  • Lund University: Innovation and sustainability in the tourism industry

OR - University Institute of Lisbon: Tourism management including urban, events, retail and hospitality (Optional placement available)

Semester 4 (Feb - Jul) (Dumfries, Malta, Lund or Lisbon): Independent study, dissertation

Core courses

University of Glasgow - Heritage interpretation and development

  • Tourism and regional development.

University of Malta - Cities of culture

  • Cultural tourism and the European dimension

  • Marketing and management of culture

  • Research methods in cultural tourism

  • Traditions and the tourism product.

Lund University - Sustainability in service organisations

  • Value creation and innovation in tourism.

University Institute of Lisbon - Large event and event management

  • Tourism and urban worlds.

Programme alteration or discontinuation The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

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School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Dumfries Campus


The University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies  is located in south-west Scotland with a close-knit community of students from the UK and around the world. By choosing to study at Dumfries Campus, you will benefit from the academic excellence of one of the world’s top universities in a progressive, rural campus environment.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The University has a history of changing the world and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies is committed to nurturing the people …

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