Master of Tourism (MTour)


The Masters of Tourism is a degree that can be completed in a 12 month period. It is an interdisciplinary programme that mixes cutting edge taught courses with independent research. The programme deals with core, contemporary, and emerging issues and is taught by some of the leading tourism, leisure, and hospitality researchers in the world.

The programme is designed to act as a means of enhancing the knowledge and skills of students seeking or wishing to enhance a career in the tourism industry or related areas and as a foundation for students seeking entry to a PhD programme. Graduates of the MTour will have a detailed and high level critical understanding of tourism, and related areas, as both an industry and social phenomenon. They will also have a detailed and advanced grounding in pertinent research and presentation skills that enable them to actively participate in the tourism industry, associated governmental and non-governmental institutions, and/or academia to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Information for New Applicants

Applicants must be a graduate, normally with qualifications requiring a total of at least three years of tertiary study in tourism or a related discipline with an average grade of 75% (B+) or higher.

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University postgraduate English language requirements prior to enrolling in the programme though not necessarily at the time of application to the programme.

Numbers of enrolments for the MTour programme are capped to ensure that students receive a high quality learning experience.

Students will normally begin the Masters in semester 1 2014 but students may apply to start in Semester 2 if they wish and a decision on such applications will be made on a case by case basis. Students seeking to start in Semester 2 should note that it will take them 15 months to complete the course as at the end of semester 2 they will have to take their summer vacation before returning to the university the following year to finish their studies in the first and second semester.

Degree Plan

Start semester 1 - undertake 3 taught papers
Semester 2 - undertake 3 taught papers
Summer period (between end semester 2 and beginning of semester 1 the following year) complete dissertation/research project and finish degree

Start semester 2 - undertake 3 taught papers
Summer period - no classes
Semester 1 of following year - undertake 3 taught papers
Semester 2 - complete dissertation/research project and finish degree

Contact Details

For further enquiries please contact Dr Tianyu Ying, Masters Coordinator. Email:

Subject Information

All students are required to initially undertake 2 semesters worth of taught papers. During this time they are required to take Tourism Methodology, Advanced Tourism Concepts, and Tourism Methods and Analysis. Students will also be required to undertake 3 elective papers which can include one from outside of the Department of Tourism. The current list of Tourism electives is below:

Programme Requirements

A full-time student can complete this programme in a period of 12 months.

The course consists of a total of 180 points and can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. All papers (with the exception of TOUR 590, which is worth 60 points) are worth 20 points.

Regulations and On-Line Application

Regulations for the Masters of Tourism and application details can be located on this webpage






University of Otago Department of Tourism