Master's Programme in Tourism and Sustainable Development

The programme focuses on how tourism affects destinations and the consequences tourism have for societal development.

Worldwide, tourism is seen as an opportunity to create new jobs and economic growth. The development of successful and sustainable tourism requires extensive insights into complex socio-economic and political contexts that affect tourism, at local, regional, national and international level, as well as good insights into the complex relationship between economic, social and environmental preconditions and impacts of tourism.

The programme focuses on how tourism affects destinations and the consequences tourism have for societal development. Further, it addresses current challenges of sustainability that are connected to destination development issues. The spatiality of tourism is in focus for discussing the transition to a more sustainable society and the contribution of tourism to that development. You will learn to ask relevant and scientifically grounded questions about changes and trends in diverse geographical settings like rural areas and cities and how they are related to dimensions of sustainability. Insights into the application of different destination development ideals give further tools in performing such transition. These are competencies that will be in high demand for future tourism developers.

During the education you will also develop your skills in applying advanced spatial quantitative and qualitative methods to collects and analyse empirical materials that can help you understand current issues in tourism development. We have our own computer lab at the department where you can work with various assignments. The final thesis project provides opportunities to specialise or broaden your skills and can be conducted in cooperation with an authority or company.

Programme starts: Autumn Term 2023

Type of studies: 100%, Daytime

Study location: Umeå

Language: English

Application deadline and tuition fees


* 17 April 2023. Please note: This application is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Submit a late application at
* 16 January 2023. The application period is closed. As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Program details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUmeå University
Fields of studyTravel, tourism and leisure
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