Degree: Master of Social Science (M.Soc.Sc.)
Major subject: Tourism Research
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration of studies: 2 years (full time)
Application period: December 1st 2017 – January 15th, 2018
Start date: September 1st
Student selection results: March 26th 2018
What will you learn?
Research and education on sustainable northern tourism builds knowledge on the challenges facing the northern and Arctic regions and offers tools for the sustainable development of tourism in the North. Through the involvement of the Thematic Network on Northern Tourism, the programme offers education based on research activities of the leading tourism scholars from Arctic areas. The joint component consist of a field course and of two online courses.
To be eligible you must have:
- a bachelors’ degree (180 cr) in tourism or
- a bachelors’ degree in leisure/outdoor education/outdoor recreation or
- a bachelor’s degree in other disciplinary degrees (e.g. geography or anthropology) which includes a tourism component of at least 30 credits (half a year of full-time study).
- A good command of English language for academic purposes
Tourism, an industry that is
growing in the northern and Arctic regions, is affected by globalization and
environmental transformation, but also plays a role in changing the North. For example,
tourism can be a component of community development, drawing out creative
solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. On the other hand,
tourism can bring unwanted and unintended pressures that have negative outcomes
for community structures and the environment.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Northern Tourism – based on a joint 30 credits component organised by the University of the Arctic (UArctic) Thematic Network on Northern Tourism – offers a comprehensive and international approach to tourism and reflects on the growing global influence and relevance of change in the north. It brings together researchers and students from the northern universities, with an interest to develop responsible tourism futures. The joint component is organised by Cape Breton University, UiT – the Arctic University of Norway, Umeå University, University of Iceland, University of Lapland, University of Oulu and Vancouver Island University and it is hosted by UArctic Thematic Network on Northern Tourism.
The students attending a joint higher education in tourism will become professionals in their field of study, specialising on northern tourism and various aspects closely related to the sustainable development of the Arctic region.
The graduates will in the future be the consulted experts,
- who steer the development of the Arctic towards a more sustainable direction;
- who hold the contemporary know-how of the present-day challenges facing the economic growth in the North; and
- who thanks to their education have increased employment possibilities in the field of tourism in northern and Arctic context.
Studying in Lapland
Beatrice Lima did her bachelor´s degree in tourism in Brazil and then continued on all the way to Lapland. She talks about her studies in Lapland, about being out of her comfort zone and finding the snow to be magical.
“I like it here. It is small, cheerful and snowy. People are sometimes complaining about the weather. I actually love the snow. It is my first time seeing it. It is so magical!”
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