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Our master’s programme offers quality education with strong links to current research within the area of tourism and human geography. The programme is associated with ETOUR,, a leading tourism research centre in Northern Europe.

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Autumn 2021

roomStandard course of studies, Östersund
  • Start: Autumn 2021
  • Study form: Standard course of studies
  • Study pace: 100%
  • Campus: Östersund
  • Language: English
  • Code: MIU-L4361

Application deadline: 15 April 2021

The tourism industry is currently experiencing radical changes. Now, more than ever, new visions, creativity and shifting priorities are required to help transform tourism into a more sustainable industry. The Master’s programme in Tourism Studies invites students from different subject area and backgrounds to contribute with their experience and knowledge to a more sustainable future, and build a career in the tourism industry or adjacent research fields.

The programme offers in-depth courses within the field of tourism and human geography, focusing on issues relating to sustainability. As a student you take part in an interesting combination of courses, study visits and independent research. All teachers are active researchers and keep students up to date with the latest findings within their respective fields. Having completed your studies, you have a strong track record that gives you the opportunity to work in leading positions and to conduct research in a global context. After completing your studies, you have the choice of a degree in tourism or human geography.

The programme is taught in English and is offered at Campus Östersund, which is an ideal environment for studying tourism and sustainable development. Close proximity to the Swedish and Norwegian mountains means that students can easily access many of the region’s top destinations. Since the programme is linked to the ETOUR (European Tourism Research Institute), it enables students to participate in current research and develop international contacts.

Choose between One and Two-year Master’s programmes

If you have already enrolled in the two-year master’s programme, you also have the possibility of completing your degree one year early. This is made possible by exchanging the last two courses in the second semester for a thesis project of 15 credits. You will then receive a Degree of Master of Science (60 credits).

The programme's link to the European Tourism Research Institute enables students to participate in current research and develop international contacts


Lectures, discussion groups, field trips, seminars, and tutorials.

Entry requirements

A bachelor' s degree of at least 180 credits (ECTS) and English course 6/English course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium) or the equivalent.

Title of qualification

Degree of Master of Arts/Science (120 credits)

Masterexamen med huvudområdet turismvetenskap alternativt kulturgeografi som översätts till Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Tourism Studies or Human Geography

After the programme

Our graduates can be found in several different positions, both in the public and private sectors. Our graduates work as destination planners, analysts, or in tourism services and destination development. The programme provides a basis for further studies at the graduate level. Mid Sweden University itself offers a PhD programme in tourism studies.

Work experience contact

Through this education, students are able to develop working contacts for the future with leading players in the tourism industry. The students' in-depth thesis allows them to foster interaction with the tourism sector, which can also lead to future internships or jobs.


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