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Subject : Leisure, Tourism and Environment (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

The programme is characterised by a worldwide, trans-disciplinary, critical and innovative approach. It focuses on the relation ship between leisure and environment, with special attention for tourism. The economic importance of leisure and tourism services is growing tremendously. There is increasing awareness that leisure in all its manifestations has major consequences for cultural, political, technological, economic and geographical transformations throughout the world. In this respect, tourism is also a powerful agent of cultural globalisation and regionalisation. Leisure can make a major contribution to quality of life and social well-being.

Graduates of the LTE programme are capable of:

  • Scientifically determining the social and spatial relevance of leisure, with the emphasis on tourism, by making use of theories and methods from several disciplines (mainly sociology and social geography).
  • Defining the relationships between leisure, tourism and processes of social and spatial transformation - from a policy perspective - for the purpose of intervention.
  • Providing advice to organisations (governments, NGOs, entrepreneurs, networks, etc.) with a view to achieving a sustainable development of tourism.
  • Conducting scientific research on the relationship between leisure, tourism and space in the context of globalisation and localisation processes.
  • Undertaking scientific research on the behaviour and experience of users of a specific area to arrive at recommendations for policy, management and design pertaining to the area under study.
  • Developing and applying comparative knowledge of leisure and tourism in different social contexts worldwide.
  • Adopting a critical and reflective research attitude and working style.
  • This programme aims to analyse consumption and production within this broad context. The principle focus of the study is how these processes come together to produce specific types of leisure and tourism environments; the scientific view is based on an experiential approach towards leisure and tourism. Other key concepts in this programme include: identity, authenticity; space, place and locality; transformation and commodification; and globalisation and sustainability.

    The programme is tailor-made and thesis-oriented. Besides taking courses in Leisure, Tourism and Environment, students also learn advanced research methods and techniques, take optional courses, participate in an internship (not required if the student has relevant work experience) and complete a research project.

    To be accepted into this programme, students are required to have a BSc in one of the social or spatial sciences. Students are also expected to have a basic knowledge of methods and techniques in social research and basic knowledge of leisure, tourism and social geography. Graduates of the study programme are prepared to enter a career in research, policy and planning, or consultancy and development. They are employed by consultancy firms, research institutes, public institutions, private companies in the leisure and tourism sector and intermediary and conservation organisations.

    Admission Requirements:
    in social sciences, with specific orientation to leisure or tourism and/or environmental sciences or related fields. Students are also expected to have a basic knowledge of methods and techniques in social research and basic knowledge of leisure, tourism and social geography.
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5