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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMTour
CRICOS code041063A
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Course coordinator

Dr Vicki Peel and Jeff Jarvis


  • Some classes are taught in Melbourne central business district.


The Master of Tourism is a broad-based multidisciplinary program with strong international and industry links, specifically designed to equip students with the skills required to develop a career in the tourism (or associated) industry. It seeks to provide students with a strategic understanding of how the industry operates and how academic theories are applicable to it. Areas of study covered in the program include marketing and international marketing, cultural tourism, development and planning, information technology, environmental studies, research techniques, cross-cultural and regional studies, and communications.


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • advanced analytical skills
  • a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.

International exchanges

Students are encouraged to undertake part of their studies overseas in order to broaden their understanding of the international market. The exchanges are specifically designed for those students who have a particular interest in international marketing but are available to all students. Exchanges are available with the following universities: Uppsala University (Sweden), London Metropolitan University (UK), Estonian Business School (Estonia). Approval must be obtained from the course coordinator and the faculty well before departure. For more information about the Monash Abroad international exchange program visit


This course consists of 36 points of core units and 12 points of electives at level four and one 12-point core and 12 points of electives at level five. All units are 12 points unless otherwise stated.


Level four

Students complete:

  • ATM4010 Tourism industry and marketing
  • ATM4120 Sustainable tourism development and planning
  • ATM4141 Cultural tourism and special events

and one of:

  • ATM4020 Ecotourism management
  • ATM4060 Contemporary issues in tourism
  • COM4006 New communications media
  • other level four units from the faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, and Information Technology with approval from the course coordinator

Level five

Students complete one of the following options.

Option one

and one of:

  • ATM5020 Ecotourism management
  • ATM5100 Industry internship
  • AUS5000 Research project
  • COM5006 New communications media
  • other level five units from the faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, and Information Technology with approval from the course coordinator

Option two

ATM5500 Industry research thesis (24 points), with the approval of the course coordinator

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with course 3763 Graduate Certificate in Tourism.
  • 48 points with course 0114 Graduate Diploma in Tourism.


Master of Tourism