Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered byNational Centre for Australian Studies
CoordinatorDr Jeff Jarvis


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


In the twenty-first century, the international tourism industry can more accurately be described as the global movement of people for a variety of motivations including; business, study, work, conferences and exhibitions, leisure, special events, working holidays and visiting friends and relatives.

Over the past two decades, international tourism arrivals have more than doubled from 473 million in 1992 to 1035 million in 2012. By 2030 the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) forecasts the industry to exceed 1.8 billion international tourism arrivals. This rapid global change is increasing demands for highly skilled managers in the tourism and associated industries.

The current era of rapid global change is increasing demand for highly skilled managers in the international tourism industry and associated industries.

Australia is widely recognised internationally for its skill in the strategic management and marketing of the tourism industry. Students have the opportunity to engage with the industry via case study based field schools in Melbourne, Sydney, regional Victoria and overseas.

The UNWTO forecasts the growth in tourism in emerging economies will be double that of advanced economies by 2030. The graduate tourism program has a strong focus on emerging economies and how the tourism industry can be harnessed to maximise the benefits for these nations.

Some of the key issues that the graduate tourism program addresses include the following:

  • associated impacts of tourism on the environment
  • developmental and planning issues associated with managing tourism growth
  • how destinations are marketed and the notion of whether countries can become 'brands'
  • how new technologies such as the internet will impact on the industry
  • the current state of the global tourism industry
  • the patterns of global tourism development and why some regions are growing faster than others
  • the role 'culture' plays in the industry
  • the role of special events such as major sporting events in tourism development
  • the role of the government in managing the industry
  • the segments of the market which offer the greatest growth prospects
  • type of tourism emerging in the 21st century
  • where the proposed tourism growth will come from and where will it occur in the world.


For a list of units in this area of study refer to the requirements for courses listed under 'Relevant courses'.

Relevant courses

  • 4107 Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management
  • A6009 Master of Tourism