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Master of Tourism Leadership

Program code: 5549
CRICOS code: 077441E

Delivery location

St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)

Are you a tourism, hospitality, or events professional looking to take the next step in your career? This program will strengthen your existing experience and leadership qualities as you prepare for senior roles or research, advisory and consultancy positions.

  • The 18-month Master of Tourism Leadership is designed for applicants with a bachelor's degree in a related field and relevant industry experience. See Program Details for more information on admission requirements.
  • Study compulsory courses that will build your core knowledge, covering topics relevant to research and decision-making, global issues and trends, change and innovation, and research methods and data analysis.
  • Choose one field of study from the following: Service Management, Tourism Development, Tourism Marketing, or Visitor Management. Each combines of high-level coursework with a research thesis or professional consultancy project.
  • Complete an optional supervised thesis that will allow you to participate in all aspects of choosing and developing your chosen topic. Alternatively, you can complete a consultancy project, applying research to an industry problem with an industry mentor.

The Master of Tourism Leadership will strengthen your leadership qualities and provide you with the skills to manage sustainable products, resources and facilities.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ Business School was the first business school in Australia to be accredited by the pre-eminent ranking bodies AACSB International and EQUIS. UQ was also ranked 39th in the world for management in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Professional experience

    We're one of a kind

    This is the only postgraduate coursework program in Australia designed for students with a background in tourism, hospitality, or events. You'll benefit from the diverse experiences of your fellow students, as well as from industry leaders and researchers who teach the program.

  • Professional experience

    Link up with industry and the profession

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's award-winning Student Employability Team (SET) helps students develop their careers with a range of professional opportunities. These include internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

  • Fast Facts

    International certification

    UQ is the only university in Australia to be certified by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The UNWTO promotes responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

Fields of study for this program

There are 4 fields of study available in the Master of Tourism Leadership.

View all fields of study for this program

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Tourism Leadership have the knowledge and skills needed for leadership, research and consultancy positions across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors – both in Australia and internationally.

Graduates typically work in management positions. Because they've been exposed to current industry problems, industry networking, and problem-based learning during their studies, graduates can usually progress from their former roles and through the management ranks.

Specific roles largely depend on your field of study, although there is flexibility to work in a general management capacity.

Because the program has a strong emphasis on research and research skills, graduates can choose to work in consultancy, research or advisory positions, or enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program.

  • Professional experience

    Give back and grow your network

    The Community Engagement Program (CEP) gives you opportunities to work on real-life projects with not-for-profit and community organisations. In small groups, you'll apply your classroom knowledge and experience, and develop your leadership and networking skills.

  • Why study

    Students work to develop tourism in Uganda

  • Alumni
    "I studied at UQ as part of the international exchange program along with students from all over the world. The support I had from university staff during the program was great and it helped me adjust to the very challenging experience of studying in a different language." David Nacipucha, International Student (Ecuador), MTLead (2014)
    Lecturer, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador
  • Beyond the classroom

    Your research applied to your industry

    Your thesis or consultancy report could make a contribution to tourism theory or practice. Past graduates have published academic journal articles and presented their research findings at academic conferences, while others present their insights to industry, government and business collaborators.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Entry requirements


Bachelor degree or equivalent in the same discipline as approved by the Executive Dean with a GPA of at least 5.00 on a 7 point scale and one year full-time work experience in the same discipline as approved by the Executive Dean; OR Bachelor degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 5.00 on a 7 point scale and three years full-time work experience in the same discipline as approved by the Executive Dean.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Tourism Leadership are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Tourism Leadership are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Tourism Leadership. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Tourism Leadership have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Tourism Leadership.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Service Management

This field is designed to equip you with the skills and expertise to deal with the design, delivery and evaluation of world-class customer service.

Tourism Development

These courses provide an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with the development of tourism destinations including the challenges facing developing economies and destination marketing.

Career outcomes

Those who choose the tourism development option are well placed for public or private sector careers in destination planning and development.

Tourism Marketing

The tourism marketing courses will provide you with the skills required to pursue a career in tourism and hospitality marketing and product distribution.

Career outcomes

Graduates with tourism marketing skills can take on a wide variety of roles in a range of tourism and hospitality organisations.

Visitor Management

The visitor management courses develop the advanced knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage visitors and visitor experiences in a range of tourism, hospitality and event settings.

Career outcomes

Graduates with visitor management skills may be employed in a range of professional positions in the tourism, hospitality and event industries.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $38,160
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Tourism Leadership for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Tourism Leadership can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Tourism Leadership is 5549. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

The following supporting documentation is required for all applications. Please ensure that you have included ALL required documentation when you submit your application.

  • Official transcripts of previous studies.
  • Evidence of work experience in the form of a CV. Please ensure that your CV includes your full work history, and outlines the major activities you undertake on a daily basis.
  • Work reference letter from your employer outlining your key duties and responsibilities.
  • Evidence of residency status.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Tourism Leadership is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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