Our program is closely linked with the Australian International Tourism Research Unit (AITRU) based at Monash University.
Our academic staff members are widely regarded as research pioneers in the field of high-yield, independent travel/backpacker travel and the associated impacts on urban tourism and the development of small and medium size enterprises.
Our program is also building a strong research program in tourism development in emerging economies.
Our teaching staff members, led by Dr Jeff Jarvis and Dr Vicki Peel, continue to undertake industry-funded research projects, both locally and internationally.
These active research links shape our curriculum and ensure its contemporary relevance. They also ensure that you will be exposed to the very latest developments in the field and be taught by academic staff at the forefront of their industry.
Experiential learning, international field schools
As a Monash Master of Tourism student you will have the opportunity to participate in study tours both in Australia and overseas.
For instance, the elective unit Contemporary Issues in Tourism features an industry-focused international field trip to either Fiji or Vietnam, with industry guest speakers.
All students can apply for funding to attend international field schools via Monash abroad.
Our program has excellent international networks and partners, and you may wish to participate in an international student exchange semester at one of our prestigious partner universities in Sweden, Estonia or Latvia.
The program includes regular industry presentations from senior industry executives and site visits to destinations within Melbourne, regional Victoria and other Australian destinations including Sydney. Students also have the opportunity to participate in an international field school in association with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (London University).
Flexible Study Options
The Master of Tourism is a multidisciplinary program with strong international and industry links, designed to prepare you for a career in the tourism (or associated) industry.
It may be completed with 1.5 years (3 semesters) full-time study or 3 years (6 semesters) part-time study.
The degree comprises four core (compulsory) units with two electives units chosen from the Monash Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Business and Economics, allowing you to tailor your studies to particular academic specialisations or graduate outcomes.
Electives may also include an internship unit in the final semester of the degree, or a minor thesis component.
You may also choose to complete one semester of your degree at one of our international partner universities as part of their course.
Depending on academic results, you may also wish to complete a research dissertation as a pathway to a higher degree by research, such as the PhD.
(Note: Students interested in undertaking an extended 2 year program should contact the program director directly. This option can provide international students with a 2 year post study ‘work experience visa’ in Australia.)