About the Master
The Master Leisure, Tourism and Environment study programme is one of the few international tourism programs that does not place an emphasis on management and marketing perspectives. Instead, this master programme has a strong academic and interdisciplinary approach that takes a critical look at tourism. Tourism belongs to the most rapid growing industries worldwide and it takes first place with regard to structural employment opportunities. The programme at Wageningen University & Research consists of a varied group of international students who come from all over the world to broaden their scope by means of socio-cultural analyses in relation to tourism. The master also offers the opportunity for you to follow a minor, in which you can follow additional courses such as International Development, Environmental Policy or Cultural Geography.
Compare the Master Leisure, Tourism and Environment with similar study programmes in the Netherlands
Master Leisure Studies (Tilburg University). This programme focuses on the interactive processes between the different actors found in the leisure time sector. It primarily reviews the supply and demand processes of leisure, whereas the Master Leisure, Tourism and Environment takes a critical attitude towards cultural, social and spatial aspects of tourism. The Wageningen programme also places greater emphasis on tourism.
Master Erfgoedstudies (Heritage Studies) (University of Amsterdam). This study programme focuses on the protection and conservation of cultural heritage like theatres, museums or immaterial expressions of everyday culture. Even though this study also broaches relates niches, such as cultural heritage tourism, it does not have the specific cultural-geographic and international character of the Master Leisure, Tourism and Environment study programme.
The Master Tourism Destination Management (NHTV – Breda University of Applied Sciences). This study programme also contains an interdisciplinary character but emphasises the development of professional knowledge needed to manage organisations in international tourism well. The focus is mainly on economic development, whereas the academic Master Leisure, Tourism and Environment aims at a broader socio-cultural perspective.
Differences between the Master Leisure, Tourism and Environment and similar study programmes at Wageningen University & Research
The Master International Development Studies also takes a critical interdisciplinary perspective in the analysis of international development. This study offers various specialisations: Sociology of Development, Economics of Development, and Communication, Technology and Policy. The Master Leisure, Tourism and Environment emphasizes tourism interventions for international development, but studies such interventions from mainly socio-cultural and cultural-geographical perspectives.
In the Master Environmental Sciences you will learn to develop innovative methods to improve the sustainability of the living environment through use of natural science-, technological- and social science perspectives. The use of the term ‘environment’ indicates that the Master Leisure, Tourism and Environment approaches leisure time and tourism mainly in relation to complex social, cultural, economic and geographic change processes. As a result, the study programme takes on a socio-cultural and cultural-geographic angle.
The Master Landscape Architecture and Planning mainly addresses the manner by which concrete plans and designs for future landscaping are created and supported. The Leisure, Tourism and Environment study programme, however, studies a landscape from experience, recreational and tourism perspectives. Besides recreation and tourism, public housing, agriculture, industry and infrastructure play a large role in the Master Landscape Architecture and Planning study programme.