- Critical, analytical, high quality education and long tradition of well-reviewed tourism research (connections). Most other programmes are quite recent.
- Excellent preparation for career in research, but also thorough orientation on and connection with the industry, policy making, consultancy and education.
- International/multicultural classroom: learn from experiences and examples all over the world.
- Two year master: more courses to deepen disciplinary knowledge, preparation for job market (internship, academic master cluster), time for in depth thesis research, room to follow additional courses to profile yourself.
- Main focus: interdisciplinary, sustainability, social and environmental sciences
Compare this master's with similar study programmes in the Netherlands
Tourism Geography and Planning (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
This study programme has a cultural geographical approach, whereas the master's Leisure, Tourism and Environment focuses more on sustainability and the environment. It also provides more room to connect with other disciplines and has a larger thesis component.
Tourism and Culture (Radboud Universiteit)
This is a specialisation of the master's Culture Studies. Therefore it has a purely cultural approach on cultural/historic tourism. The master's Leisure, Tourism and Environment provides a more interdisciplinary perspective on interrelationship of tourism with development, environment, society, globalization, policy making, and more.
Cultural Geography and Tourism (Radboud Universiteit)
This programme has cultural geographical approach, whereas the master's Leisure, Tourism and Environment has a more interdisciplinairy and sustainable approach. The tourism courses in this Cultural Geography and Tourism programme will be followed at Wageningen University & Research.
Place, Culture and Tourism (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)
This is also an interdisciplinairy study programme, but with a focus on arts, culture and the role of the media. The master's Leisure, Tourism and Environment pays more attention to sustainability, the impact on development and the environment.
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 this master's and similar study programmes at Wageningen University & Research
International Development Studies
The master's 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, Inclusive Innovation, Communication and Development, and Politics and Governance of Development. The master's Leisure, Tourism and Environment is more specificly oriented on the interaction between tourism and development.
In the master's 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.
Landscape Architecture and Planning
The master's 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.