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School: Tourism Management and Sustainability
Course: Tourism Management and Sustainability
Degree: Master
Course code: M261

ECTS: 120
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters)

- Holders of an undergraduate degree or legal equivalent, in the areas of Tourism, Management and related areas;
- Holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized as attesting to the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the statutory competent technical-scientific body;
- Holders of a foreign higher academic degree awarded following the 1st cycle of studies organized following the principles of the Bologna Process, by a State adhering to this Process in the areas of Tourism, Management and related areas;
- Holders of a foreign higher academic degree, which is recognized as satisfying the objectives of the degree by the statutory competent technical-scientific body, in the areas of Tourism, Management and related areas.

Learning objectives:
- Develop superior knowledge in the various subjects that make up the study cycle;
- Apply the concepts and techniques developed with rigour and self-criticism;
- Have the ability, through the knowledge acquired, to diagnose problems and propose management and sustainability solutions;
- Achieve research capacity, critical analysis of information and technical and scientific dissemination;
- Introduce new ideas and new products and services;
- Understand and apply scientific research techniques;
- Develop personal and professional skills that allow students to lead or integrate work teams;
- Have acquired the necessary skills to integrate the next cycle of studies, doctorate, in similar or similar areas.

Incoming profile:
- Candidates coming from undergraduate courses in the field of Tourism and related areas;
- Motivation by the sectors of industry and tourism administration;
- Interest in current issues in the social sciences;;
- Sensitivity to the theme of sustainability due to the action of people in natural and cultural spaces;
- Ethical awareness of social and environmental responsibility.

The proposal of teaching methodologies and didactics to the learning objectives of the curricular units is presented by the professors and checked by the elements of the scientific-pedagogical commission at the beginning of each semester. The scientific-technical council, when approving the programmes, also reflects on the referred adaptation of the methodologies in particular when it is necessary to make any changes. A strong concern that underlies this study plan is related to the development of skills in terms of research, understanding and problem solving, so that the student knows and applies methods of acquisition, selection, analysis and interpretation of information, from to transmit it, through various means, with a high degree of autonomy and scientific rigour. As can be seen through the analysis of the Course Programme, there is a systematic didactic concern in adapting the teaching methodologies to the specific objectives of the curricular units and the Course.

Output profile:
Specialised professionals:
- for tourism administration at the local, regional and national level;
- to boost and enhance natural and cultural heritage, contributing to sustainable development and the preservation of identity;
- in the development of business projects based on innovation to stimulate competitiveness;
- interpret best practices in tourism and apply them to tourist organizations.

Career Opportunities:
Those with a Master’s in Management and Sustainability in Tourism will be able to perform tasks in companies of various branches of activity, such as public institutions and municipalities, among others, thus enabling a wide range of professional opportunities, as well as the necessary adaptation capacity to work in a central area for the country's development.
The Master's course in Management and Sustainability in Tourism at the ESTH will thus make a significant contribution to the development of the business world in an area unanimously regarded as a national development priority.

Course director:
Manuel António Brites Salgado (Telf: 238 320 800; email:


CodeUnitYearSemesterECTSGuide Course Unit
GST1005 Economics of Tourism11º S5 Guide course unit
GST1004 Policy and Startegy in Tourism11º S5 Guide course unit
GST1003 Quality Management in Tourism11º S5 Guide course unit
GST1002 Economics of Tourism11º S5 Guide course unit
GST1001 Environmental and Sustainable Tourism11º S5 Guide course unit
GST1000 Seminars I11º S5 Guide course unit
GST1011 Budget and Financial Management12º S5 Guide course unit
GST1010 Management of Tourism Products12º S5 Guide course unit
GST1001 Tourism and Cultural Patrimony12º S5
GST1008 Tourism Markets12º S5 Guide course unit
GST1007 Management of Tourism Projects12º S5 Guide course unit
GST1006 Seminars II12º S5 Guide course unit
GST1013 and/or GST1014 Internship and /or Applied Project2A60

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