Sustainable Tourism Management

Sustainable Tourism Management

Course Type:
Master’s Programme

Programme Introduction

The Master in Sustainable Tourism Management aims the training of students able to perform tasks in various branches of tourism, whether in public or in private sector, develop higher-level knowledge about the various disciplines that integrate the course, adapting the principles and concepts underlying the Management and Sustainability in Tourism.

This master’s programme is taught in English and in the B-Learning system. This method combines online and face-to-face learning, allowing students to access the platform from any place, at any time, letting them access all knowledge and materials relevant to the subjects being taught. Blended learning allows adaptive, collaborative learning and encourages students to be active in the experience of learning rather than being passive learners. The subjects will provide the tools needed to develop an integrated and sustainable management of tourism resources. 

Online learning is the major component. In the first year this course is delivered, each semester, 13 weeks online and 2 weeks in face-to-face lessons. Regarding the second year the students must choose one of three options: an applied research work (Dissertation) or an Internship (and its report) or a Project/Business Plan. In any of the options the student will always be accompanied by a supervisor.  Although it is mostly a distance-learning study programme, you won’t be alone. Our school members provide the high levels of support to enhance your success. You will have the occasion to work closely with your colleagues and tutors in a suitably supported and collaborative online learning environment, studying at the times and in the places which suit you best.

Programme Coordinator

João Viljoen De Vasconcelos










4 Semesters


General and International Student Contingent: 30


DGES certification


  • Acknowledge of the human impacts on tourist systems and establish effective solutions for this problem;
  • Apply the concepts and techniques developed with accuracy and ability to self-criticism;
  • Diagnose problems and propose solutions to management and sustainability;
  • Carry out plans for sustainable management of tourism resources, reaching research ability, critical analysis of information and scientific and technical dissemination;
  • Motivate for the applications of knowledge, particularly through its sustained exploration and its integrated management, identifying potential employers, and promoting innovation;
  • Pro activity in introducing new ideas, new products and services related to the sustainable exploitation and management of tourism resources in national /international market, through self-employment;
  • Understand and apply the techniques of scientific research, develop personal and professional skills that enable them to lead or join work teams;
  • Acquire the skills needed to integrate doctoral or similar programs in related areas.

Careers Options


This master’s degree have in-depth qualifications and tools to perform functions in various tourism business areas and entrepreneurship, such as business sustainability planner and development manager, sustainability consultant, tour manager, tourism officer/ information centre manager, teaching and research, namely in companies, public bodies, and non-governmental organizations, of a national or international nature.

Study Plan

ECTS: 120

Entry Requirements

  1. Holders of a degree or legal equivalent in the areas of Tourism, Management and related areas; holders of a foreign academic degree following a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the principles of the Bologna process in the area of Tourism, Management and related areas;
  2. Holders of a foreign degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of a degree by the Scientific-Technical Council of ESTM in the areas of Tourism, Management and related areas;
  3. Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curricula who is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific-Technical Council of ESTM.

International Student
All information related to the  international student application should be consulted on our International Students webpage.


State: Accreditated
Number of years of accreditation: 6
Publication date: 19/06/2019
A3ES Accreditation

More Information

The teaching / learning process is continuously monitored by the coordinator that meeting together, both formally and informally, with students and teachers of the course. The course committee, with the representation of students and faculty coordinator, assists in this task addressing all the issues that may affect the quality of the learning process.

Students and teachers also have representatives in the pedagogical council, in the representatives council and in the scientific council of the school, which ensuring their ability to participate. Students and teachers are also consulted through surveys, contributing to the self-assessment reports. Reports are reported to the course committee, pedagogical council and scientific – technical council.

Finally it should be mentioned the informal communication between: coordinator, students, teachers and representatives in various organs such as guarantee of active participation of teachers and students.

Application Fee


Enrolment Fee

General Contingent: 50€
International Student Contingent: 100€

Tuition Fee

General Contingent: 1140€
International Student Contingent: 3000€ 

Online Application

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