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Sustainable Tourism Management

Expression of interest
  • Notice: Notice
  • School: School of Tourism and Maritime Tecnhology
  • Course language: English
  • Duration: 24 months
  • ECTS: 120
  • Scheme: B-Learning
  • Numerus clausus: I. General Contingent: 10 II. International Student Contingent: 20
  • Course coordinator:
  • Application fee: 60€
  • Enrolment fee: 500€ for International Student Contingent
  • Tuition fee: I. General Contingent: 1.140€ /per year
    II. International Student Contingent: 3.000€/per year
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  •   I am self-funded
      I will have a scholarship
      I might get a scholarship (from another party)
      I depend on a scholarship (from this university)
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The Master Program 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. Thus, aims to: develop higher-level knowledge about the various disciplines that integrate the course, adapting the principles and concepts underlying the Management and Sustainability in Tourism; know deeply the human impacts on tourist systems and be able to establish effective solutions for this problem, apply the concepts and techniques developed with accuracy and ability to self-criticism; be able to, through the knowledge acquired, to diagnose problems and propose solutions to management and sustainability, have the skills to carry out plans for sustainable management of tourism resources; reaching research ability, critical analysis of information and scientific and technical dissemination; to motivate for the applications of knowledge, particularly through its sustained exploration and its integrated management, identifying potential employers, and promoting innovation; be introduces of new ideas and 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; to acquire the skills needed to integrate doctoral or similar programs in related areas.


  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.
    The grading will be done according to the 37th article of the General Regulations of the Graduate Education and Graduate student at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria and Procedures Applicable to Students in Special Situations.

Notice for Master in Sustainable Tourism Management

About the program

The Master of Sustainable Tourism Management is divided into two distinct blocks: the first block, corresponding to two semesters, develop theoretical, theoretical-practical and technical curricular units, that will provide the tools needed to develop an integrated and sustainable management of tourism resources; in the second block, on the final two semesters, is developed a applied research work or technical/practical work integrated in the companies. 

The course is developed using a mix method of complementary on-site and online teaching. Master’s program  is delivered 12 weeks online, 2 weeks on-site and 1 cultural week ( in case you which to do so) per semester. Although it is mostly a distance-learning course, 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 colleague and tutors in a suitably supported and collaborative online learning environment, studying at the times and in the places which suit you best.

1st year, 1st semester

Subjects Contact hours1 ECTS Obs
Economics of Tourism TP: 45; OT: 4 5 Mandatory
Tourism Strategy and Policy TP: 45; OT: 4 5 Mandatory
Quality Management in Tourism TP: 45; OT: 4 5 Mandatory
Research Methodologies TP: 45; OT: 4 5 Mandatory
Environmental Tourism and Sustainability T: 25; TP: 20; OT 4 5 Mandatory
Seminars I T: 25; TP: 20; OT 4 5 Mandatory

1st year, 2nd semester

Subjects Contact hours1 ECTS Obs
Tourism Products Management TP: 45; OT: 4 5 Mandatory
Budget and Financial Management TP: 45; OT: 4 5 Mandatory
Tourism and Cultural Heritage TP: 45; OT: 4 5 Mandatory
Tourism Markets TP: 45; OT: 4 5 Mandatory
Tourism Projects Management TP: 45; OT: 4 5 Mandatory
Seminars II T: 25; TP: 20; OT 4 5 Mandatory

2nd year

Subjects Contact hours1 ECTS Obs
Dissertation/Traineeship / Project 1620 60

(1) T: theoretical; TP: theoretical-practical; LP: laboratory and practical teaching; FW: field work; S: seminar; TO: tutorial orientation

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.