Master's Degree in Tourism Management and Planning

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Master's Degree in Tourism Management and Planning


Why take this degree


The objective of the Master's Degree in Tourism Management and Planning is to train people in theoretical and practical knowledge in order to perform the tasks of a tourism manager and/or planner.

In addition, thanks to an agreement between the University of Zaragoza and the Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, students who wish to do so can take part in an ERASMUS + stay and also obtain a French Master’s degree with the Master Tourism-Parcours loisirs, tourism et developpement territorial (LTDT) in France.

The current curriculum, adapted to the European Higher Education Area, consists of a single academic year (60 ECTS).

You can find all the information on our university’s Master's degree at the following link:



Recommended profile


The Master’s is aimed at those who have, first of all, a clear interest in furthering their knowledge in the field of tourism. This is a requirement for people interested in the course.

Secondly, preference will be given to those who come from the field of tourism and, in general, from the field of social, legal and human sciences - such as sociology, anthropology, political science and administration, economics, business, law, labour sciences, social work, history of art, geography.



Access and admission requirements


To be admitted as a new student to the official university master's degree courses, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

- a) To be in possession of an official Spanish Bachelor's degree or another Spanish Master's degree.


- b) Have an official Spanish university degree obtained in accordance with the curricula prior to the current university education system: Bachelor's Degree, Degree in Architecture, Degree in Engineering, Diploma, Degree in Technical Architecture  or Degree in Technical Engineering.


- c) To hold a foreign higher education degree recognised as an official Spanish university degree or declared equivalent at the academic level of Bachelor's or Master's Degree by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training.


- d) Holding a Bachelor's or Master's degree issued by universities and higher education institutions in an EHEA country, which in that country allows access to Master's studies.


- e) Hold a foreign higher education qualification obtained in an educational system that is not part of the EHEA and which is equivalent to a Bachelor's degree, without the need for its homologation or declaration of equivalence, but which has obtained the corresponding resolution of "authorisation of access" to official University Master's degree courses of the University of Zaragoza, after verification by the University of Zaragoza of the level of training that this qualification implies, provided that in the country where the qualification was issued it allows access to postgraduate university level studies.


- f) Access will also be open to people who in the academic year 2021-2022 are studying an official university degree of the Spanish University System [SUE], are enrolled in all the credits necessary to complete their studies in that year and have a maximum of 9 ECTS credits and the Final Degree Project remaining to complete their studies.


Application for admission


The application for admission to the official Master's degree courses must be submitted online. It is recommended that you provide proof of SPANISH LANGUAGE LEVEL B1/B2.

You have to fill in the form and follow the indications that appear in: Virtual secretary's office Online application form.



Career opportunities


The Master’s gives a wide range of opportunities in the labour market, both in the private and public sectors.

- Destination Planner and Manager: Destination Manager; Destination Plan Manager; Destination Programme Director; Tourism Planning Technician.


- Tourism Product Manager: Specific Product Manager; Tourism Product Development Technician; Tourism Product Development Technician.


- Corporate Director of Organisations: Manager of Non-Profit Tourism Entities; Director of a Tourism Business Group; Director of a Tourism Company; Director of a Tourism Division of a Business Group.


- Operational Director: Director of Tourism Information, Promotion and Marketing; Product Director; Director of Management Areas.


- R&D&I Manager: Consultant; Advisor; Analyst.


- Entrepreneur in the Tourism Sector: Cultural Tourism; Active Tourism .



General outline of the syllabus


Tourism contributes decisively to the development of socio-economic areas and it is strongly rooted in the natural , cultural and social resources of a territory. Through different actions and projects, a resource can be converted or transformed into a tourism product. As an economic activity, it also demands and consumes resources that are largely of a public nature and whose management is the responsibility of the public authorities.

The relevance of the Master in Tourism Management and Planning in the social and productive environment is easily understood by the weight of tourism activities in the production of income and the generation of wealth. Tourism has become one of the main sources of employment with great prospects for the future.

The Master’s has been designed to adapt to the requirements of the European Higher Education Area, in accordance with the previous work carried out within the framework of RED-intur, the Inter-University Network of Postgraduate Degrees in Tourism, of which the University of Zaragoza is a member through the Faculty of Business and Public Management, together with other Spanish universities (University of Alicante, University of Barcelona, University of Girona, University of A Coruña, University of La Laguna, University of Malaga, University of Oviedo, University of Oviedo, University of Malaga, University of Oviedo, University of Valencia, University of Valencia, University of Valencia, University of Valencia, University of Valencia, University of Valencia, University of Valencia, University of Valencia, University of Valencia, University of Valencia, University of Valencia, University of Malaga, University of Oviedo, University of Santiago de Compostela, University of Seville, University of the Balearic Islands, Rovira i Virgili University, University of Valencia, King Juan Carlos University, Polytechnic University of Cartagena, University of Deusto, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Complutense University of Madrid and University of Vigo), a relationship formalised through the corresponding agreement that gives recognition to the network.

The very name of the degree, its rationale and orientation, as well as the duration in ECTS credits and the curricular structure articulated in the main blocks of subjects by field to meet the professional profiles, objectives and competences that are contemplated, respond to the proposals agreed within the aforementioned network.

In the context of the RED-intur, moreover, the existing degree at each university incorporates one or more distinctive specialisations. Thus, the one taught at the University of Zaragoza includes the speciality of "cultural and mountain tourism", which refers to the fundamental values present in the tourist resources of the province of Huesca and of Aragon in general. These contents are  reflected in some of the subjects identified in the syllabus.



Table of distribution of subjects by credits


Type of subject ECTS credits

  • Compulsory 39
  • Elective 12
  • Work experience (optional) 9
  • Master's dissertation 9

Total 60 credits


The Master's degree offers the possibility of participating in the ACEEPT International Week, which takes place every year in a different country to work in international groups on a theme related to tourism (for more information Visit The Association des Centres Européens d'Education Professionelle en Tourisme (ACEEPT) is a European network created in 1996 which brings together several universities with tourism studies (only one Centre per country). It is currently made up of 9 members, being the University of Zaragoza the Spanish representative through the Faculty of Business and Public Management, together with other centres from:

- Germany (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes, htw saar).

- Belgium (Thomas More University of Applied Sciences)

- Finland (LAB University of Applied Sciences)

- France (IAE Université de Savoie Mont-Blanc)

- Netherlands (Breda University of Applied Sciencesam)

- Switzerland (Haute Ecole de Gestion & Tourisme, HES-SO Valais)

- Italy (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna)

- Turkey (Yasar Universitesi).


The main objective of ACEEPT is to achieve the highest level of professionalisation and proficiency by encouraging the creation and maintenance of relations between European universities, as well as the mobility and exchange of students and teachers and the joint organisation of projects, thus providing a great opportunity for students, teachers and professionals of different nationalities to work together and exchange ideas.