Master of Tourism Leadership

Master of Tourism Leadership

The Master of Tourism Leadership prepares graduates with experience working in the tourism, hospitality and events industries for international leadership, research and consultancy positions.

This internationally recognised program will strengthen your leadership capacity and provide you with the skills to sustainably manage products, resources and facilities. You will also develop the research and analytical skills necessary for further academic study.

In addition to building your core knowledge, you can choose to specialise in the fields of service management, tourism development, tourism marketing or visitor management. The program allows you to tackle real-life issues put forward by industry professionals and complete a research or consultancy project.

UQ Business School’s tourism lecturers are internationally recognised as experts in their field. UQ is also one of the world’s top-ranked universities for tourism research with over 25 years of experience in hospitality and tourism. It boasts strong partnerships with industry and offers exceptional engagement opportunities for students.


Applicants for the Master of Tourism Leadership program must have:

  • a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the same discipline as approved by the Executive Dean with a GPA of at least 5.00 on a 7 point scale and one year full-time work experience in the same discipline as approved by the Executive Dean; or
  • a Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 5.00 on a 7 point scale and three years full-time work experience in the same discipline as approved by the Executive Dean.

The application procedure for the program varies depending on whether you are a domestic or international student.

Find further information about course dates, costs and how to apply


The Master of Tourism Leadership program uses a problem-based learning model in which students become active participants and tackle real life issues presented by representatives from industry. Courses will include a mixture of lectures, presentations, debates, group work and discussions.

The program allows you to develop a firm grounding in core skills through the four compulsory courses which cover industry research and consultancy, critical issues in tourism, change and innovation, and advanced research methods and analysis.

At the same time you will build specialist knowledge by choosing six courses, including a dedicated research thesis or consultancy project, from one of the specialist areas below, plus a further two elective courses.

View the program course list.

Service management

The service management courses are designed to equip you with the skills and expertise to deal with the design, delivery and evaluation of world-class customer service.

Tourism development

These courses provide an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with the development of tourism destinations including the challenges facing developing economies and destination marketing.

Tourism marketing

The tourism marketing courses will provide you with the skills required to pursue a career in tourism, hospitality marketing, and product distribution.

Visitor management

The visitor management courses develop the advanced knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage visitors and visitor experiences in a range of tourism, hospitality and event settings.


The Master of Tourism Leadership program takes one and a half years of full-time study to complete, or the equivalent part-time.

View the program study plan.


The standard full-time load for a program is 8 units per semester (this usually means 4 courses worth 2 units each per semester). Full-time study is defined as 75% or more of the standard full-time load for a program (i.e. at least 6 units per semester, or 3-4 courses, for most programs).

International students must be enrolled in 8 units per semester.

It is estimated that for each course a student would have approximately 3-5 contact hours in lectures and tutorials, and would also need to do additional hours of study.


Australian students can study part-time (usually 1 to 2 courses per semester). In some cases, classes are scheduled multiple times per week and students can choose either day or evening classes. This does not occur in all programs. If you intend to study solely in the evenings, please check the availability and timing of classes.


What outcomes to expect from your degree

The Master of Tourism Leadership opens up international career options in the public, private and not-for-profit sector. It will help prepare you for roles in leadership, consultancy and research. Your career opportunities will be influenced by your particular area of specialisation.

Graduates with service management expertise may work in customer service and management positions across the tourism, hospitality and events sectors.

Those who choose the tourism development option are well placed for careers in destination planning and development.

Graduates with tourism marketing skills can take on roles in a range of tourism and hospitality organisations.

Visitor management skills enable you to assume a wide variety of positions in the tourism, hospitality and events fields.

Hear what key tourism industry executives have to say about a career in the inspiring world of hospitality, events and tourism:

How to shape your career

As a UQ student, you have access to a range of services to prepare for a successful career:

  • The Student Employability Team (SET) – assists students with accessing career opportunities and managing their careers. SET programs give students an edge by helping build industry experience and develop lifelong employability skills. Contact their team of employability specialists to set and achieve your career goals.
  • Networking events – these events help students establish connections with industry professionals.
  • Employer presentations on campus – provides opportunities to meet UQ graduates currently employed in industry and understand what the employer is looking for in a new hire.
  • UQ Careers Fair - an annual university wide event for students to meet with over 130 potential employers to source information on career opportunities.
  • Global Experiences Expo - discover how UQ provides students with opportunities to study overseas, or get support to work, learn or volunteer on a short trip.


Support services

UQ Business School offers a wide range of advice and support for future and current students.

Domestic student enquiries

To find out more about applications or programs for Australian (domestic) students, call +61 7 3346 8100 (open 8:30am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday except university and public holidays) or email info@business.uq.edu.au.

International student enquiries

For further enquiries about applications or programs, international students can call +61 3 8676 7004 from outside Australia or 1800 671 980 from inside Australia (free call).

Find out more on the international contact page or use the online enquiry form.

Find details of international educational representatives

Financial assistance

Find out more about fees, charges and financial assistance

Find details of undergraduate scholarships for future students and for current students

Student centres

Student centres are located on each campus including St Lucia and provide a one-stop shop for student administration enquiries – including enrolment, timetables, fees, graduation, academic transcripts and ID cards – and general enquiries.

Call +61 7 3365 2600 from 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday or visit the student centre page.

Student support

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