In the first year, all students take the introductory modules in Tourism and Leisure Studies that seek to provide an overall foundation for the programme as a whole. They introduce basic concepts and different disciplinary contributions, examine the interrelationships between leisure and tourism, and provide an understanding of the historical, social, behavioural and economic basis of demand and participation. All students also take an Introductory Research Methods module and an Orientation to Higher Education ‘skills’ module.
In Year 2, the modules are organised around the overall theme of supply and resource provision. In addition to a core module in Research Methods, students can choose from a range of options that include: Place, Culture and the Environment, Tourism and Events Policy and Development, Sport and Leisure Policy, or Events Staging. A further option provides an opportunity to attend a week-long residential field course, however, this is only available to those students who bias their studies towards Tourism and Leisure.
In Year 3, the emphasis is concerned with the problems arising from leisure and tourism activity and the various planning and management procedures and strategies that relate to these concerns. Option modules include: Tourism, Leisure and Events Marketing, Tourism Development in the Developing World, Countryside Conservation and Recreation Management, Heritage, Entertainment and the Arts, Individual Study (a supervised research project/dissertation involving an issue of particular interest), or Research Project.