Programme SDUVA

One-Year Master Programme in Tourism Destination Development

Discover the opportunities and challenges that come with developing tourism destinations in a sustainable way.
60 Credits Second Cycle

Sustainable TourismLocal Expertise and International Research

Site visits to regional tourism destinations combined with research conducted at Dalarna University aim to give you knowledge as to how sustainable destination development is implemented in Sweden and the world. Interaction with peers and staff from some 15 nations will expand both your professional network as well as your understanding of different cultural needs and values.

You will learn about assessing global changes in the tourism industry and interpreting these changes in a local situation. You will gain the ability to critically assess the consequences of different strategies for sustainable tourism destination development. These skills and this knowledge will help you join our many graduates who now work internationally as marketing and project assistants, service centre advisors and event managers.

Should you apply?

You should have a desire to combine your passion for sustainable tourism with a curiosity for the research and theory that drive the development of the global tourism industry towards sustainability. If you have previously majored in Tourism, Marketing, Business, Human Geography or a similar field, and have documented knowledge of spoken and written English, then you are a good candidate for this programme.

How To Apply

Applying to the Tourism Destination Development Programme is quick and easy. Just complete these two steps:

  1. Click on the green "Apply" button to create a user account and add the programme to your account in the online application portal.
  2. Submit the required documents to verify that you fulfill the entry requirements listed below. It is usually possible to upload the required documents to your user account.

​Entry Requirements (August 2023)

Specific Entry Requirements

Completed bachelor's degree majoring in Human Geography, Business Administration and Management, Tourism Studies, Economics or an equivalent degree or currently completing the final year of studies leading to such a degree.

English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)
  • English language proficiency in detail

For specific information, see the webpage on about English documentation

Tuition Fees

87 000 SEK (total)
*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.

Tuition fees are paid in two installments of 43 500 SEK and the first payment must be paid no later than June 1. This allows for reasonable processing time for a residence permit application.

If you have any questions about tuition fee payments, please e-mail


There are a number of scholarships available for successful applicants to the Tourism Destination Development Programme who are not EU/EEA citizens.

For more information about scholarships, please visit our webpage about international student scholarships or contact us using the contact form on this website.

Programme Overview

All courses are taught in English by international faculty. The programme comprises 60 credits (1 credit = 1 ECTS) and begins at the start of the autumn semester in early September. Note: 1.5 credits = one week of full-time study.

Semester 1 (Autumn) - Late August to January

In the first semester, you will study the four main modules of the programme. Each of these modules contributes to an aspect of tourism destination development.

Sustainable Destination Development (KG3019)  (7.5 credits)

Event Tourism - Planning, Marketing, Evaluation (TR3009) (7.5 credits)

Managing and Interpreting of Cultural Heritage Sites (AKG27R) (7.5 credits)

Place and Destination Marketing (FÖ3035) (7.5 credits)

You will also visit businesses, cultural heritage managers and event organizations as well as regional tourism destinations.

Semester 2 (Spring) - Late January to Mid-June

In the second semester, you will learn about research methods adn you will complete a research project that focuses on an aspect of destination development at an international or local tourism destination. 

Theory and Research Methods (TR3010) (15 credits)

Degree Thesis in Tourism (TR3008) (15 credits)

Guest lectures and seminars headed by representatives from the regional tourism branch and from international partner universities as well as alumni are regularly held so that current students can learn more about international research in tourism, the employment market as well connect with former students to talk about opportunities.

You can receive an Erasmus+ grant to complete an internship and can apply for one up to 12 months after completing your studies. This is available to all students in the programme, regardless of nationality, who pursue an approved internship within an Erasmus+ programme country (except Sweden).

Degree Awarded

Upon completion of this programme, you will receive a Master of Science in Tourism Studies. You can use this degree to apply for PhD studies in Sweden.

Study Environment

Dalarna University is a small university, which will allow you to develop close professional relationships with your classmates and teachers. You will study at the Borlänge campus, which is located close to the region's largest shopping centre, beautiful natural surroundings and outstanding outdoor activities.

Students from the world over come to study Tourism Destination Development at Dalarna University. Typically, there are 20 students in each class. Lessons include lectures; seminars; group discussions; presentations; study visits; and written assignments. You will normally have four to eight hours of classes a week, 20 to 30 hours of individual reading and writing assignments, and group projects.

Since the TDD Programme admits only a small number of students, you will easily get to know your classmates and be involved with activities in and around Dalarna and Sweden with new-found friends. The knowledge and experiences you share with your classmates, along with the opportunity to be involved in interesting tourism destination development projects, will prepare you to join our alumni who go on to find their ideal jobs within the field.

Career Opportunities

Tourism is a major growth industry internationally, and there is an urgent need for knowledge on how to develop destinations in a sustainable manner. The courses in the TDD Programme prepare you to work within the tourism and marketing fields, and can lead to countless job opportunities, including positions as:

  • Junior Online Marketer
  • Tourism Officer
  • Destination Development Consultant
  • Operations Manager

You will most likely find work in destination-marketing organisations, at hotels, in activity companies, and within local and regional tourism-planning organisations throughout the world.

Upon completion of the programme, you may also apply for a PhD position within Tourism Studies or similar fields at any Swedish university. You may also apply for a full Bologna Master Degree at some of our partner universities in Europe.

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Autumn Semester 2023
Start: week beginning 28 Aug
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Entry Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography, Business Administration and Management, Tourism Studies, Economics and English 6
Tuition Fee
First Tuition Fee Installment
43,500 SEK
Total Tuition Fee
87,000 SEK
EU/EEA Citizens or exchange students are not required to pay fees.
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Ioanna Farsari