University of Applied Sciences

International Leisure and Tourism Studies

(M International Leisure and Tourism Studies)

Full-time Master’s Degree

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In summary

Are you interested in developing sustainable leisure concepts from an economic and management perspective? Do you want to earn a dual Master’s degree while doing so? This programme allows you to do just that.

  • One of the best Master programmes at Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands (Keuzegids Masters, 2016).
  • Earn a dual degree and get a Dutch Master of Arts (MA) and British Master of Science (MSc) in 14 months.
  • Our partner the University of Derby, UK, is ranked number one in the Guardian University League 2015 in Hospitality, Tourism and Events education.
  • Combine academic and applied research and benefit from a strong link with the industry.
  • Excellent career prospects worldwide.


Graduates of our Master’s programme in International Leisure and Tourism Studies have a variety of career opportunities in the labour market. These include jobs as policymakers at the local, regional or national level or as managers at a hotel chain, theme park or other venue.


Careers open to graduates include:

  • Policy and Planning
  • Research and Education
  • Consultancy and Development
  • Management

About the course

Master of Arts (MA)

The 14-month Master’s programme in International Leisure and Tourism Studies focuses on sustainability and quality of life within the context of the past, present and future. You will explore established theories relating to leisure and tourism (past), discuss current cases (present) and use scenario planning as a tool for identifying future trends and developments (future). The courses contains different education methods such as seminars, workshops, lectures, presentations, group assignments and guest lectures.

Master of Science (MSc)

Stenden offers the option to accomplish a Dual Degree. Additionally to the MA programme you can enrol for a Master of Science International Leisure and Tourism Studies issued by the University of Derby, which is a leading university in the UK for Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management. 

What to expect?

  • Lecturers from the University of Derby will regularly be visiting Stenden University of Applied Sciences (NL) to conduct lectures and seminars with Masters students in preparation for the field trip.
  • Three-week field trip to the University of Derby (UK) - students will be able to visit the UK and participate in an intensive two-week workshop schedule at the University of Derby. Lectures will be conducted using a variety of classroom based activities as well as venturing into the heart of the Peak District National Park to build operational skills such as communications and teamwork. Accommodation has been arranged for all students to stay within the University campus’s Halls of Residence. The costs of transportation (Manchester – Buxton), accommodation, and lunch for this excursion are included in the tuition fee.
  • You have access to resources at the University of Derby, including library services for academic studies, and the industrial placement office, which can help to advise and direct students to prospective future placements and employers around the world.

As part of your studies, you will take three modules that prepare you for the process of writing your final-year thesis. You will learn how to develop a research proposal and how to collect and analyse data.

Module 1

Theoretical Perspectives on Leisure and Tourism

You will discuss current theories related to leisure and tourism, based on topics such as games, experience, culture, social class, lifestyle, mobility, the environment, development and economic systems. The objective of the course is to develop your own perspective on leisure and tourism.

Module 2

Quality of Leisure and Tourism

This module examines quality in all its facets: you investigate the quality of recreation and tourism in relation to the quality of human life in general. You will learn to make connections between society and organisations using multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary methods. If you have opted for the Master of Science programme, it will start in this module.

Module 3

Policy and Planning & the future of Leisure and Tourism?

This module focuses on the complex and dynamic nature of policymaking in the recreation and tourism industry. You will explore parameters and topics for developing policies, learn how to use scenario planning and how to apply change- and project management for this purpose. The Master of Science programme will finish during this module.

Module 4

Master’s thesis and elective

At this stage of the programme you will choose your minor (specialisation). You can opt for one of the Stenden ETFI projects,  Entrepreneurship & Innovation or Managing Events Organisations. The master’s thesis is the final part of your Master’s degree in International Leisure and Tourism Studies.

Research As part of your course, you will be working closely with the European Tourism Future Institute (ETFI), Stenden’s research institute devoted to tourism. The ETFI specialises in developing, researching and applying scenario planning related to tourism and leisure.

Educational methods

You will discover a variety of educational methods during the programme, including seminars, workshops, lectures, presentations, group assignments and guest lectures.

Specialization Event Management

Have you chosen for the specialization Event Management? Then you will follow your lessons in separate classes, go on specific field trips, meet guest speakers from the industry, and get additional literature.

Accreditation and quality labels

The Master’s programme in International Leisure and Tourism Studies has received the following accreditation and quality labels: 

  • Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO): ‘triple good rating’
  • International Centre of Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Education (THE-ICE)

Additional information

To view the full course programme, please feel free to download the our brochure.

Admission requirements

You require a bachelor’s degree to be admitted to the International Leisure and Tourism Studies programme. If you do not hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business, Management, Hospitality, Tourism, Leisure Studies or a related course but would like to enrol in the Master’s programme in International Leisure and Tourism Studies, please send an email to Your application will be assessed on individual merits. A personal interview is part of the application process.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for a Master programme at Stenden require to submit an English proficiency test with their application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their Bachelor degree entirely in English at an accredited institution.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts three kinds of official language tests: IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

•Academic IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 for each skill).
•TOEFL 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) and 80 (internet based). Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for Stenden is 9215.
•Cambridge ESOL score CAE-C.

Please note: If you do not have the appropriate level, it’s possible to enrol in our English Preparatory Language Course.

Practical information

University Of Derby 

This programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby. Please download the Programme Specification document here.


Single degree: Master of Arts (MA) in International Leisure and Tourism Studies (MILTS)
Dual award: Master of Arts (MA) in International Leisure and Tourism Studies plus a Master of Science (MSc) in International Leisure and Tourism Studies awarded by the University of Derby

Your application

You can apply for the master programmes by clicking on ‘Apply now’. During your application on the Studielink portal, please take following steps into account:

  • Choose University of Applied Sciences.
  • Select Stenden university.
  • Select the master programme M International Leisure and Tourism Studies. You can choose between MA & MSc - dual degree or MA - single degree.

Course start


Application deadline

EU students: 15. August
non-EU students: 31. May


Leeuwarden, the Netherlands



Fees & costs 

types of feesamountperiod
tuition fee EU students single degree Dutch Master of Arts (MA)€ 2.006course 2017/2018
tuition fee NON-EU students single degree: Dutch Master of Arts (MA)€ 11.500course
books and excursions€ 500course
tuition fee EU students dual award: Dutch Master of Arts (MA) + British Master of Science (MSc)€ 5.256course
tuition fee NON-EU students dual award: Dutch Master of Arts (MA) + British Master of Science (MSc)€ 14.750

Please note: No additional financial contribution is required from students to obtain credits.

Partner University

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