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Dalarna University

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


Course description

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.

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.

  • Documented English proficiency

Tuition Fees

*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.

87 000 SEK (total for two semesters) Non-EU citizens only.


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

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

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

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.

Optional paid internship:

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 internship.


Dalarna University

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.



10 months


Borlänge, Sweden




Destination development
(Field) Research
National & International


Destination management
Tourism management
Stakeholder management
Contextual research
Destination development

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