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Master of Science Leisure and Tourism Studies

Do you want to learn about the value of leisure and tourism in a changing society and look at this from different perspectives? Then choose the Master of Science Leisure and Tourism Studies!

Multidisciplinary approach

People have more and more leisure pursuits to choose from. As a result, the phenomena of leisure and tourism are increasing in complexity. That is why we offer an academic master of leisure and tourism which builds on the knowledge and expertise from various disciplines. We look at leisure and tourism from the perspective of Experiences & Storytelling and Placemaking & Events.

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    Study overview

    Our leisure time is a vital resource that can be used for creative and physical activity, building relationships, forging identities and developing skills. The experiences that fill our leisure time are provided by an industry which accounts for 6% of the workforce in the Netherlands. The phenomena of Leisure and Tourism are increasing in complexity and require an integrated and multidisciplinary approach. Courses of this academic master’s programme build on knowledge and expertise from various fields such as sociology, psychology, economics, management and marketing.

    Research themes

    You will work on two important research themes: Experiences & Storytelling and Place-making & Events. The programme is divided into two phases. In the first phase you will take courses like Understanding Leisure and Tourism Attractions and Events, Imagineering as Strategic Design in Leisure Organisations, and Experience Marketing in Leisure and Tourism. In the second phase you will work on your graduation. You will prepare for this in seminars together with other students, after which you will write your individual master's thesis.

    The programme consists of two phases. The aim of the first phase is to provide context in the form of master’s courses. In the second phase you will work on providing your own content to the field in the form of your master’s thesis. A complete overview of the curriculum, course content and learning objectives can be found in the study guide.

    The programme covers 12 months and is made up of two main phases:

    Phase 1 - Master's courses on leisure in a network society

    All five master’s courses in this first phase will have a dynamic set-up in the sense that they are positioned within the context of leisure in a network society. The master’s courses centre on the two main current research programmes in leisure and tourism: Experiences & Storytelling and Placemaking & Events.

    Leisure, Creativity and Space
    This master’s course discusses recent insights into the processes of globalisation, mediafication and commercialisation and their impact on the changing role of leisure in the design of public and private places and spaces.

    Understanding Leisure and Tourism Attractions and Events
    Recent insights and research in the field of change management, innovation, networks, co-creation, attractions, theme parks, and ‘eventful cities’ are the key ingredients of this master’s course.

    Imagineering as Strategic Design in Leisure Organisations
    Central themes of this master’s course include strategic management, value creation, and strategic design. You are introduced to the theoretical foundations of imagineering and their application in the creative industries.

    Experience Marketing in Leisure and Tourism
    As marketing is a key instrument in the leisure and tourism industry, the master’s course in Experience Marketing will immerse you into the field of marketing and market research, zeroing in on the leisure and tourism industry and the experience economy. The pros and cons of various research techniques is one of the topics addressed in this course.

    Analysing Leisure Interactions
    You are introduced to the field of practice theories and core concepts of leisure and tourism studies. You will work in groups to study issues related to authenticity, new media or happiness.

    Phase 2 - Master's thesis

    To ensure a smooth progression from the course and content phase - phase 1 - to the thesis phase - phase 2 - you will first attend the Seminar Leisure Studies to select and elaborate a thesis topic. A structured process leads to the finalisation of your individual thesis proposal. This proposal culminates in a research thesis on a theme which has academic and societal relevance.


    The Master of Science Leisure and Tourism Studies is a one-year, full-time programme. The total study load is 60 ECTS credits, including the final project. To give you an idea: 1 ECTS credit = approximately 28 hours of study a week.

    We offer you a small-scale study environment as the number of students involved in this master's programme are limited. For questions on the content of the programme, lecturers can be easily reached. In addition, the programme coordinator is available to help with day-to-day issues. If you wish to discuss personal problems that may be affecting your life as a student, you can turn to the student counsellor.


    Students who have successfully completed one of the academic bachelor's programmes or pre-master's programmes of BUas have direct access to the programme. If you have successfully completed an academic bachelor’s degree in any of the social sciences your access will be evaluated.

    Please check out the full admission requirements.


    If you meet the admission requirements, you are invited to apply for this programme. Please check out the application procedure.


    In the academic year 2023-2024 the statutory tuition fee for master's programmes is €2,314. In addition to the tuition fee, you will need to take into account additional costs for the purchase of study materials such as textbooks. Read more about study costs.

    Your career

    Completion of the Master of Science Leisure and Tourism Studies will offer you a range of career opportunities in leisure and tourism management, policy, research and education.

    After your graduation you are entitled to the degree of Master of Science.

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