Degree Master of Arts
Start of study Winter semester, Summer semester
Application period Winter semester 01 June until 15 July
Application period Summer semester 15 December until 15 January
Standard period of study 3 semesters
Credits 90



Admission restricted No
Admission requirements
Language of instruction German
Faculty/institution School of Social Sciences
Integrated stay abroad Yes

A unique degree programme in Germany! The International Master's degree programme ‘Sustainable Leisure and Tourism Development’ is oriented towards changing requirements in society and the market, because these have a direct impact on leisure culture and the demands and forms of travel, i.e. demographic development, social and global trends as well as increasing demands for sustainable development in many areas of life. The demand for correspondingly trained professionals is increasing.

During the Master's programme you will develop overarching competences such as:

  •  analysis of social developments and international trends in leisure and tourism studies
  •  strategic market-related action in the leisure and tourism industry
  •  management of institutions and programmes in the leisure and tourism sector in an international context
  •  responsible, sustainable development and management of planning processes in leisure and tourism
  •  quality development and assurance in the leisure and tourism sector
  •  development of concepts and models in an international context.

As a graduate of the Master's programme, you will be able to plan and conduct your own academic studies, analyse current trends and derive action and planning concepts for different leisure and tourism fields at an international level. The degree programme is geared towards application-oriented research in an international context. Beyond this, interdisciplinary management knowledge is acquired against the overarching background of sustainable development.

The Master's is consecutive to the Bachelor's degree programmes ‘International Degree Programme in Applied Leisure Studies’ or the ‘International Degree Programme in Tourism Management’ at the Hochschule Bremen.

Career prospects

As a graduate of the Master's programme, you will qualify in particular for positions in the following areas:

  • Management positions in the leisure and tourism industry
  • Leadership positions in leisure and tourism associations
  • Research and development in leisure and tourism
  • Evaluation and quality assurance
  • Academic teaching and further education

Potential employers are:

  • Leisure parks, sports facilities, leisure pools, spa centres and wellness centres
  • Cultural facilities (museums, theatres, etc.)
  • Leisure centres, cultural centres and community centres
  • Destination management and city marketing institutions
  • Planning offices and consulting firms
  • Event agencies, trade fair and congress organisers
  • Tour operators, travel agents, resorts and club facilities
  • Tourism departments in federal and state ministries
  • Management of protected area administrations and visitor centres in nature and/or national parks
  • Non-governmental organisations involved in recreation, tourism and nature conservation
  • Organisations involved in international development cooperation
  • Media companies with a focus on leisure and tourism
  • Further education and training institutions
  • Leisure and tourism research institutes, market research institutes and certification agencies

The special focus on application-oriented research in close contact with practitioners contributes significantly to improving the career opportunities and also the further academic career of graduates. The Master's degree also entitles students to enter the higher civil service and to do a doctorate.

Programme structure

The first semester is devoted to in-depth studies in the areas of international management in leisure and tourism as well as specialised research methods. The second semester focuses on research-related studies. Four modules deal with special fields of activity and research in leisure and tourism. Another module serves to deepen skills in leadership and team building. The third semester is the final semester of the programme and is used to write the Master's thesis. About 50 percent of the modules are offered in English and 50 percent in German.

Module manual (German)

Examination regulations (German)


Throughout the entire programme, most of the courses are delivered in English.

A stay abroad is not compulsory, but if you want to do it, the faculty will be happy to support you.


- Ganter, Sabine

- Stecker, Bernd, Prof. Dr. 


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Further information on admission requirements


  • Professional Qualifier Degree in the Subjects (applied) Leisure science, tourism science/ -management or related courses of study, which predominantly with these topics with 210 ECTS
  • At least 20 weeks experience in the leisure or tourism industry, or in regional development with tourism
  • Language skills in English level B 1 (e.g. First Certificate in English (FCE), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) at least. 4,5 or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT 57)


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