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Master's Programme Sustainable Regional and Destination Development 

Joint Study Programme of the University of Innsbruck and the UMIT TIROL (located in Innsbruck, Hall in Tirol, Landeck)

Faculty Faculty of Economics and Statistics
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Science (MSc)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 1015 Travel, Tourism and Leisure
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 996
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2022W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

» The first admission takes place at the UMIT TIROL and
the second admission takes place at the LFUI.
Tuition fees are to be paid at the UMIT TIROL.

* Information on the Curriculum (2022W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant bachelor's resp. diploma degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 5 ECTS-Credits: Methods of Data Analysis
  • 5 ECTS-Credits: Social and Economic Sciences

Supplementary examinations prescribed to compensate for substantial subject-related differences must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's degree programme.

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

Entry Level Course Management

The Entry Level Course Management is primarily aimed at first-year students who have not completed a relevant bachelor’s degree in economics.  Participation is recommended if the fundamentals of business administration have not yet been studied or if it has been too long ago. This introductory course should: 

  • provide an introduction or refresher to the fundamentals of business administration, with the content of this course focusing on teaching only those concepts that are required in this master's programme.
  • provide the opportunity to apply the basics to case studies and to consolidate the important concepts in discussions with fellow students and the course instructor.
  • make it possible to compare one’s own expectations with regard to the chosen study programme to the requirements.

Entry Level Course Economics

The Entry Level Course Economics is primarily aimed at first-year students who have not completed a relevant bachelor’s degree in economics.  Participation is recommended if the fundamentals of economics have not yet been studied or if it has been too long ago. This introductory course should:

  • provide an introduction or refresher to the fundamentals of economics and an insight into the fundamental methods used in economics,
  • support students early on to deal with important political problems of our society: climate change, inequality, wealth creation or innovation,
  • provide the opportunity to develop analytical skills with data and to understand, reason and formulate views on important issues facing our society in discussions with fellow students and the course instructor,
  • make it possible to compare one's own expectations with regard to the chosen study programme with the requirements.

The basic literature discussed is the textbook “Economy, Society and Public Policy” for the introduction to economics. “Doing Economics” is additional textbook, which contains date-based case studies that can be worked on with Excel or R. All case studies offer students the opportunity to gain practical experience with real data. Both textbooks are accessible at (open access). You are welcome to read it before the course begins.

First Semester » 

5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Regional Economics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Environmental Economics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Destination Research and -marketing
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Introduction to Destination Research
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Fundamentals of Data Analysis
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Special Data Analysis Methods

Second Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Sustainability and Behaviour
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Change-Management
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

2.5 ECTS-Credits: AG Research Concept
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fourth Semester »

2.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Good Scientific Practice 
22.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

Graphic chart »

Studienverlauf_MA Nachhaltige Regional- und Destinationsentwicklung 22w_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

Graduates have subject-specific and content-related skills

  • to analyse structures and processes in regions and destinations,
  • to understand the role of the individual stakeholders and classify their interaction.

On this basis, they have the ability to define strategic goals in cooperation with the stakeholders and to start and control the necessary processes during implementation.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able

  • to independently acquire new scientific findings from regional and tourism research, assess them and apply them in practice.
  • to involve stakeholders with divergent goals in strategic development processes and moderate between the opposing positions.
  • to analyse actual situations at company, regional and national level and thus assess the respective development potential.
  • to create organisational, technical and financial preconditions for the implementation of strategies and also to manage complex implementation processes operationally.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates are well prepared for a high-level position in the management of tourist companies, in corporate organisations, in interest groups and consulting firms. Of course there are also fields of work in the public sector (regional management, spatial planning).

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


Within the scope of the Master’s Programme, a Minor corresponding to 30 ECTS-Credits may be passed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
Outstanding performance
= 100%


Generally good, but with some errors
Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
Performance meets the minimum criteria
Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Examination Dates (in German only)

Information about the Programme (in German only)


Recognitions (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Universitätsstraße 15 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gottfried Tappeiner  

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Janette Walde

Office for South Tyrolean Students
Büro für Südtirolagenden

Information for students with disabilities

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