Master’s degree courses
Access methods
2 years
Department of Law, economics and cultures

Course description

This master program aims at providing competencies and skills to tourism managers of the future to be able to transform locations in tourist destinations.

Tourism is changing and operators need innovative competencies to manage this challenging situation. Hospitality organizations, intended as all the operators that host and offer services to guests in a specific destination, understand the importance of destination management and marketing and search for managers with a multidisciplinary perspective able to solve problems and develop innovative strategies.

Therefore, the objective of the course is to prepare HSTD graduates to work as managers, entrepreneurs, consultants in private and public organizations of the tourism sector, at national and international level, with a special focus on sustainability.

Lessons are held in English.

Degree classification: Tourism development and management
Presidente del Consiglio di corso: ROBERTA MINAZZI
Credits: 120

What you need to know


The program is articulated in two curricula:

This curriculum aims at providing students with the managerial tools required by companies operating in the hospitality industry. The course prepares qualified experts in hospitality management involving both private and public operators engaged in the development of a tourist destination. 


This curriculum aims at providing students with the managerial tools required by companies operating in the cultural tourism industry. The course provides knowledge in: destination management and marketing, economics and law of arts and cultures, sustainability and event management for museums, public authorities promoting tourism and culture (ministries and councils), and in online and offline publishing companies.

Occupational profiles

HSTD’s graduates can apply either to national and international private and public companies for the following job positions:

HSTD graduates can understand the recent tourism trends from different perspectives (economic, social, and cultural) and apply the skills acquired to innovate the local tourism offer according to a sustainable approach.

This manager holds positions of general manager or head of department (commercial, marketing, etc.) in hospitality companies (hotels, distribution, incoming, entertainment, culture, and transport facilities). Starting from the analysis of the environment the hospitality manager can interact with the various stakeholders in the area in order to develop a virtuous path for tourism development of the entire destination.

This expert is involved in planning the development of tourism in a specific area dealing with various public and private entities. Main activities are: planning communication activities to promote the image of a destination and organizing events for sustainable tourism development.

Multiple career opportunities (either as executive and/or consultant/entrepreneur) in accommodation companies (hotels, resorts), travel distribution (tour operators and online and offline travel agencies), cultural sites (museums, cultural and natural parks), fairs and event organizers, DMO (Destination Management Organizations), professional associations, cultural departments, ministries (tourism, culture, etc.), cultural heritage management bodies, national and international research centers for international tourism development.

Unrestricted access
No entry test is necessary to enroll to the Master Degree Course HSTD.

Minimum requirements are:

  • Level B2 in English
  • Level B2 in the second language (German or Spanish)
  • 10 ECTS in economics and management subjects in the previous academic career.

Candidates without these requirements could be admitted after an oral interview aimed at identifying a personalized self-learning program.

Extra UE students should before upload the documents on www.universitaly.it. A Committee will evaluate your requirements.

If you are a EU National, you may stay in Italy for as long as you like: you only need a passport or ID card.
If you are a NON-EU National, you'll have to carry out some formalities.

Department of Law, Economics and Culture
Via Sant’Abbondio 12, 22100 Como - Italy
e-mail: foreignstudent.didec@uninsubria.it

Curricula and study plans

To consult teaching courses of previous Academic Years, at the top of this page click on "Course data sheet", then choose the Academic Year of your enrollment and click on "Study plans".

Opportunities and support

For information on scholarships and other benefits, consult:

Attending classes

Studying, taking exams and graduating

To consult the teaching material:

  1. go to https://elearning.uninsubria.it/ 
  2. log in with your university credentials: email username and password (without typing the @studenti.uninsubria.it part)
  3. choose the courses of your study plan in the I miei corsi (My courses) section
  4. there you will find all the materials that the teacher makes available.

To consult the exam dates and times go to the Servizi Web Segreterie studenti (Student Secretariat Web Services)

https://uninsubria.esse3.cineca.it/ListaAppelliOfferta.do (in Italian)

In the Menu select one or more options:

  • the day scheduled for the exam
  • the teaching structure, i.e. your Department or your School
  • the course of study, i.e. your degree course
  • the teaching course, i.e. the title of the teaching
  • the teacher.

To submit your examination entry, you must access your personal area of the Student Secretariat Web Services.

Go to the reserved area 

  1. Log in with your university credentials: email username and password (without typing the @studenti.uninsubria.it part)
  2. Esami > Appelli
    Then, select the exam session you want to submit your entry for and proceed following the instructions.

In the second year, they should prepare a written thesis that is discussed in front of a specific Commission for the final exam.
The official language of the final exam is English. The topic must be related to a subject of the course and coherent with the training path. The thesis supervisor will be the professor of the course chosen by the student.

Student services

For all resources, services and opportunities dedicated to registered students, see: Student.