Buxton campus first to launch new degree

Students at the Buxton campus will be the first in the UK to study a new degree, which will be launched by the University of Derby in September.

Undergraduates are now able to enrol in a BSc (Hons) in ecotourism, which will start next term at the university campus, on Devonshire Road.

The three-year course, which is the only one in the country, will examine the relationship between tourism and the environment and will involve studying in the university’s Oaklands Manor, the outdoor leadership centre, on Manchester Road.

In their third year, ecotourism students will be offered the opportunity to spend up to six weeks in Botswana working on tourism conservation projects.

The university also offers a joint honours programme, where ecotourism can be combined with adventure tourism, countryside management or outdoor recreation.

Course leader Dr Tony Johnston said: “Our ecotourism degrees combine a mixture of physical and social science modules related to the delivery of sustainable tourism in natural areas, including geographic information systems mapping, nature conservation and critical reflections on ecotourism.

“We are based in Buxton, right in the heart of the Peak District, one of the most visited national parks in the world, and our degrees are taught in amazing surroundings, which allow students to learn conservation and tourism skills in practice.”

Modules will include the cultural, social and economic importance of travel, hospitality, ethics and business.

Students will also learn about natural resources, environmental history and community growth.

Dr Kelly Bricker, chairman of the International Ecotourism Society, said: “The university’s ecotourism degrees offer extraordinary opportunities for students to develop skills that are relevant and applicable to various fields, and we hope that many aspiring tourism professionals will take advantage of these opportunities.”

For more information, visit derby.ac.uk/udb.