Tourism Management and Recreation Science

The Tourism and Recreation team at the NWU are the leaders in their respective fields.  Regular contact with industry, research projects and consultations keep us at the forefront of new developments that will also keep you a few steps ahead of the rest.

We have a very active Tourism student association, namely Excursio, which also offers several opportunities to Tourism students, one of which is an annual tour. Become part of the winning team and participate in the journey! Follow in our footsteps.



After completion of this three-year programme, you will be able to manage and market a tourism business, as well as become a recreation manager.

You will, among other things, learn to develop and manage your own accommodation establishment, to manage events as well as how to optimise nature as a tourism attraction. In Recreation Science, you will learn how to manage people’s leisure time. This programme is for those persons who enjoy working with people as well as love the outdoors.

Several hotel owners, recreation managers and event managers share their knowledge and skills with students, and we also visit their businesses over a period of three years.


Admission requirements

  •  APS of 24
  • Maths Level 3 (40% or more) / Maths Literacy level 6 (70% or more)
  • Additional requirements may apply as per Faculty yearbook/calendar 



  • Potchefstroom [P]


BCom Management Sciences with Tourism Management and Recreational Skills

[Qualification 5FPH04 P]

Career opportunities 

Although this qualification offers graduates access to the entire tourism industry, BCom qualifications are focused on the management of the industry and businesses. It creates specific access to careers such as tourism economists, tourism managers, marketers, researchers, lecturers, consultants, guesthouse managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.


Other career options with tourism subjects

BA (Psychology and Tourism Management)

BA (Recreation Sciences and Tourism Management)

BA (Heritage and Cultural Tourism Management)

BSc (Consumer Sciences with Tourism Management)

BSc (Tourism-Botany-Zoology)

BSc (Tourism-Geography-Botany)

BSc (Tourism with Geography and Zoology)

BCom (Marketing and Tourism)

BCom (Communication)

Postgraduate studies

  • BCom in Management with Tourism Management
  • MCom in Tourism Management
  • PhD in Tourism Management

Please visit the postgraduate page for more info.