PhD in Hospitality and Tourism Management
- Head of PhD Programme
- Scott Cohen
- Programme length
- Full-time: 33-48 months , Part-time: 45-96 months
- Programme start date
- October, January, April, July
Our PhD programme is designed to allow you to pursue academically rigorous scholarly research which makes an original contribution to knowledge. Your research will also be of a standard appropriate for publication.
Following their PhDs, many of our students embark on or continue with academic careers, often in countries other than the UK. Others join government or private sector research organisations, for example working for consultancy or professional research firms.
As a School of Hospitality and Tourism Management PhD student you will undertake a structured, supervised programme of research into one of the hospitality and tourism management fields in which we have expertise. You will find full links to our research interests and expertise of our academic staff from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management website.
As part of your studies, you will undertake a tailored programme of formal research training in methods and methodology. The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is, along with other departments in the University, part of the prestigious ESRC funded South East Doctoral Training Centre. Alongside this and training provided by the University, we provide specific structured training for our PhD students researchers in our own departments.
In your first year you will take up to three modules of core research methods training. All students are expected to take advantage of advanced research training modules that further support your specific research. These include a range of modules focussed on developing the practical skills required for subsequent careers. Our PhD researchers also organise and run their own annual research conference.
At the end of your time as a PhD researcher at Surrey you will be expected to submit an extended thesis for examination. This thesis will demonstrate your ability to pursue scholarly research which makes an original contribution to knowledge. Your research will also be of a standard appropriate for publication.
You will also be expected to answer questions on your thesis and your research in a viva voce examination.
You must hold a Masters degree at a minimum of a merit level in business and management or a relevant discipline from an approved university. If you do not hold such a degree, you may be admitted, providing you hold an upper second (2.1) Bachelors degree from an approved university or a professional or other qualification deemed by the University to be appropriate.
English language requirements
IELTS minimum overall: 7.0
IELTS minimum by component:
- Reading: 6.5
- Writing: 6.5
- Speaking: 6.5
- Listening: 6.5
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Fees and Funding
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Students may be considered for a postgraduate research studentship to cover Home (UK) and European Union fees and an annual stipend. Funding is available through the prestigious ESRC-funded South East Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), which currently supports two students within the Faculty.
Surrey’s well-established postgraduate conference culture has brought with it a number of awards and prizes. The annual Faculty Postgraduate Research Conference awards a prize for Best Paper and, in similar fashion, the University's Postgraduate Research Conference recognises Best Oral Presentation and Best Poster Presentation. In addition, the University makes an award of Postgraduate Research Student of the Year in each faculty.
Hospitality and Tourism at Surrey
The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is recognised as a world-leading centre of excellence. Over forty years we have produced graduates in hospitality and tourism from Surrey, and many of the world’s top scholars have studied with us. Our programmes are recognised by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and we have previously been chair of the UNWTO Education and Science Council. Our PhD graduates work in hospitality and tourism academia around the world and make an enormous contribution to the development of the subject. We are proud to be the number one UK institution for the study and research of our subject.
We offer a lively research environment in which doctoral students play an important part. Our academic staff have international reputations and are committed to research that shapes the agenda of scholarship and practice. We support an internationally diverse community of doctoral students who are viewed as important collaborators in this venture. We are committed to providing our doctoral students with a sound grounding in research methods and methodology for the research degree programmes we offer.
As a doctoral student you can expect to be challenged by new ideas and to be critical in your research. You will participate in seminars and conferences and be part of a vibrant international community of over 100 doctoral researchers, over two thirds of whom are researching full time within our faculty.
Research in the School covers most aspects of the hospitality and tourism industries and includes:
- Consumer behaviour in the hospitality context
- Culture, heritage and identity
- Economics and demand forecasting
- Education and theory
- Human resources development and labour markets
- Innovation and risk
- Mobility and migration
- Performance improvement in hospitality and food businesses
- Social tourism, accessible tourism and exclusionary practices
- Sustainability and ethics
- Tourism, policy and development theory
- Visuals and visuality