Hospitality and Tourism Management PhD

Surrey is a fantastic place to engage in a doctoral research as you are supervised by leading experts in a particular area, supported by numerous training opportunities and an excellent working environment.

Victoria Eichhorn PhD Hospitality and Tourism

Why Surrey?

Our academics have an international reputation for research that shapes the agendas of scholarship and practice. We see doctoral students as important collaborators in this work, challenging you with new ideas that develop you as a critical researcher, as well as helping you build a solid grounding in research methods and methodology.

You will be part of an internationally diverse community of over 120 doctoral researchers, with the chance to participate in seminars, conferences, subject/research groups, the School’s PhD researcher seminar series and an annual four-day intensive research retreat. We also provide you with office space, PCs, access to major business databases and a wide range of online research tools and resources.

Programme overview

Our traditional UK-style PhD allows you to pursue academically rigorous scholarly research that makes an original contribution to knowledge.

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 on 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 other training offered by the University – we provide specific structured training for our PhD students researchers in our own School.

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 may be considered for a Faculty postgraduate research studentship to cover fees and an annual stipend. Funding is also available through the prestigious ESRC-funded South East Doctoral Training Centre (SEDTC), which currently funds five students across the Faculty.

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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 33-48 months
  • Part-time: 45-96 months

Start date:

September, January


Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 686 300

Entry Requirements

Our normal expectation is that you hold a Masters degree at a minimum of a distinction 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 a first class (1st) Bachelors degree from an approved university or a professional or other qualification deemed by the University to be appropriate.

Before you apply

Before applying, please download our research proposal guidance document for information on submitting a suitable research proposal.

English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

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.


Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time £3,996 £12,735
Part-time £1,998 £6,368

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

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Researcher Development Programme

Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.

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