Hospitality and Tourism Management (Three-Year) 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?

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has an outstanding reputation in the sector.

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.

Programme overview

Our academics have an international reputation for research that shapes the agendas of scholarship and practice. We also work to inspire our students and connect you with senior executives and policy makers from across the world, offering opportunities for further learning and developing valuable connections.

As a result of this approach, we have a vibrant international alumni network of high-profile figures from across the hospitality and tourism industries.

At the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, you will be part of an internationally diverse community of 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 content

Our PhD programme comprises a traditional UK-style PhD. At the end of your time as a PhD researcher at Surrey, you will be expected to submit an extended thesis that demonstrates your ability to pursue academically rigorous scholarly research and makes an original contribution to knowledge.

As part of your studies, you will undertake a tailored programme of formal research training in methods and methodology. Alongside this, we provide specific structured training for our PhD students. PhD researchers also organise and run their own annual research conference and attend research group seminars.


You may be considered for a Faculty postgraduate research studentship to cover fees and an annual stipend. SeNSS offers ESRC studentships to top-quality research students wishing to study economics, linguistics, hospitality and tourism management, environment and sustainability and development studies and related multidisciplinary topics within the social sciences at the University of Surrey.

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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Part-time: 60-96 months
  • Full-time: 30-48 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 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.

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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 £4,120 £14,000
Part-time £2,060 £7,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2017 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Researcher Development Programme

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

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General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Code of practice for research degrees

Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.

The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.

Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).

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