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.
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.
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.
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.
The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is also part of the prestigious ESRC-funded South East Doctoral Training Centre (SEDTC).
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.
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 applying, please download our research proposal guidance document for information on submitting a suitable research proposal.
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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.
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Please note these fees are for the academic year 2015/16 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.
Senior Lecturer in Hospitality and Events, Head of Doctoral Programmes
Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) (SBS, SHTM, Economics and Law), Forte Professor of Management
Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Professor of Sustainability in Business
Chair in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Professor of Tourism
Chair in Tourism and Mobility Studies
New research ranks the University of Surrey number one in the UK and Europe – and fourth internationally – for research in hospitality and tourism.
"I chose to study at Surrey because it consistently ranks first in Europe for tourism studies across several different league tables."
The University of Surrey has been ranked sixth in this year’s Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.
Future of the tourism industry discussed in School alumni lecture at BAFTA in London.
Dr Sangwon Park’s study into the impact of tourism advertising awarded second place in prestigious industry awards.
The University of Surrey has been invited to become a Knowledge Partner for the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the first higher education institution to be appointed to the role.
Professor Nigel Morgan, Chair in Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, has been appointed to the Welsh Government’s Tourism Advisory Board.
Professor David Airey of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has been elected as the first Vice-President of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism (IAST).
Surrey academics assist local government as Iraqi city of Erbil prepares to become Arab Capital of Tourism in 2014.
A new mobile app, designed by academics at the University of Surrey, will radically change the way visitors interact with museums and gallery spaces.
Andrew Lockwood, Forte Professor of Management in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has received a special award from the Institute of Hospitality for his tenure as Chairman of the organisation.
Professor Graham Miller, Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has been appointed as a ‘Core Expert’ by the European Commission (EC) to help guide the continued development of the European Tourism Indicator System (ETIS).
European tourist destinations are increasingly recognising the importance of sustainability to their businesses. This awareness, however, hasn’t always been matched by their ability to assess sustainability.
The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law is delighted to announce that it has been exceptionally successful in the latest round of Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre studentships.
Academics at Surrey are analysing how migrant workers and flexible working practices affect labour productivity in hotels.
“It’s not all about studying. I used to represent India as a gymnast and found a job as a coach, teaching gymnastics to children in a town nearby.”
The University of Surrey has become the first university to receive the prestigious Tourism Society Award, a recognition of its sustained commitment to excellence in the tourism industry.
Tuesday 01 Dec. 2015