Hospitality and Tourism Management PHD
Why choose this course
We’re the leading institution in the UK for hospitality, tourism and events research, and we have an outstanding reputation in the sector. As a Department, our undergraduate courses ranked 4th for hospitality and leisure management in the QS World University Rankings 2018, and number one in the UK in both the Guardian and Complete University Guides.
Our academics shape the agenda for scholarship and practice in hospitality and tourism, and carry out cutting-edge research in topics ranging from lifestyle, travel, food and culture to the digital economy and artificial intelligence. We will challenge you with new ideas to develop you as a critical researcher, as well as helping you build a solid grounding in research methodologies.
We see doctoral students as important collaborators, and aim to connect you with senior executives and policymakers from around the world, offering opportunities for future learning and valuable connections.
What you will study
Our PhD programme takes around three years of full-time study. You’ll take on a structured, supervised programme of scholarly research, leading to a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field and is suitable to be published in a series of high-quality, refereed journal articles.
You’ll be assigned two supervisors with expertise in your area: normally one who is an expert in your subject, and one who is an expert in methodology. Your supervisors will guide you through your PhD, from developing your project through to your analysis and writing your thesis. You’ll normally meet with your supervisor every four to six weeks.
There’s no formal teaching as part of your PhD programme, but you’ll benefit from a range of support and learning opportunities in addition to your supervision meetings. These include a tailored weekly programme of formal research training in research methodology and career development. You’ll have the chance to present and discuss your research at our weekly research seminars. You’ll also be able to take any of our MSc modules, and join our range of interactive workshops that run throughout the year, exploring topics such as personal effectiveness, information skills, presenting research and job skills.
We encourage our students to attend international conferences and training courses, and can support your travel to these events.
|Qualification||Study mode||Course length||Start date|
|PHD||Full-time||48 months||October 2018|
|PHD||Part-time||96 months||January 2019|
|PHD||Part-time||96 months||October 2018|
|PHD||Full-time||48 months||April 2018|
|PHD||Full-time||48 months||July 2018|
|PHD||Part-time||96 months||April 2018|
|PHD||Part-time||96 months||July 2018|
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- Sustainability and wellbeing in the visitor economy
- Competitiveness in the visitor economy
- The digital visitor economy
You’ll be allocated your own office space and computer, and be given access to academic and business databases and a range of online research tools and resources.
Applicants are expected to 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.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
Selection is based on applicants meeting the expected entry requirements, assessment of application, successful interview and suitable references where required.
|Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Oversees fees|
For fees payable in 2018/19, these will increase by 4 per cent, rounded up to the nearest £100 for subsequent years of study. Any start date other than October will attract a pro-rata fee for that year of entry (75 per cent for January, 50 per cent for April and 25 per cent for July).
Overseas students applying for 2018 entry should note that annual fees will rise by 4% rounded up to the nearest £100.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences studentship
Funding information:This studentship includes a tuition fee waiver (home/EU or international) and a maintenance stipend at current research-council rates for a full-time PhD.
Development of novel radiation-grafted powder ionomers for use in high performance alkali membrane fuel cells
Funding information:Funding status: Directly Funded Project (European/UK Students only) EU/UK fees for 3 years: 2018-19 level £4195 Standard stipend for 3 years: 2017-18 level £14,553 £5k bench fees across three-year project
Integrated Control Systems for Safe Automated Driving in Emergency Conditions
Funding information:The studentship will cover fees and a stipend for Home and EU applicants.
Metal Halide Perovskites for Photovoltaic and Light-Emission Applications
Funding information:Applicants must have a masters degree or first class undergraduate (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the time of start of the PhD. The post is open for home-fee qualifying applicants.
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