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 in the top five globally in the QS World University Rankings and Centre for World University Rankings, 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.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PhD Full-time 48 months April
PhD Full-time 48 months July
PhD Full-time 48 months January
PhD Full-time 48 months October
PhD Part-time 96 months January
PhD Part-time 96 months April
PhD Part-time 96 months July
PhD Part-time 96 months October
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Additional costs

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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.

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Our students

  • Frederick Bayour, Tourism PhD

    "Surrey endears itself to multi-cultures and is home to all."

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  • Elizabeth Andrews, BSc Tourism Management

    ‭"I chose a placement at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in London ‭because of the important economic impact research it carries out, demonstrating ‭the industry’s global value."

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  • Guillermo Huertas, BSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management

    "I got to study Japanese and spent an entire year working as a corporate travel coordinator and business developer for a large tour operator in Tokyo, Japan."

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Entry requirements

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).

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.

Selection process

Selection is based on applicants meeting the expected entry requirements, assessment of application, successful interview and suitable references where required.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time October To be confirmed £16,600
Full-time April £2,100 £8,000
Full-time July £1,050 £4,000
Full-time January £3,146 £12,000
Part-time July £525 £2,000
Part-time October To be confirmed £8,300
Part-time January £1,575 £6,000
Part-time April £1,050 £4,000

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.

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