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.
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.
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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).