PhD in Tourism Management


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Program Description


Our Ph.D. in Tourism Management is a multidisciplinary, rigorous, comprehensive, yet flexible program of formal research within a variety of specialization study streams (see below).  As a student, you will benefit from the resources of two outstanding universities, Universidade Europeia (UE) and Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), who have partnered to make this program available to the global community. Our Ph.D. in Tourism Management opens a window of opportunities for you to further develop a variety of skills, including research, analytical, critical thinking, and writing for publication skills.

Scientific Member: Ana Cláudia Campos

Program Goals

  • To develop the student´s ability to undertake rigorous research, such that the student makes an original contribution to academic knowledge and the practice of tourism and hospitality;
  • To ensure the very best learning experience in a vibrant academic environment where national and international networks support the student´s growth;
  • To nurture a cohort of high-quality students to become world-class tourism and hospitality researchers and academic scholars who seek positions in academia, business, or governmental organizations.

Learning Goals 

  • To develop deep and systematic insights on tourism and hospitality topical issues, including stakeholder issues;
  • To ensure the design and implementation of sound research plans according to ethical and methodological norms;
  • To develop the ability to critique and improve research in tourism and hospitality;
  • To create an awareness of the best research practices worldwide;
  • To develop regional, national, and international networks.

Study (research) themes

Topics of research interests of this Ph.D. include, but are not limited to: 

  • Hospitality and Hotel Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Tourism Economics and Financial Management
  • Convention and Events Management
  • Hotel and Tourism Technology Management
  • Architecture and Tourism
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Tourism

Coursework, research proposal, and final defense details

  • There are four blocks of coursework, that run in January, April, September, and November of each year.
  • Each block is eight to nine days in length.  During these eight or nine days, you will take five different courses.
  • Classes for each of the courses typically run Monday to Friday the first week, and then Monday to Wednesday or Thursday the second week.  A typical day is 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Full-time students begin coursework in January and finish in December of the same year.  In contrast, part-time students may choose to take the January and April block of courses or the September and December block of courses in their first year of studies.  Whichever block of courses a part-time student does not take in the first year must be taken in the second year of studies. 
  • During the coursework, students may begin working on their research proposal, in consultation with their dissertation supervisors.  It is expected that full-time students will present their research proposals for formal approval at approximately 18 months into their program and defend their research dissertation on or before the three-year mark. Part-time students will present their research proposals for formal approval at approximately 24 months into their program and will defend their research dissertation on or before the six-year mark.

Why Tourism Management at ISCTE-IUL & Universidade Europeia?

Scholarships for two students in each intake year. The scholarship is in the amount of 950 Euros per month for 10 months. The scholarship application process is competition based and awarded to two students in a blind review process.  The application deadline date is March 31st of each year and the successful students are advised on or before April 30th of each year.

Study flexibility: Study part-time (take up to six years to complete) or full time (~ three years to complete).  Classes take place in four blocks of eight or nine full days of classes (January, April, September, November). Students only need to be physically present in Lisbon during classes and can return home between the blocks of classes.  In extenuating circumstances, it may be possible to attend one of the four blocks of classes via e-learning. This flexibility is particularly appealing to working executives and professionals in academia and tourism organizations.

A Ph.D. organized by articles that opens a myriad of opportunities for publications in high ranking journals that will help to get your academic career started or invigorated.

A faculty team with strong academic qualifications, distinguished teaching and research skills, industry, and international experience at your disposal, to guide your Ph.D. journey.

A strong supervisory committee.  In consultation with the student and the Scientific Committee, students will choose two supervisors (one from ISCTE-IUL and one from UE). NOTE: In some cases, it may be necessary to choose one of the two supervisors from outside ISCTE-IUL or UE.  The benefits of having two supervisors are of immeasurable value to students, and it will add depth and breadth to your Ph.D. journey.

Lisbon is a beautiful, vibrant, and safe international tourism destination. It goes without saying that Lisbon is considered one of the world´s top tourist destinations that have seen a surge in visitations over the last few years.  What better place to undertake your doctoral studies and research than in a destination that is rich in heritage, culture, art, artifacts, and diversity, all of which you can visit via Lisbon´s fabulous public transportation system … and lest we forget ... who can resist those wonderful pastries enjoyed with a flavorful expresso at a year-found, side-walk café?

Program in collaboration with ISCTE-IUL.


1st Semester 

  • Research Design in Tourism
  • Research Topics in Tourism
  • Tourism and Leisure Management
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Optional I

2nd Semester

  • Research Methods in Tourism
  • Marketing and Innovation in Tourism
  • Statistical Methods
  • Research Project in Tourism Management
  • Optional II

3rd/ 4th/ 5th/ 6th Semester

Thesis in Tourism Management

Optionals I and II

  • Economics and Development in Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Services Perspectives in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Tourism, Heritage and Culture
  • International Tourism Management
Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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