9 PhD Programs in Tourism and Hospitality

A PhD, or a Doctor of Philosophy, is considered the highest academic degree. This degree program focuses on research and trains you in creating new knowledge in your field. One must have at least a bachelor’s degree to be considered for a doctorate. In some cases, a master’s degree is required. What is a PhD in Tourism and Hospitality? A PhD in Tourism and Hospitality prepares program… Read more

A PhD, or a Doctor of Philosophy, is considered the highest academic degree. This degree program focuses on research and trains you in creating new knowledge in your field. One must have at least a bachelor’s degree to be considered for a doctorate. In some cases, a master’s degree is required.

What is a PhD in Tourism and Hospitality? A PhD in Tourism and Hospitality prepares program participants for careers in research and teaching related to business management of the hospitality and tourism industries. Coursework may include research design, statistics, psychology, sociology, and marketing. Some topics that may be covered include contemporary issues in travel and tourism, financial economics, international business management, organizational theory, database management systems, telecommunication and networking, systems analysis and design, and consumer behavior. Students entering this type of program should already possess excellent communication skills and analytical skills.

Graduates with a PhD in Tourism and Hospitality develop skills in critical thinking, intensive research, data collection, and scholarly writing while pursuing scholarship and pedagogy. They gain a solid business background and study influencing factors in tourism and hospitality.

The cost of the PhD varies, contingent on the educational institution you attend, the length of the academic program, and the country of study. Programs can take three to eight years to complete. Research your program and contact the departments for admissions and fee information.

Career prospects with a PhD are usually geared toward becoming professors involved in teaching and research at an academic institution. Other possibilities include positions as postsecondary education administrators or leaders in the tourism management, hospitality, and hotel and restaurant management fields. Independent research opportunities and management positions, such as chief executive officer for national hospitality corporations are also available.

A PhD program offers the opportunity to focus on knowledge and research in a specialized area. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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University of the South Pacific USP
Suva, Fiji

Faculty of Business and Economics offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in most disciplines taught at postgraduate level. Students interested in progressing from a master’s pr ... +

Faculty of Business and Economics offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in most disciplines taught at postgraduate level. Students interested in progressing from a master’s programme to doctoral studies are advised to contact the Faculty Dean. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Feb 2020
Campus
 
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - School of Hotel and Tourism Management
Kowloon, Hong Kong

The success of a research institution is largely due to its provision and training of young scholars. To provide leadership in developing future scholars in hospitality and to ... +

The success of a research institution is largely due to its provision and training of young scholars. To provide leadership in developing future scholars in hospitality and tourism management, the SHTM offers research programmes leading to the Ph.D. in Hotel and Tourism Management degree. The School’s Ph.D. programme is designed for those who want to base their research on theoretical insights. It offers advanced training based on individual interests and career aspirations, allowing students to develop the ability to complete significant research in specific areas. Research collaboration between academic staff and students are encouraged by the School’s intellectual and support environment, with the results disseminated through scholarly publications and conference presentations. The critical mass of globally recognised researchers, together with the attractive stipend for research students and the unique “East meets West” environment, make our highly competitive research programmes very successful. Many of our Ph.D. graduates are now serving as faculty members in universities worldwide. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Taylor’s University
Subang Jaya, Malaysia

Candidates pursuing the PhD in Hospitality and Tourism must develop an independent thinking approach and a unique expertise in their own research interest. Independent researc ... +

Candidates pursuing the PhD in Hospitality and Tourism must develop an independent thinking approach and a unique expertise in their own research interest. Independent research requires -
PhD
English
Campus
 
Universidade Europeia
Lisbon, Portugal +1 More

The Tourism Management Ph.D. is a rigorous, comprehensive and flexible program of formal research with endless specialization fields. As a multidisciplinary field of research ... +

The Tourism Management Ph.D. is a rigorous, comprehensive and flexible program of formal research with endless specialization fields. As a multidisciplinary field of research tourism opens a window of opportunities for you to research and develop your skills. -
PhD
3 years
Oct 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The purpose of the programme is to develop the applied competence of the postgraduate student on an advanced level in research, analysis, interpretation, and understanding of ... +

The purpose of the programme is to develop the applied competence of the postgraduate student on an advanced level in research, analysis, interpretation, and understanding of Tourism and Hospitality. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Jan 2020
Campus
 
Universidad de La Laguna
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

The Doctorate Program in Law, Society and Tourism presented here to be taught according to RD 99/2011, integrates, replaces and expands the scientific field of the current Doc ... +

The Doctorate Program in Law, Society and Tourism presented here to be taught according to RD 99/2011, integrates, replaces and expands the scientific field of the current Doctorate Program in Tourism implemented by agreement of the Government Council of the Canary Islands February 10, 2011 (BOC No.33 of February 15, 2011), and registered in the Register of Universities, Centers and Titles. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
Spanish
Sep 2020
Campus
 
OUS Royal Academy of Economics and Technology in Switzerland
Zürich, Switzerland

PhD. In Tourism Management is a qualification that will prepare students in such a fashion where they can become efficient workers as well as researchers in the field of Touri ... +

PhD. In Tourism Management is a qualification that will prepare students in such a fashion where they can become efficient workers as well as researchers in the field of Tourism. The main focus is upon explaining different techniques that are normally applied for carrying out tourism management. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Online
 
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Doctorado en Perspectivas Científicas sobre el Turismo y la Dirección de Empresas Turísticas Centro: Facultad de Economia, Empresa y Turismo Titulación: Doctorado en Perspecti ... +

Doctorado en Perspectivas Científicas sobre el Turismo y la Dirección de Empresas Turísticas Centro: Facultad de Economia, Empresa y Turismo Titulación: Doctorado en Perspectivas Científicas sobre el Turismo y la Dirección de Empresas Turísticas. Tipo: Doctorado Rama: Ciencias Sociales y Jurídicas Horas del crédito ECTS: 25 Grado de presencialidad: 40 % Créditos totales: 60 Plan de Estudios LA INVESTIGACIÓN CIENTÍFICA Y LA ELABORACIÓN DE UNA TESIS DOCTORAL Obligatoria MÉTODOS CUALITATIVOS Y CUANTITATIVOS DE INVESTIGACIÓN Obligatoria FUNDAMENTOS TEÓRICOS PARA LA INVESTIGACIÓN EN TURISMO Obligatoria TRABAJO DE INVESTIGACIÓN I. Obligatoria TRABAJO DE INVESTIGACIÓN II. Obligatoria TRABAJO DE INVESTIGACIÓN III. Obligatoria ACREDITACIÓN DE LA ETAPA DE INVESTIGACIÓN. Obligatoria -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
Spanish
Sep 2020
Campus
 
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - School of Hotel and Tourism Management
Kowloon, Hong Kong

The hallmark of a world-leading doctoral programme is not only the research it generates but also the extent to which it provides graduates with outstanding career opportuniti ... +

The hallmark of a world-leading doctoral programme is not only the research it generates but also the extent to which it provides graduates with outstanding career opportunities. The SHTM prepares students for leadership positions in their chosen careers by offering the world’s first professional D.HTM degree. The D.HTM programme has been designed for academics, senior industry executives and senior staff in governmental and non-governmental hospitality and tourism organisations. Since its inception in 2007, the programme attracts a range of professionals interested in augmenting their careers, from experienced practitioners and government representatives to academics. Its specific Asian focus, unique combination of subjects and research, and flexible delivery pattern enables industry professionals to develop their skills while remaining in the workforce. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Campus