Doctorate Degrees in Tourism and Hospitality

Compare 13 PhD Programs in Tourism and Hospitality

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 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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PhD in Tourism

University of the South Pacific USP
Campus Full time September 2018 Fiji Suva

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. [+]

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.

The Admission and Programme Regulations governing the Doctor of Philosophy appear in USP 2017 Handbook and Calendar.

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Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - School of Hotel and Tourism Management
Campus Full time Part time 2.5 - 5 years September 2018 Hong Kong Kowloon + 1 more

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 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 organizations. 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.... [-]


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hotel and Tourism Management

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - School of Hotel and Tourism Management
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 Hong Kong Kowloon

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 supporting environment, with the results disseminated through scholarly publications and conference presentations. [+]

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 supporting environment, with the results disseminated through scholarly publications and conference presentations. The critical mass of globally recognized 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.... [-]


Doctor of Philosophy (Hospitality & Tourism) (Research)

Taylor’s University
Campus June 2018 Malaysia Subang Jaya

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 diligent and thorough investigation into a topic with the aim of formulating new and original ideas, findings and theories. [+]

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 diligent and thorough investigation into a topic with the aim of formulating new and original ideas, findings and theories.All PhD students are required to attend the Research Methodology & Advance Research Methodology modules in their first year of candidature.Taylor's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts offers a wide range of courses in the field of hospitality management, tourism management, culinary arts and foodservice management. We stand out from other hospitality academies as we are the first private institution in Malaysia to offer bachelor's degree and master's degree programmes in hospitality and tourism management in partnership with our renowned French partner, the University of Toulouse, France. Now we also become the first to introduce this PhD programme.We are best known for the quality of our teaching faculty comprising 90-plus full-time local and expatriate academics, many of whom are either industry professionals or top academicians. They have a wide range of research interests and are capable of supervising PhD students in a wide array of topics related to hospitality and tourism.... [-]


PhD in Tourism Management

Universidade Europeia
Campus 3 years October 2018 Portugal Lisbon

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. [+]

Program Outline

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

Hospitality Management and Operations, Marketing and Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism, Tourism and Urban Worlds, Anthropological Perspectives in Hospitality and Tourism, Economics and Planning Development in Tourism. Goals To develop the ability to pursue rigorous research and makes an original contribution to knowledge and practitioners; To ensure the very best learning experience in a vibrant academic environment where national and international networks support candidates’ growth To nurture a cohort of high-quality students to become world-class business researchers and scholars for academic positions in reputable business schools or for research positions in business or government organizations. Learning Goals To develop deep and systematic insights on tourism and hospitality topical issues; To ensure the design and implementation of sound research plans according to ethical and methodological norms; To develop abilities to criticize and improve research in Tourism and Hospitality To create an awareness of the best research practices worldwide To develop international and national networks Why Tourism Management at ISCTE-IUL & Universidade Europeia? Funding for scholarships opportunities inspiring full-time students to be part of our vibrant research community; An academic year with a flexible timetable motivating executives and members of tourism organizations to grow professionally, and to contribute towards... [-]

Doctorate In Law, Society And Tourism

Universidad de La Laguna
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 Spain Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Doctoral Program in Law, Society and Tourism presented here to be taught in accordance with RD 99/2011, integrates, substitutes and expands the scientific field of the current Doctoral Program in Tourism implemented by agreement of the Canary Islands Government Council. February 10, 2011 (BOC No.33 of February 15, 2011), and enrolled in the Register of Universities, Centers and Titles. [+]

The Doctoral Program in Law, Society and Tourism presented here to be taught in accordance with RD 99/2011, integrates, substitutes and expands the scientific field of the current Doctoral Program in Tourism implemented by agreement of the Canary Islands Government Council. February 10, 2011 (BOC No.33 of February 15, 2011), and enrolled in the Register of Universities, Centers and Titles.

The Doctoral Program that is proposed is developed from the Doctorate in Tourism, currently in force at the University of La Laguna since February 2011. This program was organized through five main lines of research, although the work is often linked to several of these lines. These lines have an interdisciplinary emphasis. The five main lines of research were as follows:... [-]


Doctorate in International Tourism Management

Open University of Taras Shevchenko National University
Online Full time Part time 3 years January 2019 Ukraine Kiev + 1 more

One of the best universities in the world and 200 years old. The Faculty of Geography at Taras Shevchenko National University - Open University offers doctorates with specialties in economic and social geography, natural geography, geomorphology and paleogeography, recreation and tourism geography, political geography and geopolitics, tourism science, meteorology, hydrology, cartography, land management, and cadastre. [+]

One of the best universities in the world and 200 years old. The Faculty of Geography at Taras Shevchenko National University - Open University offers the following Doctorates:

Departments: Economic and Social Geography, Regional Studies and Tourism Geography of Ukraine, Physical Geography and Geoecology, Physical Geography and Geomorphology, Meteorology and Climatology, Hydrology and Hydroecology, Geodesy and Cartography.

Divisions: one research laboratory; one research sector; educational laboratories: information technologies in geography; geodesy and cartography; geographic information and tourism; synoptic; environmental landscape.

Specialties: economic and social geography, natural geography, geomorphology and paleogeography, recreation and tourism geography, political geography and geopolitics, tourism science, meteorology, hydrology, cartography, land management, and cadastre.... [-]


Doctorate in Design and Management of Tourism Systems

Open University of Taras Shevchenko National University
Online Full time Part time 3 years January 2019 Ukraine Kiev + 1 more

One of the best universities in the world and 200 years old. The Faculty of Geography at Taras Shevchenko National University - Open University offers doctorates with specialties in economic and social geography, natural geography, geomorphology and paleogeography, recreation and tourism geography, political geography and geopolitics, tourism science, meteorology, hydrology, cartography, land management, and cadastre.

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One of the best universities in the world and 200 years old. The Faculty of Geography at Taras Shevchenko National University - Open University offers the following Doctorates:

Departments: Economic and Social Geography, Regional Studies and Tourism Geography of Ukraine, Physical Geography and Geoecology, Physical Geography and Geomorphology, Meteorology and Climatology, Hydrology and Hydroecology, Geodesy and Cartography.

Divisions: one research laboratory; one research sector; educational laboratories: information technologies in geography; geodesy and cartography; geographic information and tourism; synoptic; environmental landscape.

Specialties: economic and social geography, natural geography, geomorphology and paleogeography, recreation and tourism geography, political geography and geopolitics, tourism science, meteorology, hydrology, cartography, land management, and cadastre.... [-]


PhD in Tourism and Hospitality Management (RD)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

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. [+]

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.

Through a doctoral dissertation, the student will show evidence of independent research through quantitative or qualitative methods or a combination of both, to solve complex problems in society for the sustainability of the Tourism and Hospitality industries. The programme will assist in the continuing academic and professional development of postgraduate students.

Admission requirements

A minimum of 65% average for MTech / Masters on NQF Level 8/9 in Tourism or Hospitality or any other associated field. A portfolio of evidence needs to be submitted for evaluation and approval by the departmental research and higher degrees committee.... [-]


PhD in Tourism Management

ABMS Open University Of Switzerland
Online Full time Part time 3 years Open Enrollment Switzerland Zurich + 1 more

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. [+]

3 TOP UNIVERSITIES = 1 EUROPEAN DOCTORATE All students will have in addition to ABMS Switzerland Doctorate a Joint Doctorate with University of Dąbrowa Górnicza (WSB) and Taras Shevchenko National University (KNU). ABMS is certified by EFMD EOCCS, the Swiss National Quality for Education (EduQua) and ASIC UK. WSB Is a European state-recognized university and KNU is a European public University founded 200 years ago and ranked among top 500 universities in the world. 3 Top European Universities = Best Virtual/Online Program = 1 Top European Doctorate SWITZERLAND + EU + TOP RANKED 500 Ph.D. 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. The coursework is going to focus on hospitality as well as tourism business management related courses along with research design groups and courses that deal with statistics. Students will be required to carry out the completion of courses in association with fields that are related and some of them are being mentioned below... [-]


PhD in Management - Services management

University of Guelph
Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2018 Canada Guelph

With the University of Guelph's Ph.D. in Management program, you'll explore complex challenges in modern business management and scholarship, and develop relevant research within one of three unique academic fields in which the University has a distinct strength - marketing and consumer behavior, services management, and organizational leadership. Throughout your time here, you'll be conducting innovative and relevant research, presenting your ideas at conferences, writing papers for journal publications and networking with peers from other universities. [+]

With the University of Guelph's Ph.D. in Management program, you'll explore complex challenges in modern business management and scholarship, and develop relevant research within one of three unique academic fields in which the University has a distinct strength - marketing and consumer behavior, services management, and organizational leadership. Throughout your time here, you'll be conducting innovative and relevant research, presenting your ideas at conferences, writing papers for journal publications and networking with peers from other universities.

Services management

Investigate management disciplines and challenges within the tourism, hospitality and food services sector.... [-]


Doctor of Philosophy in Tourism Management

Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST)
Campus Full time 6 years November 2018 Macau

The Doctor of Philosophy in Tourism Management program aims to train tourism professionals who will be able to promote the philosophy of tourism with high academic standards. [+]

The program offers five research areas: Hospitality Management, MICE Management, Gaming Management, Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Tourism Development. Taking advantages of Macau’ strategic position as Asia’s prime tourism, entertainment, gaming & leisure center, the Faculty implements a strict teaching and administration system. It has close liaison with institutions overseas, giving graduates the most updated knowledge and skills in tourism-related areas enabling them to be senior managers in the industry. For these reasons and many more, the Faculty of International Tourism was named one of the “Top Ten Tourism and Hospitality Professional Education and Training Bases” by the China Hotel Association. An applicant should have a related Master degree, a deep understanding of tourism-related issues and an innovative ability in research methods. During the study period, the student is required to publish papers in academic journals. After taking all required subjects, the student should independently compose a dissertation considered to be of academic value. The candidate has to pass an oral defense in order to obtain the Ph.D. in Tourism Management.... [-]


Doctorado en Perspectivas Científicas sobre el Turismo

Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 Spain Las Palmas

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 [+]

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 [-]