Surrey is a fantastic place to engage in a doctoral research as you are supervised by leading experts in a particular area, supported by numerous training opportunities and an excellent working environment.
Our academics have an international reputation for research that shapes the agendas of scholarship and practice. We see doctoral students as important collaborators in this work, challenging you with new ideas that develop you as a critical researcher, as well as helping you build a solid grounding in research methods and methodology.
You will be part of an internationally diverse community of over 120 doctoral researchers, with the chance to participate in seminars, conferences, subject/research groups, the School’s PhD researcher seminar series and an annual four-day intensive research retreat. We also provide you with office space, PCs, access to major business databases and a wide range of online research tools and resources.
Our traditional UK-style PhD allows you to pursue academically rigorous scholarly research that makes an original contribution to knowledge.
As a School of Hospitality and Tourism Management PhD student, you will undertake a structured, supervised programme of research into one of the hospitality and tourism management fields in which we have expertise. You will find full links to our research interests and expertise of our academic staff on the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management website.
As part of your studies, you will undertake a tailored programme of formal research training in methods and methodology. The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is, along with other departments in the University, part of the prestigious ESRC funded South East Doctoral Training Centre. Alongside this – and other training offered by the University – we provide specific structured training for our PhD students researchers in our own School.
In your first year you will take up to three modules of core research methods training. All students are expected to take advantage of advanced research training modules that further support your specific research. These include a range of modules focussed on developing the practical skills required for subsequent careers. Our PhD researchers also organise and run their own annual research conference.
At the end of your time as a PhD researcher at Surrey you will be expected to submit an extended thesis for examination. This thesis will demonstrate your ability to pursue scholarly research which makes an original contribution to knowledge. Your research will also be of a standard appropriate for publication.
You will also be expected to answer questions on your thesis and your research in a viva voce examination.
You may be considered for a Faculty postgraduate research studentship to cover fees and an annual stipend. Funding is also available through the prestigious ESRC-funded South East Doctoral Training Centre (SEDTC), which currently funds five students across the Faculty.
Our normal expectation is that you hold a Masters degree at a minimum of a distinction level in business and management or 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.
Before applying, please download our research proposal guidance document for information on submitting a suitable research proposal.
Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 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.
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Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.
Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.
Lecturer in Tourism
Senior Lecturer in Hospitality and Events, Head of Doctoral Programmes
Forte Professor of Management, Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)
Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Chair in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Professor of Tourism and Subject Group Leader
Chair in Tourism and Mobility Studies
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Leading academics are at the heart of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, where our world-class teaching and research shapes the future of the hospitality and tourism industries.
Future of the tourism industry discussed in School alumni lecture at BAFTA in London.
Dr Sangwon Park’s study into the impact of tourism advertising awarded second place in prestigious industry awards.
The University of Surrey has been invited to become a Knowledge Partner for the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the first higher education institution to be appointed to the role.
Professor Nigel Morgan, Chair in Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, has been appointed to the Welsh Government’s Tourism Advisory Board.
Professor David Airey of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has been elected as the first Vice-President of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism (IAST).
Surrey academics assist local government as Iraqi city of Erbil prepares to become Arab Capital of Tourism in 2014.
A new mobile app, designed by academics at the University of Surrey, will radically change the way visitors interact with museums and gallery spaces.
Andrew Lockwood, Forte Professor of Management in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has received a special award from the Institute of Hospitality for his tenure as Chairman of the organisation.
Professor Graham Miller, Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has been appointed as a ‘Core Expert’ by the European Commission (EC) to help guide the continued development of the European Tourism Indicator System (ETIS).
European tourist destinations are increasingly recognising the importance of sustainability to their businesses. This awareness, however, hasn’t always been matched by their ability to assess sustainability.
The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law is delighted to announce that it has been exceptionally successful in the latest round of Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre studentships.
At Surrey we are committed to enhancing our portfolio of postgraduate programmes to meet the demands from industry. This year we have introduced 13 new Postgraduate Masters courses which will prepare the way forward for your exciting future.
Academics at Surrey are analysing how migrant workers and flexible working practices affect labour productivity in hotels.
“It’s not all about studying. I used to represent India as a gymnast and found a job as a coach, teaching gymnastics to children in a town nearby.”
The University of Surrey has become the first university to receive the prestigious Tourism Society Award, a recognition of its sustained commitment to excellence in the tourism industry.
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