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We have 14 Hospitality PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Hospitality allows doctoral students to explore topics relating to tourism, travel, accommodation and events. A research project in this field has the potential to influence policymakers and leaders around the world, as well as having an effect on best business practices.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Hospitality?

As a research area, Hospitality is closely related to subjects such as Tourism and Event Management. Doing a PhD in Hospitality means that you can focus more closely on particular aspects of the visitor economy, including:

  • Catering
  • Cruise ships
  • Ecology
  • Hotel industry
  • International tourism
  • Public relations
  • Sharing economy
  • Strategy
  • Sustainability

You’ll be given the opportunity to make use of a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies during your PhD, which will culminate in a lengthy dissertation that discusses and analyses your findings.

The nature of Hospitality as a subject means that there will be plenty of chances to apply your research in an interdisciplinary manner, with ample crossover between Business, Management, Heritage Studies and Tourism.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Hospitality usually involve a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You’ll also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. You may also need some professional experience, depending on the programme.

PhD in Hospitality funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Hospitality are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which provides a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding, or apply for a project that already has funding attached.

It’s also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Hospitality (although this can’t be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you’re considering a part-time PhD in Hospitality, it may also be worth asking your employer if they’re happy to sponsor you.

PhD in Hospitality careers

A PhD in Hospitality equips you with rigorous research skills and the potential to apply your work in a range of settings, such as hotels, stadia, conference and exhibition halls. You could also seek to influence policymakers and political leaders through the dissemination of your research. Alternatively, a PhD in Hospitality also prepares you for a career in academia or teaching.

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PhDs at Henley Business School

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PhDs in Hospitality, Tourism, Events, Food & Nutrition

PhDs in Hospitality, Tourism, Events, Food & Nutrition. The subject groups of Hospitality, Tourism, Events, Food & Nutrition are in the Department of Service Sector Management in the Sheffield Business School (SBS). Read more

PhDs in Business and Management

The Department of Management in the Sheffield Business School (SBS) translates research activity into high quality and accessible outputs that inform policy and practice and which enrich our education programmes. Read more

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

One of our enterprise groups (REGs) at the University of Brighton are inviting research applicants to join our innovative research community. Read more

Sport and Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Research and Enterprise Group

The Sport and Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Research and Enterprise Group conducts innovative, applied research to tackle modern day challenges in sport, health and occupational settings. Read more

Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics

The Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics undertakes interdisciplinary research to address global and planetary challenges such as climate change, human migration, social inequalities and resource access/depletion. Read more

Consumers’ authenticity perception towards smart technologies in the service industry

  Research Group: School of Management
Consumers nowadays are constantly searching for a sense of authenticity, and businesses, particularly for those in the service industry, are also endeavouring to offer authentic experiences to customers. Read more

School of Events Tourism and Hospitality Management

As a PhD student you will join a team of over forty academics conducting applied and fundamental research, aiming to advance knowledge and influence policy and practice in the events, tourism and hospitality sectors. Read more

Dark Tourism and Penal History Sites in Scotland

Penal history sites have drawn the attention of international dark tourism scholars who have begun to study prison tourism at penal museums, from The Stasi Prison and the Gulag system to postcolonial prisons in different national contexts. Read more

PhD Scholarships at the Management School

A stimulating and dynamic research environment. As part of the Russell Group of research intensive universities, we are dedicated to conducting socially responsible and impactful research. Read more
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