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PhDs in Hospitality, Tourism, Events, Food & Nutrition


  Sheffield Business School


About the Programme

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). Our knowledge creation and exchange relate to two interdisciplinary themes:

 Food, Consumers and Society

 Within this theme, research is broadly concerned with consumer perceptions, decision-making and behaviour relating to a wide range of product markets and services, together with product innovation and development, packaging design, product marketing and branding, and well-being in society.

 The Experience Economy

 Our research here is focused on the design, delivery and development of consumer experiences in a range of leisure, recreation, events, hospitality and tourism contexts. Research within this theme spans the breadth of the consumer experience process in various product markets, including a variety of service management issues, the employee workplace experience and associated functional management issues.

 We welcome applications for research study in any of our research strengths:

 Hospitality:

 • Food, culture, experience and identity

 • Hospitality design, space and facilities

 • Wine and culinary innovation

 • Revenue, sales and performance management

 • Human resources and employability

 • Pedagogy/education

 • Service innovation

 • Service experience

 • Sustainability and corporate social responsibility

 • Entrepreneurship

 • Hotel management

 • Technology and hospitality

 Tourism:

 • Tourism policy, governance and sustainable development

 • Destination marketing and branding

 • Consumer behaviour and experience

 • Adventure tourism

 • Visitor attractions design and management

 • Cultural heritage management

 Events:

 • Events and strategy

 • Events volunteering

 • Leadership in events

 • Experiential event design

 • Agricultural events

 • Pedagogy/education

 • Attendee experience

 Food and Nutrition:

 • Consumer food choice, attitudes and behaviour

 • Impact of diet on health and sports performance

 • Sports nutrition

 • Food, nutrition and health

 • Food structure

 • Chemistry

 • Sensory science

 • Consumer behaviour

 • Food marketing

 A PhD with us offers you a brilliant opportunity to develop your research skills and knowledge to create a real impact either in academia, public sector, private sector or as an entrepreneur. We have a vibrant international community of research students, academics and support staff, and a 30-year history of delivering high-quality postgraduate research that places a strong emphasis on close supervision and support.

 Join us in your search for new thinking because:

 • We have extensive expertise in creating new knowledge and applying business research to solve real world problems

 • You will be supervised by vibrant community of academics who are driven by the discovery of new knowledge

 • Your research will be conducted alongside a diverse community of doctoral researchers from the globe who bring a wealth of international experience

 • Our reputation for excellence is recognised through our high-quality research training and the support we offer our doctoral students.

How to apply

Information on entry requirements, tuition fees and other costs can be found here https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/business-and-management/phd-sheffield-business-school-management-finance-service-sector/full-time

 For general and application enquiries about our PhDs in Hospitality, Tourism, Events, Food & Nutrition, please contact


Funding Notes

The studentship is for a period of three and a half years, subject to satisfactory progress, and will include full UK (Home) tuition fees and an annual stipend of £16,062. Graduate Teaching Assistant bursary holders will be expected to contribute to the resourcing of the student experience, either through teaching or some other form of student support. This forms part of the terms and conditions of the bursary and there is no additional payment for it. Students currently enrolled on a PhD programme are not eligible to apply.

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