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A PhD in Tourism lets doctoral students explore research topics in areas related to Hospitality, Event Management and Travel. Typical projects will tackle topics to do with international travel, sustainability and the sharing economy.

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

PhDs in Tourism cover all aspects of the visitor economy and tourist behavior, allowing researchers to delve into important subjects relating to globalisation, diversity, climate change and much more. Some topics you might analyse include:

  • Destination branding
  • Digital visitor economy
  • Risk and crisis management
  • Sustainability
  • Theme parks
  • Tourist wellbeing

Depending on the nature of your research, you’ll become knowledgeable in quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods, before completing a lengthy PhD thesis.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Tourism 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 Tourism funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Tourism 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 Tourism (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 Tourismt, it may also be worth asking your employer if they’re happy to sponsor you.

PhD in Tourism careers

The skills and knowledge acquired during a PhD in Tourism can be applied in a variety of careers, such as tourism policy development, tourism marketing and planning, tourism research, and teaching. In addition, a PhD in Tourism can also lead to other careers in fields such as business, education, marketing, and law.

If you’re interested in entering the tourism industry, a PhD in Tourism is a great option. Not only do you get to explore research topics in areas related to Hospitality, Event Management and Travel, but you can also find employment in the industry after your degree. With a strong knowledge of tourism, you can make a name for yourself as a professional researcher and help shape the future of tourism.

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Living with and managing multiple crises: the tourism industry in Northern Ireland post-conflict, post-Brexit and post-COVID-19

  Research Group: Business and Management
Very few regions are free of crises and the recent COVID-19 pandemic would suggest that they are going to become a more pressing management issue in the future and that all destination regions are going to have to adopt strategies to live with them. Past research by tourism scholars has shown that responses have too often been reactive as opposed to proactive. Read more

Circular Economy Transitions in Tourism

The topic seeks to establish the current adoption of circular economy (CE) practice in tourism and identify strategies for accelerating the implementation of circularity within the sector. Read more

Science centres and sustainability

Science centres fulfil important societal roles – not only as revenue generating visitor attractions, but as vehicles for informal science learning and community engagement. Read more

PhD studentships available at the University of Aberdeen Business School

The University of Aberdeen Business School is delighted to be able to offer an exciting range of PhD studentship opportunities. We are currently accepting applications for three PhD studentships; ". 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

Local perceptions of slum tourism using creative ethnographic methods

Overview. This study will aim to consider the perspectives of locals about slum tourism in their areas. This will include the views of local residents as well as local stakeholders, those involved in slum tourism as guides, transport operators and accommodation providers along with persons who are not directly involved. Read more
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