Research course

Research Degrees in the Institute for Tourism

University of Bedfordshire · The Business School
MA by researchMSc by researchMPhilPhD

Entry requirements

For MPhil/PhD it is normal that students have a Master’s level qualification in tourism or in a related discipline with a significant tourism application. For MA/MSc by research, students must have a minimum upper second class or equivalent in tourism at undergraduate level or a tourism related discipline with a significant tourism application. International applications will be assessed using UKVI and University of Bedfordshire policy. Check English language requirements.

Months of entry

October, March

Course content

Key features

  • Independent but academically supported tourism research degrees
  • Students are encouraged to present their research at external conferences and internal seminars
  • International atmosphere

About the course

The research degrees are agreed between the research student, the Director of Studies and the second supervisor. It is a self-directed course that is supported by your supervisory team and the Research Graduate School. Students are encouraged to undertake research philosophies and methods units from the taught postgraduate courses, as well as specialist units relevant to their specific research area.

Career opportunities

Past tourism research degree students have taken up various positions in academia, as well as in the public and the private sectors. These include positions in government ministries, universities, consultancies and academia.

The University welcomes research degree applications in the following areas:

  • Tourism and adaptation to climate change
  • Poverty reduction and sustainable tourism development
  • Environmental ethics
  • Tourism economics
  • Cultural tourism

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
Variable months

MSc by research

full time
Variable months


full time
Variable months


full time
Variable months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1582 743500