Research course

Hospitality and Tourism Management (Three-Year)

University of Surrey · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Our normal expectation is that you hold a Masters degree at a minimum of a distinction level in 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.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our academics have an international reputation for research that shapes the agendas of scholarship and practice. We also work to inspire our students and connect you with senior executives and policy makers from across the world, offering opportunities for further learning and developing valuable connections.

As a result of this approach, we have a vibrant international alumni network of high-profile figures from across the hospitality, tourism and events industries.

At the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, you will be part of an internationally diverse community of doctoral researchers, with the chance to participate in seminars, conferences, subject/research groups, the School’s PhD researcher seminar series and access modules on University of Surry MSc offerings.

We also provide you with office space, PCs, the university library and societies, access to major business databases and a wide range of online research tools and resources.

Programme content

Our PhD programme comprises approximately three years of full time study during which you will undertake a structured, supervised programme of scholarly research leading to a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge and is of a standard appropriate for publication in high-quality refereed journals. As a member of the ESRC funded South East Doctoral Training Centre we offer excellent research training and the opportunity to be part of a vibrant research community that shapes agendas of scholarship and practice.

As part of your studies, you will undertake a tailored weekly programme of formal research training in research methodology and career development. Alongside this, we provide access to our SHTM weekly seminar series in order to expose you to internal and guest presentations from the leading figures in the field. As a registered PhD student you will also have access to the University of Surrey module catalogue where you can undertake any MSc modules in order to enhance your development.

Information for international students

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Annually we offer the chance to prospective applicants to compete for our internal postgraduate research studentships which cover fees and an annual stipend. We are also part of the ESRC SeNSS (South East Network for Social Sciences) a new ESRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership. SeNSS offers ESRC studentships to top-quality research students wishing to study economics, linguistics, hospitality and tourism management, environment and sustainability and development studies and related multidisciplinary topics within the social sciences at the University of Surrey.

In addition to the University and ESRC studentships we welcome applicants looking to apply to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) and have successful applicants through this path. Students in SHTM have also been successful in obtaining funding from their Government or employer, with some also self-funding their doctoral studies.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months
part time
60-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 686 300