PhD Studentship Opportunities in Hospitality and Tourism

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The School of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Surrey invites applications from excellent candidates for PhD studentships covering Home/EU & Overseas fees and maintenance for October 2017 entry.

Studentship schemes for October 2017 entry:
ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership studentships: As a member of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Surrey invites applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver). Overseas students are not eligible for SeNSS Scholarships, and EU students from outside the UK are eligible for fees but not maintenance. All applications for this ESRC studentship scheme will also be considered for the internal studentships.

Internal studentships: these university-funded studentships are available for top-quality Home/EU or Overseas students, covering tuition fees and maintenance at current research-council rates for a full-time or part-time PhD.


Research programmes
·         PhD Hospitality and Tourism Management

Research environment
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.

Areas of specialism
It is expected that the research project will enable successful applicants to develop new theoretical/empirical understanding in relation to one of the three school themes:
·         Competitiveness in the Visitor Economy
o   Innovation, productivity, competitiveness, and labour market changes
o   Quality and diversity in employment, whether that be gender, youth or basic fairness of employment practices
o   Demand forecasting, destination branding, technological developments and new methods of revenue management
·         Sustainability and Well-being in the Visitor Economy
o   Environmental, socio-cultural and ethical implications of tourism, hospitality and events
o   Pro-environmental behaviour change, transitions to sustainable transport, best practice and the creation of indicators of sustainability
o   Impacts for health and well-being
·         The Digital Visitor Economy
o   The broad economic, social, and organisational changes that both facilitate and result from new digital technologies
o   The role of digital technologies in enhancing the guest experience; including augmented reality, smart phones, social media and conventional media such as films
o   The social and managerial changes that drive innovations in the digital visitor economy
Although we strongly encourage applicants focusing on the three key themes, we also welcome applications in other areas that match our research interests.

Entry Requirements
Successful candidates will normally have or expect to be awarded a first class (1st) Bachelors degree or have or expect to be awarded a minimum of distinction on their Masters degree in Hospitality/Tourism Management, or Social Sciences/related discipline (Human Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, International Development, Politics, Psychology, Economics). They will have outstanding research potential and enthusiasm to pursue research in an area consistent with our research expertise. Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent). Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, are subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.

How to Apply for a Studentship:
1)      To be considered for a studentship, you first need to apply for a PhD at the University of Surrey:
2)      The latest you can apply, and be considered for a studentship, is 4pm 18 December 2016.
3)      Invited for interview.
4)      If accepted, you will be invited to complete a studentship application.

Further information:
For full programme information and information on how to apply, please visit:
Contacts for enquiries:
Dr Paul Hanna, Head of Doctoral Programme, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management: