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PhD study

Knowledge creation and innovative research in tourism and hospitality is a key advantage at Bournemouth University. There is a long history of tourism and hospitality PhD provision at BU, and currently there are 30 students studying different aspects of tourism and hospitality.

As a PhD student within this field, you will have the benefit of studying in a thriving and exciting research community. The Department of Tourism & Hospitality's academic staff are involved in on-going research and have an enviable track record for their applied research and consultancy projects. Research has been undertaken for international and national agencies and government bodies such as the EU, UNEP, UNWTO, USAID, WWF and WTTC, as well as leading companies in the private sector. Many staff are actively sought out for their specialist knowledge by the media and government.

The topics range across all areas of expertise of our staff and cluster on the following generic themes:

  • Culture, experience and heritage
  • Food, nutrition and wellbeing
  • Hospitality management and marketing
  • Management, marketing and technology
  • Tourism development, impact and modelling.

The academic staff within the department have made, and will continue to make, a substantial contribution to academic knowledge and understanding through the writing of high-quality academic journal papers and books. This is often done in cooperation with current or past PhD students as part of knowledge co-creation. The department is also home to the editors of four key international tourism and hospitality journals. In addition, many of the staff are members of the Board of Editors of academic journals and act as reviewers of journal papers. The department hosts its own conferences and members of academic staff also serve on the scientific committees of other conferences.

As a PhD student you will receive high-quality, one-to-one supervision. You will have the opportunity to discuss your work, and the work of other PhD students, with your fellow students (including those from other departments within the faculty) and academic staff. You will also have the opportunity to develop your academic and professional skills, knowledge and experience by attending the Graduate School's Researcher Development Programme and the various seminar series, workshops and discussion forums within the department and the faculty. 

You can find out how to apply for a PhD with us in the postgraduate research section.