International Tourism & Hospitality Management PhD/PhD by Published works

Key Facts

  • Level


  • Duration

    PhD: Full Time 2 years - 4 years or Part Time 3 years - 6 years

    PhD by Published Works: Part Time 1 year - 2 years

  • Starting

    October, March

  • Location

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 893981


​If you are a graduate in tourism, hospitality and events, or a similar discipline, this International Tourism & Hospitality Management PhD / PhD by Published Works programme offers an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge and research skills. This full-time or part-time doctoral programme is suitable for people who have a particular research question or topic in mind and wish to explore this through independent study to produce an original contribution to the subject.

As an International Tourism & Hospitality Management PhD student at Northampton, you can develop research plans and apply methods involving both quantitative and qualitative data, supported by proper research methods training. You will be guided by a small supervisory team of academic experts under the direction of a Director of Studies. You will be expected to fully engage with skills development and training and to present your research in a range of scholarly contexts. Your PhD will be assessed via submission of a written thesis and a viva voce (an oral examination). After successful oral defence (viva voce) of the final thesis. The researcher will be awarded with the highest qualification that any UK university can award.

The University‘s Faculty of Business and Law offers a supportive research environment that supplies opportunities for candidates to succeed in their chosen research fields.

The closing dates for applications for the October intake is 1 August, and for the March intake is 11 December.

Updated 16/04/2024


  • Providing research seminars
  • Peer feedback and discussion
  • Organising doctoral events and activities
  • ​Facilitating networking and collaboration opportunities
  • ​Encouraging and supporting publication and dissemination of your research
  • Offering opportunities to gain teaching ability and experience
  • ​Support by a supervisory team suited to your project

Course Content

  • This International Tourism & Hospitality Management PhD programme is a way for you to develop your specialism and improve your skills in research, academic writing, and presentation. While developing your research projects, you will initially receive general, face-to-face, and project-specific training, to enable you to conduct your research effectively and independently. Normally, our PhD students are initially register for an MPhil and within the first twelve months of their study they are expected to transfer from the MPhil to a PhD programme. The transfer process requires our students to produce a detailed research proposal and apply for ethics approval. Students will be required to present their written piece of work to an academic audience and then proceed for the internal viva examination with an internal transfer viva examiner. The transfer viva process, appointment of the internal examiner, and approval of ethics documents are all subject to approval by the University research committees. All PhD students are assigned a supervisory team which consists of a Director of Study (DOS), and first and second supervisors. Our students must work independently on their research, under the advice and guidance of their supervisory team. Due to the nature of PhD study, our students spend a vast majority of their time studying and engaging in independent research. Students must have supervision meetings regularly with to discuss their progress, to create an action plan for the next steps of their programme, and to receive suggestions on their research and projects.

    Research topics

    We can supervise topics including:

    • Tourism destination management and marketing
    • Tourism marketing and destination branding
    • Risk, crisis, and post-conflict management in tourism
    • ​Gender and tourism
    • Race and tourism ​
    • Peace through tourism
    • Hospitality operations and service quality
    • Community-based tourism
    • Tourism and poverty alleviation
    • Talent management in tourism and hospitality
    • Urban tourism
    • Cultural and heritage tourism
    • Food tourism and gastronomy
    • Innovation in tourism and hospitality management ​
    • Customer engagement in tourism and hospitality
    • Responsible tourism and sustainability
    • Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals

    We also offer opportunities to develop interdisciplinary study and Practice as Research projects​


  • ​Applicants are expected to hold a master’s degree in a relevant discipline from an approved university


    ​Applicants are expected to hold a good 2:1 or first class honours undergraduate degree in an area of study appropriate to your project proposal

    ​If you do not meet the entry requirements above, you may be admitted with lower-level qualifications, or qualifications in a different subject area but relevant experience considered by the University to be appropriate. These applications will be considered on an individual basis.

    ​For a successful application, your academic credentials are important. We pay close attention to the suitability of our candidates for both the programme and the research interests of our team of academics. PhD applicants are assessed based on their previous academic performance, the quality of their research proposal, and the availability of suitable members of staff to supervise their chosen research topic.​​

    English language requirements​

    If English is not your first language, you must have proficiency in written and spoken English (normally a minimum test score of IELTS Academic: 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component including writing, or equivalent). Given the nature of the programme, you will be expected to read and engage with complex theoretical texts and debates for which fluency in English is essential.
    ​Applications submitted with IELTS lower than 5.5 in all components will not be considered.

    ​Application requirements​

    All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

    All offers of a place on the programme are subject to:

    • ​successful interview by the University
    • suitable Research Supervision Support

    You will also need to supply evidence that you are ready to pursue the project you propose in your application. This will be evidenced and assessed through your submitted research proposal. Please refer to our research proposal guidance for information on submitting a suitable research proposal.

    ​Applicants are recommended to contact potential supervisors before they apply via the website. Please visit our How to apply for a Research degree pagefor detailed information about the application process, and how to find a research supervisor. ​

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2024/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Doctor Of Philosophy Degrees

    Including: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) practice based in the Arts, Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

    • UK – Full Time: £5,500
    • UK – Part Time: £2,775
    • International – Full Time: £15,950
    • International – Part Time: £7,450

    Doctor of Philosophy Degrees by Means of Published Works

    • UK – Part Time: £3,500
    • International – Part Time: £7,650

    Please visit the funding pages and our scholarship pages for more details on how to fund your study.

    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Doctor Of Philosophy Degrees

    Including: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) practice based in the Arts, Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

    • UK – Full Time: £5,340
    • UK – Part Time: £2,695
    • International – Full Time: £15,480
    • International – Part Time: £7,245

    Doctor of Philosophy Degrees by Means of Published Works

    • UK – Part Time: £3,400
    • International – Part Time: £7,460


Nick Naumov, Senior Lecturer in Hospitality & Tourism Management
Nick Naumov

Senior Lecturer in Hospitality & Tourism Management

Faculty of Business and Law

Placeholder image for Ivna Reic, Head of Events, Tourism & Hospitality
Ivna Reic

Head of Events, Tourism & Hospitality

Faculty of Business and Law


Careers and Employability

​​A PhD in International Tourism & Hospitality Management from UON can open doors to a successful career. This includes academia or moving into higher management positions in large multinationals, leading consulting firms and governmental and non-governmental organisations worldwide.

The University of Northampton has an excellent Careers and Employability Service who are dedicated to equipping students with the skills to thrive, adapt and innovate in our ever-changing world.


Our PhD students have access to exceptional research facilities such as:

  • ​Dedicated PhD study area with computer and printer in the Learning Hub
  • ​​Opportunities for research collaboration with staff and students
  • Teaching and Research Assistant opportunities should you meet the requirements ​
  • Excellent social groups for student meetings and engagement ​
  • Spacious individual and group working space and discussion areas
  • ​Well-equipped library with access to academic e-books, journal articles and learning resources for on-site and off-site study ​
  • Library and Learning support for PhD students ​
  • Skills support for PhD students