Doctor of Philosophy

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A Doctor of Philosophy degree in hospitality, tourism and events provides an opportunity to advance, not only the student's knowledge, but the accumulated wisdom of the field.
  • The PhD is awarded after the successful completion of concentrated research, constituting an original and substantial contribution to knowledge. You work closely with your supervisor to prepare a thesis, which is examined by independent experts who apply contemporary international standards.
  • AUT's Faculty of Culture and Society encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary research.

Programme code: AK3518
Level: 10
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time / up to 6 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: Any time

Entry requirements

  • Guidelines to entry
  • An interview may be required.

Structure and content

A thesis-based research degree that leads to advanced academic and theoretical knowledge in a specialist area.

The School of Hospitality and Tourism has supervisory staff whose research interests cover a range of areas including:

  • Ecotourism
  • Marine tourism
  • International leadership
  • Cultural and indigenous heritage
  • Ethical issues and workplace problems in hospitality
  • Event management
  • Discrimination and racism in hospitality
  • Service management
  • Service quality
  • Organisational behaviour.

Stage 1

You are admitted provisionally in the first year where you will refine your preliminary proposal into a fully fledged PhD proposal. This document critically reviews the significant work done in your area of research. The proposal should also contain a suitable research methodology and methods along with a timeframe for completion of the degree that highlights important milestones to be achieved in the next couple of years.

Once the proposal is completed and approved through the faculty processes, it is submitted to the University Postgraduate Board for full admission approval.

Stage 2

Once you have completed your research proposal, you typically refine your design, collecting data and conducting your research as appropriate. Results are analysed and may be published through international conferences, journal publications and peer review, as this lends further credibility to your research.

Stage 3

The first step in the final stage of the PhD is spent finalising the data analysis. Thereafter, the PhD thesis should be written and submitted to the supervisors for feedback. It should be noted that the process of finalising the thesis is time-consuming as typically two or three draft versions need to be produced before the thesis is in a form that is ready for submission and examination.

Career opportunities

  • Education
  • Director/manager within relevant industry organisations
  • Researcher in public and private organisations
  • Strategist
  • Industry critic or commentator

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Last updated: 18-Jul-2017 3.02pm

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