Programme code: AK3518
Duration: 3 years full-time / up to 6 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: Any time
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:
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.
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.
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.
When Pascal Languillon, originally from France, decided to study tourism at PhD level, he knew the only place for it was AUT and the NZ Tourism Research Institute (NZTRI).
"I strongly feel that AUT, despite being a recent university, has now achieved world-class status," says Pascal.
"I don't think that I would have found better supervisors anywhere else in the world."