Ph.D. On Campus


Autonomous University of Barcelona

36 months
540 EUR/year
540 EUR/year
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The Tourism programme of the Autonomous University of Barcelona provides an opportunity to conduct cutting-edge academic research into the tourism sector, which is in constant expansion and is now of major importance.


Objectives and justification

The Tourism programme of the Autonomous University of Barcelona has the following objectives:

  • Train new researchers who can fill the gaps detected in academic and industrial research, and address the issues, future challenges and questions posed daily by the tourism sector.
  • Promote innovative research that can help in adopting new tourism models based on social, environmental and economic sustainability
  • Apply the scientific method to obtain tools, innovative products and planning strategies that can lead to a tourism sector that is outstandingly well organised, diverse, forward-looking and sensitive to social, environmental and economic issues – in contrast to the improvisation and lack of models that characterised the previous stage of tourism development in this country.

Candidate profile

The ideal student profile should consist of the following: good academic record, research vocation, communication skills, language competence, and an ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative research (or a clear willingness to acquire this). It is also an advantage to have qualifications in Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences or Law.

In any case, a requirement for all students is direct or indirect prior knowledge of the tourism sector – especially from having taking a master's degree. Students must also have the necessary knowledge and skills concerning the basic concepts and tools for conducting competitive research in the field of tourism. For this reason, priority of access to the PhD programme in Tourism is given to applicants with a research-oriented master's degree linked to one of the programme's disciplines or lines of research.

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options.

  • University lecturer specialising in tourism
  • Consultant and/or entrepreneur with expertise in the creation and development of tourism products
  • Manager and director of tourism businesses and institutions
  • Tourism planning officer and manager of public-sector policy on tourism
  • Expert on sustainable and social tourism development
  • Manager of the cultural heritage with links to tourism
  • Analyst of tourism markets and commercialisation strategies

Programme Structure

Lines of research:

  • Administration and Organisation of Tourism Businesses and Institutions
  • Analysis of Tourism Markets and Creation and Innovation of Tourism Products
  • Tourism, Territory, Landscape and Environment
  • Tourism, Culture, Heritage and Language

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Catalan, Partially taught in Spanish


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Certification or academic record of the Degree or the Spanish or foreign degree
  • Certification or academic record of the Master's Degree / Doctoral Program
  • Certification or academic record of the DEA or the Research Proficiency
  • Motivation letter
  • Research project or plan
  • DNI / Passport
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Reference letters
  • Document of acceptance of the academic tutor
  • Document of acceptance of the thesis supervisor
  • If the thesis supervisor is external to the UAB, CV of the thesis supervisor with investigative merits: doctor's degree, publications, research projects, congresses
  • Language level accreditation
  • Accreditation of courses on quantitative and / or qualitative methodological techniques

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    540 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 540 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    540 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 540 EUR per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Barcelona

770 - 1360 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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