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Tourism, Ph.D.

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University rank #157 (WUR) Barcelona, Spain
The PhD programme in Tourism from 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.
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The PhD programme in Tourism of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona aims to foster and showcase research in the field of tourism within the geographical area of Catalonia, especially Barcelona: a leading tourism destination and a worldwide point of reference, which has a direct influence on this university's surrounding area.

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is ranked among the best academic institutions in Spain and among the top 200 worldwide. The expertise of the teaching staff from the various departments involved in the project will allow synergies to be generated with sound, innovative, ground-breaking research within the broad, multidisciplinary field of tourism.

The programme is promoted and led by the Department of Geography and the School of Tourism and Hotel Management at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, whose lecturers are widely recognised experts in different areas of tourism research. The programme is multidisciplinary, just like the tourism sector itself, and involves eight further departments attached to the UAB.

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Catalan
    • Partially taught in Spanish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Objectives and justification

The PhD programme in Tourism 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.


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.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Hold an official Spanish university degree or a degree from another country in the EEES which grants access to a Master's degree.
  • Hold an official Spanish qualification at graduate level, the duration of which, in accordance with community law, must be at least 300 ECTS credits.
  • University graduates who, before obtaining a place as a result of the entrance exam for specialist health courses, have passed at least two years of a programme for an official qualification in one of the Health Science specialisations.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    540 EUR/year
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  • EU/EEA

    540 EUR/year
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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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