36 months
5110 EUR/year
5110 EUR/year
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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hotel and Tourism Management programme at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is designed for students pursuing applied research in their advanced education. 

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hotel and Tourism Management programme at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University  is designed to provide a theoretical and research base that prepares graduates for research and education positions in hospitality and tourism.


This programme offers advanced research training based on individual interests and career aspirations, which allows students to develop their ability to complete significant research in a specific area of hospitality or tourism. The intellectual and supportive environment fostered by the School encourages academic staff and students to collaborate to conduct research and disseminate information through scholarly publications, conference presentations, and research seminars. Graduates will make positive contributions to the growth and enhancement of hospitality and tourism research and education. In addition to the regular Ph.D. programme, PolyU and the University of Surrey also join hands to offer Ph.D. programmes that will allow doctoral students from various disciplines to attain a dual Ph.D. from both institutions.

Programme Structure

The School will give priority to proposed research topics in the following four broad focus areas:

  • Smart tourism (including artificial intelligence, robotics, technology innovation, branding, marketing, experience management, and customer engagement)
  • Performance measurement and management (including financial and revenue management and measurement, operational management, service management, and event management)
  • Tourism futures and forecasting (including demand forecasting and emerging products and markets)
  • Policy and planning (including public policy, tourism planning and development)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


54 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

To be considered for this programme, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A Master's degree with a significant thesis/dissertation research component, at least one degree in hospitality and tourism management or a closely related field, and at least two years of work experience including a minimum of one year industry/relevant experience.
  • Candidates without the prescribed educational and industry backgrounds may be admitted on an exceptional basis. Such students will have to obtain relevant industry experience prior to enrolment or during the first year of enrolment, and undertake extra coursework as determined by the supervisor and/or School Research Committee.
  • Candidates whose Master's degrees did not include thesis/dissertation research components must provide other documented evidence of previous scholarly research experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5110 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5110 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5110 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5110 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • The annual tuition fee for full-time students admitted to our research programme is HKD42,100. The annual tuition fee for full-time, self-financed Ph.D. students is HKD84,200.

Living costs for Hong Kong

13720 - 23419 HKD /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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