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Our Ph.D. in Tourism Management is a multidisciplinary, rigorous, comprehensive, yet flexible program of formal research within a variety of specialization study streams (see below).  As a student, you will benefit from the resources of two outstanding universities, Universidade Europeia (UE) and Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), who have partnered to make this program available to the global community. Our Ph.D. in Tourism Management opens a window of opportunities for you to further develop a variety of skills, including research, analytical, critical thinking, and writing...
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Our Ph.D. in Tourism Management is a multidisciplinary, rigorous, comprehensive, yet flexible program of formal research within a variety of specialization study streams (see below).  As a student, you will benefit from the resources of two outstanding universities, Universidade Europeia (UE) and Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), who have partnered to make this program available to the global community. Our Ph.D. in Tourism Management opens a window of opportunities for you to further develop a variety of skills, including research, analytical, critical thinking, and writing for publication skills.

Scientific Member: Ana Cláudia Campos


Program Goals

  • To develop the student´s ability to undertake rigorous research, such that the student makes an original contribution to academic knowledge and the practice of tourism and hospitality;
  • To ensure the very best learning experience in a vibrant academic environment where national and international networks support the student´s growth;
  • To nurture a cohort of high quality students to become world-class tourism and hospitality researchers and academic scholars who seek positions in academia, business, or governmental organizations.



Learning Goals 

  • To develop deep and systematic insights on tourism and hospitality topical issues, including stakeholder issues;
  • To ensure the design and implementation of sound research plans according to ethical and methodological norms;
  • To develop the ability to critique and improve research in tourism and hospitality;
  • To create an awareness of the best research practices worldwide;
  • To develop regional, national and international networks.



Study (research) themes:
Topics of research interests of this PhD include, but are not limited to: 

  • Hospitality and Hotel Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Tourism Economics and Financial Management
  • Convention and Events Management
  • Hotel and Tourism Technology Management
  • Architecture and Tourism
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Tourism



Coursework, research proposal, and final defense details:
 

  • There are four blocks of coursework, that run in January, April, September, and November of each year.
  • Each block is eight to nine days in length.  During these eight or nine days, you will take five different courses.
  • Classes for each of the courses typically run Monday to Friday the first week, and then Monday to Wednesday or Thursday the second week.  A typical day is 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Full-time students begin coursework in January and finish in December of the same year.  In contrast, part-time students may choose to take the January and April block of courses or the September and December block of courses in their first year of studies.  Whichever block of courses a part-time student does not take in the first year must be taken in the second year of studies. 
  • During the coursework, students may begin working on their research proposal, in consultation with their dissertation supervisors.  It is expected that full-time students will present their research proposals for formal approval at approximately 18 months into their program and defend their research dissertation on or before the three-year mark. Part-time students will present their research proposals for formal approval at approximately 24 months into their program and will defend their research dissertation on or before the six-year mark.



Why Tourism Management at ISCTE-IUL & Universidade Europeia?

  • Scholarships for two students in each intake year. The scholarship is in the amount of 950 Euros per month for 10 months. The scholarship application process is competition based and awarded to two students in a blind review process.  The application deadline date is March 31st of each year and the successful students are advised on or before April 30th of each year.

  • Study flexibility: Study part-time (take up to six years to complete) or full time (~ three years to complete).  Classes take place in four blocks of eight or nine full days of classes (January, April, September, November). Students only need to be physically present in Lisbon during classes and can return home between the blocks of classes.  In extenuating circumstances, it may be possible to attend one of the four blocks of classes via e-learning. This flexibility is particularly appealing to working executives and professionals in academia and tourism organizations.

  • A PhD organized by articles that opens a myriad of opportunities for publications in high ranking journals that will help to get your academic career started or invigorated.

  • A faculty team with strong academic qualifications, distinguished teaching and research skills, industry and international experience at your disposal, to guide your PhD journey.

  • A strong supervisory committee.  In consultation with the student and the Scientific Committee, students will choose two supervisors (one from ISCTE-IUL and one from UE). NOTE: In some cases, it may be necessary to choose one of the two supervisors from outside ISCTE-IUL or UE.  The benefits of having two supervisors is of immeasurable value to students, and it will add depth and breadth to your Ph.D. journey.

  • Lisbon is a beautiful, vibrant, and safe international tourism destination. It goes without saying that Lisbon is considered one of the world´s top tourism destinations that has seen a surge in visitations over the last few years.  What better place to undertake your doctoral studies and research than in a destination that is rich in heritage, culture, art, artifacts, and diversity, all of which you can visit via Lisbon´s fabulous public transportation system … and lest we forget ... who can resist those wonderful pastries enjoyed with a flavorful expresso at a year-found, side-walk café?

Program in collaboration with ISCTE-IUL - https://www.iscte-iul.pt/curso/109/doutoramento-gestao-turismo/planoestudos

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Duration

6 semesters

Type

PhD

Training Area

Tourism & Hospitality

International Experience

Participation in international seminars and conferences.
Classes with teachers from various international schools, from New Zealand to South America.
Participation in research projects with researchers from universities in Europe and America.
Exchange programs with research centers in Europe.

Business Experience

Possibility of working on 'action research' thesis oriented to people who want to continue their career in business.
Agreements with multinational companies to work on PhD theses in business context in Portugal and abroad.
Courses that combine fundamental and applied research - combining teaching career with consulting projects.

Curriculum

Programs hours/Week ECTS
Research Design in Tourism 28 6
Research Topics in Tourism 28 6
Tourism and Leisure Management 28 6
Qualitative Methods 28 6
Optional I 28 6
Programs hours/Week ECTS
Research Methods in Tourism 28 6
Marketing and Innovation in Tourism 28 6
Statistical Methods 28 6
Research Project in Tourism Management 28 6
Optional II 28 6
Programs hours/Week ECTS
Thesis in Tourism Management 120
Programs hours/Week ECTS
Economics and Development in Tourism 28 6
Sustainable Tourism 28 6
Services Perspectives in Hospitality and Tourism 28 6
Tourism, Heritage and Culture 28 6
International Tourism Management 28 6
Start Date
September Campus Quinta do Bom Nome
Testemunhos

A PhD Project is a crucial step in the academic career and constitutes a professional and personal challenge. During the PhD program in Tourism Management, I had the privilege of researching with the support of a multidisciplinary team, which contributed to the acquisition of sound knowledge at the theoretical and methodological levels. The contribution of extensive research resources and prestigious professors fully committed to guiding their students on the premise of continuous reflection, as well as encouraging rigor and innovation, is a distinctive feature of this PhD program. Participation in lectures and seminars provided an enriching exchange of ideas between the teaching staff and doctoral students, which was a key support to the development of my thesis. It was a real privilege to have been a PhD student in Tourism Management at ISCTE-IUL and the European University. At the conclusion of this stage, I started my career as a teacher in Higher Education.

Sofia Lopes
PhD Student

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Certification and Accreditation

Aprovado pela A3ES em 09/01/2017

Registo nº R/A-Cr 124/2013/AL01 em 22/12/12/2018

Despacho nº 1010/2018, de 26/01/2018, II Série nº 19, D.R.

(available only in Portuguese)



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