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Entrance Year Sept 2023

Programme Code 24601

Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration 3 years

Credits Required for Graduation 18

Tuition Fees

    • 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 students is HKD84,200.

The fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Programme Leaders Professor Haiyan Song

Aims and Characteristics

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hotel and Tourism Management programme is designed for students pursuing applied research in their advanced education. Its objective is 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.

Dual PhD Degree Programme with University of Surrey

Our Dual PhD Degree programme with the University of Surrey only accepts applications for the September entry.  Applicants need to choose either PolyU or the University of Surrey as their Home Institution.  Applicants must fulfil the entrance requirements set by both PolyU and Surrey, no matter which university would be the Home Institution.  Tuition fees will be paid to the Home Institution annually throughout the three years of study.  Admitted applicants are required to spend no less than 18 consecutive months at each institution, with the first 18 consecutive months spent at the Home Institution.  

Interested applicants should complete the application procedures as follows:

Applications must be made to both PolyU and the University of Surrey.
- For application to PolyU
After the submission of online application via the e-Admission system, applicants should inform PolyU SHTM ( of the following information:
(a) the eAdmission application number (for inputting the “Dual PhD Programmes indicator”); AND
(b) the choice of Home Institution (PolyU or Surrey).
- For application to the University of Surrey
Applicants should state clearly in the application form that they are applying for this Dual PhD Degree programme.  You may contact Dr Jason Chen (Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management) at for Surrey’s entrance requirements and application procedures.

The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) does not normally admit students for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme.

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