Research an important topic as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Master of Business (MBus) candidate with the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM).
At STHM we have an exemplary team of research supervisors who can help you turn your burning interest into a new body of knowledge through research.
The School also has a comprehensive range of research strengths that include tourism, hospitality, leisure, gambling, event and club related matters - with further specialisations in policy and planning, transport, marketing, human resource management, Indigenous issues, environmental issues, education and socially critical matters.
To successfully complete a higher degree by research you need to have a research interest that you are passionate about as well as time, commitment and dedication. The average PhD candidature is three years, (four years maximum) full-time or part-time equivalent. The average MBus candidature is one and a half years, (two years maximum) fulltime or part-time equivalent.
Research degree options
To be admitted, you would normally have an Honours I or IIA for a PhD or Honours I or II for a MBus, or equivalent tertiary qualification. However, you may be admitted on the basis that your work experience and/or published or other written material together constitute the equivalence of Honours at the level required. It is your responsibility to convince the School, and ultimately the SCU Higher Degrees Research Committee, by submitting all relevant documents and a detailed research proposal, developed in consultation with your potential supervisor.
Further eligibility criteria are outlined in the document Application for Doctor of Philosophy/Master Degree by Research, available in step 3 below.
How to apply
Find a supervisor
- Contact the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, or a HDR supervisor to discuss your research interest
- Your relationship with your supervisor is essential to your candidature. You will need to find a supervisor who is willing to guide your research interest, preferably with a similar research agenda to yours
- Your potential supervisor must think there is merit in your research proposal and be convinced that you are capable and willing to complete the degree
Develop your research proposal in consultation with your supervisor
Note: your supervisor may ask you to strengthen your research proposal before submission
Submit your application
Submit to your supervisor:
- Section 1 of Application for Doctor of Philosophy/Master Degree by Research (.doc, 232KB)
- Your research proposal
- Your CV and a summary of your career since your graduation
- A list of any publications you have produced
STHM will complete your application
- Your supervisor and the HDR team at STHM will complete sections 2 and 3 of the Application for Doctor of Philosophy/Master Degree by Research
- Your application will be submitted by the Director of Research Training at STHM to the Division of Research Higher Degrees Research Committee which will assess the quality and integrity of your application
Letter of Offer or resubmission
- The Division of Research will either ask for additional material to substantiate your application, or issue you a Letter of Offer to a Higher Degree Research candidature
Updated: 25 February 2013