Doctor of Philosophy (Tourism)

Drive tourism and economic growth through research

As one of the world’s largest industries, tourism relies on the very best research to drive positive growth.

Experts with a thorough understanding of tourism in its wider social, cultural, economic and political contexts are invaluable to the industry.

Southern Cross University’s PhD in Tourism allows participants to explore new research in areas such as gambling and gaming, nature-based tourism and leisure, cultural tourism, sustainability and policy, and management and governance.

Participants are expected to produce an original piece of research that will contribute to our understanding of the tourism industry at a local, state, national or international level.

Academic staff in the School of Business and Tourism can provide supervision for various discipline areas. Please search for a supervisor on our Find a Supervisor page.

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Snapshot

FacultyDurationLocationCRICOS CodeContact
Faculty of Business, Law and Arts  4 years Lismore, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, The Hotel School Sydney 027010J Associate Professor Michael Charles

Thesis

A Doctoral Thesis must embody all of the below:

  1. Reviewing literature in a critical and focused manner
  2. Deploying analytic, comparative and critically reflective skills as appropriate
  3. Gathering and analysing material and interpreting results in an informed and competent manner
  4. Utilising and justifying appropriate methodologies, techniques and processes
  5. Make an original and significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in the field
  6. Demonstrate a high-level capacity for independent research.

Course fees

Domestic students:

Eligible applicants can apply for a Research Training Program-supported place. This will provide a tuition fee offset funded by the Australian Government's Research Training Program. Southern Cross University will then supplement this cost to cover the full program tuition fees.

If unsuccessful in obtaining a Research Training Program place, students may be required to pay fees.

Applications are considered on a case by case basis and the process can be highly competitive.

International students:

Course fees for International Students are $30,000 per annum, unless a tuition fee waiver has been approved as per the below detailed information. 

A request for a tuition fee offset can only be approved by the Dean, Graduate Studies providing there is support from the Principal Supervisor, SDHDRT and Head of School/College/Research Centre. For a request to be considered, the following criteria need to be taken into account:

  • Academic quality of the student is of high standing
  • Appropriate level of English proficiency (an IELTS score of 6.5 or better, including a minimum score of 6.0 in the sub-bands)
  • Expected research outcomes, quality of project and how it fits with the Supervisory team research areas
  • Whether the School/College/Research Centre and Supervisory team have the resources and facilities to support the project
  • If the HDR applicant is not on a scholarship, evidence must be provided that they can support themselves during their candidature.

The Dean, Graduate Studies, will assess the request according to these criteria together with the application for admission to candidature and will seek further clarification if the above-mentioned criteria are not satisfied. If the tuition fee offset is approved by the Dean, this is recorded in the Student Administration System and conveyed to the student in the letter of offer for admission to candidature.

Tuition Fee Offsets that are not approved will mean the applicant will be required to pay full fees. If it is not obvious that the HDR applicant’s project will enhance the research output of the University and that of the Supervisory team, fees will apply.

Admission requirements

To qualify for admission to a PhD, applicants must:

  • Possess a degree equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from the University with first-class Honours or second class Honours, first division, or
  • Possess a degree equivalent to a Masters degree from the University, with a Relevant Research Component, or
  • Submit other evidence of relevant professional qualifications and experience, or research experience, to satisfy the Dean (Graduate Studies) that the applicant possesses a level of relevant research experience equivalent to an award in either clause (5)a or (5)b; and satisfy such additional requirements for admission to a PhD candidature, if any, as may be prescribed by the Dean (Graduate Studies).

All candidates are expected to be proficient in English comprehension and expression.

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Research proposal

Students can explore research in a range of areas under the Tourism Research Cluster:

  • Gambling and gaming
  • Nature-based tourism and leisure, interpretation and tour guiding
  • Cultural tourism and indigeneity
  • Sustainability
  • Policy, management and governance
  • Gender and sexuality.

For more information please visit the Business and Tourism research pages.


Contact the Graduate School

Administration

T: +61 2 6626 9186

T: +61 2 6620 3705

E: gradschool@scu.edu.au

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