MPhil/PhD Tourism

University of Lincoln
MPhil: 1-4 years, PhD: 2-6 years
Full time/part time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
On campus
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About this program

MPhil/PhD Tourism

Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.

There is an emphasis on your own independent critical investigation, supervised by an experienced team of academics. You can benefit from an active research community in the School, and research groups with which to align your study.

As a research student, you will have access to a structured programe of training supported by our Doctoral School. This aims to assist you in the development of the practical and critical skills which are necessary for this programe and are transferable to your career. There may be opportunities to participate in undergraduate teaching following relevant training.

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Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

Normally candidates should hold a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent in a relevant subject. You should also hold a Master's degree, or international equivalent, at merit or above.

While academic credentials are important for a successful application we also pay great attention to the fit of students to both the programe and the research interests of our academic team. Applicants are assessed based on their previous academic performance, the quality of their research proposal, and the availability of suitable members of staff to supervise the chosen research topic.

If you would like to undertake a PhD, but do not currently have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, you may want to consider studying one of our Master's programes.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Research Groups and Topics

The key to success on a postgraduate research programe is to find a research topic that you are passionate about and identify a supervisory team that has expertise in this area. We strongly recommend that you take a look at the research groups within Lincoln International Business School and individual staff research interests so you can see how your proposed research aligns with our research. Research is organised primarily around six research groups which draw together staff from across disciplinary boundaries within the School.

  • Community Organisation Research Group
  • Lincoln Economics, Accountancy, and Finance Research Group
  • Marketing Research Group
  • Regional Innovation and Enterprise Research Group
  • Responsible Management Research Group
  • Visitor Economy Research Group

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the University of Lincoln website for more information.



Full Time

  • Home: £4,596
  • International: £14,700


  • Home: £ 2,298
  • International: £7,350


Full Time

  • Home: £4,712
  • International: £15,000


  • Home: £ 2,356
  • International: £7,500


How You Study

Normally, PhD students register for an MPhil, and within 12 months (24 months for part-time study) they are expected to transfer to the PhD programe. This transfer requires the production of a detailed research proposal, which the candidate will be expected to defend at a transfer viva. The formal transfer is subject to approval by the University's Research Committees

Students are assigned a supervision team consisting of a Director of Studies (first supervisor) and usually one second supervisor. Students are expected to work independently on their research projects under the advice and direction of the supervision team.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and the stage of your programe.

Career paths

A doctoral qualification can be the capstone of academic achievement and often marks the beginning of a career in academia or research. A research programe provides the opportunity to become a true expert in your chosen field, while developing a range of valuable transferable skills that can support your career progression. A research-based degree is also the most direct pathway to an academic career. PhDs and research degrees are a great chance to expand your network and meet diverse people with similar interests, knowledge, and passion.

The University’s Doctoral School provides a focal point for Lincoln’s community of researchers, where ideas and experiences can be developed and shared across disciplines. It also offers support and training to help equip you for both academic and non-academic careers.

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