Ph.D., Hospitality & Tourism

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hospitality &Tourism is suitable for those wishing to undertake an academic, or a research focused career in the field of Hospitality and Tourism. The program is exclusive with a duration of only 2.5 years and 36 credits taught by prestigious international faculty members, and rich in terms of research courses, statistics, data mining, as well as courses related to the field of study, covering the current issues of Tourism, the lodging industry, Human Resources and managing & marketing tourism destinations. In addition, PhD students, on a case-by-case basis, will have the opportunity of a teaching experience for Bachelor level students in the same field of their study.


  • The minimum requirement for English as a foreign language is IELTS 6 (or equivalent).
  • A Master’s degree in Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, Business, Marketing, Social Sciences or other related fields.


Admission scholarships are limited and competitive and cover only tuition and enrollment fees. Tuition Scholarships are awarded for a one first semester period. Admission scholarships are evaluated and awarded on the basis of academic performance, personal essay, letters of recommendation, extra-curricular activities, transcripts, and the Admissions application form itself. Applicants awarded a scholarship must still demonstrate sufficient proof of personal finances exclusive of the scholarship to enter Sol International School.

Merit Scholarships are available beginning the second semester of the first year and above students. All applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 / 4.5 to qualify for a Merit-Based Scholarship following the completion of their initial scholarship cycle. Sol International School will compute all merit-based scholarships automatically. Merit scholarships are awarded to qualified students who undertake a full course load with no “F” grades.

All scholarships range from 30% to 50% for Graduate studies depending on admission criteria and academic performance.

Tuition fees

  • Fees per semester for 2019: $ 4.017.000
  • Total fees for the whole program approximately: $ 20.100.000

Teaching experience

Aside from the financial advantages cited above, potential PhD students might have the opportunity to go through a teaching experience for BA students in the same field of their study (assisting the faculty members of the SIHOM department). However, the latter will be applied on a case-by-case basis (mainly based on their previous diploma and their level of English).


Course classifications

Classification Course Title (Credit/Hour)
Degree Required Research Management
Advanced Statistical methods and Data Analysis
Strategic Human Resource Management In Hospitality and Tourism
Department Required Course Lodging Management – professional Seminars
Tourism Destination Marketing and Management
Current Issues in Hospitality and Tourism
Specialization Economic Trends Analysis and Financial Management
Advanced Technologies in Hospitality and Tourism
Research Methods in hospitality and Tourism Part1
Research Methods in hospitality and Tourism Part2
Data Mining Practicum
Tourism and Sustainable Development
Advanced Hospitality Business Development

Course descriptions

University Required Courses (UR)

Research Management
This is a ¬lecture-discussion course during which the students will go through several issues from which research data management; types, formats and stages of research data, metadata, data storage, and archiving and preservation. In addition, topics are discussed during this class.
Advanced Statistical methods and Data Analysis
The course is designed to introduce more advanced statistical methods that are used in data analysis and social research. Both statistical theories and inference techniques will be covered. This is a more advanced Statistics course, with focuses on statistical theories, probability distributions, bivariate and multivariate analysis.
Strategic Human Resource Management In Hospitality and Tourism
The hospitality industry, being labor-intensive, necessitates hospitality organizations to manage their human resources with high level of efficacy in order to successfully achieve their goals and objectives. Hence, it is vital for hospitality personnel including human resource managers; those occupying supervisory positions as well as those in the lower level positions in the organizational structure understand the principles and key issues surrounding human resource management (HRM).

Department Required Courses (DR)

Lodging Management – professional Seminars
This course will be presented as a compilation of seminars presented by hospitality professionals. It will cover multiple areas related to hotel and lodging management.
Tourism Destination Marketing and Management
This PhD course covers the management and marketing principles for tourism destinations, with a focus on branding, positioning and economic issues. Consideration is given to the ongoing fluctuations, future changes and current trends affecting directly or indirectly tourism destinations worldwide.
Current Issues in Hospitality and Tourism
This course is designed to enable the students to gain essential knowledge on current issues in tourism applications. New concepts, debates, business side of tourism and principles are the main discussion points so as to understand the implications of current issues in the tourism industry. To deepen student learning, case studies will be integrated into the topics covered as appropriate. This course is updated yearly according to the current issues in tourism.

Department Elective Courses (DE)

Economic Trends Analysis and Financial Management
This course will combine an understanding of the tourism sector with economic trends to provide actionable and credible analysis of tourism for better marketing, investment, and policy decisions.
Advanced Technologies in Hospitality and Tourism
This course encompasses the different technologies used in the hospitality and tourism industry, mainly hotels. It will enable the students to have an in-depth understanding of the preeminence technology has in the field. Based on real case scenarios, the students will be updated in the world’s leading smart accommodation and other tourism sub-sectors’ companies.
Research Methods in hospitality and Tourism Part1
The main purpose of the Research Methods is to introduce students to quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting meaningful inquiry and research.
Research Methods in hospitality and Tourism Part2
Econometric models and advanced research methods.
Data Mining Practicum
This course reviews applications and provides an opportunity for hand-on experimentation with data mining algorithms. Students are supposed to have gone through regression.
Tourism and Sustainable Development
The course discusses the evolution of the concept and its theoretical roots. It focuses on issues related to resource use, economic development, ‘green’ business development, climate change, consumer psychology, and community enhancement practices.
Advanced Hospitality Business Development
This course will encompass different issues related to tourism project development, franchising, alliances, globalization, and merging. It is an advanced course presenting the different ways of developing a tourism and hospitality business, for both ‘new creation’ and ‘expansion’. The course looks at the inter-countries regulations as well as real case studies of partnerships and franchising.

Specialized Courses:

Management Tourism Destination Marketing and Management, Strategic HR Management In Hospitality and Tourism
Research oriented Research Management, Research Methodology in Hospitality and Tourism, Advanced Statistical methods and Data Analysis, and Data Mining
Business & Economy Advanced Hospitality Business Development, Economic Trends Analysis and Financial Management
Hospitality & Tourism Lodging Management – professional Seminars, Strategic HR Management in Hospitality and Tourism, Tourism and Sustainable Development, Current Issues in Tourism, Advanced Technologies in Hospitality and Tourism

Program Highlights:

  • Prestigious international faculty members with a confirmed background in Hospitality & Tourism research
  • The path to an academic, or a research-focused career in the field of Hospitality and Tourism management,
  • An advanced research level delivered with a focus on current issues related to the field of hospitality and tourism,
  • A unique program with a duration of 2.5 years

Skills Learned:

  • Applying and managing research in the field of hospitality and tourism
  • The dynamics of the hospitality and tourism industry
  • Managing destinations and products development and promotion
  • Knowledge about the lodging industry

Potential Career Paths:

  • Research-oriented ‘education’ in the field of hospitality and tourism
  • Teaching-oriented ‘education’ in the field of hospitality, tourism and management
  • Post-doctoral studies
  • A research career in the field studied.