PhD programme

influencing events, tourism and hospitality

We welcome proposals from home, EU and International applicants to come and study for a PhD at our school.

You will join a team of over forty academics conducting applied and fundamental research, aiming to advance knowledge and influence policy and practice in the events, tourism and hospitality sectors.

As a PhD student you will join our vibrant and supportive research environment, taking part in regular seminars with visiting scholars, enrolling on our PhD training programme and participating in School events and workshops designed to support research students in developing the skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to become independent researchers.

Our team adopts inter-, cross- and multi-disciplinary approaches to research in relation to a wide variety of topics related to events, tourism and hospitality.

Dr Yi Fu

I really enjoyed my time studying for a PhD. I felt stimulated, supported but also free to follow my research interests.

Dr Yi Fu
Dr Yi Fu Associate Professor, Zhejiang University, PR China

"After looking for a PhD programme which could guide and support my research project, I decided to join the PhD programme at Leeds Beckett University based on the outstanding quality of its research staff and on the coincidence in research interests."

Gerda Briot Warnholtz Tourism as an intervention for sustainable development in poor indigenous/peasant communities: A realist approach.
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How to apply

join our thriving research community

If you have an idea for a research proposal we would recommend getting in touch to discuss your idea with an Academic Supervisor. You can use our Find an Academic Supervisor tool or browse our centre pages to find relevant academic colleagues to talk with.

When you've found a supervisor you're happy to work with, then you can submit your application to The Graduate School following the steps below.

Entrance date

We accept new PhD students at two points in the year. For February start, the deadline for applications is 30 September. For October start, the deadline for applications is 31 May.

Step one Your initial application

We adopt a two-step application process. You'll first of all need to send the items listed below to our Director of Research Degrees at the email address given.

  • a 500 word outline of your proposed research project
  • a two-page CV

Step two Submitting your proposal

After receiving feedback, you will work with an identified member of staff to develop a 2,500 word proposal to be submitted to the Graduate School, along with an application form which can be accessed on the 'how to apply' section of The Graduate School website.

Entry requirements and fees

Details about the entry requirements, including English language requirements, can be found at The Graduate School.

The Graduate School also provide information about postgraduate study fees and funding at Leeds Beckett.

You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan to help with course fees and living costs while you study for a PhD.

More information

We regularly advertise for Graduate Teaching Assistant positions and PhD bursaries – information is available within The Graduate School studentships information.

If you are interested in applying to study for a research degree with us please contact the Director of Research Degrees, Dr Kate Dashper, using the email link.

Support while you study

We provide ongoing support to our PhD students, find out more about our 2021/22 PhD Programme.

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Study for a research degree at Leeds Beckett and you'll join a thriving academic community in an inspiring and supportive environment.

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