Doctoral Programmes

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Doctoral degree programmes
Purpose of the qualification
The focus of the doctoral programmes is for students from various academic backgrounds to develop focused knowledge, skills and values in the tourism sphere and to provide research opportunities through which the theoretical and practical knowledge in the field can be broadened. The programmes further contributes to the development of a holistic strategic framework and approach to the management of the tourism industry in South Africa and globally within the dynamically changing environment.
Given the anticipated growth in the tourism industry, both globally and in South Africa, the overall goal of the doctoral programmes in tourism management is to expose students to the broad philosophy as well as to learning and research opportunities, to acquire the necessary advanced knowledge, expertise and strategic skills. This will enable them to advance in the tourism industry and to add value in its managerial and strategic spheres. Finally the programmes aim at extending the knowledge base in the tourism industry.
Two doctoral programmes are available:
DCom in Tourism Management
PhD in Tourism Management
The purpose of the qualification is to allow students with study backgrounds other than the BCom to MCom route, to enter into the highest level of postgraduate studies in the field of tourism management.
In both the DCom and PhD programmes students are expected to
  • do the prescribed research methodology course;
  • do a dissertation in their particular field of interest in tourism; and
  • submit a research article to an accredited journal for publication.
A research colloquium is arranged annually for students to present their work to lecturers, guest lecturers and fellow students. This research colloquium is compulsory for all master’s and doctoral students.
Our bursary section can also be contacted regarding bursaries that may be available. The relevant information can be obtained from the University's website.
For further details on the programmes, please contact:
Dr Elizabeth du Preez
Tel: 012 420 3957
Email: [email protected]

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