Doctor of Philosophy (Hospitality and Tourism) |

Doctor of Philosophy (Hospitality and Tourism)

N/811/8/0349 08/25 (PA9620)

Course Overview

This programme provides you with the opportunity to specialise in a chosen field of hospitality and tourism research. You will understand, study and demonstrate your novelty in hospitality and tourism research and contribution to this knowledge through your dissertation. This is the best way for you to demonstrate your research passion, discover new knowledge, contribute to hospitality and tourism knowledge and being recognized for your contribution through attainment of a doctoral degree. You will develop your research skills through two taught modules, i.e. research methods and quantitative or qualitative methods.

A flexible framework is provided enabling you to pursue your research passion working closely with your supervisors, academic experts, industry practitioners, government agency(s) from local and international fields in the following areas:
  • Hospitality and Hotel Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Tourism Economics and Finance
  • Leisure and Events Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism Technology Management
Experienced supervision team
You will be supervised by active and experienced supervisors in KDU, gain access with guidance from potential co-supervisors, interact with supervisors from different disciplines to enhance your learning opportunities and allow you to progress in diverse and interdisciplinary research. 
Culture of Excellence in Research
We are committed in providing extensive training and support to all postgraduate candidates. You will learn research methodology and analysis methods through core modules. Candidates will also receive training sessions; including inventive problem solving approaches, project management, scholarship and research funding application, English writing, communication skills and information research and retrieval. A series of research seminars, workshops and talks will be available, to enhance and stimulate a research culture in KDU Penang. 
Programme Structure
3 - 6 years (FT)
4 - 8 years (PT)
KDU Penang University College
Mode of Delivery/Teaching & Learning Methods
Lecture, Supervision
Programme Structure (Full time / Part time)
Research MethodsCompulsory4
Qualitative Methods*Compulsory4
Quantitative Methods*Compulsory4
*Student will need to choose either one of these subjects based on the research project.
Study Route
Fees & Intakes
  • 2 January & 1 July 2019
  • RM29,300 (FT - Local)
  • RM33,100 (PT - Local)
  • RM35,550 (FT - International)

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Finance should not be a barrier to enrolling in this programme.
Entry Requirements
Master’s DegreeMaster’s Degree or equivalent, as accepted by the Senate.
English Proficiency Requirement
  • Local Students
  • MUET Band 2; or
  • IELTS Band 5; or
  • TOEFL CBT (180) / IBT (57); or
  • Recognised Degree from other institutions (conducted in English) or;
  • KDU English Entrance Test 67
  • International Students
  • IELTS Band 6; or
  • TOEFL PBT (488) / IBT (58); or
  • Cambridge English CAE (169); or
  • Cambridge English CPE (180); or
  • PTE Academic 54; or
  • MUET Band 5