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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


As one of the world’s leading research institutes in the field of tourism and its related disciplines the Tourism Department at the University of Otago is home to an array of leading, internationally recognised researchers and has an extensive and highly active PhD program that currently includes twenty five PhD students from across the globe. The Department has a successful record of securing scholarships for its PhD students, with 11 having been awarded scholarships from the University of Otago in the last two years. These scholarship sources are open to both domestic and international students and cover all tuition costs and provide for living expenses.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded on the basis of the submission of a thesis. The thesis should give evidence of the candidate's ability to carry out independent high quality research and provide a significant contribution to knowledge in the particular field. It is expected that some of the work in the thesis would be worthy of publication. The research should be of a kind which might reasonably be expected of a diligent and competent student after three years of full-time study.

Information for New Students

If you are interested in applying for a PhD position in the Tourism Department at the University of Otago please consult the Departmental Application process.

As an integral part of the PhD process the Tourism Department at the University of Otago provides office space and a personal computer for all PhD students. In addition, financial support is provided to enable all PhD students to attend domestic and international conferences and to undertake fieldwork pertinent to their studies. Students are also encouraged to engage in tutorial and teaching opportunities (for which they are paid) where appropriate. All PhD students based in New Zealand during their candidature, irrespective of their nationality, are eligible to pay domestic level tuition fees of approximately NZ$5,698.00 per year (2014 fees).

Furthermore, international PhD students are eligible to work in paid employment for up to 10 hours per week during term time and full-time during summer vacation. Partners of all international postgraduate students are able to apply for an open work permit valid for the duration of the student's course of study. In addition, international PhD students with children should note that their children may attend school in New Zealand without paying international student fees.

Contact Details

Any queries about the PhD program within the Tourism Department should be addressed to the Departmental PhD coordinator - Associate Professor Neil Carr School of Business Tourism PhD Enquiries

Regulations and On-line Application

Regulations relating to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and application details are available at www.otago.ac.nz/courses/qualifications/phd.html.

Scholarship Information

University of Otago scholarships
New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) Scholarships
New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships
Other scholarship opportunities

Further Information

Tourism Department staff/faculty details and research interests

Generic details concerning the University of Otago’s PhD program are available via the Research Higher Degrees Office. Applicants from outside of New Zealand may also wish to visit the International Office website. For information about the University of Otago in general and the city of Dunedin please click on the relevant link.

Current and Graduate Research

Current PhD Students

Come and explore the range of topics our current students are researching for their PhD's.

PhD Graduates

We are very proud of our PhD Graduates and please have a look at the research that they undertook and also an update of their locations now.

University of Otago Department of Tourism