A Doctor of Philosophy (Hospitality and Tourism) enables candidates to delve into aspects of this industry and engage in research to make a difference in this sector. Students will be able to study and research their area of interest, gain real world experience, and publish their findings.

Doctor of Philosophy (Hospitality and Tourism) Career Prospects

A Doctor of Philosophy (Hospitality and Tourism) is suitable for those who want to advance their career in this field as well as for those who want to conduct some form of research related to this industry. 

Upon completion, graduates will be able to pursue managerial positions in the industry, work as research analysts, or be professional consultant for this sector. 

Why study Doctor of Philosophy (Hospitality and Tourism) at UOW Malaysia KDU?

This program 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 the attainment of a doctoral degree. You will develop your research skills through two taught modules, i.e. research methods and quantitative or qualitative methods.

Experienced supervision team

You will be supervised by active and experienced supervisors in UOW Malaysia KDU, gain access to 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 to 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 UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College.

Program information

UOW Malaysia KDU’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA) was established in 1991, as the pioneer in the northern region, as well as the first renowned hospitality, tourism and culinary arts school in Penang, providing quality education and knowledge to future hoteliers and chefs. Since the partnership of SHTCA with IMI International Management Institute Switzerland (the birth place of hospitality education) in 1997, UOW Malaysia KDU has quickly become the first private university college to offer students the opportunity to obtain a prestigious Swiss diploma and degree qualification. With numerous events and activities throughout the year (such as community service, Penang heritage tours, competitions, hotel familiarisation for new students, hospitality week, international days), students’ campus life is enlivened and their learning experience enriched.

 

 

SWISS HOSPITALITY PROGRAM – SWISS EUROPEAN PROGRAM SYLLABUS 
As the pioneer in hospitality education since 1893, the Swiss reputation for hospitality excellence is respected and trusted globally. Our partner IMI International Management Institute Switzerland is ranked 15th in the QS World University Ranking for Hospitality. Experience a renowned European syllabus which incorporates the very best of Swiss hospitality.

 

AWARD WINNING LECTURERS – TAUGHT BY AWARD WINNING CHEFS AND HOSPITALITY GURUS!
Lecturers and chefs are experts from the hotel, tourism and culinary fields. Students are taught by Master Chefs, Celebrity Chefs, F&B specialists and Tourism Researchers. Academic staff is highly qualified and passionate in grooming the next generation of chefs and hoteliers.

 

INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS – INTERNATIONAL 5-STAR INDUSTRY TRAINING
Students can choose from our wide network of top 5-star establishments locally as well as internationally, including pathways from internship to management traineeship in global hotel groups. The international exposure gained from a worldwide internship placement gives our graduates an edge in experience and a wider global perspective.

 

OUTSTANDING ALUMNI – AWARD WINNING STUDENTS
As our graduates are made into chef de cuisine, executive sous chefs, general managers, entrepreneurs, award winning chefs and baristas as well as hospitality educators, they have been sought after by employers since 1993. Three of our graduates Ng Yee Thien, Khor Ying Jia and Tan Zhi Hong were awarded ‘Most Promising Young Chef of the Year’ in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively. The school recently won Best Culinary Establishment 2015 in the Vietnam Culinary Challenge 2015.

 

INDUSTRY READY – HANDS-ON PROGRAM SYLLABUS
Our students are prepared for the industry through a unique work-based training syllabus with the Malaysia Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Education  (MyCenTHE) diploma program, where a combination of work and study modes are incorporated into the curriculum. This method allows students to make an easier transition from college to the workplace.

 

5-STAR FACILITIES – 5-STAR KITCHENS, RESTAURANT, AL-FRESCO CAFÉ AND HOSPITALITY TRAINING SUITE
The school furnishes students with RM 6 Million worth of learning facilities in equivalence to professional commercial kitchens, F&B outlets and hotels in the industry. This ensures that they are familiar with industry standard tools, and are equipped with practical knowledge and skills to remain competitive and marketable in the future.

 

IMMERSION IN SWITZERLAND – STUDY IN IMI, LUCERNE FOR 10 DAYS!
Get a total experience with an all-inclusive study trip to the IMI campus, located in scenic Lucerne, Switzerland. Lucerne is the fourth top tourist destination in Switzerland and was voted top 12 in the world by TripAdvisor. This trip provides an insight into the world of Swiss hospitality and tourism, with visits to world famous attractions, Swiss chocolate factories and artisan shops.

Duration
2-4 years (Full-Time) / 3-6 years (Part-Time)
Program Location
UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College, George Town
Core

RESEARCH PROPOSAL

  • Students will systematically structure and develop their research by developing a research proposal, which would guide the student through the entire research process.

– Research Methods
– Qualitative Methods
– Quantitative Methods

 

PROPOSAL DEFENCE

  • A presentation session chaired by UOW Malaysia KDU with invited panel of examiners to ensure the candidate is able to articulate their research ideas and plans, as well as having the necessary skills to carry out research activities as proposed.

 

THESIS

  • Upon completion of their research, students will document the research project and process in a thesis. Typically, thesis for PhD should not be more than 80,000 words.

 

VIVA VOLCE 

  • Upon completion of research and thesis, candidate will undergo an oral presentation, chaired by experts in the field.

 

RESEARCH

  • Upon the approval of the research proposal, under the guidance of their supervisors, student will work independently on their research projects.
Areas of Research
  • Hospitality and Hotel Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Tourism Economics and Finance
  • Leisure and Events Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism Technology Management

Intake dates

2021

15 January 28 May 10 September
Estimated fees
Local students

RM32,360 (Full-Time)
RM40,760 (Part-Time)

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International students

RM45,700 (Full-Time)
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Notes

*Terms and Conditions Apply
*Instalment Payment Plan Available

Academic Qualification

Master’s Degree:
Completion in Master’s Degree or equivalent in a related field

English Requirement

Local Student :
MUET Band 2; or Band 5.0 in IELTS; or UOW Malaysia KDU English Entrance Test (67)

 

International Student :
Band 6.0 in IELTS; or a min score of 60(IBT) or 488(PBT) in TOEFL; or Cambridge English CAE & CPE (from 2015) (169); or PTE Academic (59)

Notes

If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia KDU.

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