PhD Leisure and Tourism (Postgraduate)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Join a faculty with a large community of postgraduate scholars and a vibrant research culture. Make the most of academic and professional perspectives to make research relevant to sector needs including the issue of sustainability. Benefit from expertise from research-active supervisors including social, environmental and economic impact assessments, surveying techniques (including online), interviewing, focus groups, and other participatory and visual methodologies.

Research areas include: event management; hospitality management; leisure management; performing arts; play/playwork/children; sports management; tourism management.

Specific themes in these subject areas are: food, diet, health and well-being; managing consumer experiences; places and spaces - experience-scapes; pedagogy; personal professional development and employability; business enterprise and strategy; policy, governance and community engagement/participation, stakeholders and ethics. We have research interests across the private, public, not-for-profit and NGO sectors.Attend national and international conferences. Present your work and ideas in the latter stages of your research.

Entry requirements

  • All research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree, or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training, are required to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods.
  • A good Honours degree (2.1 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification, is normally required in a subject area relevant to your chosen research topic 
  • In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area 
  • Registration is usually for MPhil or MRes or MA/MSc by Research with the possibility of transfer to PhD 
  • Candidates with a Masters degree in a relevant subject that contains appropriate research methods training may register for PhD directly.


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Dr. Philippa Ward

Staff Profile

Dr. Philippa Ward

Reader in Services Marketing

"?With over 25 years of retail and academic experience, Philippa has a range of journal and book publications, over 20 doctoral completions and a similar number of examinations. Her research centres on the effects of the in-store environment on customers, de-shopping, and retail theatre. These areas are also the focus of her doctoral supervisions. This interest in retailing was generated through her management roles within Debenhams and Asda. She also continues to work with a number of retailers, manufacturers and marketing agencies as a consultant. Philippa is also a Head of the Marketing and Retail Analysis Research Centre – where research on issues including consumer behaviour and services marketing is located."

Benefit from a high level of support from your supervisory team

Access support through regular individual tutorials with supervisors, combined with peer group seminars and discussions.

Develop advanced research skills with specialist training

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.

Carry out applied research for an important organisation

Applied research has been carried out within the department for organisations including: Department for Children, Schools and Families, Play England, Children's Workforce Development Council, Play Wales, Caerphilly Borough Council, and Campden BRI.

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