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ACADEMIC PROGRAMMESProgramme Structure

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMESProgramme Structure

Students must complete 51 credits to earn a Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management degree. The programme consists of nine subjects totalling 27 credits and a 24-credit thesis. These subjects have been designed to develop the student's professional competence to an advanced level.

Among the subjects, students must complete five compulsory subjects, two subjects from the specialism streams, and two elective subjects. Each of the nine subjects carries a standard weight of three credits. The thesis consists of two parts: a proposal and the formal thesis. The programme also includes two compulsory residential schools. The first is held at the start of the D.HTM to introduce students to each other, the staff and the D.HTM programme. The second involves an overseas study tour as part of the Asian Paradigm in Hospitality Management.

Specialism Stream

Students can select one of two specialism streams, or can choose an integrated study option by taking a subject from each stream. The Academic/NTO stream has a strong research and education focus, including an education and research seminar subject. The Industry stream features subjects that are more relevant to senior industry officials, including innovation and management seminars.

Electives

Students can take two elective subjects to broaden their knowledge base. These can be selected from subjects offered in a specialism stream, advanced statistics, independent study, or subjects from the MSc in International Hospitality Management or International Tourism and Convention Management programme. Students may also be able to take subjects from other doctoral programmes with the approval of the programme leader. Students who have not taken a Master-level research methods subject or a Master-level research project/thesis must complete the MSc Research Methods subject or equivalent as one of their elective options.

Subject List

Core Subjects 

  • HTM6001- Residential Workshop
  • HTM6002 - Theories and Concepts in Tourism
  • HTM6004 - Environmental Analysis and Strategies in Hotel and Tourism Management
  • HTM6005 - Asian Paradigm in Hospitality Management
  • HTM6006 - Quantitative Research Methods for Hotel and Tourism Management
  • HTM6007 - Qualitative Research Methods for Hotel and Tourism Management

Education/NTO Specialism Stream

  • HTM6003 - Hotel and Tourism Management Education
  • HTM6008 - Hotel and Tourism Management Research Seminar

Industry Stream Specialism Stream

  • HTM6010 - Innovations in Hospitality Management Solutions
  • HTM6011 - Hotel and Tourism Senior Executive Seminars

Electives (Chose 2)

  • HTM6009 - Independent Study in Hotel and Tourism Management
  • HTM6014 - Structural Equation Modelling
  • Specialist subjects from the other stream (students in the Academic/NTO stream may select HTM 6010 and/or 6011, while students in the Industry stream may select HTM6003 and/or HTM 6008).
  • Subjects from the MSc in International Hospitality Management or International Tourism and Convention Management.
  • A maximum of one doctoral-level subject from outside the SHTM, subject to the approval of the programme leader.
  • Students who have not successfully completed a Master-level research methods subject or a Master-level research project / thesis must take HTM582 - Research Methods as one of their elective options.