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Admission Requirements


Admission Requirement for PhD


This research-based PhD programme is designed for candidates who wish to pursue a career in the academia or a research-related field. Applicants must possess a master’s degree or above and are required to submit a dossier comprised of a research proposal (around 3,000 to 5,000 words) and other necessary documents to demonstrate proven ability in embarking on independent research with an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a relevant area.


The master’s degree possessed should have a dissertation component as a graduation requirement and preferably focused within the hospitality or tourism domain, though this is not mandatory. Equivalent qualification may be considered on a case-by-case basis (e.g. a research-related qualification in lieu of the dissertation component at the master’s level). All applications will be evaluated by the Admission Panel which make decisions accordingly.


English Proficiency Requirement


One of the following proofs is needed if applicants are non-native English speakers or holders of bachelor’s or master's degrees awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English:



 TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign

 At least 550 for paper-based test or
 213 for computer-based test or
 79 for iBT-based test

 IELTS (the International English
 Language Testing System)

 A Band Score of at least 6.0 overall


Admission Assessment

The following documents are needed upon application:

  1. Online application form
  2. Reference letters*
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Proof of academic qualifications
  5. Research proposal (around 3,000 to 5,000 words)**
  6. Proof of English proficiency (if needed)

* Please submit 1 reference letter from academic recommender and 1 from industry recommender.

** Candidates may find the information about our faculty members here. If you have an ideal supervisor(s), you can contact and check with our faculty member(s) directly. Finally please state your supervisor(s) in the proposal. If not, we will assign faculty member(s) as your supervisor(s).


Evaluation is by document review. An interview may be arranged if necessary.