Overview
Study programme is accredited by the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education(A3ES). Tourism is by far the most important activity in the Algarve region. Hence, the University of Algarve (UALG) recently selected Tourism Studies as one of its central domains (its academic cadre hosts the largest number of PhD holders in Tourism Studies in Portugal). Through this option the University aims to contribute to the development of tourism by graduating qualified professionals and by disseminating knowledge towards the planning and development of this industry, both at national and international levels. The Faculty of Economics is committed with this goal by providing a postgraduate programme in tourism conducting to a PhD Degree. The PhD Program in Tourism looks to accomplish the graduates´ needs - holders of Economics, Management, Tourism or Social Sciences degrees -, towards their deep understanding and knowledge consolidation of tourism issues. From the scientific standpoint, the PhD Programme draws the foundations of the degree-level. It approaches theoretical and methodological issues on tourism system, at the regional, national and transnational level. Under an interdisciplinary viewpoint, it accomplishes the study and analysis of essential and complex economic relations in contexts of growing integration and global competitiveness.

Objectives

To conceptualize, implement and manage scientific research; to interact with interdisciplinary research teams to identify and formulate relevant scientific problems; to reflect on current best practices in the areas of management and tourism development; to stimulate innovation and development of new tourism products; to integrate into a rigorous and demanding study degree, research findings and community service, providing tourism-related businesses and organizations the necessary understanding for internationalization and the building of new business communities; to widen training in advance methods and techniques of analysis and applied research to tourism; in addition to the natural integration of the future doctors in the international scientific community, it is expected the hold by future doctors of top positions in the Tourism Sector.

PhD Goals & Learning Objectives

The main goal of this programme is to provide PhD students with scientific and professional skills that enable them to contribute to the development of the tourism industry. The PhD programme is structured around the market needs, and presents course units based on the scientific areas of Tourism, Management, Economics, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. 

The general objectives of the PhD Program in Tourism are as follows:

  • To develop advanced research and analytical skills;
  • To develop conceptual understanding, effective implementation and research management skills;
  • To develop skills for conducting original research and the capacity the carry out peer reviews in international journals;
  • To develop research group interaction skills of interdisciplinary scope in order to identify and undertake relevant research;
  • To develop skills in securing research funding through the production of state of the art research proposals;
  • To develop skills in presenting ideas and results to specialized and general audiences;
  • To acquire skills related to entrepreneurship and self-employment.

At a specific level, the program also aims: 

  • To train executives to be able to articulate the process of tourism management in terms of spatial planning/territorial management and socio-economic development of destination areas;
  • To reflect on current best practices in the areas of management and tourism development;
  • To stimulate innovation and development in new tourism products;
  • To integrate into a rigorous and demanding study degree, research findings and community service, providing tourism-related businesses and organizations the necessary understanding for internationalization and the building of new business communities;
  • To widen the general understanding of the main actors of the tourism industry and recognize involved interactions;
  • To widen training in advance methods and techniques of analysis and applied research to tourism;
  • To exploit available resources at UALG to develop a theoretical and applied research group affiliated to the degree, offering international projection.

PhD Description

1st Year The first year of the program is structured into four trimesters.
The first trimester comprehends five compulsory course units: one on Advanced Topics in Research Methodologies I (Quantitative Methods) and four course units, each designated as a thematic seminar. Three seminars, common to all students, will cover the scientific area of tourism. A fourth seminar will cover two optional areas: Economics or Management. Students will have three optional areas available to them: Tourism, Economics or Management. Opting for any of these areas presupposes the choice of the fourth seminar in one of the other two areas. These doctoral seminars are offered by distinguished professors from networking universities.
In the second trimester two compulsory course units will be given. The first is compulsory, Advanced Data Analysis I (Quantitative Methods) and the second will be chosen among the three optional areas available: Travelling, Spaces and Cultures (Tourism); Economics of Leisure and Tourism (Economics); Hospitality Management (Management).
During the third trimester one compulsory course unit (Advanced Data Analysis II) and four thematic seminars will be lectured. The seminars will cover the three option areas available - tourism, economics or management – chosen during the first trimester by the students.
The fourth trimester will comprehend two compulsory course units: Advanced Topics in Research Methodologies II (Qualitative Methods) and the Thesis Project.
 
2nd and 3rd year The second and third years are assigned to the PhD thesis development (course unit which runs between the fifth and the twelfth trimester). During this period, there will be three more course units related to developing PhD work: at the end of the sixth, eighth and tenth trimesters, PhD students will need to present the following seminars: Seminar 1 (Work in Progress); Seminar 2 (Consolidated Work and Methodology); Seminar 3 (Presentation of Results).

Tuition and Fees 2021/2022

National Students: 6600 Euros (1st year - 3000 Euros; 2nd year - 1800 Euros; 3rd year - 1800 Euros)

International Students*: 6600 Euros (1st year - 3000 Euros; 2nd year - 1800 Euros; 3rd year - 1800 Euros)

Application Fee: 100 Euros

Registration Fee and School Insurance: 275 Euros

Note: The tuition of this course can be paid in 10 installments, being the first at the time of registration and the remaining in the months of October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May and June.

* in accordance with Decree-Law No. 36/2014, changed by Decree-Law No.62/2018, of 6th August, international students are nationals of a country which is not a Member State of the European Union and are not a legally resident in Portugal for more than 2 uninterrupted years by 1st of January of the enrolment year

The applications are made using the online form