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What will I learn?

Programme Aims

Hotel and tourism management has never been as competitive, dynamic or rewarding a profession as it is now. Industry leaders and educators must develop the skills needed to lead change and to identify and respond effectively to a rapidly evolving work environment.

The Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management develops these skills in exceptional individuals through a programme that focuses on innovation, creativity and the enhancement of research abilities. It is delivered within the unique Asian hotel and tourism context.

Subject emphases are as follows.

  • Tourism and hotel management within a global context.
  • The role of hotel and tourism management within the broader social, economic and political environment.
  • The development of the ability to identify emerging trends.
  • The development of research skills.

This programme is suitable for:

  • Academics who are teaching tourism and hotel/hospitality management;
  • Senior industry executives;
  • Senior staff in national, state and local tourism organisations; and
  • Senior staff in non-governmental tourism organisations and industry trade organisations.

Recognition & Prospects

The School's Higher Tourism Educational Programme has successfully passed the World Tourism Organisation's TedQual audit and received accreditation.


Programme Structure

The DHTM programme offers two streams of study and an integrated study option to better cater to the needs of students. The “Industry" stream includes two high level management subjects, and the "Academic/NTO" stream has a stronger emphasis on research and teaching. The integrated study option allows students to complete one subject from each of the Specialist Streams.

Students need to complete 5 Compulsory Subjects, 2 subjects from the Specialist Streams on offer, 2 Elective Subjects, a Residential Workshop and a Thesis.

Which department am I in?

School of Hotel and Tourism Management

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK $485,800 per programme
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For admission to a Doctoral degree programme, you must possess a Master's degree. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

An MSc in Hotel and Tourism Management or the equivalent;
A minimum of 1 year of full-time teaching experience in tourism and/or hotel management at a recognised post-secondary institution plus at least 1 year of work experience at supervisory or managerial level in the hotel, tourism or related industries;
Substantial and relevant work experience (of normally not fewer than 3* years at the supervisory or managerial level in the hotel, tourism or related industries);
At least 3* years of teaching experience in tourism and/or hotel management.

* The above requirements are subject to approval.

Unless an applicant is a native speaker of English, or his/her Bachelor's or Master's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction is English, s/he is required to meet one of the following requirements:

  • a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 92 for the Internet-based test, or 580 for the paper-based test, or 237 for the computer-based test OR
  • a Band Score of at least 6.5 overall in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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