Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management

Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 24036

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

DFT (Full-time)
DPT (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

2.5-5 years

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

HK$73,200 which covers the tuition fees for 6 credits plus the fees for residential workshop and overseas study tour.

Tuition Fee

HK$397,200 per programme

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Jinsoo Lee


Teaching Postgraduate Studentship (TPS)

The SHTM offers Teaching Postgraduate Studentship (TPS) to selected full-time D.HTM students. The awards are competitive and granted based on academic merit, financial need, previous research and work experience. TPS recipients are expected to participate in teaching, research, administration and other School activities.

Financial Support for Conference Attendance

The SHTM provides financial support on a competitive basis for D.HTM students to attend international conferences to present their research findings. The maximum support offered for an accepted paper is HK$10,000 to cover registration, travel and accommodation expenses related to conference attendance.

Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (NLS)

The NLS offers interest-bearing loans to local full-time and part-time students to cover tuition fees. These loans are not means tested, which means that there is no assessment of family income and assets. Both government-funded and self-financed students can apply before the deadline set by the government. For details, please visit

Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Three courses (HTM6002, HTM6004 and HTM6010) have been included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses. Eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80% of their fees, subject to a maximum sum of HK$10,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable course. For details, please visit

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the TPS/financial support for conference attendance at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final. 

The information presented on this page is subject to change and does not form part of any contract between the University and any person.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

Hotel and tourism management has never been as competitive, dynamic or as 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 will develop these skills in exceptional individuals through its programme that focuses on innovation, creativity and the enhancement of research abilities. It is delivered within the unique Asian hotel and tourism context.

Subject emphasis 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 abilities to identify emerging trends; and
  • 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.



The Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management is a new capstone qualification for individuals who wish to extend their knowledge and skill base. The mixed-mode delivery enables students to follow a study pattern that suits their needs.

The School of Hotel and Tourism Management is a pioneer of hotel and tourism education in Asia. Since its inception in 1979, more than 10,000 students have graduated from the School. Its recent achievements include the following.

2012: The SHTM was bestowed the McCool Breakthrough Award by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE), recognising its breakthrough in the form of its teaching and research hotel, Hotel ICON – the heart of the School’s innovative approach to hospitality and tourism education.

2011: A dedicated premises in Tsim Sha Tsui East featuring lecture halls, function rooms, the Vinoteca Lab (a wine lab), Bistro 1979 (a new training restaurant), the Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology and the Che-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Resource Centre was in place with Hotel ICON, a purpose-built hotel fully integrating teaching, learning and research in a full service environment.

2009: The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research ranked the School second in the world amongst the major academic institutions in hospitality and tourism based on research and scholarly activities.

2005: Top ranking amongst Asian institutions of its kind and fourth in world rankings based on research and scholarship, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research.

2003: Institutional Achievement Award from the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE) for innovation and contributions to the field of tourism education.

2002: Designation as World Headquarters and Secretariat for the International Academy for the Study of Tourism (IAST).

2000: TedQual (Tourism Education Quality) Certification from the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

1999: Designation as Asia's only university amongst the 16-member UNWTO Education and Training Network.

The School’s staff members excel not just in teaching, but are also very active in the hospitality industry, holding executive or advisory positions in a number of international, regional and local tourism organisations including:

  • Asia-Pacific CHRIE
  • Asia Pacific Ecotourism Society
  • Asia Pacific Tourism Association
  • China Tourism Academy
  • Hong Kong Association of Registered Tour Coordinators
  • Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents
  • Hong Kong Quality Assurance Council
  • Hong Kong Wine Judges Association
  • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals
  • Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
  • Institute of Hospitality
  • International Academy for the Study of Tourism
  • International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education
  • International Institute of Forecasters
  • International Recreation and Vacation Society
  • International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators
  • International Sociological Association
  • Meeting Professionals International
  • Pacific Asia Travel Association
  • SKAL International Hong Kong
  • Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong
  • United Nations World Tourism Organisation

Recognition & Prospects

The School has successfully passed the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)'s TedQual audit of the Higher Tourism Educational Programme and received its accreditation for this programme.


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, while 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 specialism 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.


Core Areas of Study

The programme consists of Compulsory Subjects, Specialist Subjects, Elective Subjects and a Thesis.

Compulsory Subjects

  • Theories & Concepts in Tourism#
  • Environmental Analysis & Strategies in Hotel & Tourism Management#
  • The Asian Paradigm in Hospitality Management
  • Quantitative Research Methods for Hotel & Tourism Management
  • Qualitative Research Methods for Hotel & Tourism Management

Specialist Subjects under 'Academic/NTO' Stream

  • Hotel & Tourism Management Research Seminar
  • Hotel & Tourism Management Education

Specialist Subjects under 'Industry' Stream

  • Innovations in Hospitality Management Solutions#
  • Hotel & Tourism Senior Executive Seminars

Elective Subjects

Students can select 2 subjects:

  • Specialist Subjects 
  • Independent Study in Hotel & Tourism Management
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Subjects from the MSc in International Hospitality Management and MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management
  • A maximum of 1 Doctoral level subject from outside the SHTM with approval of the Programme Leader
  • Students who have not successfully completed an MSc level Research Methods subject must take HTM582 - Research Methods as one of their elective options.


The Thesis is divided into 2 parts, a proposal (Thesis I) and the formal thesis (Thesis II). Theses must be submitted in English.

#This subject is included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses.

Entrance Requirements

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

Unless an applicant is a native speaker of English, or his/her Bachelor's or Master's degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction is English, he/she 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).

Individual cases will be considered on their own merit by the department. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.

All applicants should also submit the following documents together with a completed online application form: 

  • A self-recommendation letter that includes a self-introduction and covers career aspirations and reasons for pursuing study in the programme;
  • Copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
  • Two letters of recommendation; and
  • A Master’s degree graduation certificate (see notes below).


  1. Applicants who obtained their qualifications from the Chinese mainland are required to provide an Academic Credential (学历证书) to prove that they have completed their academic learning in an institution within the Ministry of Education (MoE) system, and were admitted to the institution in accordance with the standards stipulated by the MoE. 
  2. Further to the above, the applicants concerned are also required to provide a Degree Certificate (学位证书) to certify the level of academic attainment (i.e. Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate level) and to confirm that the certificate was issued by the tertiary institution approved by the MoE.
  3. Our School considers applications on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible.

Other Information

No information is available at present.


For general information, please contact:
Mr Jason Chau (tel: (852) 3400 2198; email:;
or Miss Julianna Ching (tel: (852) 3400 2220; email:


For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Jinsoo Lee (tel: (852) 3400 2238; email:


Alternatively, please visit the SHTM's website at

Student Message

This world-leading DHTM programme is both practical and academic, which is invaluable for those looking for further opportunities in the hospitality industry. With a meticulously programmed curriculum, intensive learning opportunities are offered by some of the world’s most celebrated professors to top students working at the forefront of the global industry. What more to say? This is the best DHTM programme available at present.

Bannie Kim, President and CEO, MECI, Republic of Korea

For the past 30 years I have completely devoted my career to the hospitality industry. However, it was only when I began learning with the DHTM that I was able to truly contextualise this experience. This leading programme has equipped me with specific knowledge, skills and abilities. It has been a privilege to enhance my studies while learning from a world-class faculty, and essential for developing my academic and management skills in a hospitality and tourism context.

Louis Cheng, General Manager, Rosedale Hotel Kowloon and Rosedale on the Park Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The DHTM is truly a unique programme, characterised by academic and research excellence, and by engaging professors and strong networking opportunities. I chose to attend because of the unique way the programme is designed to bridge the gap between theoretical concepts and practice. I believe the knowledge and experience I gained during my studies will be a valuable asset for me and my institution. I will always be thankful for everything I have gained from being associated with the School.

A.H. Galihkusumah, Lecturer, Faculty of Social Science Education, Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia

The DHTM is a truly dynamic centre for global tourism studies. This world-class faculty equips practitioner students such as myself with top-notch academic knowledge and theories, and helps us to apply them in our work. Our insights and first-hand experience, in turn, contribute to and enhance the school’s academic excellence. I also enjoy the stimulating and lively interactions with fellow students from various occupational and cultural backgrounds.

Masaki Hirata, Executive Director, Japan National Tourism Organisation Hong Kong Office, Japan

The DHTM programme helped me to make a smooth transition from practitioner to academic. The top-quality course was tailor-made to meet students’ needs in terms of both scholastic research and industry practice, and my experience was valued by the world-renowned professors at the SHTM, who enabled me to understand and get the most benefit from it. The professional guidance offered by these professors has made my doctorate studies at the school an enjoyable journey.

Catherine Zhuo Li, Lecturer, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macau

I decided to join the DHTM programme because of its great academic curriculum and reputation. In addition to the essential academic knowledge offered by the SHTM professors, I have also benefitted from the insights gained from my classmates and industry professionals with whom I crossed paths during my studies. The school has become the place to learn, share and contribute towards research in tourism and hospitality, while also helping students to develop themselves as experts in their fields. 

Manisa Piuchan, Lecturer, Department of Tourism, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Additional Documents Required

Personal Statement

A 1-2 page letter

Programme Leaflet


Transcript / Certificate


  1. For those applicants whose qualifications attained from the Chinese mainland, you are required to provide with the Academic Credential (学历证书) to prove that you have completed the academic learning in an institution under the Ministry of Education (MoE) system, and was admitted to the institution in accordance with the standards stipulated by MoE.
  2. Further to the above, the applicants concerned are also required to provide with Degree Certificate (学位证书) to certify the level of academic attainment (i.e. Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate level) and to confirm that the certificate was issued by the tertiary institution approved by MoE.


  1. Two letters of recommendation;
  2. Copies of TOEFL or IELTS results, if English is not your first language or your Bachelor's degree was not from an English taught programme;
  3. GMAT or GRE scores, if available.

Info Seminar

No information is available at present.