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Qualification: Tourism Studies, Doctorate

Tourism Studies, Doctorate

Qualification Information


A three-year theoretical graduate education program (research oriented) in tourism studies at the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland. It provides at least 180 ECTS units of credit and qualifies for the degree philosophiae doctor, PhD. Entrance requirements are a  research oriented MS degree in tourism studies or compatible disciplines, or compatible exams.

The scope of the research projects must be 180 ECTS units. Doctoral education follows specific faculty rules.

Knowledge, skills and competence

Upon completion of the Ph.D. degree the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills and competence as follows:

1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1. The student has broadened the knowledge base and gained an in-depth and profound understanding of main theoretical schools, epistemology, terms and newest knowledge within own research field.
1.2. The student has adopted competencies in taking initiatives, demonstrating originality and critical mindset towards research, and can compile and develop theoretical ideas within own research field.
1.3. The student has attained an understanding of the nature of research activities and knows the rights and obligations related to scientific and academic conduct. Among them, discretion, copyright, ethics, property rights on scientific results and data.
1.4. The student has demonstrated initiatives in creating new knowledge and interpretation through research passed by reviews of academics in the field.
1.5. The student has knowledge and understanding attained through own research considered as important contribution into the specific academic field.
1.6. The student knows fund raising systems and institutions, can assess them and does understand how research can be applied in academic and business oriented purpose.

2. Practical ability and skills
2.1. The student has retrieved knowledge applicable for further development in project proposals and projects with tourism studies.
2.2. The student has good knowledge of different methodologies and processing techniques in compilation of research activities with tourism.
2.3. The student has gained skills to retrieve appropriate information from research based journal and other data sources and is able to use information technology to work with information, register them and present them.

3. Theoretical skills
3.1. The student has employed new and known methodologies in broadening the knowledge base within his/her research field or related academic fields.
3.2. The student has through own research taken on complex and new topics and followed to completion and results.
3.3. The student demonstrates talents to write about own research in well articulated academic reports fit for presentations in scholarly journals.
3.4. The student has written extensive summaries of own research, considered fit and approved for doctoral defence, by competent authorities at University of Iceland.

4. Communication skills and information literacy
4.1. The student can with excellence explain own specialised theoretical and empirical field to colleagues, specialist academics and lay men.
4.2. The student can collaborate with others, both in small specialized teams as well as within a broader academic forum. He/She is able to participate in critical discussion, argumentation based dialogue on theoretical stands and issues.
4.3. The student is able to explain, discuss and defend own research in seminars or by oral examination.
4.4. The student has demonstrated disciplinary independence and initiative as well as responsibility for own work. She/He demonstrates responsibility for the management of others work as well as being able to educate on research methods and theoretical topics.
4.5. The student can asses with critical mindset any sort of information relevant to the research and disciplinary field.

5. Learning skills
5.1. The student has adopted a will and competence to learn and retrieve knowledge, as well as reflecting and analysing all knowledge with critical and open mindset.
5.2. The student retrieves knowledge, is disciplined, thorough and conscious of the limits of own knowledge and demonstrates the ability to take initiatives in own research activities.

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