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Interuniversity Doctorate Degree in Tourism

(UMA, UA, UCA, UCM, UEX, ULL, Nebrija, UOC, URJC, USC, US, UVIGO)
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Interuniversity Doctorate Degree in Tourism (UMA, UA, UCA, UCM, UEX, ULL, Nebrija, UOC, URJC, USC, US, UVIGO)

This program came about from the coordination and cooperation between research teams with experience in scientific-social knowledge of tourism.

With the aim of collaborating and promoting education and research in Tourism in Spain, which is consolidated as one of the most relevant sectors from an economic and social point of view, the Interuniversity Doctorate program in Tourism comes about from the coordination and cooperation between research teams with experience in the scientific-social knowledge of tourism and in accredited training programs, including doctoral programs currently existing in the 12 participating universities.

This cooperation framework is based on the Interuniversity Network of Postgraduate Studies in Tourism (REDINTUR), made up of 28 Universities with postgraduate studies in Tourism, which has been qualified in the National Tourism Plan 2012-2015 of the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Tourism, within the Talent and Entrepreneurship section as a strength, highlighting its operation and education programs in Tourism.

The intended approach is based on the analysis of the relationships between territories and resources, the complementarity of which would allow opening new perspectives and relationships between tourism agents located in a specific geographical area, whose cooperation could bring innovation processes, while managing to improve social, environmental and economic competitiveness. This system of interaction, relationships and flow of knowledge, in which the public and the private converge, makes innovation a key concept of this Program.

Access to the doctoral program


Admission profile

The criteria for access to the Doctorate program are detailed in the following section, and are those established by law for this purpose. Therefore, any candidate meeting these criteria would have legal access to the program.

  • The recommended academic profile for students who want to access this Doctorate Program is that of Graduates in studies related to knowledge of Tourism, from the fields of economics, business, sociology and geography. In particular, it is aimed at the Bachelor's Degrees in Tourism, Economics, Business Administration and Management, Geography and Sociology, and degrees with competences related to those listed. Regarding the Official Master's degree studies, the Program is aimed especially at graduates in the Official Master's Degree in Tourism Management and Planning, or its equivalent, taught by the universities that make up REDINTUR.
  • Students who do not meet the access profile, who come from master's degrees in the branches of Social and Legal Sciences and Arts and Humanities, are not specialized in tourism training, must necessarily take specific educational complements defined in the section Educational Complements.
  • For those students who have taken master's degrees in the branch of Engineering and Architecture, the academic committee of the doctorate will rule on the educational complements that will be necessary to take from among those indicated in the corresponding section.

In terms of abilities, the recommended entry profile refers to students with the ability to understand and solve problems in the field of companies, organizations and tourist destinations, as well as the ability to assess the behavior of economic agents in this sector of activity. Likewise, knowledge of data analysis and planning tools and techniques will be very useful to carry out the program.

In relation to the languages appropriate to the entry profile, they will be those that are official in the universities that make up this Doctoral Program in Tourism, and in which the student is enrolled.

Admission requirements and criteria

In general, in order to access an official doctoral program, it will be necessary to have the official Spanish Bachelor's degrees, or their equivalent, and University Master's degrees, or their equivalent, provided that at least 300 ECTS credits have been passed in the set of these two teachings.

Likewise, those who are in any of the cases included in article 6.2 of RD 99/2011 may access the program.

The general admission criterion is the presentation of a proposal for a doctoral thesis project, related to any of the research teams existing in the doctoral program, in which there is a description of the objectives, justification of the assignment to a line of research, methodology, expected results and resources necessary for its preparation, proposed thesis tutor and director, and report of the proposed thesis director.

The Committee will assess the affinity of the proposal to the Doctoral Program, its viability and scientific interest, and the availability of research staff with permanent ties to the requested University, and accredited research experience to tutor the thesis in the line of research selected by the candidate.

The specific admission criteria established by the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program are based on the merit and ability of the applicants, in accordance with their academic records for the Bachelor's and Master's degrees and their Curriculum vitae.

The following scale is established for access to the doctoral program:

  • (30%) Academic record of the degree that grants access to the program.
  • (40%) Academic record of the master's degree that grants access to the program.
  • (5%) Letters of presentation by university professors or other research institutions, who have direct knowledge of the applicant's ability and competence. •
  • (20%) Research experience or other merits related to research.
  • (5%) Accredited knowledge of a foreign language commonly used in the scientific community to which the doctoral program belongs.
  • In accordance with the European Framework of Reference for Languages, the required minimum level of English will be B2.

Likewise, the 12 Universities participating in the program offer information, accessible through web portals, in which information is provided regarding the specific requirements for admission or access to the doctorate.

Application
  • Completed and signed application
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae.
  • Certified copy of the bachelor's degree (or undergraduate degree)*.
  • Certified copy of the official Master's degree*.
  • Certified copy of the curriculum of the Master's studies (or similar).
  • Photocopy of ID (Spanish) or passport (foreigners).
  • A photo (passport-size).
  • A PDF copy of Master's Thesis or DEA (Diploma of Advanced Studies) (if applicable).
  • A letter of recommendation (from Master's Thesis director, or anyone who may refer research experience).
  • Proof of work activity (in case of requesting admission part-time).
  • An outline of the thesis project containing Objectives (and/or Research Questions) / Methodology / Expected Results

* In the case of non-European diplomas: "apostille" in documents issued in countries that have signed the Hague Convention or legalization through diplomatic channels, in other cases.
**If the documentation has not been issued in Spanish, it must be accompanied by the corresponding official sworn translation.

Send the application with all the documentation by e-mail to escueladoctorado@nebrija.es

Admission and enrollment
  • October 1-25
    Email to escueladoctorado@nebrija.es the application for admission completed and signed together with the required documentation.
  • November 2-5
    Notification by email of the provisional resolution of those admitted to the doctorate.
  • November 2-6
    Provision of a period of three days, from the notification of the provisional resolution of admitted, to submit any claim by email to escueladoctorado@nebrija.es.
  • Until November 9
    Resolution of claims.
    Notification by email of the definitive list of admitted.
  • November 11- December 1
    In case of being admitted, send the completed and signed application together with the documentation previously sent in the admission process, by postal mail to:

    Universidad Nebrija – Escuela de Doctorado
    Campus de La Berzosa
    28240 Hoyo de Manzanares (Madrid).

    If the required documentation is not provided within the established period, the Doctoral School will proceed to cancel the enrollment application.
  • November 11- December 13
    Registration. Email to admincp@nebrija.es y escueladoctorado@nebrija.es the proof of pay corresponding to the registration fees for the doctorate. Students who are admitted and do not formalize their enrollment within the period indicated by the Doctoral School, will lose their place in the program.
Training supplements
PhD Programs AMOUNT ECTS S/TOTAL 21-22 Training Complements (6 ECTS) Training Complements (12 ECTS) Training Complements (18 ECTS)
Interuniversity Doctorate Degree in Tourism 122 € 732 € 1.464 € 2.196 €

Students who access the doctoral program in Tourism from the master's degrees that give direct access will not need to do any type of educational complements, unless they want to take them on a voluntary basis.

In the event that students lack the complete prior training required in the program, after admission and enrollment, they will need to take specific educational supplements. Thus, the Academic Committee of the program must decide which educational supplements are appropriate for each student, for which he/she may use subjects from the Bachelor's Degree in Tourism and/or the Official Master's Degrees (up to a maximum of 18 ECTS credits) that grant direct access to this PhD Program. In any case, these supplements will be mandatory for those students who access the program with only a graduate degree of 300 ECTS credits or more, which does not include research credits in their curriculum.

Students from master's degrees in the branches of Social and Legal Sciences and Arts and Humanities, not specialized in training in tourism, must necessarily take specific educational complements defined in the following section:

  • Planning and management of tourist destinations.
  • Tourism and local society.
  • Economic analysis of the tourism sector.
  • Management and innovation in tourism organizations.
  • Tourism heritage.
  • Intelligence in the tourism field.

For those students who have studied master's degrees in the branch of Engineering and Architecture, the academic committee of the doctorate will rule on the educational complements that will be necessary to take from those indicated above.

The completion of these supplements will be simultaneous to enrollment in academic tutelage in the program. In this case, students must enroll in these supplements and, in addition, formalize the enrollment of academic supervision in the program. However, the educational supplements must be completed within a maximum period of 3 consecutive semesters for full-time students, and 5 for part-time students.

The educational activities can be multidisciplinary or specific, and do not necessarily require their structuring in ECTS credits.

The universities that are members of the program will carry out an offer of specific activities aimed at training students and will consist of research seminars, conferences, participation in conferences and promoting mobility and internationalization of research.

This Program contemplates the mobility of students between the 12 participating universities in order to be able to carry out the educational activities.

Procedures and assignment of thesis tutor and director

From the students' perspective, it is essential to try to identify the program and lines of work included, in order to select the most appropriate for their professional and research interests. In this sense, it is essential to provide information on the research teams associated with each line, which is facilitated by consulting the relative web pages, which contain projects, publications and researchers.

Fees
PhD ProgramsoPhD Programs AMOUNT ECTS S/TOTAL 21-22 Training Complements (6 ECTS) Training Complements (12 ECTS) Training Complements (18 ECTS)
>Interuniversity Doctorate Degree in Tourism 122 € 732 € 1.464 € 2.196 €

Organization


Modalities
  • Full-time Students:
    The dedication regime for students of the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Tourism will preferably be full-time.
    The duration of the doctoral studies will be a maximum of three years, full time, from the admission of the doctoral student into the program until the presentation of the doctoral thesis.
  • Part-time Students:
    The academic committee responsible for the Program may authorize part-time doctoral studies. To apply for this modality, candidates will have to prove some work activity.
    In general, the percentage of students doing part-time doctorates in this program should not exceed 30% of the total enrolled students. This percentage operates in each of the participating universities and not globally.
    Part-time doctoral student is understood to be someone who performs a job or activity (whether paid or not) that prevents them from dedicating more than 60% of their time to pursuing the doctorate. In order to apply for part-time admission to the Doctoral Program, the candidate must prove this situation, which must be evaluated and authorized by the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program.
    A permanent change in the working or occupational conditions of a part-time doctoral student that no longer prevents him/her from carrying out the full-time doctorate must be communicated to the tutor, who will proceed with the procedures for changing the student's modality.
    Likewise, the doctoral student may request temporary withdrawal from the program for a maximum period of one year, extendable for up to one more year. Said request must be addressed and justified before the academic committee responsible for the program, which will rule on the origin of accessing the request.
Research lines

The Interuniversity Doctorate Program in Tourism is structured around 5 lines of research. These lines have been structured based on the academic and research coherence of the different teams and competitive research projects linked to the Program:

  1. Planning and management of tourist destinations, tourism and local society.
  2. Economic analysis of the tourism sector.
  3. Management and innovation in tourism organizations.
  4. Tourism and heritage.
  5. Intelligence in the tourism field. ICTs and data analysis.
Competences

Basic or General Competences

  • BC11. Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of the skills and research methods related to that field.
  • BC12. Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
  • BC13. Ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  • BC14. Ability to carry out a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  • BC15. Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about his/her fields of knowledge in the ways and languages commonly used in the international scientific community.
  • BC16. Ability to promote, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic and cultural advancement within a knowledge-based society.

Personal skills and abilities

  • CA01. Getting along in contexts in which there is little specific information.
  • CA02. Finding the key questions to answer in order to solve a complex problem.
  • CA03. Design, create, develop and undertake novel and innovative projects in his/her field of knowledge.
  • CA04. Work both as a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  • CA05. Integrate knowledge, face complexity and formulate judgments with limited information.
  • CA06. Criticism and intellectual defense of solutions.
Educational activities
  • The Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Tourism contemplates the mobility of students between the 12 participating universities in order to carry out educational activities.
  • The educational activities can be multidisciplinary or specific and do not necessarily require their structuring in ECTS credits. The activities (seminars, courses, workshops, doctoral student days, conferences, etc.) may have different objectives (work on disciplinary and methodological knowledge, acquire transversal skills, exchange training experiences, etc.) and are consistent with the skills to be acquired by the doctoral students.
  • General educational activities allow students to reach the 40-hour limit established in the internal regulations of some universities in the program.
  • In addition to the basic transversal offer, the universities that are members of the program will carry out an offer of specific activities aimed at the education of students, and which will consist of research seminars, conferences, participation in congresses and promotion of mobility and internationalization of research.

Educational activities calendar

Publication requirements for defending doctoral theses

A scale applicable to publications is established, so that the doctoral student obtains at least one point for the doctoral thesis being admitted for processing:

  • a) 1 point
    Articles published in journals included in the following citation databases:
    • o Journal Citation Reports: Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Science Citation Index (SCIE).
    • SCOPUS, impact factor on SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR).
    • Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI).
  • b) 0,5 points
    Articles and papers published in the following data bases and evaluation systems:
    • Spanish scientific journals with the FECYT Seal.
    • Emerging Sources Citation Index (WOS).
    • ERIH-PLUS, European Reference Index for the Humanities.
    • Books and chapters of research books published by publishers of recognized prestige in their field of research and that appear in prominent positions within the Scholarly Publishers Indicators (SPI) ranking.
  • c) 0,25 points
    Papers in magazines of the following data bases and repertoires:
    • Latindex Catalog (scientific journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal), with a minimum of 28 criteria.
    • H-index of Spanish Social and Legal Sciences journals (Google Scholar Metrics).
    • Other national and international databases: Scielo, Redalyc, Qualis.
    • Papers collected in the minutes of international conferences, as long as the name of the conference explicitly shows the international scope. In any case, publications in journals and conferences that do not have external peer evaluation systems will not be considered.

Juan Arturo Rubio Arostegui Juan Arturo Rubio Arostegui Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Tourism / Professor Manuel Figuerola Palomo Manuel Figuerola Palomo Director of the Center for Development Research and Tourism Research (CIDET), Nebrija University / Professor Gracia Abad Quintanal Gracia Abad Quintanal Research Coordinator of the Faculty of Social Sciences and of the Doctoral Program in Security and Risk and Conflict Analysis) / Professor
JF Juan José Fernández Muñoz External colaborator JM Javier Martínez Moguerza External colaborator

Employability


Main job opportunities

According to the data analyzed, in the current doctoral program, employability has been high, reaching 80%. All the positions obtained have been related to teaching and/or research, specifically university professors and research technicians.

Agreements


Direct collaborations

  • REDINTUR (Red Interuniversitaria de Posgrados en Turismo)
  • CSIC (Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)
  • University of Central Florida Board of Trustees (Estados Unidos)
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Francia)
  • Fundación Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico
  • Red EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching University)
  • Red EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network)
  • EUA (European University Association)
  • Red EUCEN (The European Association for University Lifelong Learning)
  • Red EUNIS (European University Information Systems)
  • Mesa del Turismo-Fundación-UNNE
  • SEGITTUR (Sociedad Mercantil Estatal para la Gestión de la Innovación y las Tecnologías Turísticas)
  • IAU (International Association of Universities)
  • CINDA (Centro interuniversitario de Desarrollo)
  • Universidad Central del Ecuador (Ecuador)
  • Universidad do Vale do Itajaí (Brasil)
  • Universidad ANÁHUAC, México Norte (México)
  • Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (Portugal)
  • Universidad Federal de Roraima (Brasil)
  • Universidad de Boyacá (Colombia)
  • Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille I (Francia)
  • International School of Management (Alemania)
Juan Arturo Rubio Arostegui CONTACT

Dr. Juan Arturo Rubio Arostegui

Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Tourism / Director of the Doctoral School escueladoctorado@nebrija.es

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