PhD Tourism



ECTS Points

In contemporary management theory and practice there is a scientifically grounded point of view that tourism is a complex multidimensional system that must be studied from various aspects if a harmonised development towards millennium goals is to be expected. That attitude is supported by this PhD programme which features courses that acquaint students with the environmental, economic, socio-cultural, health and kinesiological, communicological and politicological aspects of development, which form a holistic and comprehensive approach to sustainable development.

The purpose of the doctoral study programme is the development of science and science-based critical thinking in general, as well as that of the science in management and management of sustainable development applied in tourism. Apart from that, this programme emphasizes the training of young future experts to accept the scientific discoveries in social sciences, management and business, as well as in the applied scientific disciplines in tourism, sustainable development and responsible tourism. The implementation of acquired scientific discoveries has a goal of advancement of scientific and theoretical knowledge and the increase of influence of science on society as a whole. The purpose of this study programme is grounded in the leading documents and decisions of the world, European and national organisation, state bodies and institutions. Tourism is recognised as one of the leading developmental powers in Serbia and the world in general, as its multiplying effects contribute to the overall development, especially the realisation of the principle of sustainable and responsible development.

The purpose of the study programme is to contribute to the raising of awareness of professional and scientific public with the goal of monitoring and researching the science in management and applied disciplines enabling the public presentation and practical application of the results. Experience and discoveries about the tendencies in the world show that it is the very fields of tourism and sustainable development, responsible tourism, leisure activities, culture, wellness and complementary fields that are undergoing an intensive development, both in practice and with regard to theory and methodology.

It is the science itself in the field of management and business that has the task of improving the research methodology in the direction of a better and more argumented implementation of scientific results, advancement of work, realisation of better multiplication effects of tourism and complementary sectors, as well as mitigation of negative occurrences in the global area and those that affect humans, all in accordance with sustainable development. Improvement of work technology and management of processes and systems in mentioned fields should be grounded in scientific research and information that are successfully implemented in everyday practice. Based on the work, results and experience gained so far, in addition to executing the new programme of doctoral studies, the Faculty continues, by means of executing the new programme of doctoral studies, to be professionally competent to educate experts in the field of applied management in tourism and sustainable development, along with the complementary sectors. These experts would be leading professionals in the country, professional bodies, scientific institutions, large systems, (destinations) and business systems. The students are taught to critically think, independently lead scientifically relevant research that open new possibilities in tourism from the point of view of science and technology and development of society as a whole. The purpose of the programme is also to set up a cooperation among the scientific-educational institutions, with the students trained for scientific and professional teamwork, the application of obtained results for practical problem solving and the increase of scientific production in this sphere.

Year I

Methodology of Scientific Research
Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Scientific Research
Theories and Strategies in Tourism
Block of elective courses 1 (1 of 2 can be chosen)
International Business Processes and Tendencies
Change Management in the Function of Responsible Management
Block of elective courses 2 (1 of 3 can be chosen)
Communication Management in Tourism
Political Aspects of Sustainable Development of Tourism
Environmental Aspects of Tourism
Study and Research Work

Year II

Contemporary Models of Destination Management
Block of elective courses 3 (1 of 3 can be chosen)
Kinesiological Aspects of Tourism
Socio-Cultural Aspects of Tourism
Health Aspects of Tourism
Block of elective courses 4 (1 of 3 can be chosen)
Strategic Partnerships and Intersectoral Connectivity
Organizational Culture and Ethical Aspects of Management
Human Capital and Business Excellence
Evidence of Scientific Activity
Drafting a Doctoral Dissertation

Year III

Doctoral Dissertation Project Defense
Research and Doctoral Dissertation
Doctoral Dissertation Defense

The study programme of the doctoral studies of Management of sustainable development in tourism includes several courses the aim of which is to foster scientific abilities and academic skills of doctoral students, which is reflected in the programmes of theoretical and methodological courses. The development of creative abilities and mastering specific practical skills necessary for future career development is also one of the goals of the programme and it is realized through planned activities of students on acceptance and application of scientific methods, systematic thinking, critical analysis of reality and tendencies, as well as by conducting independent research. One of the goals is also development of scientific cooperation at an international level by means of exchange of lecturers and doctoral students, setting up international research and scientific projects, as well as working on their implementation in practice.

The goals of the study programme of doctoral studies are harmonized with the latest global trends of development of the scientific discipline of management, which is reflected in the structure of the programme and the presence of courses whose aim is to develop knowledge on sustainable and responsible development, ethical, cultural and health aspects of development, which are an integral part of all plans, goals and strategies of global development. These global processes also include the development of tourism and they are supported by the United Nations, The World Economic Forum, World Tourism Organisation and other organisations and institutions.

Upon completing their studies, the student acquires the title of doctor of sciences – management and business and they have the opportunity to continue their scientific and research work within scientific and research institutions and projects financed by the Ministry of Science, Ministry of Economy and Regional Development, Secretariat for Economic Affairs or governmental and non-governmental vocational institutions.
There is also a possibility of involvement in international projects financed by international scientific institutions and funds. A number of doctors of sciences can be eligible for positions of lecturers or associates for certain courses at institutions of higher education. It can be expected that with the development of scientific thought in management and tourism there will also appear special research centres and institutes, which will employ doctors of science and thus contribute to the development of both the science and the practice based on scientific results.

Doctoral study program allows PhD candidates to acquire the following skills:

  • Mastering the methodological and theoretical knowledge required for taking part in the scientific activities and contribution to the development of management science and applied management in the field of tourism;
  • Training for independent practice of scientific research and publishing papers in scientific journals, as well as research in advisory (consulting) agencies, research units, institutes or universities, through mentoring and consulting work in progress of independent scientific research;
  • Independent or group transferring of knowledge in practice, solving practical problems related to the implementation of scientific knowledge in management applied to tourism and sustainable development by applying the theoretical knowledge and skills of researchers in large business systems (on destinations, hotels, hotel chains, other business systems in which, among other things, tourism occurs – national parks, archaeological sites, sports and recreation centres, spa centres, etc.);
  • Acquiring knowledge needed for scientific research, and the ability to participate in the international research projects through the projects of the Faculty;
  • Training to be critical, systematic, creative and to apply, but also create their own new methods and models of sustainable development, while respecting the fundamental principles of ethical codes of good scientific practice;
  • Sharing their knowledge and achievements at the professional level and communicate results in scientific journal and conferences, publish research papers in scientific journals, thereby contributing to the development of scientific disciplines and science in general.

Mastering the study program, students acquire subject- specific competencies:

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the scientific aspects of management and special disciplines of tourism and sustainable development, and an understanding of the value of scientific approaches to the process;
  • Ability to independently solve problems using scientific methods and procedures;
  • Acceptance of the system and the process of thinking in order to understand the interdisciplinary tourism and sustainable development, system dynamics and interconnectedness;
  • Linking basic knowledge in various fields (economics, management, ecology, sociology, culture, communication, kinesiology, etc.) related to the management of sustainable tourism development and their application in practice;

Recognising the needs for continuous monitoring of the contemporary achievements in this field.

Requirements for admission to doctoral studies are a bachelor’s and master’s academic degree in management, economy, tourism and all those scientific branches that are complementary and that deal with aspects of management, occurrences in tourism and sustainable development or with related fields (geography, ecology, psychology, culture and art, physical culture, sociology, etc.), as well as a research idea project defended in front of the committee. The student also needs to meet the criteria of having collected at least 300 ECTS points throughout previous levels of education and that he/she has knowledge of the English language.

Dokuments for admission to doctoral studies:

  1. Certified copies of diplomas of bachelor and master studies
    2. Birth certificate
    3. CV
    4. 2 photographs
    5. A proposal of research for enrolment of doctoral studies (download the form here)

Every applicant with a wish to spend the next three years studying at our doctoral studies is a person who has some experience, results and attitudes or dilemmas regarding the kind of research that he/she wishes to engage in or what the perceived problems, occurrences and effects observed are that he/she might wish to treat in the scientific-professional way during the studies. These initial findings and presumptions a candidate for doctoral studies needs to transform into a research idea. The research proposal is the initial position that reveals the extent to which the doctoral student has so far observed and/or studied occurrences in the area that he/she will deal with during doctoral studies. The research idea project is not a doctoral thesis project nor is it the final project. It is certain that it will be improved upon and, perhaps, changed. On the basis of the project of the research idea, the Committee will assess the readiness of the candidate to enrol the doctoral studies, help him/her in the positioning in the world of science and assess their own resources in monitoring, mentorship and overseeing research during the studies.

Here are some useful links for finding out more about the practice and the experience of research projects during doctoral studies: