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How to apply for a research degree

For all the information you need on how to apply for a research degree and to make sure you fulfil the entry requirements visit our 'How to apply' page

You should have a good honours degree (2:1 or above) or masters degree or equivalent in the relevant subject area.

International applicants should be aware of our English language requirements


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Some three quarters of our work across sports science, PE and tourism and leisure has internationally recognised impact.  

More than 95% of our research outputs are rated as internationally recognised or better (compared with a sector average 93%)

The world-leading research of experts in our Institute for Tourism Research (InTOUR) benefits local and international communities, economic and professional sectors as well as governmental bodies and policy makers.

Specialist knowledge

Our research addresses global challenges on social and demographic change and sustainable development.

In particular it demonstrates the importance of careful stakeholder consultation and planning in ensuring positive contributions to economic development, biodiversity, and societal wellbeing.

Collaborative research

Working in collaboration with local and regional industries, InTOUR undertakes commissioned research and through memberships of, and engagement with national and international organisations such as the UN World Tourism Organization, Association of Tourism in Higher Education, World Travel and Tourism Council, and the Institute for Travel and Tourism.

Impact on policy and practice

Our world-leading research is impacting on policy and practice and on third sector organisations dealing with the dynamics of tourism, society and the environment (such as the Travel Foundation, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism).

Direct links with industry and stakeholders

University of Bedfordshire’s research students benefit from direct links with industry and sector stakeholders.

The ‘Enhancing Student Employability through Research’ award in 2011 ensures that research students enter into a knowledge exchange with local companies as well as internationally-recognised bodies such as the European Union.

Students also benefit from placements and collaborative initiatives with other universities, governments and both local and national employers.

Our research excellence

Working with our students

InTour has students at all levels working on research – from undergraduate to doctorate.

Students and professors ensure that our far-reaching work in improving tourism and sustainable development remains at the forefront of their research.

Join our research team as a postgraduate student

Apply to our Research Graduate School

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