Social and Applied Sciences

MSc by Research in Tourism / Events / Leisure

The MSc by Research in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Social Sciences aims to develop researchers who are conceptually aware, who can utilise a range of skills and methods, and who can practise and develop their own research capabilities, and disseminate that research in a meaningful way.

As generally interdisciplinary fields of study, tourism, events and leisure are well suited to the approach taken on the programme.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

Programme structure

Students from across our MSc by Research subject areas share a programme of study that explores the challenges common to all researchers. After these taught modules, students will then undertake an individual research project that will take the form of a dissertation or other research output agreed with their supervisor (e.g. two journal articles).


Full-time students will have 8 months to complete their research, while part-time students will have 20 months to complete. Upon successful completion of the Research Project students will be awarded an MSc by Research in their subject area.

Key features of the programme

Tourism, events and leisure constitute a broad and varied range of economic activity, locally in Kent, nationally and internationally. Broadly business related aspects of these industries might include planning events, marketing of tourism products or regeneration. The field also relates closely to a range of social phenomena, such as social inclusion through leisure and events, cultural impacts and the way social trends influence leisure trends. The programme will equip you to develop your research and expertise in your chosen area. It will also enable you to approach this from a broad based and multidisciplinary starting point.

Research areas

With a range of supervisors and expertise, we can consider research proposals on a variety of themes in tourism, events and leisure. These can be from a business, social science or mixed perspective. Please contact us to discuss your ideas.


Available supervisors include:

  • Dr Marion Stuart-Hoyle
  • Dr Jim Butcher
  • Dr Jane Lovell
  • Dr Karen Thomas
  • Dr Ken Aduhene
  • Dr Suzanne Dowse

How to apply

You can find out more information about our research areas and apply from the course list.

About Tourism, Hospitality and Events

The section within the School of Psychology and Life Sciences has an active group of graduate scholars studying for masters and doctoral degrees. Our staff cover the range of events, leisure and tourism, business studies and other areas of scholarship in the university. The team includes nationally and internationally renowned scholars, consultants to and trainers of local industry, and members of the key professional bodies. It is a stimulating, challenging and rewarding environment in which to take forward your studies beyond degree level. 

For further information, please contact Marion Stuart-Hoyle, or Jim Butcher.


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