Visiting Scholar Opportunities

If you are interested in potentially joining our PhD program please refer to the following link. Please note, that the University of Otago also has a significant pool of competitive scholarships for PhD applicants that are open to everyone, irrespective of nationality.http://www.otago.ac.nz/tourism/study/

Anyone interested in potentially joining us as a DBA student (for which competitive scholarships are also potentially available) should go to the following site: http://www.otago.ac.nz/business/study/


Professor Neil Carr

Head of the Department of Tourism



The University of Otago Business School, which includes the Department of Tourism, is located in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island.

The University of Otago is within the top two percent of universities worldwide, is a major employer in the region and makes a significant contribution to the local economy. The University of Otago Business School in general and particularly the Department of Tourism plays a significant role in promoting tourism and leisure in the region, undertaking research for the tourism industry and producing a large number of tourism and leisure publications: books, journal articles, working papers and industry reports.

The University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university, and is currently gearing up to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019. It will be a time to reflect on all that has been achieved by the University in the past century and a half, and to look forward to the future.

University of Otago Business School

The University of Otago has maintained a reputation for excellence in education and research for more than 140 years, and business education since 1912. The University itself currently has 20,601 students by headcount (18,421 EFTS), 2,592 international students from 100 countries (12.6% of the student population), and 3,803 full-time-equivalent staff.

A pacesetter in New Zealand business education, the Otago Business School pioneered the first full-time MBA in the country in 1976 (a programme which has been internationally ranked by the Financial Times and Economist Intelligence Unit). The School now offers more than 20 programmes from undergraduate level through to executive education, with postgraduate certificates, diplomas, masters and PhD’s all featuring in the suite of qualifications.

The Otago Business School is home to the following teaching and research departments and programs. A boutique Executive Residence hotel also forms part of the School.

  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Executive Programmes
  • Information Science
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Otago Business School Internship Programme
  • Tourism

The School’s staff and students come from around the world. The School also has links with top international business schools and universities. This has recently included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake teaching of a Distance DBA programme with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Overseas Education College (China), and the Department of Tourism’s own Memorandum of Understanding with the Academic Centre for Education, Culture and Research’s Institute of Tourism Research in Iran. The Otago Business School is also EQUIS2 and AACSB3 accredited, is a member of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS) and crucially for students, Partnership in International Management (PIM)). These linkages, amongst others, provide opportunities for staff and students to interact with the best and the brightest.

Students can participate in one of the more than forty specific business and tourism exchanges6 available through the University of Otago, with a variety of businesses and partner universities. Our university also welcomes international exchange students from other universities.

The University of Otago and the Department of Tourism host regular Visiting Scholars from overseas, and faculty staff can fund their own overseas visits via a William Evans Fellowship.

Our graduates have an excellent reputation in the international business arena and are well known throughout the world for their independence and practicality derived from the Otago culture. We maintain contact with our graduates through annual alumni functions around the globe, Otago Business School specific email newsletters, the University’s graduates’ magazine, and social media.

The Department of Tourism

Programmes offered by the Department of Tourism allow students to gain the insights and knowledge they need to play a key role in the global leisure, hospitality, tourism, and events industries. To complement students’ business management education, we teach from a wider community, ecological, and sustainable perspective.


Undergraduate programme

A Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Tourism (BCom in Tourism) is aimed at high school graduates who are keen to excel in a business environment, with a specialisation in tourism. It provides emphases in:

  • Destination Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Management
  • Tourist Behaviour
  • Cultural and Heritage Tourism
  • Tourist Accommodation Management
  • Sport Tourism
  • Events and Conventions Management
  • Tourism Product Development
  • Ecotourism and Sustainable Development
  • Tourism Research Methods

The Department also offers a Minor in Tourism and a Minor in Hospitality. Some undergraduate Tourism papers are offered at Summer School13. These are: TOUR 101: Introduction to Tourism (by distance), TOUR 102: Global Tourism (by distance), and the very popular TOUR 214: Introduction to Wine Business (on campus).

Another Undergraduate option is the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) which can be endorsed and un-endorsed; while the un-endorsed DipGrad is more flexible, and allows a student to combine several different subjects, an endorsed DipGrad in Tourism approximates a major in tourism.

Postgraduate Programme

Postgraduate programmes in tourism at Otago include the Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Tourism), Master of Tourism (MTour), Master of Commerce (TOUR) and a PhD in Tourism. Our postgraduate teaching, research and graduates are all world-class. It is also possible to complete at Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in tourism.

A postgraduate course in Tourism at Otago allows students to:

  • Get better earning power
  • Increase employment prospects
  • Gain entry to a PhD programme (for postgraduate programmes with a research component)
  • Specialise in advanced knowledge of the tourism, hospitality, events, and leisure industries
  • Make a contribution to society through research