Doctorate of Management in Food Service Management
VUT Research offers students the opportunity to complete a Doctorate of Management in Food Service Management within the Faculty of Human Sciences. The programme consists of a proposal and the development of an advanced research project linked to a research thesis. In this thesis the students need to provide evidence of original, creative thinking and problem-solving skills. The students’ research is required to contribute towards solving a particular problem in the community or industry to which the research applies. The duration of the course is a minimum of three years of study.
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Doctor of Management in Food Service Management Course Requirements
In order for students to gain admission to complete a Doctorate of Management in Food Service Management, they need to have achieved an appropriate and relevant M-Tech or an equivalent qualification as approved by SAQA. Students also need to submit proof of previous research experience and need to have completed a Research Methodology curse that is approved by VUT.
In addition to the academic qualifications stated above, the following admission criteria also need to be satisfied before a recommendation for admission to complete a Doctorate of Management in Food Service Management can be made:
The proposed topic must be appropriate for higher degree research and it must be consistent with the academic aims and objectives of the student.
The student must have access to the necessary resources, facilities and the necessary budget in order to complete the degree within the timeframe.
There must be a qualified staff member holding confirmed, continuous or fixed-term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision of the proposed research and student.
The proposed program of work must be able to be completed within the maximum period of submission for the degree.
A suitable level of contact with the university supervisors must be maintained.
Where the applicant is currently employed, capacity to meet the timelines and other requirements must be considered.
The proposed research cannot reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma.
Where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student needs to be signed. If the student is unwilling to sign an agreement, the research proposal may not be approved and the student may be required to choose another topic in an area that is not commercially sensitive.
The applicant should have no outstanding financial obligation with the University and in the case of international applicants, they should be able to verify the necessary financial capacity to undertake the program.
The applicant must possess sufficient English language proficiency.
Food Service Management Career Opportunities
Career opportunities exist for graduates within units where people prepare food on a large scale such as resorts and lodges, hospitals, old age homes and hotels, restaurants, recreation clubs and canteens. There are also opportunities for graduates in privately owned catering companies and students may decide to open their own catering companies. Training of food service staff for restaurants and catering companies is also one of the job opportunities for students. Graduates who have completed a Doctorate of Management in Food Service Management have achieved the highest qualification possible within their field of study and can be considered experts within the industry. They are able to take up management positions and make significant contribution to the units they work within.