Our Doctoral Programme is open to career academics and professional practitioners alike, and continues in the Management Learning tradition of bridging theory and practice, critical thought, and self-direction within a supportive, highly engaged peer community. Our current students, both full- and part-time, come from different parts of the world, and from a wide range of organisations – business schools, private consultancies, public sector and for-profit organisations.
Because of the individualised nature of research at this level, the higher degree process typically comprises a supervision relationship with two tutors. The Department provides two annual workshops (usually June and November) which all students are expected to attend. These are structured events within an informal setting, which allow researchers to share their ideas and experiences of research within a like minded community. They include inputs from members of the Department or the University as well as from participants, who are invited to offer papers on their research as it develops. Sixty credits of research training is now compulsory for all 1st year PhD students and in MLL this will be via the Business & Management pathway. Additionally any student is encouraged to attend relevant seminars run by the School's research training programme.
Further details about research at Lancaster University Management School, including guidelines on how to write a research proposal and general FAQs can be found here.
Applicants should normally hold a Masters degree and have experience of management or leadership education and development, though a good first degree will be accepted in some circumstances. Applicants should have a willingness to share their knowledge and experience with others and have a readiness to engage with a learning community that aims to support the needs of all its members.
Applicants from outside the UK
You will need to provide evidence that your English proficiency is adequate for academic study. We ask for an IELTS test score of at least 7.0. The IELTS can be taken by arrangement with your British Council office. If you are unable to take the IELTS then we may accept an IB TOEFL score of at least 100.
How to apply for PhD programmes
If you wish to apply for the PhD Programme, please apply online. The University's online applications service allows you to track the progress of your application through the admissions system.
Please send enquiries to:
Department of Management Learning & Leadership
Lancaster University Management School
Lancaster LA1 4YX
Tel: + 44 (0)1524 510913
Fax: + 44 (0)1524 510910
Interviews and offers of a place
Candidates are welcome to visit the department for an informal interview. Otherwise, interviews will take place by telephone. Although we do not have a closing date for applications, you are advised to apply early to secure a place.
We try to respond to your application as quickly as possible. If you are offered a place, please respond to our offer within four weeks.