The Department, as part of the Management School, has been among the top five for research in the UK for nearly two decades. In the Financial Times 2013 ranking of the top 100 global MBA programmes, one of the factors taken into consideration is doctoral rank. In this the LUMS PhD and doctoral programme is ranked 12th in the world, and 2nd in Europe, based on a combination of the number of PhD graduates and where they were employed after graduation.
It has been at the heart of research in management science, with staff who have editted key journals such as Journal of the Operational Research Society and the European Journal of Operational Research and most recently played a pivotal role in UK wide innovations in the subject. The Lancs initiative to develop the foundations of OR has attracted the largest amount of funding to support the development of OR anywhere in the world.
As part of its commitment to building the subject, its PhD graduates have taken up key research jobs in universities and consultancies in the UK, China and across the world. The Department of Management Science has one of the largest numberof Operational Research, Operations Management and Systems teaching staff in the UK. There is a strong commitment to produce research of practical importance, capitalising on a tradition of collaborative research with industrial partners. In fact one part of the Departments doctoral activities, STOR-I, is founded on developing research closely with industrial partners. The Department has a worldwide reputation as an international centre of excellence, with students from many countries undertaking research on the Doctoral Programme.
Research in the Department is based on a number of research groups and research students are usually associated with one of the groups. Details of their research interests, the faculty involved and possible doctoral research topics are given on their respective web pages.
- Forecasting and Market Modelling
- Lancaster Centre for Forecasting
- Risk Management
- Health Systems
- Systems/Soft OR
- Information Systems and Technology Research Centre
- Supply Chain Management and Modelling
The first stage of applying for a PhD is to identify a broad research area from among these topics. Details of how to apply to study for a PhD in one of these research areas is available here.