Types of PhD and other research programmes
Which route to a PhD is right for me?
We offer applicants 4 separate routes to the PhD qualification - a reflection of our standing as an elite European research institution. The number of options available for PhD study may seem confusing at first, but please read on to discover which is the most appropriate route for you.
If you already have a clear idea of the field you wish to research, and have an appropriate Master's level background, then registering directly with a department may be the best approach for you. The Departmental PhD webpages summarise the research expertise available within LUMS.
The PhD in Management
The distinctive feature of the PhD in Management is its cross-disciplinary approach. Candidates registered on this programme may be undertaking research that straddles two or more academic departments at LUMS. The PhD in Management also provides extensive research training in the first year with follow-on training in subsequent years.
The 'Integrated' PhD
The Integrated PhD, which applies only to the Departments of Economics and Management Science, is suitable for new graduates or those who are not yet sure exactly which topic they wish to research. The first year is spent registered on an MRes programme, providing students with a thorough grounding in research methods.
“As a PhD student I have an opportunity to learn from and work with scholars renowned for their innovative approach to research.”
PhD in Economics
We recognise that for many people, studying full-time is not feasible. It is possible therefore to undertake part-time research leading to a PhD degree.
The MRes is a 'Masters in Research' degree, a taught Masters course typically lasting one year. The MRes programmes combine concentrated study of the subject (in which you will be studying alongside MSc and MA students), together with the development of specialist research methods skills.