Allocation of supervisor
If you are to be accepted in the Management School as a PhD student, you will need to be allocated a supervisor or supervisors who are specialists in your field to ensure that you receive the expertise and support essential to research your area fully. Getting a good match between supervisor and doctoral student is necessary since doctoral research usually requires at least 3-4 years of study.
Advice on how to prepare a research proposal is available.
We recommend that you read profiles of LUMS staff available on this site to find out who might be an appropriate supervisor for your research. When you have identified some prospective supervisors you should try to read some of their papers in order acquire more detailed information about their research. You can use our extensive archive of academic working papers. To improve your chances of acceptance, you might need to modify your research topic to ensure a better match between all parties.
If we think there is a good match between your interests and those of our staff members, we will then circulate your application papers to the tutor concerned to see if they are willing to register you as a new PhD student. If this seems possible, we may then arrange for you to meet your prospective supervisor(s) to discuss you research idea or talk to them on the telephone.
For information and advice on the applications process, and other aspects of PhD registration, see our FAQ.
Given the large number of PhD applications we receive each year, and the availability of supervisor time and expertise, unfortunately we are able to register fewer than 30% of the applicants we receive.