PhD study in Leadership and Management

PhD students form an integral and important part of our learning community and active research culture within the Department of Leadership and Management.

We typically have around 30 students studying with us, on a full-time or part-time basis. Our graduates go on to successful academic careers in some of the world’s leading universities, and some use their PhDs in industry or to inform their work as consultants.

We welcome talented and committed applicants from all over the world whose interests and research plans match well to those of staff within the department. This match is vital for ensuring we can provide appropriate staff support. Given the individualised nature of research and the importance of cross-disciplinary perspectives, we normally allocate two supervisors, the second of whom may come from elsewhere within the School.

We have expertise to supervise PhDs in a wide range of areas – for an overview of what departmental staff are currently working on, see our Research groups section.

For further information on our PhD programme, please refer to our departmental PhD handbook.

Self-directed study and research training

PhD study involves a large component of self-directed study but in the first year of the programme students attend a series of taught courses and seminars to ensure they have a rigorous foundation in various methodologies and approaches to research. These are selected from within the Business and Management pathway of LUMS’s highly regarded research training programme. You will work with your supervisor to determine which particular combination of modules offered best fits your needs.

Both full-time and part-time PhD students also meet at regular intervals with their supervisors to assess how work is progressing.

In addition to the meetings with your supervisor, you mix with other PhD students and staff at regular departmental seminars and other conferences, in some case presenting on your own work and also contributing ideas that can inform other people’s work.

Special PhD workshops, usually held in June and November and attended by the Department's full- and part-time students, provide another important way of taking your ideas forward. These are structured yet informal events, involving presentations by students and by faculty from the Department and wider University.

Such events play an important part in developing your thinking, sharing ideas and experience of research and getting constructive feedback. More broadly, they provide an excellent opportunity to extend your professional networks for later in your career, as you will meet a wide range of academics and practitioners all working in the field.

Broader professional development

You will also be encouraged to develop your teaching skills – in some cases, the conditions attached to your funding may require you to teach – and professional training is available within the University to help with this.