Applying for the PhD

Choosing a PhD Research Topic

Students considering applying for a PhD should choose one (or two) of the following areas and write a brief description of the research they are interested in.

Details of the different research areas are given through the links above. If there is a particular topic you are interested in we encourage you to write to a potential supervisor directly. But it’s always better to work on topics close to the supervisor's interests.

Note that the department does not supervise in all areas of management. Potential students interested in other topics should visit here.

The Research Proposal

Students applying for the PhD programme in the Department of Management Science are expected to submit a research proposal to support their application. Please refer here for more information on the type of proposal that should be submitted.

PhD and MRes admissions: submitting the application

The Department welcomes all enquiries. Informal enquires about potential research topics should be made directly to your potential supervisor, you should include a CV.

Formal applications for admission should be made online. The application will need to be supported by a CV, research proposal, degree transcripts and certificates, at least one academic reference (from your most recent degree) plus English qualifications where appropriate.

We cannot give you any guidance as to your likelihood of admission until we receive the above.

For further information contact:
Doctoral Admissions 
Department of Management Science
The Management School
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YX

Tel: +44 (0) 1524-592408
Fax: +44 (0) 1524-592060

Any applicant is welcome to visit the Department for informal discussions. A personal interview will be quickly arranged wherever possible.

English language 

If previous education has not been conducted in the English language, applicants will be required to sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test conducted by the British Council, and achieve an overall score of at least 7.0.

If your standard of English does not quite meet these requirements, the University runs pre-sessional English language courses. Please see the Department's FAW page for further details of these courses: (

Phone:  +44 (0)1524 93045
Fax:  +44 (0)1524 843085