Fees and Funding

The costs involved in studying for a PhD programme are not trivial. However, LUMS offers several studentships to cover fees and offers a living allowance. Please read carefully the information below.


All candidates must, before entry, make arrangements for their financial support and for the payment of their fees throughout their studies at the University. 

Tutition Fees for 2017/18 (per annum)

MPhil and PhD 
UK/EU: £4,195 full-time and £2,098 part-time 

Overseas: £13,930 full-time and £6,965 part-time. 

MRes in Management Science - Full time programme 
UK/EU: £11,000
Overseas: £17,500


‌Funded PhD studentships are available for suitably qualified applicants with excellent first degrees or Masters qualifications.

Our interests cover information systems and the digital economy; operational research; and operations management, including supply chain and logistics. Supervision is available in all these areas.

We have a large group of PhD candidates and are seeking others to join them. The funding covers fees and living costs and are currently only available for full time study. Details of potential PhD topics can be found here. 

Please note that there are two deadlines for Departmental funding applications which are 31 December and 15 February each year for October admission.  

For more details, please contact Ms Gay Bentinck  (g.bentinck@lancaster.ac.uk); tel +44 (0) 1524 592408.


4-Year PhD studentships in Mathematical Models and Algorithms for Managing Airport Capacity


“Mathematical Models and Algorithms for Allocating Scarce Airport Resources” (OR-MASTER) is a six year Programme Grant funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council  (EPSRC).  OR-MASTER aims to develop new mathematical models and algorithms for solving complex, large-scale airport resource allocation problems.  We will seek to combine aspects of airport operations, air traffic flow management, mathematical modeling , large-scale, deterministic, stochastic and dynamic optimization to develop and advanced mathematical models and exact, meta and hyper heuristic solution algorithms.  Our ultimate goal is to develop innovative decision support capabilities for airport capacity allocation and management.

The Programme represents a strong partnership between academia and the air transport industry.  Over the six years of the Programme, OR-MASTER will involve close collaboration with a host of international organisations (including airports, air traffic management organisations, airlines, ground handling services providers and global security organisations; international research centres and research networks) that will support the project, providing real-world data, insights and expertise.  

Further information can be found here: OR-MASTER PhD Studentships 2017‌. 

The complete application consisting of a cover letter (that includes a statement of your understanding of the project), curriculum vitae, transcripts and a recommendation letter needs to be sent to the indicated contact address.

Deadline : 31st July 2018


EPSRC-funded PhD studentships in Operational Research (OR): Optimisation, Forecasting and Simulation

We are looking to recruit up to four researchers who will be:

• excellent doctoral students with a strong quantitative background (including mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering) and

• who satisfy the UK residency requirement for full EPSRC support (usually met by EU students whose undergraduate studies were in the UK). for PhD study in any area of the department's OR research portfolio.

You can access details of some of the areas in which doctoral supervision is available by clicking on the following links:

Your application should be by covering letter, in which you should indicate which area is of interest to you (and why) and some possible topics for research, along with a full CV.

We shall then contact short-listed candidates to put them in touch with potential supervisors for the development of a fuller research proposal. For more information go to our webpage and/or contact Gay Bentinck: e-mail  or phone 01524 592408. Applications will be processed as soon as they are received. The appointment process will include an interview.


Centres for Doctoral Training: a large number of enhanced grants for UK students

STOR-i Lancaster's Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistics and Operational Research, is part of an investment of £350 million annonunced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Amongst the successful proposals, Lancaster's Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistics and Operational Research in partnership with industry (STOR-i), was one of only a handful awarded in the mathematical sciences.

The next generation of STOR-i will build on an existing programme established in 2010. STOR-i's goal is the development of international research leaders through a programme in which industrial challenge is the catalyst for mathematical innovation. The Centre's distinctive mission is based on a partnership with several of the UK's leading companies across a range of sectors, including AstraZeneca, BT, IBM, Shell and SSE.

The award, joint between the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Management Science, builds on Lancaster's long-standing commitment to Statistics and Operational Research and its leading reputation in these fields. It is also testament to the success of other recent initiatives such as the EPSRC Science and Innovation award in Operational Research (the LANCS Initiative).

The Centre, led by Idris Eckley, Kevin Glazebrook and Jonathan Tawn, trains 60 students across five cohorts, the first of which started in October 2014.