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PhD Programmes 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.

About the programme

Our PhD programme provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore issues around the topics of critical leadership studies, human resource management, OB, international management, learning and action research, and sociologies of work and gender studies.  We offer multiple viewpoints, including critical, cross-cultural, psychoanalytic, and feminist perspectives, which go beyond mainstream thinking in these areas of research and practice.  

Emphasis is placed on criticality, reflexivity and the integration of theory with practice.  In addition to the wide range of resources provided by the School and the University we provide specifically tailored sessions and workshops to stimulate discussion and creative thinking. You are encouraged to become active members of the Department through contributing to the Departmental seminar series.

Please note, we are no longer recruiting to the PhD Leadership and Management programme but we are still happy to receive research proposals, which we will pass to colleagues in relevant topic areas across the School.

 

Campus

"I immediately felt I was welcomed into the community of the department and this continued throughout my studies. In addition to my PhD supervisors, who were incredible, I always felt that I could ask anybody in the department for advice or to discuss my work – something I did on many occasions!"


Alex Kevill, PhD Leadership and Management 2015

Programme Structure

The research training of the PhD in Leadership and Management includes compulsory modules covering topics such as qualitative and quantitative research methods. You will also participate in a series of skill seminars which are not compulsory but highly recommended. For more information, please refer to the tabs below or the Leadership and Management Handbook 2017.

Business & Management

As a PhD student in Leadership and Management, you will follow the programme on Business and Management. Below is an overview of the modules you will study throughout your first year on the Business and Management pathway.

ModuleCredits
Term One  
Research Philosophy and Methods 20
Understanding Your Discipline 10
Plagiarism (2 hour seminar, assessed)  
Ethics and Research (2-hour seminar, assessed)  
Term Two - take one of the below modules  
Advanced Qualitative Methods 15
Advanced Quantitative Methods 15
Term Three  
 Research Design in Management  15

Research Training Seminars

These seminars are open to PhD students from all programmes, with two compulsory seminars in the first term. All PhD students are strongly encouraged to attend the seminars that you think will aid your study.

SeminarCompulsory/Optional
Term One  
Strategies for Success: Managing your PhD - Getting Started Optional
Plagiarism Compulsory
Ethics and Research Compulsory
Evaluating Academic Literature & Writing Your Literature Review Optional
Managing Writing Optional
Career Planning Part 1 - preparing to secure an academic post Optional
Writing retreat Optional
Career Planning Part 2 - Developing an online Academic Portfolio Optional
Term Two  
Career Planning Part 3 - Applying for Academic Jobs Optional
Nvivo Training 1 Optional
Establishing an Intellectual Identity Optional
Strategies for success: Managing your PhD - Staying Focused, Getting Finished Optional
Panels and Reviews Optional
Enjoying your Viva Optional
Writing for Academic Journals in the Context of your Career Optional
How to Write a Thesis Optional
Writing Retreat / Nvivo training 2 Optional
Term Three  
How to Present your Work in Public and at Conferences   Optional
Getting an Academic Job and Managing your Career Optional
How to Get your Book Published / Atlas Session 1 Optional
Postdoc Funding Optional
Atlas Session 2 Optional
Writing Retreat Optional
  • Business & Management

    Business & Management

    As a PhD student in Leadership and Management, you will follow the programme on Business and Management. Below is an overview of the modules you will study throughout your first year on the Business and Management pathway.

    ModuleCredits
    Term One  
    Research Philosophy and Methods 20
    Understanding Your Discipline 10
    Plagiarism (2 hour seminar, assessed)  
    Ethics and Research (2-hour seminar, assessed)  
    Term Two - take one of the below modules  
    Advanced Qualitative Methods 15
    Advanced Quantitative Methods 15
    Term Three  
     Research Design in Management  15
  • Research Training Seminars

    Research Training Seminars

    These seminars are open to PhD students from all programmes, with two compulsory seminars in the first term. All PhD students are strongly encouraged to attend the seminars that you think will aid your study.

    SeminarCompulsory/Optional
    Term One  
    Strategies for Success: Managing your PhD - Getting Started Optional
    Plagiarism Compulsory
    Ethics and Research Compulsory
    Evaluating Academic Literature & Writing Your Literature Review Optional
    Managing Writing Optional
    Career Planning Part 1 - preparing to secure an academic post Optional
    Writing retreat Optional
    Career Planning Part 2 - Developing an online Academic Portfolio Optional
    Term Two  
    Career Planning Part 3 - Applying for Academic Jobs Optional
    Nvivo Training 1 Optional
    Establishing an Intellectual Identity Optional
    Strategies for success: Managing your PhD - Staying Focused, Getting Finished Optional
    Panels and Reviews Optional
    Enjoying your Viva Optional
    Writing for Academic Journals in the Context of your Career Optional
    How to Write a Thesis Optional
    Writing Retreat / Nvivo training 2 Optional
    Term Three  
    How to Present your Work in Public and at Conferences   Optional
    Getting an Academic Job and Managing your Career Optional
    How to Get your Book Published / Atlas Session 1 Optional
    Postdoc Funding Optional
    Atlas Session 2 Optional
    Writing Retreat Optional

Studentships & Funding

We offer a range of funding opportunities and studentships through Lancaster University, UK research councils and various other organisations. For more details please visit our Apply for PhD page.

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