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PhD Programmes in Organisation, Work & Technology

Our PhD programme and Doctor of Management set the agenda in debates about human resource management and employment relations.

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About the programme

We welcome able research students, suitably qualified and interested in pursuing research in the Department's areas of academic specialisation towards a MPhil/PhD or Doctor of Management. A range of social science disciplines is included in the Department and research supervision is possible in a wide number of areas.

The PhD programme follows the Business and Mangement pathway, and includes a range of skills seminars to enhance your knowledge. You will be allocated two supervisors, and you will be encouraged to participate in regular research and graduate seminars hosted by staff and guest speakers. On the other hand, the practice-orientated Doctor of Management based on reflective practice is aimed at senior managers who want to develop a more sophisticated understanding of their own practice and organisation. For more information on potential research topics and supervisors within this department, please visit our search for a supervisor page.

Discover our job market candidates for 2017/18.

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"My PhD journey was one of the best in my life. It gave me the opportunities to learn, teach, think, attend weekly departmental research seminars, attend conferences and workshops and organise conferences too."


Anindita Banerjee, PhD Organisation, Work and Technology 2015

Programme Structure

Discover what you will study as a Phd or Doctor of Management student in Organisation, Work and Technology. 

Business & Management

Below is an overview of the modules you will study throughout your first year on the PhD in Organisation, Work and Technology. This PhD programme follows the Business & Management pathway, and you will also study a range of optional research training seminars to enhance your skills. For more information, please refer to the PhD Organisation, Work & Technology handbook

To apply for this PhD course, please visit Apply for PhD.

ModuleCredits
Term One  
Research Philosophy and Methods 20
Understanding Your Discipline 10
Searching for Information in Management Research (non-assessed)  
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

Doctor of Management

This practice-oriented doctoral programme is an exciting new opportunity for senior managers to develop a more sophisticated understanding of their own practice and their own organisation. This programme aims to create research that is academically rigorous and practically relevant, and contribute both to the discipline and to practice. 

Design and Aims

The design and pedagogy is based on a long tradition of learning through reflective practice developed at Lancaster, and refined over the past 20 years through programmes such as the International Masters Program for Managers. The programme is for senior managers who are already very experienced, but who desire to develop in-depth knowledge of their own practice and the organisations that they manage.

The pedagogy of the Doctor of Management programme is based on the principle that students learn by reflecting on their own practical experience – what Donald Schön refers to as 'reflective practitioners'On the programme, students and academic supervisors constitute an active learning community and will meet face-to-face and virtually on a regular basis. Discover our Doctor of Management Course Handbook for full course details.

Fees

The fee for the programme is £15,000 per year. This does not include the cost of travel and accommodation at residential meetings, which needs to be budgeted for separately. On-campus accommodation is available at approximately £30 per night. 

Apply

Before applying, we recommend contacting the Programme Manager Julie Gabriel-Clarke for an informal chat. You will need the following to apply:

  • An appropriate Masters such as the MBA, or the IMPM
  • Experienced senior manager with a minimum of 10-15 years of relevant management experience

Please visit the online application system to submit your application. You will need to supply:

  • An up-to-date CV indicating your experience and qualifications.
  • A project proposal that outlines your research interest, why you find it interesting, and what you think the key issues are in researching this area. This will typically be a five to seven-page document, following the guidelines set out in this template. The proposal will be evaluated for its insightfulness, novelty, clarity, and rigour. 
  • A recent and significant example of your own prior written work (for example, essays from a prior degree or an organisational or consulting report).
  • Letters of recommendation from two senior practitioners that have known you for at least five years.
  • A letter of sponsorship from your employer stating that they support your participation in the programme.
  • A copy of your Masters Degree and transcript.

We will invite successful candidates to interview, and offers are secured by a non-refundable £3,000 deposit. The deadline for applications is October 31st 2017.

 

  • Business & Management

    Business & Management

    Below is an overview of the modules you will study throughout your first year on the PhD in Organisation, Work and Technology. This PhD programme follows the Business & Management pathway, and you will also study a range of optional research training seminars to enhance your skills. For more information, please refer to the PhD Organisation, Work & Technology handbook

    To apply for this PhD course, please visit Apply for PhD.

    ModuleCredits
    Term One  
    Research Philosophy and Methods 20
    Understanding Your Discipline 10
    Searching for Information in Management Research (non-assessed)  
    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
  • Doctor of Management

    Doctor of Management

    This practice-oriented doctoral programme is an exciting new opportunity for senior managers to develop a more sophisticated understanding of their own practice and their own organisation. This programme aims to create research that is academically rigorous and practically relevant, and contribute both to the discipline and to practice. 

    Design and Aims

    The design and pedagogy is based on a long tradition of learning through reflective practice developed at Lancaster, and refined over the past 20 years through programmes such as the International Masters Program for Managers. The programme is for senior managers who are already very experienced, but who desire to develop in-depth knowledge of their own practice and the organisations that they manage.

    The pedagogy of the Doctor of Management programme is based on the principle that students learn by reflecting on their own practical experience – what Donald Schön refers to as 'reflective practitioners'On the programme, students and academic supervisors constitute an active learning community and will meet face-to-face and virtually on a regular basis. Discover our Doctor of Management Course Handbook for full course details.

    Fees

    The fee for the programme is £15,000 per year. This does not include the cost of travel and accommodation at residential meetings, which needs to be budgeted for separately. On-campus accommodation is available at approximately £30 per night. 

    Apply

    Before applying, we recommend contacting the Programme Manager Julie Gabriel-Clarke for an informal chat. You will need the following to apply:

    • An appropriate Masters such as the MBA, or the IMPM
    • Experienced senior manager with a minimum of 10-15 years of relevant management experience

    Please visit the online application system to submit your application. You will need to supply:

    • An up-to-date CV indicating your experience and qualifications.
    • A project proposal that outlines your research interest, why you find it interesting, and what you think the key issues are in researching this area. This will typically be a five to seven-page document, following the guidelines set out in this template. The proposal will be evaluated for its insightfulness, novelty, clarity, and rigour. 
    • A recent and significant example of your own prior written work (for example, essays from a prior degree or an organisational or consulting report).
    • Letters of recommendation from two senior practitioners that have known you for at least five years.
    • A letter of sponsorship from your employer stating that they support your participation in the programme.
    • A copy of your Masters Degree and transcript.

    We will invite successful candidates to interview, and offers are secured by a non-refundable £3,000 deposit. The deadline for applications is October 31st 2017.

     

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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Job Market Candidates

Our Organisation, Work and Technology job market candidates for 2017-2018 are listed below.

For further details, please contact the Doctoral Office.

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