MRes Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change (ITMOC)

The MRes (Masters in Research) in ITMOC is a one-year full-time Masters degree, similar in coverage to the MSc ITMOC, but with an additional research training component.

It is specifically designed for intellectually ambitious graduates who want to become academic researchers or consultants, and to prepare themselves for PhD study in the area of management, organisation and information technology.

Like the School’s other MRes programmes, the MRes ITMOC has two key purposes:

  • to give intending PhD students a good grounding in a specialist subject area
  • to enable those students to acquire the qualitative and quantitative research skills needed to undertake their research

How the MRes ITMOC differs from the MSc ITMOC

The MRes degree is very similar to the MSc ITMOC programme, with many modules in common, so you will be taught with other ITMOC Masters students. The key difference is that MRes students take two additional specialist research training modules.

Seven compulsory modules (70 credits):

  • Interpretations of Information, Technology and Organisations
  • The Management of Organisational Change
  • Researching in Organisational Settings
  • Knowledge Management
  • Academic and Professional Practice (non-assessed)
  • Analysis, Design and Innovation
  • Business Analysis and Enterprise Systems

Three optional modules (30 credits) chosen from:

  • Strategy, IT and Digital Business
  • Systemic Interventions and Consulting
  • Cyber Security and Enterprise Resilience
  • IT Project Management
  • E-Business
  • Enterprise Systems Architectures

Two compulsory research training modules (20 credits):

  • Management Research: an Overview of Issues and Methods
  • Research Design in Management

Dissertation (60 credits)

Progressing to doctoral research

After completing the MRes you can apply to undertake a PhD either at Lancaster University or at another university. To be considered for PhD study at LUMS, you will need to perform at a very high standard (usually a distinction or close to) on the MRes ITMOC.

You will undertake additional research training courses as part of your PhD degree. These will depend on the specific PhD programme you register on, and will be determined in conjunction with your supervisor(s).

Check out the types of PhD available and full details of the PhD Research Training Programme.

ESRC funding for research training

The MRes ITMOC programme meets the requirements of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for its ‘1 + 3’ funding scheme which is open to UK and EU applicants. Under this scheme the ESRC not only funds the one year of study on the MRes ITMOC programme but also three further years of PhD research. Early deadlines apply: for more details on eligibility and deadlines, please contact Sarah Patterson.


Tuition fees for the MRes ITMOC are the same as for the MSc ITMOC.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the MRes ITMOC are the same as for the MSc ITMOC. However, we will also take into account an applicant's potential for excellence in research and potential for progression to successful doctoral-level study. Therefore, offers for MRes study are typically made following the advice of the Department's Directors of PhD Study.

How to apply

The application process for the MRes programme is the same as for the MSc ITMOC, except that you will also need to provide a short outline (one-to-two pages) of your research interests.

Please note that you do not need to pay an application fee.