As you would expect from the most research-intensive business school in the UK (REF 2014), LUMS offers a wide range of PhD programmes, which enhance the research abilities of well-motivated students to the point of making a contribution to the established body of knowledge in a given field.

LUMS is a lively research environment in which doctoral students play a full and active part. Research-oriented modules, a wide choice of training opportunities, and interactions with faculty members and fellow PhD students, provide a stimulating and enriching environment for our students. To further enhance this already lively environment, we welcome enquiries and applications from well-qualified graduates throughout the world who wish to join this thriving and international academic community – we currently count more than 50 nationalities among our PhD students.

What is a PhD?

The term PhD is short for Doctor of Philosophy, also frequently referred to as a doctorate. As a PhD student you will be expected to pursue structured, supervised research into one of the business-related fields in which LUMS has expertise (see our Programmes for details).

The minimum research period for a full-time PhD degree is three years. During the first year, you will take a number of modules to consolidate your research skills and exposes you to the research frontier in your area of interest. The objective of the PhD is to write a thesis, demonstrating evidence of your capacity to pursue scholarly research. The results of your research should make an original contribution to knowledge and be of a standard appropriate for publication in academic journals.

Why study for a PhD?

Before applying for a PhD you need to be sure that you have a keen personal interest in the topic you will be researching – and an interest in the process of research. You will need a strong academic background with a good first degree and the motivation to pursue your research for a minimum of three years.

A PhD degree prepares students for academic careers, to join research organisations, or to take up private and public sector jobs requiring advanced skills in problem solving and analytical thinking grounded in well-established and rigorous research methods. PhD graduates from Lancaster have obtained academic, research and consultancy positions throughout the world.

Why study for a PhD at LUMS?

Our commitment for high-quality research that leads to impactful outputs (as recognised by REF 2014) inspires our attitude to research and teaching, be it at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Thus, you can count on receiving high-quality training and supervision during your years at LUMS. The collegial research environment of LUMS is another of our unique features, which will enable you to take advantage of our expertise.

Furthermore, our PhD programmes are recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which provide further recognition of the quality of our provisions. Together with Liverpool and Manchester we are part of the ESRC’s North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC), which provides funding and collaborative training opportunities for our students. Furthermore, we are also a member of the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI), a network of leading research-based business schools that provides specialist advanced doctoral training.

Not less important, we are proud of the job placements of our graduates, across a range of academic institutions and private sector employers spanning several countries in all continents. Please visit our Alumni Profiles to discover the career paths of some of our graduates and what they have to say about their experience at Lancaster University.


Further information on the range of programmes on offer is available here.

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