PhD programmes

The breadth of research interests represented within LUMS is quite large and it naturally leads to different PhD programmes, as detailed below.

Irrespective of their discipline-specific characteristics, all of our PhD programmes feature compulsory modules during their first year and ample choices of optional research training modules at any point during your studies. Training opportunities are also available in our other three Faculties at Lancaster University and from other partner research institutions: Methods NW, NARTI, NWSSDTP, STOR-i.

LUMS offers the following PhD programmes, which are described in details below:

LUMS also offers a Doctor of Management, which is a practice-oriented programme for senior managers with a minimum of 10 years of management experience.


PhD Accounting and Finance

The Department of Accounting and Finance offers intensive four-year PhD programmes in both Accounting and Finance. PhD students work closely together with normally two supervisors and conduct research in the areas of Asset Pricing, Corporate Finance, Banking, Financial Econometrics, Financial Markets and Derivative Pricing, Bank Accounting, Financial Reporting, Accounting-Based Valuation, and Governance and Management Control. In addition to the first-year structural training, PhD students are encouraged to build their own research network from early on, by taking part in the weekly departmental research seminars, interacting with outside speakers, attending and presenting on international workshops and conferences and spending time abroad at a top international department in their research area.

Please follow this link for more details or download the PhD Accounting Finance handbook.

PhD Economics

The PhD Programme in Economics is aimed at students of high calibre who wish to pursue a career as economists in academia or in government, research organisations, and business enterprises. The first year of the programme comprises a range of advanced modules, laying the necessary foundations for conducting high-quality research and preparing the PhD thesis. Upon completion of the programme, students have a thorough understanding of economic theory and its applications, as well as an ability to think critically about, and apply quantitative methods to, economic problems. PhD students form an integral part of the research environment of the Department of Economics and participate fully in departmental activities (e.g. seminars, workshops, conferences).

Please follow this link for more details or download the PhD Economics handbook.

PhD Management

The distinctive feature of the PhD in Management is its cross-disciplinary approach. Candidates registered on this programme can take full advantage of the School's research strengths across departments and undertake research that straddles two or more academic departments at LUMS. Its structure is specifically designed to allow a flexible breadth of coverage and methodological approaches. Because of its distinctive features, it is centrally administered within LUMS instead of ‘sitting’ in a specific department. Candidates with research interests in entrepreneurship, strategy and innovation or in topics covered by the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business are also generally enrolled in this PhD programme.

Please follow this link for more details or download the PhD Management handbook.

PhD Leadership and Management

The PhD programme in the Department of Leadership and Management provides an opportunity for PhD students to explore issues around the topics of critical leadership studies, human resource management, organisational behaviours, 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.

Please follow this link for more details or download the PhD Leadership & Management handbook.

PhD Management Science

The PhD programme in Management Science offers students an ideal opportunity to conduct in-depth research as a prelude to an academic or consulting career. PhD students work in many different aspects of operational research, operations management and information systems including forecasting, simulation, optimisation, supply chain management and logistics, e-business, and social theory and strategy in information systems. Depending on the chosen research interests, PhD students follow courses offered in LUMS or through the National Taught Course Centre in Operational Research (NATCOR).

Please follow this link for more details or download the PhD Management Science handbook.

PhD Marketing

The Department of Marketing provides a vibrant research culture for PhD students to work across a range of specialisms in the key areas of consumer research, business marketing and purchasing, market studies and international marketing. Our PhD students work closely with two supervisors throughout their doctoral studies, following a structured doctoral programme in their first year while working more independently on their own research topic in the following years. PhD students join in the lively academic debates generated by our series of regular departmental research seminars with outside speakers, with important opportunities to start building their own academic networks from early on. 

Please follow this link for more details or download the PhD Marketing handbook.

PhD Organisation, Work and Technology

The distinctive feature of the PhD in Organisation, Work and Technology is our non-traditional approach towards studying organisations and management. We seek to foster a greater understanding of the complex linkages and interdependencies between forms of organisation, work and technology. We do so in the conviction that a better appreciation of the messy, uncertain and politically contested nature of such relationships offers a better means to grapple with the difficulties facing both ‘management’ and the ‘managed’ in the 21st century. With a strong interest in the theoretical frameworks through which work organisations are analysed, we welcome PhD proposals from students focused on any of our areas of research interest, and are keen to support the development of research proposals from an early stage.

Please follow this link for more details or download the PhD Organisation, Work & Technology handbook.

MRes programmes

If a student has not already gained an MSc or MA of sufficient depth to be directly admitted to a PhD programme, there is the possibility to enrol on an MRes degree: it is a 'Masters in Research' degree, a taught Masters course typically lasting one year. The MRes programmes combine concentrated study of the subject (in which you will be studying alongside MSc and MA students) together with the development of specialist research methods skills that should enable candidates to proceed to a PhD programme. A range of MRes programmes are available at LUMS, as detailed on the following page.