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The doctoral programme in Management Science offers students the ideal opportunity to research in depth as a prelude to an academic or consulting career.
Our PhD programme is highly interactive with a large number of students in operational research, operations management, and information systems and e-business. There are many opportunities to interact with faculty, industry, and co-students, both formal and informal. This offers a supportive environment in which to study.
You will have a member of staff appointed as a supervisor to guide your research study, and where it is helpful two supervisors may be appointed. Part-time students working a significant distance from Lancaster may additionally have a local research adviser. On arrival we will assign you a study room and computer, and as you progress through the programme you will be funded to attend appropriate conferences and workshops, both national and international. For more information on potential research topics and supervisors within this department, please visit our search for a supervisor page.
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"The investment in my PhD was well worth it, and every time I open the LUMS homepage and see how high the University climbs in all the rankings, I am reminded of my wonderful time spent there. "
James Langabeer, PhD Management Science 2009
The PhD in Management Science includes two PhD pathways known as Business and Management and NATCOR. We also have Integrated PhD (1+3), MPhil and MRes opportunities. For details, please see below or the PhD Management Science Handbook 2018
Below is an overview of the modules you will study throughout your first year on the PhD in Management Science. Please note, you will follow this pathway if your research lies in Operations Management and Information Systems.
You will be required to attend a minimum of 7 days (50 hours) additional, specialist research training during years 1 and 2 of your studies, to be agreed with your supervisors and the programme director. You will need to write a brief report (circa 500 words) setting out how each piece of training has contributed to your research. At least 2 days (14 hours) of training should be undertaken in Year 1.
Please note: your training can be delivered by LUMS, Lancaster University, ESRC, NARTI or other relevant bodies to your discipline, and it can also be accredited or unaccredited.
Students following the NATCOR pathway are required to attend five residential courses over a two year period. These courses cover: Combinatorial Optimisation, Convex Optimisation, Heuristics, Simulation and Stochastic Modelling. For more information and to apply please visit the NATCOR website. Students are also required to take the following module and 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.
If you aren't sure whether research is for you, our summer internships are a great way for undergraduate students to experience life as a researcher.
Internships in the Department of Management Science offer a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to experience and learn about research problems in Operational Research and how various challenging problems can be explored. Interns will have the opportunity to develop their own ideas in a topic linked to faculty research interests. Management Science interns will be supported by a bursary of £275 per week.
The internship scheme will run for 10 weeks over the summer vacation from 9th July to 31st August 2018. During this time you will engage in research with leading academics from the Department of Management Science at Lancaster University.
The internships are aimed at giving an insight into what a PhD research is really like, and are open to students interested in the possibility of undertaking a PhD. Our scheme is aimed at UK and EU students about to enter their final year of undergraduate study, who expect to achieve a 1st class degree - this includes, for example, mathematics, statistics, computing, business studies, physics and engineering. We regret that we cannot consider any applications from non-EU students.
As a management science intern you will be joining other high-calibre undergraduate students studying in the vibrant research environment at Lancaster University supported by a bursary of £275 per week.
Through the scheme, you will:
This is the fourth year the Department has run this scheme, which is modelled on a successful scheme in quantitative statistics and operational research, STOR-i. Find examples of recent projects, plus testimonials and blogs from recent interns on the established STOR-I scheme.
To apply please send the following information in an email to: email@example.com
We regret that we will not be able to consider any applications from overseas (non-EU) students. The application deadline is Monday, 9th April 2018, and interviews will be arranged in due course (they will be conducted by Skype for non-Lancaster students).
Please note that you do not have to apply individually for both Management Science and STOR-i internships. If you have already made an application for the STOR-i internships and also wish to be considered for Management Science please just let us know.
A selection of our recent and current PhD projects are listed below. These include topics within the STOR-i Doctoral Training Centre which is a joint venture between the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the Department of Management Science. These projects usually have supervisors in both departments and/or an industrial partner.
Our studentships and funding opportunities for PhD study are available through Lancaster University, through the UK's research councils, and through various other organisations. We provide below the details of four different types of studentships, which include fees and a living allowance, and further links for other funding opportunities.
A number of LUMS Studentships are available which include a fee waiver and a stipend of approximately £14,777 per annum. Applicants should indicate that they wish to be considered for a Doctoral Studentship on their application form (under the section on proposed source of funding and in the personal statement) so that they can automatically be considered: there are no separate studentship application forms.
These studentships are available for all the PhD programmes offered by LUMS and for students of any nationality. This is a generous programme of awards, allocated on a competitive basis, which is intended to support promising researchers to undertake their PhD studies in LUMS. Students receiving these studentships will be required to undertake some teaching and/or marking activities.
Eligibility: all studentsDeadline for applications: 1st April 2019. Please note if you are planning to apply for an ESRC award the deadline for this is the 8th February 2019.
Currently, the Department of Management Science offers programme-specific funded studentships aimed at high achieving applicants.
Eligibility: Management Science applicants only
Interests: Our interests cover information systems and the digital economy; operational research; and operations management, including supply chain and logistics. Supervision is available in all these areas.
More Details: We have a large group of PhD candidates and are seeking others to join them. The funding covers fees and living costs and are currently only available for full time study. Details of potential PhD topics can be found on the Management Science PhD page. For more details, please contact Ms Gay Bentinck.
Deadline: Please note that there are two deadlines for Departmental funding applications which are 31 December and 15 February each year for October admission.
Lancaster University is leading a ground-breaking project to work in partnership with African researchers to address the urgent need for safe and effective water use in Africa. 'RECIRCULATE: Driving eco-innovation in Africa: capacity-building for a safe circular water economy’ will empower African research organisations to work in, with and for their communities by strengthening their skills and capacity to deliver innovative solutions to pressing problems with water use and safety. The £6.8M project will focus on “joining up” the different ways in which water supports communities, from sewage disposal to energy generation and water used in food production.
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Commonwealth Scholarships are prestigious awards and are very valuable for international students. They are available on a competitive basis.
Eligibility: overseas students
If you’re starting a doctoral degree on or after 1 August 2018, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living costs. It isn’t based on your income or your family’s and it’s paid directly to you. You’ll be able to apply from summer 2018. Please visit the Gov.uk website for more information.
Plenty of websites provide information about funding opportunities. We would suggest overseas applicants to consider the website of the British Council for helpful information. Among the many other sources, we suggest the following links:
Lancaster University forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP), which offers a large number of studentships covering tuition and providing a living allowance. Details of the provision and funding offered by the NWSSDTP are available on the NWSSDTP website.
If you are interested in applying for an ESRC Studentship, please contact Sarah Patterson.
Deadline for applications: 8th February 2019
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistics and Operational Research in partnership with industry (STOR-i) is a collaboration between Lancaster's Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Management Science. STOR-i's goal is the development of international research leaders through a programme in which industrial challenge is the catalyst for mathematical innovation. The Centre's distinctive mission is based on a partnership with several of the UK's leading companies across a range of sectors, including AstraZeneca, BT, IBM, Shell and SSE. We are currently recruiting for entry onto the programme in 2019.
Further details can be found on the STOR-i website.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) provides funding opportunities to support world-leading research. We are looking to recruit researchers in the Department of Management Science who will:
To apply you will need to provide your full CV and a covering letter in which you should indicate which area is of interest to you (and why) and some possible topics for research.
If you are short-listed, we will contact you to put you in touch with potential supervisors for the development of a fuller research proposal. For more information contact Gay Bentinck: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)1524 592408. Applications will be processed as soon as they are received, and short-listed candidates will be invited to interview.
4-Year PhD studentships in Mathematical Models and Algorithms for Managing Airport Capacity
“Mathematical Models and Algorithms for Allocating Scarce Airport Resources” (OR-MASTER) is a six year Programme Grant funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). OR-MASTER aims to develop new mathematical models and algorithms for solving complex, large-scale resource allocation problems, with the ultimate goal of developing innovative decision support capabilities for airport capacity allocation and management. These studentships provide great opportunities for individuals to develop their mathematics/computer science skills while making a contribution to an area of immense importance to society.
The Programme represents a strong partnership between academia and the air transport industry. Over the six years of the Programme, OR-MASTER will involve close collaboration with a host of international organisations (including airports, air traffic management organisations, airlines, ground handling services providers and global security organisations; international research centres and research networks) that will support the project, providing real-world data, insights and expertise. There will be opportunities to work closely with our partners.
Further information can be found here: OR-MASTER PhD Studentships 2018
The complete application consisting of a cover letter (that includes a statement of your understanding of the project), curriculum vitae, transcripts and a recommendation letter needs to be sent to the indicated contact address.
Our Management Science job market candidates students for 2018-2019 are listed below. For further details, please contact the Doctoral Office.
PhD Management Science, 2015
PhD Management Science, 2013
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