Marketing PhD student

PhD Programmes in Marketing

We have a thriving PhD programme, and our doctoral students contribute to the life of the department through participation at School and Departmental seminars and doctoral consortia. 

PhD graduates

About the programme

Doctoral students are a vital component of our lively research ethos, and we look for a good match between the interests and availability of a potential supervisor, your interests, and the importance and accessibility of your chosen topic. Throughout your journey you will be supported by our academic and administrative staff who will help and guide you, striving to ensure your time with us is rewarding and enjoyable.

As a PhD student, you will find a rich offering of other opportunities either from LUMS, other faculties, through the ESRC’s North-West Social Science Doctoral Training Programme to which we belong, and through NARTI, a network of leading University Business and Management Schools in the North of England.  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 2018/19.


"Studying my Marketing PhD at Lancaster was a life-changing experience. I not only received a high level academic education, but I also gained several life lessons."

Andres Barrios Fajardo, PhD Marketing 2013

Programme Structure

The research training of the PhD in Marketing includes compulsory modules covering topics such as qualitative and quantitative research methods. You will also participate in a series of skill seminars which are not compulsory but highly recommended. For more information, please refer to the tabs below.

Tab Content: Business & Management

Below is an overview of the modules you will study throughout your first year on the PhD in Marketing.

Term One
Research Philosophy and Methods 15
Understanding Your Discipline 15
Searching for Information in Management Research (non-assessed)
Plagiarism (2 hour seminar, assessed)
Ethics and Research (2-hour seminar, assessed)
Years 2 and 3

Your will be required to attend a minimum of30 hours additional, specialist 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 15 hours of training should be undertaken in Year 1.

Tab Content: Research Training Seminars

We offer a wide range of non-compulsory research training seminars and it is anticipated that in the academic year 2019/20 the programme will include the following topics. All doctoral researchers are strongly encouraged to attend the seminars that you think will aid your study.

Term One
Strategies for Success: Managing your PhD - Getting Started (Year 1)
Career Planning - Job Applications and CV Building for Year 3 students

Managing the Supervisor – Student Relationship

Writing retreat (3 day event)

Project & Time Management of PhD Research

Term Two
Career Planning – Profile Building and Developing your Intellectual Identity for Year 2 Students
Writing Retreat (2 one day events)
How to Write a Thesis
Narrative Analysis
Action Research

Strategies for success: Managing your PhD - Staying Focused, Getting Finished

Establishing an Intellectual Identity

Term Three
How to Present your Work in Public and at Conferences

NVIVO Training session 1

NVIVO Training session 2

ATLAS Training session 1

ATLAS Training session 2

Writing Retreat (3 day event)

Panels and Reviews

Writing for Academic Journals in the Context of your Career

3 Minute Thesis & Poster presentation

Discourse Analysis

Grounded Theory

Aspect of Quantitative Research

Enjoying your VIVA

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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.

Apply for PhD

Studentships and Funding

Our studentships and funding opportunities for PhD study are available through the UK's research councils, through Lancaster University, 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.


  • Studentships and Loans

    LUMS Scholarships - All students

    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 students
    Deadline for applications: 12th April 2021

    Programme Studentships - Management Science only

    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: There are two deadlines for 31 December and 15 February each year.

    Commonwealth Scholarships

    Commonwealth Scholarships are prestigious awards and are very valuable for international students. They are available on a competitive basis.

    Eligibility: overseas students

    Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

    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 website for more information.

    Additional 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:

  • ESRC Awards

    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.

    • Eligibility for UK students: no restrictions
    • Eligibility for EU students: restrictions apply; please check the ESRC website or contact us for details
    • Eligibility for overseas students: eligible to apply for a full award in Economics and topics classed as Advanced Quantitative Methods. For other pathways restrictions apply; please check the ESRC website or contact us for details.

    If you are interested in applying for an ESRC Studentship, please contact Sarah Patterson.

    Deadline for applications: 5pm 1st February 2021

  • STOR-i

    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 2021.

    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:

    • Be based with the Department of Management Science
    • Be excellent doctoral students with a strong quantitative background (including mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering)
    • Satisfy the UK residency requirement for full EPSRC support (usually met by EU students whose undergraduate studies were in the UK) for PhD study in any area of the department's OR research portfolio.

    Application Details

    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 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.

    For further information, please download ORMASTER2021‌.

    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.

PhD students

Job Market Candidates

Our Marketing job market candidates students are listed below. For a full list of LUMS candidates, please visit our PhD Job Market Candidates page. For further details, please contact the Doctoral Office.

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