PhD student

PhD in Management - Organisation, Work and Technology Pathway

Our PhD programme and Doctor of Management set the agenda in debates about human resource management and employment relations.

PhD graduates

About the programme

We welcome applications from suitably qualified individuals interested in pursuing research within the Department's areas of academic specialisation working towards an MPhil/PhD or Doctor of Management. A range of social science disciplines is included in the Department and research supervision is possible in a wide number of areas.

The PhD in Management - Organisation, Work and Technology pathway includes a range of skills seminars to enhance your knowledge. You will be allocated two supervisors, and you will be encouraged to participate in regular research and graduate seminars hosted by staff and guest speakers. On the other hand, the practice-orientated Doctor of Management based on reflective practice is aimed at senior managers who want to develop a more sophisticated understanding of their own practice and organisation. 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 2017/18.

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"My PhD journey was one of the best in my life. It gave me the opportunities to learn, teach, think, attend weekly departmental research seminars, attend conferences and workshops and organise conferences too."

Anindita Banerjee, PhD Organisation, Work and Technology 2015

Programme Structure

Discover what you will study as a PhD or Doctor of Management student in Organisation, Work and Technology and visit our PhD Organisation, Work and Technology Handbook 2018

PhD in Management

Below is an overview of the modules you will study throughout your first year on the PhD in Management - Organisation, Work & Technology. You will also study a range of optional research training seminars to enhance your skills. To apply for this PhD programme, please visit Apply for PhD.

ModuleCredits
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 Two and Three  

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.

 

 

Research Training 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.

SeminarCompulsory/Optional
Term One  
Strategies for Success: Managing your PhD - Getting Started Optional
Plagiarism Compulsory
Ethics and Research Compulsory
Evaluating Academic Literature & Writing Your Literature Review Optional
Managing Writing Optional
Career Planning Part 1 - preparing to secure an academic post Optional
Writing retreat Optional
Career Planning Part 2 - Developing an online Academic Portfolio Optional
Term Two  
Career Planning Part 3 - Applying for Academic Jobs Optional
Nvivo Training 1 Optional
Establishing an Intellectual Identity Optional
Strategies for success: Managing your PhD - Staying Focused, Getting Finished Optional
Panels and Reviews Optional
Enjoying your Viva Optional
Writing for Academic Journals in the Context of your Career Optional
How to Write a Thesis Optional
Writing Retreat / Nvivo training 2 Optional
Term Three  
How to Present your Work in Public and at Conferences   Optional
Getting an Academic Job and Managing your Career Optional
How to Get your Book Published / Atlas Session 1 Optional
Postdoc Funding Optional
Atlas Session 2 Optional
Writing Retreat Optional

Doctor of Management

Please note, this programme is currently under review and is not currently accepting applications.

This practice-oriented doctoral programme is an exciting new opportunity for senior managers to develop a more sophisticated understanding of their own practice and their own organisation. This programme aims to create research that is academically rigorous and practically relevant, and contribute both to the discipline and to practice. 

Design and Aims

The design and pedagogy is based on a long tradition of learning through reflective practice developed at Lancaster, and refined over the past 20 years through programmes such as the International Masters Program for Managers. The programme is for senior managers who are already very experienced, but who desire to develop in-depth knowledge of their own practice and the organisations that they manage.

The pedagogy of the Doctor of Management programme is based on the principle that students learn by reflecting on their own practical experience – what Donald Schön refers to as 'reflective practitioners'On the programme, students and academic supervisors constitute an active learning community and will meet face-to-face and virtually on a regular basis. Discover our Doctor of Management Course Handbook for full course details.

Fees

The fee for the programme is £15,000 per year. This does not include the cost of travel and accommodation at residential meetings, which needs to be budgeted for separately. On-campus accommodation is available at approximately £30 per night. 

Apply

Before applying, we recommend contacting the Programme Manager Julie Gabriel-Clarke for an informal chat. You will need the following to apply:

  • An appropriate Masters such as the MBA, or the IMPM
  • Experienced senior manager with a minimum of 10-15 years of relevant management experience

Please visit the online application system to submit your application. You will need to supply:

  • An up-to-date CV indicating your experience and qualifications.
  • A project proposal that outlines your research interest, why you find it interesting, and what you think the key issues are in researching this area. This will typically be a five to seven-page document, following the guidelines set out in this template. The proposal will be evaluated for its insightfulness, novelty, clarity, and rigour. 
  • A recent and significant example of your own prior written work (for example, essays from a prior degree or an organisational or consulting report).
  • Letters of recommendation from two senior practitioners that have known you for at least five years.
  • A letter of sponsorship from your employer stating that they support your participation in the programme.
  • A copy of your Masters Degree and transcript.

We will invite successful candidates to interview, and offers are secured by a non-refundable £3,000 deposit. The deadline for applications is October 31st 2018.

 

  • PhD in Management

    PhD in Management

    Below is an overview of the modules you will study throughout your first year on the PhD in Management - Organisation, Work & Technology. You will also study a range of optional research training seminars to enhance your skills. To apply for this PhD programme, please visit Apply for PhD.

    ModuleCredits
    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 Two and Three  

    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.

     

     
  • Research Training Seminars

    Research Training 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.

    SeminarCompulsory/Optional
    Term One  
    Strategies for Success: Managing your PhD - Getting Started Optional
    Plagiarism Compulsory
    Ethics and Research Compulsory
    Evaluating Academic Literature & Writing Your Literature Review Optional
    Managing Writing Optional
    Career Planning Part 1 - preparing to secure an academic post Optional
    Writing retreat Optional
    Career Planning Part 2 - Developing an online Academic Portfolio Optional
    Term Two  
    Career Planning Part 3 - Applying for Academic Jobs Optional
    Nvivo Training 1 Optional
    Establishing an Intellectual Identity Optional
    Strategies for success: Managing your PhD - Staying Focused, Getting Finished Optional
    Panels and Reviews Optional
    Enjoying your Viva Optional
    Writing for Academic Journals in the Context of your Career Optional
    How to Write a Thesis Optional
    Writing Retreat / Nvivo training 2 Optional
    Term Three  
    How to Present your Work in Public and at Conferences   Optional
    Getting an Academic Job and Managing your Career Optional
    How to Get your Book Published / Atlas Session 1 Optional
    Postdoc Funding Optional
    Atlas Session 2 Optional
    Writing Retreat Optional
  • Doctor of Management

    Doctor of Management

    Please note, this programme is currently under review and is not currently accepting applications.

    This practice-oriented doctoral programme is an exciting new opportunity for senior managers to develop a more sophisticated understanding of their own practice and their own organisation. This programme aims to create research that is academically rigorous and practically relevant, and contribute both to the discipline and to practice. 

    Design and Aims

    The design and pedagogy is based on a long tradition of learning through reflective practice developed at Lancaster, and refined over the past 20 years through programmes such as the International Masters Program for Managers. The programme is for senior managers who are already very experienced, but who desire to develop in-depth knowledge of their own practice and the organisations that they manage.

    The pedagogy of the Doctor of Management programme is based on the principle that students learn by reflecting on their own practical experience – what Donald Schön refers to as 'reflective practitioners'On the programme, students and academic supervisors constitute an active learning community and will meet face-to-face and virtually on a regular basis. Discover our Doctor of Management Course Handbook for full course details.

    Fees

    The fee for the programme is £15,000 per year. This does not include the cost of travel and accommodation at residential meetings, which needs to be budgeted for separately. On-campus accommodation is available at approximately £30 per night. 

    Apply

    Before applying, we recommend contacting the Programme Manager Julie Gabriel-Clarke for an informal chat. You will need the following to apply:

    • An appropriate Masters such as the MBA, or the IMPM
    • Experienced senior manager with a minimum of 10-15 years of relevant management experience

    Please visit the online application system to submit your application. You will need to supply:

    • An up-to-date CV indicating your experience and qualifications.
    • A project proposal that outlines your research interest, why you find it interesting, and what you think the key issues are in researching this area. This will typically be a five to seven-page document, following the guidelines set out in this template. The proposal will be evaluated for its insightfulness, novelty, clarity, and rigour. 
    • A recent and significant example of your own prior written work (for example, essays from a prior degree or an organisational or consulting report).
    • Letters of recommendation from two senior practitioners that have known you for at least five years.
    • A letter of sponsorship from your employer stating that they support your participation in the programme.
    • A copy of your Masters Degree and transcript.

    We will invite successful candidates to interview, and offers are secured by a non-refundable £3,000 deposit. The deadline for applications is October 31st 2018.

     

Studentships and Funding

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.

  • 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: 1st April 2019. Please note if you are planning to apply for an ESRC award the deadline for this is the 8th February 2019.

    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: Please note that there are two deadlines for Departmental funding applications which are 31 December and 15 February each year for October admission.  

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    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 Gov.uk 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: 8th February 2019

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  • 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 2019.

    Further details can be found on the STOR-i website.

     

  • EPSRC

    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.

  • OR-MASTER

    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.

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Job Market Candidates

Our Organisation, Work and Technology job market candidates for 2017-2018 are listed below.

For further details, please contact the Doctoral Office.

PhD students

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