Management Science

PhD (Integrated)

  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Full time 48 Months

Overview

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The Integrated PhD is a doctoral programme, typically lasting 4 years, for all students but especially for those from outside the UK. It includes at least one year of structured research and subject training. Training is concentrated in Year 1, but continues into Years 2 and 3. We know that many sponsors prefer students to have a thorough grounding in research methods and to improve their subject knowledge before concentrating on their research thesis - the Integrated PhD offers exactly that.

The Integrated PhD lays more emphasis than is usually the case in the UK on structured research and subject training (which are formally assessed).
Interim qualifications are offered to students who decide to leave before completing the full PhD or who are not thought suitable for doctoral study. These interim qualifications are the MRes degree and the MPhil.

Normally we expect students to take at least 4-5 years to complete all phases of the PhD. This makes it especially suitable for new graduates and for those who are not yet sure of their exact research topic.

Year 1 - The MRes degree
The MRes is a 'Masters in Research' degree, a taught Masters course typically lasting one year. This course is broken up into three parts, Part A consists of taught modules taken primarily from the masters programmes within Management Science or other suitable masters degree modules. Your selection of modules will be agreed with the programme director. Part B consists of the development of research methods skills. The subject-based Masters degree is enhanced by the addition of assessed modules in:

  • Management research methods and issues
  • Research skills
  • Quantitative or qualitative methods (depending on the students' background)

and unassessed modules in

  • Searching for information
  • Intellectual property and copyright regulations

Followed by Part C which is the dissertation.

Years 2, 3 and 4
Successful completion of the MRes is required in order to progress into years 2 and beyond.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

The tuition fee for students with UK fee status is set in line with the standard fee stipend provided by the UK Research Councils. The fee stipend for 2023/24 has not yet been set. For reference, the fee stipend for 2022/23 was full-time £4,596.

The international fee for new entrants in 2023/24 is full-time £19,520.

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course:

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Studentships and Funding

Our studentships and funding opportunities for PhD study are available through the UK's research councils, Lancaster University, and various other organisations. For details of some different types of studentships, which include fees and a living allowance, and further links for other funding opportunities, please see our PhD scholarship and funding information.

Scholarships and Funding
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Ranked in the Top 100 worldwide

Lancaster is ranked 85th worldwide for Business and Economics in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2022.

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#70 in the world for Business and Management

Lancaster is ranked #9 in the UK and #70 in the world for Business and Management according to the QS World Rankings by Subject 2022, one of nine subjects at Lancaster to be featured in the top 100 in these prestigious listings.

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