Management Science

PhD

  • Entry Year 2022
  • Duration Full time 36 Months, Part time 48 Months

Overview

Do you want to use advanced technical skills to solve problems in the world of management science? Join our global group of high potential scholars using quantitative analytical skills to address complex modern problems.

Our innovative research focuses on Operations Research, Management Science, Business Analytics, Operations Management, Information Systems and Project Management. We have particular strengths in the following areas:

  • Marketing Analytics and Forecasting
  • Health Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Optimisation
  • Simulation and Stochastic Modelling
  • Transport and Logistics.

As part of our friendly and thriving community of staff and students, you will enjoy access to state-of-the-art databases, a research training seminar series, dedicated office space, scientific computing facilities, and IT support. You will exchange ideas and holistic views through workshops, conferences, seminars and communal group working, and benefit from the support of a final year student during your first few months to help you settle in.

We take the lead through our research centres including the Centre for Marketing Analytics and Forecasting, the Centre for Productivity and Efficiency, the Centre for Technological Futures and the Centre for Transport and Logistics. Our staff incorporate insights from their latest research into their teaching, and their links with industry will also help to boost your career prospects. For example, we regularly hear about exciting opportunities for data scientists.

You will receive specialised support by two supervisors as you research and write your thesis. In addition to your thesis, an oral examination will form an integral part of the assessment of your doctoral research.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

A relevant UK Masters degree with the a minimum of 65% overall and 65% in the dissertation, or a non-UK Masters degree, graded at the equivalent level.

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.

Additional Requirements

As part of your application you also need to provide a viable research proposal of up to 5000 words which has potential to make a significant contribution to prior literature. Guidance for writing a research proposal can be found here.

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

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £4,596 £2,298
International £18,590 £9,295

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

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Student Insights

In his latest blog, recent PhD graduate Oliver Schaer shares his experiences of the research community at LUMS. "I am very happy with my decision to have embarked on this ambitious project. I enjoyed the overall aspect of research and being able to develop new methods to improve the decision-making process."

Read Oliver Schaer's Blog

Student Insights

In her latest blog, recent PhD graduate Yiyi Fan discusses the support she received during her studies. "My supervisor provided me invaluable support at every step along the way. Our regular meetings facilitated critical reflections and evaluations of my progress, enabling me to proceed through each stage of my research effectively."

Read Yiyi Fan's Blog
THE Rankings 2022

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.

THE World University Rankings by subject
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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.

QS Rankings 2022

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2022/2023 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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