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The part-time PhD in the Theory and Practice of Management (TPM) combines the academic rigour of a traditional PhD with the accessibility of a structured, part-time research programme. A recent EFMD doctoral conference hosted at Lancaster gave significant emphasis to the changing forms of knowledge production within academia and in society more broadly, and the need for universities to update their provision to reflect the societies they serve. This programme is a response to that need, with its increased focus on research impact and business engagement. It also recognises that doctoral researchers form an integral part of our research community and add value to the research conducted here at Lancaster.
Through a combination of online resources and facilitated activities, face-to-face workshops, and collaborative supervision, the programme will be accessible to part-time researchers from the public, private and third sectors. Working closely with academic faculty, they will be supported in developing their research skills at the same time as generating a valuable contribution to knowledge.
There are two routes within the programme, designed to meet the needs of a range of applicants. This main route (PhD in Theory and Practice of Management (TPM)) is open access and is designed to offer a strong methodological understanding/skillset, a ‘light touch’ grounding in the management discipline, and to support participants in producing a quality piece of independent research.
The International Doctorate in the Practice of Management (IDPM) route delivers the same qualification but is founded upon the existing IMPM programme and is only open to graduates of this programme. Following completion of the IMPM Major Paper, students will undertake tailored research training designed to enable them to produce a quality piece of research. There is significant overlap between the two training programmes, and between our part-time and full-time training programmes, to offer the richest possible experience to participants on all routes.
This open-access TPM route consists of the modules shown in the course structure, all of which are compulsory.
Participants will also need to undertake 15-30 hours of tailored research training in relation to data collection and data analysis, in alignment with their research.
Participants will be awarded a PhD on successful completion of the listed modules, plus a 45,000-word thesis and an academic paper of publishable quality.
- UK Master's level qualification with 65% overall and 65% in the dissertation (or international equivalent) or 7 years' relevant experience
- Bachelor's transcript and certificate
- Master's transcript and certificate
- Research proposal
- Two references
- English test for overseas applicants
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.
Foundations of Management Research
This module is divided into three sections:
1. The Foundations of Social Science Research.
This element of the module will provide you with an understanding of the foundational underpinnings of management research. Core topics will include:
- Introduction: Mapping the field;
- The Enlightenment and Positivism: the march of science;
- Social Constructionism: the making of meaning;
- Interpretive approaches: phenomenology, symbolic interactionism and pragmatism;
- Critical Theory: Marxist heritage and contemporary critique;
- Critical Realism: a stratified perspective;
- Feminism, knowledge and society;
- Hermeneutics: the role of culture and tradition;
- Postmodernism: a crisis of confidence; The fifth moment: present issues and future possibilities.
2. An Introduction to Quantitative Research
The quantitative element of the module will cover the following topic areas, with the intention of providing an overview of relevant approaches and methodologies:
- Introduction to quantitative research: the search for relationships;
- Survey-based research; Experiment-based research;
- Cross-tabulations and chi-square tests;
- Hypothesis testing (t tests and ANOVA);
- Measuring statistical relationships: correlation and regression analysis;
- Introduction to computer-aided data analysis using SPSS
3. An Introduction to Qualitative Research
The qualitative element of the module will cover the following topic areas, with the intention of providing an overview of relevant approaches and methodologies:
- Introduction to qualitative research: the search for meaning; Introduction to mixed methods; Common methods of data collection: e.g. interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, case studies, observational techniques; Common methods of data analysis: e.g. coding and memos, hermeneutics, semiotics, discourse.
Design Issues in Management Research
This module will introduce you to research design issues in business and management. The module will make the assumptions and procedures necessarily entailed in management research of different kinds (including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods) more explicit. The approach emphasises the place of different research designs and strategies in the accomplishment of knowledge about management as well as how to craft research. In this way, it offers a basis for the appreciation and evaluation of different varieties of research as well as providing an opportunity for you to consider these issues in relation to your own research.
Research Skills Training - various/tailored
You will be required to undertake between 15 and 30 hours of specific, advanced research training relevant to their research design. This could relate to data collection methods, data analysis methods or broader methodological understanding.
Suitable modules, workshops or courses could be accessed from PhD or MSc programmes from the Management School r wider university, events run by our DTP partners Liverpool and Manchester, or events hosted by the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI). The proposed training must be approved as relevant and at the right level by your supervisors and the programme director. Training attended can be assessed or unassessed, but you will be required to write a brief (500 word) report on each piece of training attended giving a brief summary of the content, how it relates to your research, and how you will utilise the learning going forward.
Delivering Impactful Research
The aim of this module is to support you in building impact into your current and future research, rather than seeing it as an add-on. Topics covered will include:
- Understanding the significance of impact
- Routes to impact - considering the different ways in which impact can be achieved
- Building impact into the research design
- Engagement with project stakeholders as a route to impact
- Aligning with the agendas of policy-makers and funding bodies as routes to impact
- Being an impactful researcher
Communicating with Different Research Audiences
This module will support you in developing your ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders to your research. Topics covered will include:
- Understanding the different agendas of different research stakeholders - including funders, end-users, policymakers and research participants, and hence the form, content and frequency of communication they might desire
- Considering the similarities and differences between academic and practitioner audiences in this regard, and the implications for modes of communication
- Developing the ability to utilise a range of communication channels, including digital and social media, effectively, including having an awareness of some of the pitfalls
- Understanding the ethical issues relating to the dissemination of research outcomes
- Developing a personal presence and profile in support of your research agenda.
Fees and funding
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There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.
Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.
Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. Every student belongs to a college, and all students pay a small College Membership Fee which supports the running of college events and activities. Students on some distance-learning courses are not liable to pay a college fee.
For students starting in 2023 and 2024, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2025 have not yet been set.
Computer equipment and internet access
To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.
The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or broadband support in place.
Application fees and tuition fee deposits
For most taught postgraduate applications there is a non-refundable application fee of £40. We cannot consider applications until this fee has been paid, as advised on our online secure payment system. There is no application fee for postgraduate research applications.
For some of our courses you will need to pay a deposit to accept your offer and secure your place. We will let you know in your offer letter if a deposit is required and you will be given a deadline date when this is due to be paid.
What is my fee status?
The fee that you pay will depend on whether you are considered to be a home or international student. Read more about how we assign your fee status.
Fees in subsequent years
If you are studying on a programme of more than one year’s duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. Read more about fees in subsequent years.
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