MRes/PhD Management (Employment Relations and Human Resources)

  • Graduate research
  • Department of Management
  • Application code N2Z1
  • Starting 2017

As a world-class and research-led department of management ranking #2 in our field, our new PhD programme is an integral part of the academic environment at LSE, producing doctoral graduates of the highest quality.

We are also very proud to be ranked #1 in the UK for research in business and management (REF 2014) whose academic research impacts on key social challenges in business and policy across the globe.             

You will work closely with a number of international and world-class faculty members as well as a vibrant doctoral community of around 30 students, all pursuing varied research in different fields of management. The programme includes a comprehensive range of methodological training and seminars in specific research areas and you will also have the opportunity to specialise in a designated field.

The Employment Relations and Human Resources track is situated in the internationally recognised Department of Management. Since the pioneering work of LSE’s founders in 1895, the School has had a strong tradition of research on working conditions, industrial efficiency and trade unions. It is grounded in LSE’s core principles of theoretical understanding and critical analysis. Students on this programme will establish a core understanding of the operation of HR functions and employment relations systems in organisational contexts, spanning national and cultural borders.

Members of the Employment Relations and Human Resources faculty group draw on the fields of economics, law, political science, psychology, and sociology to conduct theory-driven and applied research in a diverse range of industry and workplace settings. Research areas include teams, work organisation and employee participation, conflict management and dispute resolution , rewards, and international labour migration. 

Programme details

Key facts

Start date 21 September 2017
Application deadline Rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadlines
Duration Six years full-time: two years MRes, four years PhD 
Availability UK/EU: Closed
Overseas: Closed
Tuition fee UK/EU: £4,195 (for the first year)
Overseas: £17,208 (for the first year)
Financial support LSE PhD Studentships (deadlines 9 January 2017 and 26 April 2017)
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline
GRE/GMAT requirement Will be considered if submitted, but not a requirement
English language requirements Standard (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Programme structure and courses

PhD programme applications are now closed for 2017/18. We will be introducing an amended structure for 2018/19, and will update this page in due course.

Supervision, progression and assessment


Successful applicants will be supervised by the PhD Director of the stream for the duration of the MRes period.

During the MRes period you will have the opportunity to meet and discuss your research interests with a range of faculty members to help ensure you have the right fit with your supervisor for your PhD. This is designed to expose you to various faculty members within the academic group on a rotation basis and also to provide a more integrated experience where you will have the chance to develop their ideas with junior faculty.

Progression and assessment

Students who pass all of the second year courses are awarded an MRes in Management and those who meet the progression standard are upgraded to PhD registration from year three.


LSE is ranked #5 in the world for its reputation with employers (QS ranking 2016) and the MRes/PhD in Management is an excellent platform to kick start your career.  You will develop advanced analytical and research skills as well as an in depth insight into markets and organisations.

Students who successfully complete the programme often embark on an academic career in top universities such as UCL, Copenhagen Business School and California State University. Recent doctoral graduates have also gone into careers at companies such as JP Morgan, EY and McKinsey.                  

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Assessing your application

We welcome applications for research programmes that complement the academic interests of members of staff at the School, and we recommend that you investigate staff research interests before applying.

See the LSE Experts Directory for more information

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including existing and pending qualifications)
- personal statement
- references
- CV
- GMAT/GRE (not required but a strong score may boost your application)
- outline research proposal
- sample of written work.

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE, but we recommend that you do. See our English language requirements.

When to apply

This programme is now closed for 2017/18 entry.

Minimum entry requirements for MRes/PhD Management (Employment Relations and Human Resources)

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree in any discipline, or the equivalent.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

See international entry requirements

GRE/GMAT requirement

We do not require a GMAT/GRE score for this programme but a strong score would benefit your application.

Find out more about GRE/GMAT

Fees and funding

Every research student is charged a fee for each year of their programme. The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs  or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2017/18 for MRes/PhD Management (Employment Relations and Human Resources)

UK/EU students: £4,195 for the first year
Overseas students: £17,208 for the first year

The fee is likely to rise over subsequent years of the programme. The School charges UK/EU research students in line with the level of fee that the Research Councils recommend. The fees for overseas students are likely to rise in line with the assumed percentage increase in pay costs (ie, 4 per cent per annum).

Fee status

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

Fee rewards

Currently there is also an early payment reward for self-financed students who pay their tuition fees by specific dates.

Please refer to the Fees Office website for updates. 

Scholarships, studentships and other funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide over £11.5 million in scholarships each year to our graduate students from the UK, the EU and outside the EU.

This programme is eligible for LSE PhD Studentships. Selection for the PhD Studentships is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline. 

Funding deadline for LSE PhD Studentships: 9 January 2017 and 26 April 2017.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. Although the terms of the UK’s exit agreement from the EU have not yet been finalised, LSE will continue to make funding available to all students regardless of fee status.

Check the latest information about scholarship opportunities.

External funding

There may be other funding opportunities available through other organisations or governments and we recommend you investigate these options as well.

Find out more about external funding opportunities.

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Programme enquiries

Unfortunately faculty members are unable to comment on your eligibility without viewing your full application file first. However, If you have any questions regarding the programme please contact the Department of Management PhD Office at and we will be best able to assist you from there. 

Admissions enquiries

With questions related to the admissions process, please check our admissions frequently asked questions page, or contact the LSE Graduate Admissions team via their getting in touch page.

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