How to Apply

The formal PhD application and admissions process is handled by the Graduate Admissions Office. All applicants are advised to read the Graduate Prospectus [PDF] (for entry in 2016) on the Graduate Admissions pages.

Applicants are advised to consult the information provided on the PhD track they are interested in: Business Economics, Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour, General Management, Information Systems and Innovation or Management Science as it would be relevant for your application. 

If you choose to apply, your application documents will include the completed application form, references and transcriptsA GRE (preferred) or GMAT score should also be submitted. Please note that this requirement is compulsory for all applicants for all PhD in Management tracks.

In addition, we require you to submit a research proposal with your application:

  • The proposal should be of approximately 3,000 words
  • The proposal should include a preliminary title and set of questions based on your identification of the key literature and current debates in the field, and a discussion of your proposed research approach
  • You should describe your motivation for selecting this particular topic for research and state why you think your proposed work will make a significant and original contribution to the field
  • Finally, tell us how you think your research fits into the current research profile of the Faculty Group in which your chosen PhD track is based, the Department and LSE. To do this, please take time to review the academic work of the Group. Start by reading about our Groups' research foci.

For a full explanation of what you need to supply, please see How to Apply and Completing Your Application.

Once we have received a formal application from Graduate Admissions, we will review it internally and get back to you regarding our decision. If we need further information from you, we will get in touch with you directly.

Supervisors for successful applicants are assigned by the Faculty Group according to suitability and staff workload. Our decision is communicated to the GAO who will then formally write to you.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All applicants must have taken the GRE General Test and must include the test score with their application. This must show full and percentile scores for all three sections. The test scores should be less than five years old on 1 October 2015.

For details of how to take the test, see the ETS website. The GRE has three sections: Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical.


Students seeking to transfer from PhD programmes at other universities are required to submit an application through the Graduate Admissions Office in the same way as other candidates. Decisions are made on a case by case basis, depending on the design of the programme and the student's academic history and performance. In most cases, students granted transfers from other PhD programmes will be required to enter our MPhil/PhD programme from the beginning and complete the taught course elements of the programme before proceeding to PhD registration.

Any questions?

We would be grateful if you would allow us to filter your communications with individual members of staff regarding PhD admissions, and kindly ask you not to make multiple contacts within the Department. We therefore ask that all emails should be addressed to: 

Please also check our FAQs section of the website to see if any of your questions have been answered there. Answers to the majority of questions can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

To find out the status of your application you should use the Track Your Application webpage.

For remaining questions on the application process, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office directly. To email Graduate Admissions you must first try to find the answer to your question by running a search on the Admissions Enquiries page. You will then be offered the option, via a box at the bottom of the screen (headed 'To send a written enquiry') to email Graduate Admissions direct.

If there is any issue regarding the content of your research proposal we will put you in contact with the appropriate member of academic staff best able to discuss it with you.