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How to apply

The formal PhD application and admissions process is handled by the Graduate Admissions Office|. All applicants are advised to read the 2014 Graduate Prospectus| (for entry in 2014) 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 transcripts. 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 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. The Working Papers Series might also be helpful.

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

  • for enquiries about Information Systems and Innovation and Management Science track applications.
  • for enquiries about Business Economics, Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour and General Management track applications.

 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.