Programmes

MRes/PhD in Management - Employment Relations and Human Resources

  • Graduate research
  • Department of Management
  • Application code N2Z1
  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU full-time: Open
  • Overseas full-time: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

This programme offers you the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to the field of employment relations and human resource management. You will begin on the MRes and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status.

The MRes/PhD in Management – Employment Relations and Human Resources is part of a rigourous and interdisciplinary graduate training programme. It is designed to stimulate critical thinking and creative ideas and provide you with the analytical skills to design, carry out, report, read and evaluate qualitative and quantitative research.

As a research-led department of management ranking #2 in our field, we aim to produce top-quality social scientists with the ability to engage with the conceptual foundations of employment relations and human resource management – from both an international and comparative perspective – and employ robust methods to produce significant and original research.

We are proud to be ranked #1 in the UK for research in business and management (REF 2014), with specific strengths in labour markets, trade unions, the future of work and the evolving dynamics of the employment relationship.

You will work closely with international and world-class faculty as part of a vibrant community of doctoral students, all of whom are pursuing varied research in different fields of management. The programme also includes a comprehensive methodological training with the opportunity to specialise in a designated field.

Programme details

Key facts

 
Start date 30 September 2020
Application deadline 19 June 2020. However please note the funding deadlines
Duration Five years full-time: two years MRes, three years PhD 
Tuition fee UK/EU: £4,435 (for the first year) - provisional
Overseas: £19,368 (for the first year)
Financial support LSE PhD Studentships (deadlines 10 January 2020 and 27 April 2020)
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline
GRE/GMAT requirement GMAT or GRE is required for all applicants
English language requirements Higher (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.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for MRes/PhD in 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.

If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK then have a look at our Information for International Students to find out the entry requirements that apply to you.

GRE/GMAT requirement

GMAT or GRE is required for all applicants. It must be no more than five years before 1 October 2020, and must show full and percentile scores for all sections.

Find out more about GRE/GMAT

Assessing your application

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

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)
- statement of academic purpose
- references
- CV
- GMAT/GRE
- 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

The application deadline for this programme is 19 June 2020. However to be considered for any LSE funding opportunity, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details.

Programme structure and courses

First year (MRes)

In the first year of the programme you will take an advanced course in employment relations and human resource management and training in the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative study. As the employment relations and human resources domain is multidisciplinary, you can take one half unit elective course from selected fields including law, gender studies, and organisational behaviour. Courses include:

Employment Relations and Human Resource Management Seminar
Covers the fundamental topics in employment relations, human resource management and organisational theories and offers an advanced study of individual, group and firm behaviour, and behaviours of representative organisations of workers and management.

Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design
Introduces a broad range of design options across quantitative and qualitative research, covering issues of data quality, analysis, reporting and reproducibility. The course is designed to equip you to implement and make arguments defending the methods you use in your PhD theses.

Qualitative Research Methods
Covers the fundamentals of qualitative research methods with opportunities to put those methods into practice.  This is an introductory course and if you join the programme with previous research design training, advanced research design courses may be taken with permissions.

A Social Sciences Perspective of Academic Research in Management
A non-assessed training course which enables an understanding of different research disciplines in management through a social science lens. The course also aims to develop academic presentation skills.

Either

  • Applied Regression Analysis
    The main topics covered are linear regression modelling and binary, multinomial and ordinal logistic regression. 
  • Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
    Intensive introduction to quantitative data analysis in the social sciences, covering the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical estimation and inference. Computer classes give hands-on training in the application of statistical techniques to real social science research problems.
  • Multivariate Analysis and Measurement
    An introduction to the application of modern multivariate methods used in the social sciences, with a focus on latent variable models for continuous observed variables, and their application to questions of measurement in the social sciences.

You can also take one half unit elective course from a range of options.

Second year (MRes)

In the second year, you will take elective courses and write a research paper in your major field.

Research Paper in Management
A research paper, between 7,000 and 15,000 words related to your designated major field.

In addition, you will be required to complete one half unit course from a range of options, including but not limited to:

  • Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction
  • Labour Markets and the Political Economy of Employment in Europe
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and International Labour Standards 

PhD

Upon successfully completing the MRes and progressing to the PhD, you will work on your research and write your PhD thesis.

For the most up-to-date list of courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.  

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Supervision, progression and assessment

Supervision

You will be supervised by the PhD Director of the Employment Relations and Human Resources stream for the duration of the MRes period.

During the first two years of the programme, you will participate in Research Practicums, working in collaboration with different faculty mentors. Each research practicum is a 5-week engagement, enabling you to participate in research activities and develop your own research skills.

Progression and assessment

You will need to meet certain criteria to progress to each subsequent year of the programme, such as achieving certain grades in your coursework.

Your final award will be determined by the completion of an original research thesis and a viva oral examination.

Careers

LSE is ranked #5 in the world for its reputation with employers (QS ranking 2019) and the MRes/PhD in Management – Employment Relations and Human Resources is an excellent platform to kick start your career.           

Support for your career

Throughout the programme, you are expected to participate in Employment Relations and Human Resources Faulty Group research workshops, enabling you to grow familiar with the process of presenting and discussing academic papers with experienced faculty, and provide opportunities for networking.

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

Fees and funding

Every research student is charged a fee in line with the fee structure for 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 2020/21 for MRes/PhD in Management - Employment Relations and Human Resources

UK/EU students: £4,435 for the first year (provisional)
Overseas students: £19,368 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.

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 £13 million in scholarships each year to 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: 10 January 2020 and 27 April 2020.

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. 

External funding 

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

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

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Programme enquiries

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 dom.phd.enquiries@lse.ac.uk

Admissions enquiries

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