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Number of graduate students (full-time equivalent)
Research: 33
Number of faculty (full-time equivalent): 65
REF: 90 per cent of the Department's research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent 

Location: New Academic Building

About the Department

We are an integrated Department in one of the world’s leading social science institutions. As such, we benefit from close collaboration and cross-disciplinary links with the 23 other departments at LSE, including core business areas such as accounting, finance and economics, but also a full range of social science disciplines from social policy and government to philosophy and geography.

Our identity is founded on a balance between a focus on core management subjects, common to business schools across the globe, but with a unique approach from a cross-disciplinary social science perspective, embedded in an academically outstanding university. This is the foundation for our strength in producing outstanding research which impacts on policy and industry across the globe, and educating the brightest and most innovative graduates who will be in high demand by employers and have the talent to drive positive change in society.

The Department of Management can offer you a unique business education experience. Above all, we teach you how to think critically and to engage with complex problems. You will learn both the fundamental theories of management and the skills to critically evaluate current and future management problems, which you will continue to draw upon throughout your professional career. We also bring alumni, senior business people, senior political figures and senior civil servants directly into the classroom in order that you can learn from their experience.

Studying management at LSE will open employment options to you across a wide range of sectors including finance, banking and professional services firms as well as roles in industry and the public sector.

Opportunities for research

The Department has a vibrant doctoral programme with around 60 students pursuing research in different fields of management. The programme features five distinct tracks:

  • Business Economics
  • Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour
  • General Management
  • Information Systems and Innovation
  • Management Science

The programme is deeply rooted in both the theory and practice of management. Students undertake research at the cutting edge of the social science disciplines within the management field working alongside leading scholars in their area. The programme will provide grounding in the scope and theories of management and the challenges of research design. Students will have the opportunity to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of how these disciplines blend together in tackling the real problems that face organisations. We expect that our students' research will contribute to the further intellectual development of these disciplines, be it in a theoretical, empirical or policy-oriented manner.

We welcome applications from candidates with a strong academic background. Students must meet high standards in all these fields and must apply their training to the construction of a research paper designed to underpin subsequent doctoral research. When applying, students should outline their proposed research clearly, ensuring that they cover each of the topics which we expect to be contained within a research proposal. 

Please note that the tracks of the programme may change. Visit for the latest structure of our PhD programme and further information.

Taught MSc programmes

Executive programmes


MPhil/PhD Management
Visiting Research Students

Application code: N2ZS (Business Economics); N6ZD (Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour); N2ZT (General Management); G5ZC (Information Systems and Innovation); N2ZR (Management Science) (check availability)


Start date: 22 September 2016

Duration: MPhil/PhD 3/4 years (minimum 2), VRS up to 9 months (renewable)

Entry requirement: Applicants should have a UK taught master's degree in a relevant discipline, or the overseas equivalent, with a high merit or distinction overall and a merit in the dissertation (where one exists)

Please see PhD Management programme for more information on the different programme tracks

English requirement: Research

GRE/GMAT requirement: All applicants must submit a GRE or GMAT score

Fee level: See Tuition fees

Financial support: LSE scholarships and studentships (see Financial support). LSE is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre. The MPhil/PhD Management is part of the Global Economic Performance Policy and Management group of accredited programmes for funding (see ESRC). If the Business Economics Track is taken, this is part of the 'Economics' group of accredited programmes

Application deadline 27 April 2016, but please note that the selection process for LSE PhD and ESRC Studentships will take place in two rounds and students are advised to aim for the first deadline, if possible. The funding deadlines are 11 January and 27 April 2016. Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents