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Research degrees

Choose from five specialist research routes

“We are proud to be part of LSE, an institution that ranks #5 in the world for social sciences and management (QS World University Rankings 2023)”

As a research-led department of management ranking #5 in our field, our MRes/PhD and MPhil/PhD programmes are an integral part of the academic environment at LSE, producing doctoral graduates of the highest quality.

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.

All programmes include a comprehensive methodological training, seminars in specific research areas, and you will also have the opportunity to specialise in a designated field.

Research degree programme FAQs

Applications for 2024/25 entry are now closed

The competition for places on the Department of Management PhD programme is intense. Our selection process starts with a detailed review of your application by our Programme Directors and Faculty Groups to select candidates for interview.

If you have been invited for interview, you will be contacted during the last week in February. We plan to hold interviews between 28 February and 15 March. All interviews are online and usually last around one hour. We expect to start contacting successful applicants with offers to join our Programmes by the end of March.

All applicants are advised to regularly check their inbox and spam folders for further communications and updates to your application.

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Contact us

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 MRes/PhD in Management

MPhil/PhD in Management

Visiting Research Students

Current Research Students

A statement about the ACE PGR Initiative 

In line with the LSE’s principle to Advance Higher Education’s Race Equality Charter, the Department of Management is participating in the Aiming for a College Education Programme – Postgraduate Research Programmes (ACE - PGR). It is an initiative to widen access and participation for UK BAME applicants and students who are underrepresented in PGR programmes across LSE. This scheme will provide support to BAME candidates at three key stages of the PGR lifecycle: (1) Access, (2) Student Success, and (3) Career Progression.