MPhil/PhD in Management - Information Systems and Innovation

  • Graduate research
  • Department of Management
  • Application code G5ZC
  • Starting 2020
  • Home full-time: Closed
  • Overseas full-time: Closed
  • 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 information systems. You will begin on the MPhil and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status.

As a research-led department of management ranking #2 in our field, we aim to produce top-quality social scientists who are able to conduct original, robust and significant socio-technical research in digital innovation. You will develop a profound understanding of the complex and dynamic interactions between information technology and society, and learn to define problems and research questions, collect and analyse data, and bring empirical observations to bear on the development of theory.

We have a strong tradition of high-quality research, teaching and knowledge exchange in information systems and innovation, with specific expertise in digital ecosystems, organisational technologies, security and privacy, health and financial services. The Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Research Group is one of the largest groups of its kind in the world and is proud to be part of the Department of Management, which is ranked #1 in the UK for research in business and management (REF 2014).

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 qualitative training, studies from a wide variety of countries and the opportunity to specialise in a designated field.

Teaching and learning in Michaelmas Term 2020 
Information on how LSE will deliver teaching and learning in Michaelmas term can be found here.

Programme details

Key facts

Start date 28 September 2020
Application deadline New deadline: 5pm GMT 22 May
Duration Four years
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), ESRC funding (deadline 10 January 2020)
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 bachelor’s degree or equivalent in computer science or a social science discipline, plus high merit (65+) in a Master’s degree or equivalent in information systems or management or a related discipline 
GRE/GMAT requirement GMAT or GRE is recommended for all applicants, but not compulsory
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 MPhil/PhD in Management - Information Systems and Innovation

2:1 bachelor’s degree or equivalent in computer science or a social science discipline, plus high merit (65+) in a Master’s degree or equivalent in information systems or management or a related discipline.

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 recommended, but not mandatory. 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, and 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)
- academic statement of purpose
- references
- CV
- GMAT/GRE (if provided)
- 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

All Information Systems and Innovation doctoral students attend weekly research seminars which feature presentations and discussions from doctoral students, invited speakers and academic members of the Information Systems and Innovation Faculty group.

First year

Courses prepare you for research in organisational phenomena associated with IT innovation, and the management of IT-enabled organisational and social change. In consultation with your academic supervisor, you will settle on a definite research topic by the end of the first year and write a research paper in your major field. At the end of this first year, your progress is reviewed to establish that you are on track to upgrade from MPhil to PhD status. Courses include:

Foundations of Social Research in Information Systems: Paradigms and Traditions
Introduces the foundations of social research and the key issues concerning the status of knowledge and the forms by which it is acquired.

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.

Qualitative Research Methods
Covers the fundamentals of qualitative research methods with opportunities to put those methods into practice.  It prepares you to design, carry out, report, read and evaluate qualitative research projects.

Managing Digital Platform Innovation
Covers the dynamics of large-scale digital service platforms and their associated ecosystems, with a focus on facilitating in-depth debates on complex research issues related to platform and infrastructure innovation.

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.

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 elective courses from a range of options, including:

  • Doing Ethnography
  • Qualitative Research with Digital and Visual Data
  • Qualitative Text and Discourse Analysis
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Workshops
  • Applied Regression Analysis
  • Multivariate Analysis and Measurement
  • Social Networks Analysis

Second, third and fourth year

In years two to four of the programme, you are expected to dive deep into your research and write your thesis. While writing the thesis you will attend weekly seminars for Information Systems and Innovation PhD students, but can also attend other regular research seminars that may be relevant to your research.

For details on timelines and assessment, please refer to the section on 'supervision, progression and assessment'. 


You can find the most up-to-date list of courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar. 

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


You will be allocated a PhD supervisor on commencing the programme. 

During the first year 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.

You will also attend and contribute to the Information Systems PhD Seminar Series and Workshops and other workshops relevant to your research question on a weekly basis. These are designed to strengthen your methodological skills and enable you to present your work in progress.

From year two onwards, you will receive a termly review on your progress, with feedback on recommendations for progression from the Department of Management PhD Committee.

Progression and assessment

Successful completion of work required for each year is a necessary condition for re-registration in the following year; and for upgrading from MPhil to PhD status. You will need to meet certain criteria, such as achieving certain grades in your assignments. During the first year you will produce a research paper related to your designated major field, to be submitted at the end of Lent Term. In week 6 of Michaelmas Term in your second year, you will submit your research proposal for assessment, outlining the aims and methods of your thesis, providing preliminary data collection and analysis. You will also need to submit a concise literature review in which the significance of the proposed research is articulated. The paper will be read by two academic assessors, in advance of your viva voce. The Department of Management PhD Committee will consider this assessment, and if successful, you will upgrade from MPhil registration to registration as a PhD candidate.

By week 6 of Lent Term in your third year, you will submit two draft chapters, a chapter outline for the thesis, a schedule for completing the thesis and a bibliography. The submission will be assessed via a viva voce by two members of the Department of Management, the PhD Programme Director, and the Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Lead. Successful completion of this assessment means that you will be reregistered onto the programme into the fourth and final year.

You are required to complete your PhD thesis within four years and should allow three to six months for revisions and submissions.

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


LSE is ranked #5 in the world for its reputation with employers (QS ranking 2019) and the MPhil/PhD in Management – Information Systems and Innovation is an excellent platform to kick start your career.  

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their 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 MPhil/PhD in Management - Information Systems and Innovation

UK/EU students: £4,435 (for the first year)
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 £11.5 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, and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding. Selection for the PhD Studentships and ESRC funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline.  

Funding deadline for first round of LSE PhD Studentships and ESRC funding: 10 January 2020
The deadline for the second round of LSE PhD Studentships: 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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