MRes/PhD in Management - Marketing

  • Graduate research
  • Department of Management
  • Application code N2Z2
  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU 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 marketing. You will begin on the MRes and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status.

The MRes/PhD in Management – Marketing is part of a rigorous and interdisciplinary graduate training programme designed to stimulate critical thinking and creative ideas and provide you with the analytical skills to test hypotheses.

As a research-led department of management ranking #2 in our field, we aim to produce top-quality social scientists who are able to engage with the conceptual foundations of marketing – such as consumer behaviour and quantitative modelling – and employ robust methods in their research.

We are proud to be ranked #1 in the UK for research in business and management (REF 2014) and our researchers tackle global issues that shape business and policy across the world.

You will work closely with international and world-class faculty as part of a vibrant doctoral student community, all of whom are pursuing varied research in different fields of management. The programme includes a comprehensive methodological training with 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 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 - Marketing

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.

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)
- statement of academic purpose
- references
- CV
- 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

Introductory course (MRes)

Should you wish to study Microeconomics or Econometrics in your first year, you will begin the programme with the Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics. This course begins before the start of the academic year. 

First year (MRes)

In the first year of the programme you will take advanced core courses in consumer behaviour and quantitative modelling and have a choice of elective courses that introduce you to the fundamental analytical tools necessary to conduct research in marketing. Courses include:

Marketing: Consumer Behaviour
Introduces research in cognitive psychology, social psychology, and marketing to develop critical thinking in the area of information processing, judgement and decision making. The course also focuses on advancing understanding of consumer behaviour by enabling you to conceptualise, develop and operationalise research ides. 

Marketing: Quantitative Modelling
Covers theoretical models required to analyse marketing issues and decision-support models, with the aim of developing the quantitative foundations for marketing decisions. Requires some understanding of calculus, probability, statistics and matrix algebra.

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.

Microeconomics 1
Develops the basic tools for analysing problems of resource allocation used by economists working in research, government and business. 

Statistical Inference: Principles, Methods and Computation
Provides a comprehensive coverage on some fundamental aspects of probability and statistics methods and principles. The course delivers hands-on experience in simulation and data analysis.

Econometrics for MRes Students
Covers inference, classical and generalised linear regression, generalised regression methods, time-series, panel-data, and microeconometric methods, and specialised econometric methods.

Or, courses up to the value of one unit from the following:

  • Applied Regression Analysis
    The main topics covered are linear regression modelling and binary, multinomial and ordinal logistic regression. 
  • Multivariate Analysis and Measurement
    An introduction to the application of modern multivariate methods used in the social sciences, with particular focus on latent variable models for continuous observed variables, and their application to questions of measurement in the social sciences.
  • Causal Inferences for Observational and Experimental Studies
    Introduces statistical methods used for causal inference in the social sciences. Using the potential outcomes framework of causality, topics covered include research designs such as randomized experiments and observational studies.

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 courses up to the value of one unit from the following:

  • Labour Economics for Research Studies
  • Applied Regression Analysis
  • Causal Inference for Observational and Experimental Studies
  • Multivariate Analysis and Measurement

You can take other courses from a range of options as agreed with your supervisor and programme director and subject to timetabling constraints.


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


You will be supervised by the PhD Directors of the Marketing 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.


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

Support for your career

Throughout the programme, you are expected to participate in Marketing Seminars, providing opportunities to seek feedback on your research ideas and strike collaborations with visiting faculty

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 - Marketing

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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