MPhil/PhD in Management - Information Systems and Innovation

  • Graduate research
  • Department of Management
  • Application code G5ZC
  • Starting 2021
  • 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 2021 

LSE is committed to offering you the best possible teaching and learning experience within the constraints of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our expectation for the 2021-22 academic year is that all LSE students will be in London and studying on campus, where we will provide flexible teaching and learning which blends both in-person and online elements. This flexible approach has been informed by our student and academic community and builds upon the innovations and improvements we have put in place over the past year. If, due to events outside of our reasonable control, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to make any changes to the delivery of the programme in the 2021/22 academic year, we will provide as much notice as is reasonably practicable by updating this page and sending an email to all offer holders/students. 

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Programme details

Key facts

Start date 27 September 2021
Application deadline 14 January 2021
Duration Four years full-time. Please note that LSE allows part-time PhD study only under limited circumstances. Please see for more information. If you wish to study part-time, you should mention this (and the reasons for it) in your statement of academic purpose, and discuss it at interview if you are shortlisted.
Tuition fee Home students: £4,500 for the first year 
Overseas students: £20,136 for the first year
Financial support LSE PhD Studentships (deadlines 14 January 2021), ESRC funding (deadline 14 January 2021)
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 2021, 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:

See further LSE Graduate Admissions 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 14 January 2021. See the fees and funding section for more details.

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 2021/22 for MPhil/PhD in Management - Information Systems and Innovation

Home students: £4,500 for the first year 
Overseas students: £20,136 for the first year

The fee is likely to rise over subsequent years of the programme. The School charges home 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 (i.e., 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 or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Further information about fee status classification.

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 generous 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: 14 January 2021

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

Information for international students

LSE is an international community, with over 140 nationalities represented amongst its student body. We celebrate this diversity through everything we do.  

If you are applying to LSE from outside of the UK then take a look at our Information for International students

1) Take a note of the UK qualifications we require for your programme of interest (found in the ‘Entry requirements’ section of this page. 

2) Go to the International Students section of our website. 

3) Select your country. 

4) Select ‘Graduate entry requirements’ and scroll until you arrive at the information about your local/national qualification. Compare the stated UK entry requirements listed on this page with the local/national entry requirement listed on your country specific page.

Programme structure and courses

Information Systems PhD Seminar Series and Workshops

Throughout the programme 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

Research Practicums

In the first year of your programme, you will engage in active research, called Research Practicums, with different members of Faculty each term of the academic year. The rotation of practicum assignments will include one-to-one training and collaboration that provides you better understanding of the research process, e.g.:

  • Determining theory-driven
  • Testable hypotheses
  • Identifying appropriate methods and samples
  • Conducting analyses
  • Evaluating findings and implications
  • Writing manuscripts for the academic peer-reviewed process with ultimate goal of publication in top-tier academic journal

Courses & Seminars

In your first year you will take courses to prepare you for research in organisational phenomena associated with IT innovation, and the management of IT-enabled organisational and social change. You will take core quantitative and qualitative research courses, and choose an elective course in advanced methods or data analysis methods.

In consultation with your 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. All first year doctoral students in the Department of Management will take a Social Sciences Perspective of Academic Research in Management.

Courses include:

Research Traditions and Paradigms in IS and Organisations
The foundations of social research and the key issues concerning the status of knowledge and the forms by which it is acquired. You will focus on the ways by which key epistemological paradigms have been applied in the fields of Information Systems and Organization Studies.

Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
An intensive introduction to quantitative data analysis in the social sciences, covering the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical estimation and inference. You will have computer classes to give hands-on training in the application of statistical techniques to real social science research problems.

Qualitative Research Methods
You will cover 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
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.

Elective Methods or Data Analysis course

You will choose one course from a selection of options including:

  • Doing Ethnography.
  • Qualitative Research with Digital and Visual Data.
  • Qualitative Text and Discourse Analysis.
  • Multivariate Analysis and Measurement.
  • Applied Regression Analysis.
  • Social Network Analysis.

A Social Sciences Perspective of Academic Research in Management

Along with all MRes/PhD and MPhil/PhD students from across the Department of Management Research programmes you will participate in a seminar on the nature of scientific enquiry in the Social Sciences. The seminar series is led by members of the Faculty across the Department and provides an interdisciplinary collaborative perspective and the opportunity for students 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.

Second, third, and fourth year (PhD)

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 Information Systems PhD Seminar Seriesseminars, but can also attend other regular research seminars that may be relevant to your research.


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 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.

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