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Lancaster University / Management School / Part-time PhD opportunities in the Theory & Practice of Management


Join us for a PhD experience that will enhance your research capabilities and help you make a real impact in your organization, profession, academic field and beyond.

Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) are offering a five-year part-time structured PhD programme in the Theory & Practice of Management.  This PhD programme covers the essential management research basics and offers the chance to specialize your research in areas such as

  • entrepreneurship;
  • leadership;
  • marketing (consumer research, B2B);
  • strategy;
  • human resource management and work;
  • information and technology in organization/management;
  • management learning and pedagogy;
  • ethics, management and society; and
  • sustainability in business.


We are looking for highly-motivated doctoral candidates to join our international community of researchers and students from more than 180 countries.  

LUMS is a quadruple-accredited, world-ranked management school, that has a reputation for outstanding research.  In the UK’s latest Research Excellence Framework, REF 2021, we were rated as first for Research Power – recognising the breadth and depth of our work – and joint-first for our research environment, providing the perfect platform for future research talent to develop and flourish.  In REF 2021, 90% of our research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent.  Our commitment to high-quality doctoral research is demonstrated by LUMS PhD graduates obtaining academic, research and consultancy positions in quality institutions around the globe.

The part-time PhD in the Theory and Practice of Management (TPM) combines the academic rigour of a traditional PhD with the accessibility of a structured, part-time research programme. A recent EFMD doctoral conference hosted at Lancaster gave significant emphasis to the changing forms of knowledge production within academia and in society more broadly, and the need for universities to update their provision to reflect the societies they serve. This programme is a response to that need, with its increased focus on research impact and business engagement. It also recognises that doctoral researchers form an integral part of our research community and add value to the research conducted here at Lancaster.

To join our world-leading research environment, candidates must have an excellent first degree and outstanding Masters level degree performance or 7 years relevant experience.  Qualifications should be in a related discipline to your intended PhD studies.

More details on LUMS PhD programmes can be found at 


We recruit candidates on a continuous basis. However, we suggest that you should submit your application by 31 August to ensure consideration for the next start date of 1 October 2024.

For more information, contact Sarah Patterson or Matthew Watson at: lums-phd@lancaster.ac.uk   

To apply, go to: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/postgraduate/apply-for-phd/