Research course

Leadership and Management

Lancaster University · Lancaster Leadership Centre
MSc(MedSci) by research

Entry requirements

A UK Masters degree with a minimum of 65% overall and 65% in the dissertation element, or a non-UK Masters degree, graded at the equivalent level.

Months of entry


Course content

Our research is characterised by its criticality, reflexivity and the integration of theory with practice, and by a desire to help shape the world in which we live.

Given the individualised nature of research and the importance of cross-disciplinary perspectives, we normally allocate each student two supervisors. PhD study involves a large component of self-directed study but in the first year of the programme you will attend a series of taught courses and seminars to ensure you have a rigorous foundation in various methodologies and approaches to research. Special PhD workshops, attended by the Department’s full- and part-time students, provide another important way of taking your ideas forward.

Research in the Department of Leadership and Learning focuses on five broad areas: critical leadership studies and follower dynamics; management learning and action research; international management and cross-cultural studies; sociologies of work and gender studies; and human resource management and organisational behaviour. In our work, we engage with contemporary debates in a wide range of disciplines, including organisation studies, education, cultural studies and sociology, to address key theoretical challenges as well as practitioner and policy issues in management.

Department specialisms

• Critical leadership studies and follower dynamics: critical study of leaders, leadership and followership; theory and practice of organisational leading, drawing from sociological, psychological and philosophical approaches • Practices and responsibilities of leadership: the purposes, ethics, activities and contexts in which leadership is enacted in organisational relationships and in relationships beyond organisations • Sociologies of work and gender studies: critical approach to the study of management, organisations and societies -- Management learning and action research: broad phenomenon of learning in organisations and society, framed around management and leadership • Human resource management and organisational behaviour: theoretical and practical issues in human behaviours and HR management practice within contemporary organisation • International management and cross-cultural studies: foregrounding alternative paradigms of human practice and thought emerging from the intellectual traditions of Chinese, Indian and Islamic philosophies

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent (minimum element scores apply).

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration

MSc(MedSci) by research

full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44(0)1524 510930