Research course

Management Learning and Leadership

Lancaster University · Management Learning and Leadership

Entry requirements

Masters degree or equivalent, ideally with relevant work experience. Exceptionally, an upper second class honours degree or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

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 students attend a series of taught courses and seminars to ensure they 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 focuses on three broad areas: how employees learn, how leadership is developed, and how organisations can learn and develop over time. 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

Learning Company; Representation of Management Knowledge; Management Education Policy; Organisational Learning; the Sociology of Management Knowledge; Women and Management Learning; Internationalism; Learning Theories; Strategic HRD

Information for international students

IELTS: 70 or equivalent (minimum element scores apply).

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate coordinator
+44(0)1524 510930