Research course

Management (Employment Relations and Human Resources)

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Management

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline.

GRE/GMAT is required for all applicants.

English higher level.

Months of entry


Course content

About this MRes/PhD programme

As a world-class and research-led department of management ranking #2 in our field, our new PhD programme is an integral part of the academic environment at LSE, producing doctoral graduates of the highest quality.

You will work closely with a number of international and world-class faculty members as well as a vibrant doctoral community of around 30 students, all pursuing varied research in different fields of management. The programme includes a comprehensive range of methodological training and seminars in specific research areas and you will also have the opportunity to specialise in a designated field.

The Employment Relations and Human Resources track is situated in the internationally recognised Department of Management. Since the pioneering work of LSE’s founders in 1895, the School has had a strong tradition of research on working conditions, industrial efficiency and trade unions. It is grounded in LSE’s core principles of theoretical understanding and critical analysis. Students on this programme will establish a core understanding of the operation of HR functions and employment relations systems in organisational contexts, spanning national and cultural borders.

Members of the Employment Relations and Human Resources faculty group draw on the fields of economics, law, political science, psychology, and sociology to conduct theory-driven and applied research in a diverse range of industry and workplace settings. Research areas include teams, work organisation and employee participation, conflict management and dispute resolution , rewards, and international labour migration.

Department of Management

The Department of Management ranks #2 in the world for social sciences and management (QS World University Rankings 2018) and #1 in the UK for research in business and management studies (REF 2014). Currently, the Department ranks #1 in the world for thought leadership in management (QS Master's in Management Rankings 2018). The Department engages with people and organisations worldwide, across the private, public, and third sectors, who are motivated to improve the world through better understanding and practice of management.

Information for international students

For country-specific information regarding entry requirements, fees, and scholarships avaliable, please visit LSE's country pages.

Fees and funding

Every research student is charged a fee for each year of their programme.

This programme is eligible for LSE PhD Studentships.

More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613