Research course

Information Systems and Innovation

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Information Systems and Innovation Group

Entry requirements

Taught master's degree in a related discipline normally at merit or higher level.

Months of entry


Course content

The Information Systems and Innovation Group of the Department of Management is one of the largest and most well established groups of information systems (IS) researchers and teachers in Europe.

We have expertise across a broad range of areas within the information systems, field, with a particular focus on social and organisational issues related to information and communication technology (ICT) innovation.

The PhD Management: Information Systems track features a comprehensive programme of research methods training in the first year, consisting of six half unit modules: Foundations of Social Research in Information Systems: Paradigms and Traditions, Interpretations of Information, Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design, Qualitative Research Methods, Applied Regression Analysis and one further option to be agreed with the candidate's supervisor and PhD Programme Director. Candidates are normally expected to pass these courses with a merit grade or above. All candidates also take a full unit research paper. In addition, students are expected to attend and participate in the regular Information Systems research seminars.

Weekly PhD seminars in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. These seminars discuss seminal literature and emerging issues of relevance to the research domain of the Group. PhD Conference Day: all students are required to attend a PhD Conference day once per term. Students present work in progress and discuss methodological problems and interpretations. Staff research is presented and new approaches are routinely analysed and criticised.

Department specialisms

Information Systems Security; Inter-organisational Systems; Electronic Commerce; Implementation of Information Systems in Organisations; Public-Sector Computing; Information Systems in Developing Countries; Impact of Information Technology; Information Technology and Business Strategy.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 107.

Fees and funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country. LSE provides over £11 million annually in financial support for its graduate students via a range of awards. In addition, there are other sources of financial support available for UK/EU and overseas students.

The School offers 63 full scholarships for new PhD students. The scholarships cover fees and living expenses of up to £18,000 each year for four years. They are available to all students undertaking full-time research in any LSE discipline, with annual renewal, subject to satisfactory academic performance at the School.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613