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This programme offers you the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to the field of marketing. You will begin on the MRes and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status.

The MRes/PhD in Management – Marketing is part of a rigorous and interdisciplinary graduate training programme designed to stimulate critical thinking and creative ideas and provide you with the analytical skills to test hypotheses.

As a research-led department of management ranking #2 in our field, we aim to produce top-quality social scientists who are able to engage with the conceptual foundations of marketing – such as consumer behaviour and quantitative modelling – and employ robust methods in their research.

We are proud to be ranked #1 in the UK for research in business and management (REF 2014) and our researchers tackle global issues that shape business and policy across the world.

You will work closely with international and world-class faculty as part of a vibrant doctoral student community, all of whom are pursuing varied research in different fields of management. The programme includes a comprehensive methodological training with the opportunity to specialise in a designated field. Teaching and learning in Michaelmas Term 2020 
Information on how LSE will deliver teaching and learning in Michaelmas term can be found here.

Programme details

Key facts

Start date28 September 2020
Application deadlineNew deadline: 5pm GMT 22 May
DurationFive years full-time: two years MRes, three years PhD  
Tuition feeUK/EU: £4,435 (for the first year) – provisional
Overseas: £19,368 (for the first year)
Financial supportLSE PhD Studentships (deadlines 10 January 2020 and 27 April 2020)
Minimum entry requirement2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline
GRE/GMAT requirementGMAT or GRE is required for all applicants
English language requirementsHigher (see ‘Assessing your application’)
Location Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for MRes/PhD in Management – Marketing

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree in any discipline, or the equivalent.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK then have a look at our Information for International Students to find out the entry requirements that apply to you.Assessing your application

We welcome applications for research programmes that complement the academic interests of members of staff at the School, and we recommend that you investigate staff research interests before applying.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

– academic achievement (including existing and pending qualifications)
– statement of academic purpose
– references
– CV
– outline research proposal
– sample of written work

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE, but we recommend that you do. See our English language requirements.

When to apply

The application deadline for this programme is 19 June 2020. However to be considered for any LSE funding opportunity, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details.Programme structure and courses

Introductory course (MRes)

Should you wish to study Microeconomics or Econometrics in your first year, you will begin the programme with the Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics. This course begins before the start of the academic year. 

First year (MRes)

In the first year of the programme you will take advanced core courses in consumer behaviour and quantitative modelling and have a choice of elective courses that introduce you to the fundamental analytical tools necessary to conduct research in marketing. Courses include:

Marketing: Consumer Behaviour
Introduces research in cognitive psychology, social psychology, and marketing to develop critical thinking in the area of information processing, judgement and decision making. The course also focuses on advancing understanding of consumer behaviour by enabling you to conceptualise, develop and operationalise research ides. 

Marketing: Quantitative Modelling
Covers theoretical models required to analyse marketing issues and decision-support models, with the aim of developing the quantitative foundations for marketing decisions. Requires some understanding of calculus, probability, statistics and matrix algebra.

A Social Sciences Perspective of Academic Research in Management
A non-assessed training course which enables an understanding of different research disciplines in management through a social science lens. The course also aims to develop academic presentation skills.

Microeconomics 1
Develops the basic tools for analysing problems of resource allocation used by economists working in research, government and business. 

Statistical Inference: Principles, Methods and Computation
Provides a comprehensive coverage on some fundamental aspects of probability and statistics methods and principles. The course delivers hands-on experience in simulation and data analysis.

Econometrics for MRes Students
Covers inference, classical and generalised linear regression, generalised regression methods, time-series, panel-data, and microeconometric methods, and specialised econometric methods.

Or, courses up to the value of one unit from the following:

  • Applied Regression Analysis
    The main topics covered are linear regression modelling and binary, multinomial and ordinal logistic regression. 
  • Multivariate Analysis and Measurement
    An introduction to the application of modern multivariate methods used in the social sciences, with particular focus on latent variable models for continuous observed variables, and their application to questions of measurement in the social sciences.
  • Causal Inferences for Observational and Experimental Studies
    Introduces statistical methods used for causal inference in the social sciences. Using the potential outcomes framework of causality, topics covered include research designs such as randomized experiments and observational studies.

Second year (MRes)

In the second year, you will take elective courses and write a research paper in your major field.

Research Paper in ManagementA research paper, between 7,000 and 15,000 words, related to your designated major field.

In addition, you will be required to complete courses up to the value of one unit from the following:

  • Labour Economics for Research Studies
  • Applied Regression Analysis
  • Causal Inference for Observational and Experimental Studies
  • Multivariate Analysis and Measurement

You can take other courses from a range of options as agreed with your supervisor and programme director and subject to timetabling constraints.


Upon successfully completing the MRes and progressing to the PhD, you will work on your research and write your PhD thesis.

For the most up-to-date list of courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.Supervision, progression and assessment


You will be supervised by the PhD Directors of the Marketing stream for the duration of the MRes period.

During the first two years of the programme, you will participate in Research Practicums, working in collaboration with different faculty mentors. Each research practicum is a 5-week engagement, enabling you to participate in research activities and develop your own research skills.

Progression and assessment

You will need to meet certain criteria to progress to each subsequent year of the programme, such as achieving certain grades in your coursework.

Your final award will be determined by the completion of an original research thesis and a viva oral examination.Careers

LSE is ranked #5 in the world for its reputation with employers (QS ranking 2019) and the MRes/PhD in Management – Marketing is an excellent platform to kick start your career.  

Support for your career

Throughout the programme, you are expected to participate in Marketing Seminars, providing opportunities to seek feedback on your research ideas and strike collaborations with visiting faculty

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at LSE during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist you in your job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.Fees and funding

Every research student is charged a fee in line with the fee structure for their programme. The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students’ Union. It does not cover living costs  or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2020/21 for MRes/PhD in Management – Marketing

UK/EU students: £4,435 for the first year (provisional)
Overseas students: £19,368 for the first year

The fee is likely to rise over subsequent years of the programme. The School charges UK/EU research students in line with the level of fee that the Research Councils recommend. The fees for overseas students are likely to rise in line with the assumed percentage increase in pay costs (ie, 4 per cent per annum).

Fee status

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Scholarships, studentships and other funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide over £13 million in scholarships each year to graduate students from the UK, the EU and outside the EU.

This programme is eligible for LSE PhD Studentships. Selection for the PhD Studentships is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline. 

Funding deadline for LSE PhD Studentships: 10 January 2020 and 27 April 2020.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. 

External funding 

There may be other funding opportunities available through other organisations or governments and we recommend you investigate these options as well.

Further information

Fees and funding opportunitiesContact us

Programme enquiries

Faculty members are unable to comment on your eligibility without viewing your full application file first. However, if you have any questions regarding the programme please contact the Department of Management PhD Office at [email protected]

Admissions enquiries

With questions related to the admissions process, please contact the LSE Graduate Admissions team via their getting in touch page.


Enterprise through research

The School of Business has a growing research degree programme, with an emphasis on part-time study by students who are simultaneously developing and enhancing their professional careers.

We have considerable research funding from many sources including the Economical and Social Research Council (ESRC), The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR) and Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) (through Knowledge Transfer Programmes) and the European Commission.

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The School is also committed to ‘civic engagement’, sharing practical research outcomes to improve the society around us. Our local business community is essential to the success of London and we are keen to engage in research which supports that community.

We are happy to consider a broad range of research proposals within the business domain, so long as they can be seen to offer the potential for rigour, originality, reach and impact.

Advantages of a PhD

A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. It is distinct from a taught Masters in that your final output will be an extended dissertation or creative project relevant to your field of interest, rather than module-based coursework and exams.

Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team.

Why Management, Marketing and People at LSBU?

A member of staff, expert in your chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme.As a research student you’ll become part of our thriving academic community.You’ll gain support from other doctoral students at our monthly Doctoral Support Group.No.1 for career prospects among Modern London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020) and 2nd for graduate prospects in Marketing in London (Complete University Guide 2020).


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ModeDurationStart dateLocation
Full-time3 yearsJanuary; February; March; April; May; September; October; NovemberSouthwark Campus
Part-time5 yearsJanuary; February; March; April; May; September; October; NovemberSouthwark Campus
Distance learning6 yearsJanuary; February; March; April; May; September; October; NovemberSouthwark Campus


Research skills development

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.

When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.

In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills – both essential in their future careers.

Transferable skills

A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.

Attending conferences

Research students are often sponsored to attend national and international conferences to meet leading scientists in their fields and to present their research findings. The progress of all research students is formally monitored by the University’s Research Degree Committee.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row – The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

External funders include the European Union, UK Research Councils, major charitable research foundations and the Government’s Department of Trade and Industry.IoEE Centre of Excellence logoIn further recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice it has been awarded the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IoEE) Centre of Excellence status.  This is the IoEE’s flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development.

Teaching and learning

All research students are supported in their work by a staff supervisory team.

Students are supervised by their Director of Studies, with whom they are expected to maintain close contact, whilst further guidance may also be given by co-supervisors.

Where relevant to their research field, students are able and encouraged to take units from the wide range of taught masters programmes within the School.

Entry requirements

Applicants  are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master’s level.

Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You’ll also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications.

If English is not your first language, you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.

You will be invited to an interview with your potential supervisor, in person or by telephone, prior to an offer being made.

How to apply

Home/EU applicants

ModeDurationStart dateApplication codeApplication method
Full-time3 yearsJanuary; February; March; April; May; September; October; November9016Direct to LSBU
Part-time5 yearsJanuary; February; March; April; May; September; October; November9037Direct to LSBU
Distance learning6 yearsJanuary; February; March; April; May; September; October; November9070Direct to LSBU

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 544 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Research proposal

When applying, please attach an outline of your research proposal (approximately 1,500 words).

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.


Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.


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The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

At the London Doctoral Academy we are committed to supporting and developing professional researchers who are driven to make a difference. We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations – and when they’re available we’ll publish notices on the London Doctoral Academy site.


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