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Management (Employment Relations and Human Resources) PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Human Resources Management Management (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This PhD programme is an integral part of the academic environment at LSE, producing doctoral graduates of the highest quality. 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. 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. Research areas include teams, work organisation and employee participation, conflict management and dispute resolution, rewards, and international labour migration.

You will develop advanced analytical and research skills as well as an in depth insight into markets and organisations. Students who successfully complete the programme often embark on an academic career in top universities such as UCL, Copenhagen Business School and California State University. Recent doctoral graduates have also gone into careers at companies such as JP Morgan, EY and McKinsey.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


4 years

Start date



During the first year you will undertake the MRes seminar in Employment Relations and HRM which draws upon Employment Relations, Human Resource Management and organisational theories to advance an understanding of individual, group and firm behaviour, as well as that of representative organisations of workers and management. The course covers a number of issues at an advanced level, and introduces students to emerging topics in various related topics.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

PhD (Years 1 - 3); PhD (exceptional registration beyond the fourth year): £4,366.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

PhD (Years 1 - 3); PhD (exceptional registration beyond the fourth year): £18,624.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a Upper second class honours (2:1) degree in any discipline, or the equivalent.