IDPM-PhD in Theory and Practice of Management


The International Doctorate in the Practice of Management (IDPM) is founded upon the IMPM program and is only open to graduates of the program. The part-time PhD in the Theory and Practice of Management at Lancaster University combines the rigour of a PhD with the accessibility of a structured, part-time program. There is a significant overlap between IMPM and IDPM to offer the richest possible learning and development.

Research Management and Organizations for Impact

The PhD pathway is for IMPM graduates and alumni. It is a response to demand for engaged research and advanced business and organizational impact. We expect participants to research their professional context to produce actionable knowledge and practical PhD level research insights.

Program Design and Community

Through a combination of online resources and facilitated activities, face-to-face workshops, and collaborative supervision, the program will be accessible to part-time participants from the private, public, and third sectors around the world. Working closely with academic faculty, you will be supported in developing their research and communication skills at the same time as generating a valuable contribution to engaged knowledge and advanced practice. You will also be part of a supportive peer community of IMPM-IDPM PhD participants.

IDPM Enrollment and PhD Degree

Participants who enroll for IMPM Cycle 26 in 2024 will be able to continue to the IDPM-PhD in October 2026. Places are on IDPM are strictly limited, selective and based on a participant’s graded performance throughout the IMPM including the IMPM Degree Major Paper.

Following completion of the IMPM Degree Major Paper, participants will undertake tailored research training designed to enable them to produce piece of PhD-level research. Participants will also need to undertake 15-30 hours of tailored research training in relation to data collection and data analysis, in alignment with their research project.

Program supervisors will be typically drawn from across Lancaster University Management School. Participants will be awarded a Lancaster University PhD in the Theory and Practice of Management on successful completion of the research training modules plus a 45,000-word thesis and an academic paper of publishable quality. It is expected that participants complete the IDPM-PhD in 4 year registration period including the viva voce examination.