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Course closed:

Finance is no longer accepting new applications.


The normal coursework component for the MPhil in Finance consists of nine modules covering research methodology (e.g. econometrics) and foundation courses (e.g. microeconomics, corporate finance, asset pricing).  Students may request permission to submit a dissertation in place of three of these modules, but this option is normally only available to those who have the requisite level of research training.

The elective courses are drawn from Cambridge Judge Business School, the Faculty of Economics or the Faculty of Mathematics.

One to one supervision

The dissertation option is available only to those who already have the requisite level of research training. Eligible students taking the dissertation option will be allocated a supervisor towards the end of the Michaelmas Term. Students will engage with dissertation supervisors over the Lent and Easter Term.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

Students will normally attend an average of ten hours of classes per week, as well as weekly seminars, though this will vary depending on the choice of modules.

Though non-compulsory, MPhil in Finance students are encouraged to attend the research seminar series of the Finance and Accounting Group in which outstanding scholars will present their current research papers.


Students receive qualitative feedback on their assessed coursework, and suggestions for improving their performance on such courses. Students are also welcome to approach lecturers for informal advice and guidance.


Thesis / Dissertation

If the dissertation option is chosen, a dissertation of 12,000 words is required (in place of three modules). An oral examination is not normally held, but may be given at the discretion of the examiners.


Assessment across the nine courses will be by written examination, project, or coursework, depending upon the nature of the particular course.

Written examination

Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Mathematics courses offered on the MPhil in Finance are assessed exclusively by written examination.

Practical assessment

Presentation features as an assessment component in a number of CJBS modules offered on the MPhil in Finance.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Judge Business School

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Feb. 25, 2021
Course Starts
Sept. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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