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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Innovation, Strategy and Organisation is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation (ISO) is an intensive nine-month master's degree combining advanced study and research.

The MPhil ISO programme has been designed for students seeking to extend their knowledge of social science methodologies and their application to the interdisciplinary study of organisations. The MPhil ISO programme is oriented to those seeking to prepare for a career in academic research.

Advanced study and research in this degree focus on innovation and change through three interconnecting themes: innovation and work practices, innovation and strategic change, and organisation theory. One taught module is provided in each of these areas. Modules in research methods and taught electives will also be offered. The MPhil ISO programme offers a route to a PhD.

The Educational aims of this programme are:

  • to give students, with relevant experience at the first-degree level, the opportunity to carry out focused research under close supervision in the fields of strategy, organisational theory and information systems relevant to innovation; and
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students should have:

  1. developed a deep knowledge of their chosen areas of management research and of the academic debates within them;
  2. acquired sufficient knowledge and experience of research methods to undertake advanced research
  3. achieved a conceptual understanding that enables the evaluation of current research and methodologies;
  4. acquired or consolidated skills appropriate for research in their chosen area.
  5. demonstrated independent judgement, based on their own research;
  6. presented their own ideas in a public forum and learned to contribute constructively to debates within an international research community.



Students may apply to continue to the PhD, but success is subject to satisfactory performance at the admissions interview in the Lent Term 2024, and achieving a minimum average grade of at least 70 per cent on the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation. Students are required to also achieve at least 70 per cent in their dissertation.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Cambridge Judge Business School also hosts Experience Days throughout the year. Please see Cambridge Judge Business School wide-events page for further information.


Key Information

9 months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Judge Business School

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Feb. 22, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

2024 Entry

Applications per place: 12
Number Accepted: 9

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