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The MPhil ISO is an interdisciplinary degree exploring innovation and change through three interconnecting themes: innovation and work practices, innovation and strategic change, and organisational theory.

The programme seeks to provide the methodological and theoretical foundation for further research and is specifically aimed at students intending to continue to a PhD degree, whether in Cambridge or elsewhere.

The MPhil ISO programme consists of: 

three core courses, one for each of the three areas of innovation, strategy and organisation;

two research methodology core courses;

a specialist elective; and

either one 12,000-word dissertation or two additional electives plus one individual research project module (4,000 words).

One to one supervision

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 Terms.

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

Seminars & classes

Students will attend weekly classes and seminars.  Students are normally expected to do pre-reading in order to participate in classes and seminars, contribute to group work, and deliver individual or group presentations where required.


Students will normally attend an average of ten hours of lectures per week, although this will vary depending on the choice of modules.


Every effort is made to provide students with provisional marks and feedback on their coursework performance. Marks will be given as a percentage.

The nature and extent of the feedback given will vary from lecturer to lecturer, but students may reasonably expect to receive some indication of the strengths and weaknesses of any work submitted. All marks and feedback provided during the year are informal and provisional. Final marks are only determined at the end of the degree by the Board of Examiners.


Thesis / Dissertation

If the dissertation option is chosen, a 12,000-word dissertation is required. Students choosing to replace the dissertation with three modules will be required to submit a 4,000-word assessment as part of these modules.  In either option, an oral examination is not normally held, but may be given at the discretion of the examiners.


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

Practical assessment

Presentation features as an assessment component in a number of Cambridge Judge Business School modules that are offered on the MPhil ISO.

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Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Judge Business School

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
April 28, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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