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Postgraduate Admissions

The intensive advanced study introduces students of this interdisciplinary programme to core concepts, techniques and debates in management. You take a total of 11 core courses and electives. The programme is aimed at students who have just finished their degree (in any discipline except business and management-related majors), who have achieved the equivalent of a first-class, and who have less than one year of professional experience at the start of the programme.

Educational aims:

  • to give students with a strong performance in other disciplines at the first-degree level an understanding of the academic discipline of management; and
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire and develop skills and expertise relevant to high-level management practice.

This is achieved by:

  1. providing students with the guidance necessary to acquire a deep understanding of the theory and practice of management;
  2. analysing, in lectures, discussions and written work, the key techniques, conceptual issues and debates in the academic management literatures and in the practice of management;
  3. supporting students in the development of an understanding and a critical perspective of management;
  4. providing teaching in a range of technical/specialist subjects central to the study of  the different branches of management; and
  5. examining students formally on their knowledge of the theory and practice of management.

Learning Outcomes

The MPhil in Management is a taught master's programme, which offers new and recent graduates of any subject except business and management a thorough grounding in management. The normal expectation is that graduates of the MPhil in Management will seek a career in management. The programme is consequently conceived as a graduate conversion course which will prepare students for such a career*. It sets high academic and intellectual standards and is based upon the latest academic research in the field.

The programme is designed throughout to help participants transition from students to professional managers, by providing them with the fundamental knowledge needed in a management career and with novel opportunities to develop their collaborative leadership skills and business creativity. The philosophy behind the programme is that while effective management requires experience, a good grounding in academic knowledge is an invaluable prerequisite for a managerial career. Because management involves such a wide array of skills, from the mathematical to the interpersonal, the MPhil in Management demands excellence across a wide range of applied disciplines.

* Research and access to the graduate employment marketplace is beyond the realm of the programme, but the University of Cambridge offers a free, centralised Careers Service that can offer a degree of advice and support.


Open Days

The Postgraduate Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Judge Business School

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

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

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