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Students have to complete nine modules, covering research methodology (e.g. statistics, mathematical modelling, experimental research), foundation courses (e.g. microeconomics, game theory), and research seminars on subjects such as strategy, marketing, innovation, and operations and technology management.

Students may also apply to do a dissertation, in lieu of three modules, or a short individual research project, in lieu of one module.

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. Supervisors will provide general academic advice to students, and subject-specific advice relating to the dissertation. Students and supervisors normally meet about once a month to discuss progress, but meetings may be more or less frequent depending on the project’s progression.

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 (lectures and seminars) and will also participate in the research seminars of the subject group pertaining to their field of specialisation. 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. If the individual research project is chosen, a 5,000-word assessment is required.


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

Written examination

Students may take certain Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Mathematics courses for credit, which are normally assessed by written examination.

Practical assessment

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

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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
Sept. 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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