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Students have to complete nine modules, covering research methodology (eg statistics, mathematical modelling, experimental research), foundation courses (eg 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

Each student will be assigned supervisors as appropriate for dissertations or research projects, and a faculty mentor to discuss their research interests for their PhD application.  

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 normally attend an average of ten hours of classes per week, as well as participating in the research seminars of the subject group pertaining to their field of specialisation, though this may vary depending on the choice of modules.


Approximately ten hours per week.


Students receive qualitative feedback on their assessed performance and suggestions for improving their performance on the modules. A number of courses have mid-term assessments to allow students to track their knowledge of the subject. Students are also welcome to approach lecturers for informal advice and guidance.


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. In either option, 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

Students may take certain Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Mathematics courses for credit, which are normally assessed exclusively 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 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 14, 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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