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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Technology Policy is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in Technology Policy is an intensive, nine-month professional practice master's programme designed for people with a background in science or engineering who are interested in developing the skills needed to meet the challenges of integrating technology, management, economics, and policy. Although the programme straddles the boundary of business and government and has a strong common core taken by all students on the programme, it allows for more in-depth study of public and private enterprise perspectives.

The programme's focus is on business-government interactions, and its aim is to provide students with both the wider political and institutional context and the analytical skills delivered by Cambridge Judge Business School faculty working in operations, strategy and, most especially, economics and policy. The MPhil in Technology Policy programme provides the context and skills needed to cope with the rapidly evolving environment in many technology-rich sectors, including information and communications technology, defence and aerospace, energy and electricity, manufacturing, transport and logistics, pharmaceuticals and health.

The channels of communication between government and industry are often weak, and there can be significant difficulties in spanning the divide. Our central goal, therefore, is to prepare our graduates to move along and across these frontiers and to understand, influence, intervene and shape the evolution of business, government and the intersection of the two. Beyond simply understanding and analysing policies, our goal is to teach students how to be proactive by making the case for alternative metrics, instruments and goals as a means of gaining competitive advantage.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should have met the following learning outcomes :

Knowledge and Understanding

  • knowledge of a range of key concepts and tools such as systems thinking, microeconomics, the role and power of government, the importance of the law and regulation, complexity, decision-making under uncertainty, project valuation and strategic thinking;
  • an opportunity to interact with, and to learn from, real policy-makers and real cases in areas such as: accounting and finance, communications and IT, transport, energy etc.

Skills and Other Attributes

  • be familiar with: constitutional structures, policy analysis, issues in business management, entrepreneurship and innovation, and UK and European science and technology policy;
  • display competence in: microeconomics (including cost-benefit analysis), risk and hazard management;
  • have had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with: political economy, analytical frameworks such as real options, negotiations, management of technology, enterprise management and various technology domains such as energy or information systems;
  • have gained a deeper understanding of a technical, policy or management subfield of their choosing.

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.

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