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The programme is centred on six core courses, assessed predominantly by examination. In addition, students will take a total of six electives: two skills or sectorial electives; two enterprise stream electives (focusing on the public sector or private enterprise); and two open electives (drawn from other skills, sectorial, and enterprise stream electives; or from a select list of other electives). During the Lent and Easter terms students will produce a written report for their final group project, which will be based on a placement at a major public or private sector technology-intensive organisation. The final group project is double-weighted.

Students will have the opportunity to take part in regular policy seminars led by speakers from both public and private sector organisations, drawing on Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) fellows and leading applied economists working on technology policy.

Students will also take a pre-term Introduction to Microeconomics module.

One to one supervision

Supervisors will provide general academic advice to students, and subject-specific advice relating to the dissertation. Students and supervisors meet regularly to discuss progress.

Seminars & classes

Students will normally attend an average of ten hours of classes (seminars and lectures) per week, as well as a seminar series twice per term, and regular guest speaker events, although this will vary depending on the choice of modules.


The final group project is based on work with a relevant branch of government or a major technology-based organisation.

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Every effort is made to provide students with provisional marks and feedback on their coursework performance within six to eight weeks of the submission date.

The nature and extent of the feedback given will vary from teacher to teacher, 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 examiners' committee. In some cases, the University or other departmental rules prevent us from providing even provisional grades before the meeting of the examiners' committee.


Thesis / Dissertation

Students will undertake a final group project (FGP). The FGP will be based on a placement at a major public or private technology-intensive organisation. Assessment is based on a 12,000-word final report produced under faculty supervision and a client presentation.


Students are assessed by formal examinations, term papers, regular written assignments, and some assessment of class participation. Some team grading is used, as appropriate. The assessment aims to measure the assimilation and application of theory and to gauge experiential learning.

Written examination

The six core courses will be assessed mainly by written examination.

Practical assessment

A presentation forms part of the final group project assessment. Presentations may also be required on certain electives, at the discretion of individual lecturers.

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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
April 1, 2021
Course Starts
Sept. 28, 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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