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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Technology Policy is no longer accepting new applications.


The programme is centred on six core modules, assessed normally by examination. In addition, students will take a total of six electives: four from the sector-specific/skills-based and the enterprise electives and two open electives (drawn from skills/sectorial and enterprise stream electives, or from other selected courses offered by  Cambridge Judge  Business School and the Department of  Engineering). During the Easter term 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 visiting Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) fellows and leading applied economists working on technology policy.

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

One to one supervision

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

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

One-on-one supervision is not provided. Students do not engage in independent research.

Seminars & classes

Students will attend weekly classes (lectures and some seminars), as well as some guest speaker events. 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 elective modules. Some elective modules will be scheduled outside of Term dates.


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

More information is available here.


Every effort is made to provide students with provisional marks and feedback on their coursework performance throughout the academic year. 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. In some cases, the University or other departmental rules prevent us from providing even provisional grades before the Examiners' meeting.


Thesis / Dissertation

A dissertation is not required.


Students are assessed by a wide range of forms of assessment such as formal examinations, regular written assignments and individual and/or group presentations/essays. Some team grading is used, as appropriate. The assessment aims to measure the assimilation and application of theory and to gauge experiential learning.

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. The final group project is double-weighted.

Written examination

The six core modules are normally assessed 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 and may form a part of the assessment.

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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