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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Management Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

Expected Academic Standard

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Merit).

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

We consider applications from students who have completed or are in the process of completing a master’s programme relevant to their intended PhD specialisation. We look for indications that they have the calibre and training to undertake a research focussed degree.

The master's degree must be from a university or department with a strong international research reputation. Applicants are expected to provide evidence, through transcripts and reference letters, that they are among the top five per cent of master's students in their year, or among the top ten per cent of students if their master’s degree is from Cambridge University or a similarly selective university.

Applicants are normally required to have a first-class honours degree at the undergraduate level.

Applicants with an MBA, MFin or other professional practice master's are required to have a further master's degree.

Interested applicants with a first-class honours degree at undergraduate level who do not satisfy the above criteria regarding a master’s degree are encouraged to enquire about admission to the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing and Operations, the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation or the MPhil in Finance.

For information on which masters from the Economics Faculty at University of Cambridge feed into the Economics pathway, please see here.

The application and all supporting documents must be uploaded by the departmental deadline of 3 December 2020  (with the exception of English Language scores). We strongly recommend applying well before this date because if you are shortlisted you will need time to write a full research proposal before January.

For further details, please see the departmental website.

University Minimum Academic Requirements


Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score
Listening 7.0
Writing 7.0
Reading 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Total 7.5

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score
Listening 25
Writing 25
Reading 25
Speaking 25
Total 110

Visa Information

No ATAS required

What Is An ATAS?


Key Information


1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

Judge Business School

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2020
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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