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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Management Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

Note: Applications directly to the PhD are only accepted from students currently studying for a CJBS research MPhil or students taking the MPhil Economics Research at Cambridge with exceptionally suitable research interests (please see departmental website for the specific MPhil needed for each PhD pathway).

The PhD Programme at Cambridge Judge Business School is designed to prepare students for an academic career in a business school. It develops PhD students who challenge conventional wisdom and advance knowledge through innovative theory and empirical research leading to publications in top-tier journals.

The educational aim is to teach students to undertake research and produce papers for publication in top-tier journals in one of the management disciplines:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations & Technology Management
  • Business Economics
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Organisational Theory & Information Systems
  • Strategic Management

The first year of the PhD course is probationary. Students are assessed on the basis of a first-year report or comprehensive examination, and a series of coursework modules.

Learning Outcomes

Publications or invitations to revise and resubmit research papers in leading management journals. One of the papers with the student as the lead author will serve as the student's "job market paper" after the PhD, to secure placement in a junior faculty position in a business school.


Students only continue to the PhD in Management Studies from the MRes at CJBS, from a research MPhil programme at CJBS or occasionally from the Cambridge MPhil Economics Research. For full details please see the departmental website.

For MRes students, continuation on to the PhD is immediate upon obtaining 70% overall average and 70% in the thesis (where the overall average includes the thesis).

For MPhil students, following their application for PhD, applicants will be interviewed by a panel of faculty members. The PhD admissions committee will then make a decision on the basis of the interview report, the strength of the overall application (with particular weight on academic reference letters) and the performance in the Michaelmas term courses. Admissions offers may be conditional on the overall performance on the MPhil or on parts thereof. The usual condition is 70 per cent overall mark and 70 per cent in any thesis.

Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Judge Business School

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Application – related enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
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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