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Postgraduate Study

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.

Note: Applications directly to the PhD are only accepted from students who are completing (or have completed) a CJBS research MPhil, or from students completing the MPhil Economics Research at Cambridge.  (Please see departmental website for the specific MPhil needed for each PhD pathway).

Applicants must have a first-class honours degree (minimum GPA of 3.7/4.0) at the undergraduate level.

Applicants from the MPhil 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 performance in the Michaelmas term courses. Admissions offers are conditional on the overall performance on the MPhil. The minimum condition is 70% or higher overall mark and 70% or higher in any dissertation.

Post-interview feedback is provided to all interviewees who do not receive an offer.

The application with all supporting documents must be uploaded by the departmental deadline of 4 January 2024 (with the exception of English language scores).

Applicants not studying for a CJBS MPhil must apply to the MRes in the first instance (with some exceptions to this for MPhil Economics Research students). For further details of the MRes visit the departmental website

Very rarely, an outstanding MRes applicant who can provide clear evidence of outstanding research achievements and substantial relevant research methodology training may be considered for entry to the PhD programme directly (without taking the MRes year in the first instance). They would need a prior masters degree (as described on the MRes pages). In such cases, their application would be transferred to the PhD. 'Outstanding research achievements' means journal publication(s) in a reputable management journal(s).

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

3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Study Mode : Research

Doctor of Philosophy

Judge Business School

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
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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