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Practical learning

Our curriculum delivers an intense and practical business education to mature and experienced professionals. Our emphasis is on 'live' learning, using projects, team-work and involvement from external practitioners to support the teaching from academic faculty. This approach allows students to apply their learning as they progress through the MBA, and quickly start to apply their new skills to their work after graduating.

The Cambridge MBA includes four opportunities for practical projects, two of which are live consulting projects with real clients. These projects are undertaken in teams, alongside your group of international and diverse classmates, so your collaborative skills will be tested to the limit too. These projects also develop your global understanding, as well as give you the chance to explore future career interests and to make connections with organisations who may become future employers.

Practical projects

Cambridge Venture Project November/December
Global Consulting Project March/April
Capstone Project June
Individual Project July/August

The Cambridge Venture Project (CVP)

Starting toward the end of the first term, you will work in teams to consult for one of the entrepreneurial firms in the Cambridge area. The CVP is your first Cambridge MBA team project, and will give you first-hand experience of some of the challenges faced by innovators in high-risk, high-pressure environments. Teams are allocated a Mentor and also have input from CJBS faculty.

When?

October-December - during Michaelmas Term

Where?

Cambridge and the surrounding area (Silicon Fen)

Why?

The CVP forms part of the Management Practice course, and is the first team project of the MBA. Your teams will be assigned as will each team's client and project.

With whom?

Small to medium businesses in the Cambridge area or wider UK.

Learning objectives

The project gives you the opportunity to apply the learning from the core course in Management Practice, around themes such as managing others, team-work, communication skills, decision making, and managing cultural differences. The CVP also allows you to engage with entrepreneurial firms in and around the Cambridge 'Silicon Fen' area, to work in this high-pressure, innovative environment with a group of your MBA class-mates, and to contribute a piece of work which will have real impact on their businesses.

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The Global Consulting Project (GCP)

At the end of the second term, you will form your own teams and consult with blue-chip multinational corporations or international organisations on a particular aspect of their business. The GCP is a highlight of the Cambridge MBA for many, providing a valuable opportunity to apply your learning, perhaps to experience sectors or roles you may not be familiar with, and to build networks with a view to your post-MBA career goals. 

When?

March/April

Where?

All Global Consulting Project clients are international businesses, and teams will be based anywhere in the world, as required by the client. Typically travel expenses are covered by the client. Typically around 60 per cent of teams would spend some of their GCP time working outside the UK.

With whom?

You'll work with blue-chip multinational corporations or international organisations worldwide. Projects are sourced by a dedicates Cambridge MBA Staff team, or students are able to source their own project.

Learning objectives

You will form your own consulting team with classmates to advise blue-chip multinational corporations or international organisations on a particular aspect of their business. You will be required to deliver actionable results for real clients, under pressure. The GCP is a test of new skills taught in the classroom across the core programme up to that point. The GCP also allows you to delve deeper into your future career interests and build connections with corporate partners who may become future employer.

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The Capstone Project

The Capstone Project uses a real life case study to explore international business theory. It rounds off the concentration work done; bringing together all the learning from the MBA curriculum in the sector area you will have chosen. The projects include creating business plans, pitching for investment, or presenting analysis of business problems to client panels.

When?

April - during Easter term

Where?

Dependent on individual concentration

Learning objectives

The Capstone Project is the summation of your concentration learning, drawing on understanding you have obtained throughout your whole 12-month MBA experience, in an area which is of particular interest to you. The precise form of the Capstone Project is different in each concentration: typically it would take the form of a consulting or team project, often involving external clients or networks who have expertise in the concentration field. See each concentration page for details of the particular Capstone Project.

Summer Activities

This period of study allows you flexibility to follow your own interests and goals, whether it's through an internship, consulting project, dissertation, or specialist skills workshop. It's another chance to link up with our network of business contacts, to drive you closer to your career goals. There are a number of 'intensive courses' on offer, including Art Markets, the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, and the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Project.

When?

July-August

Where?

Anywhere in the world

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