The Cambridge Judge Business School PhD Programme
The PhD programme at Cambridge Judge Business School is designed to prepare students for an academic career in the leading business schools.
It aims to develop PhD students who:
- Challenge conventional wisdom and advance knowledge through innovative theory and empirical research.
- Produce research that creates impact through publication in top tier journals.
Why Cambridge Judge Business School?
The School is at the heart at of one of the best universities in the world. Its faculty and PhD students pursue research which combines the highest academic standards with relevance to the needs of businesses and organisations in the public and third sectors.
As a PhD student at the School you will belong to a university that offers an outstanding research infrastructure, including one of the world's greatest libraries and a college system which encourages the cross-fertilisation and free exchange of ideas with students and faculty from other disciplines.
The School is able to offer four 4-year ESRC scholarships per year for Home/EU students.
Core research areas
All PhD students are key members of one of the following groups:
Nelli joined the University of Cambridge PhD programme on a UK-Innovation Research Center Scholarship after receiving a distinction in the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation from Cambridge Judge Business School. During her doctoral studies, she co-founded the Women in Leadership initiative with the objectives to develop a collaborative community, promote leadership, and provide development opportunities for women interested in an academic career. Prior to her doctoral research, Nelli co-founded and managed a company named Green Visions in California and worked for McKinsey & Company in Europe.
Alumni of the Cambridge Judge PhD programme have been placed at leading international business schools.
Dr Nicos Savva, Assistant Professor of Management Science & Operations, London Business School
"When I started my PhD at Cambridge Judge Business School I knew I was embarking on a challenging programme that would equip me with the resources to do original research. What I did not realise was the extent to which I was going to be a part of a vibrant and intellectually stimulating community.
"From the first day I was treated like a colleague by the faculty and encouraged to be innovative with my research and think independently. At the same time, I received great support from not just my faculty advisor, but also from other faculty members and fellow PhD students. In the process of these interactions I was able to develop a more mature attitude towards research, as well as learn about and appreciate alternative ways of analysing and thinking through research problems.
"Being a graduate student of a university with such a great tradition in academic scholarship I was able to receive rigorous training by taking courses at Cambridge Judge and other departments such as mathematics and economics, and attending research seminars given by academic leaders from other universities who frequently visit Cambridge. The University's intellectual atmosphere also had indirect benefits, such as access to business leaders who often visit the School to discuss contemporary issues within their organisations and more generally within their industries. This contact with the business world gave me the opportunity to identify interesting and relevant research questions while the academic training equipped me with the methodologies to tackle them and generate new knowledge.
"Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my PhD years and I feel that I left the programme with the maturity to identify promising research questions and the rigorous training to do meaningful research and to be able to teach others."