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MPhil in Technology Policy

The MPhil in Technology Policy is an intensive, nine-month masters programme designed for people with a background in science or engineering who are interested in developing the skills needed to meet the challenges of integrating technology, management, economics and policy.

Our focus is on business-government interactions and our graduates will be able to anticipate technology trends, analyse and influence legislative developments and identify business opportunities created by policy initiatives, regulation, and legislation. We aim to provide you with both the wider political and institutional context and the analytical skills delivered by Cambridge Judge Business School faculty working in operations, strategy and most especially in economics and policy.

The programme

Our programme provides the context and skills needed to cope with the rapidly evolving environment in many technology-rich areas.

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Why an MPhil in Technology Policy?

We seek to take scientists and engineers from the 'engine room to the bridge' by helping them gain new perspective on the main challenges facing key sectors.

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Cambridge life

A beautiful and historic city - a perfect location for a business school and your transformational year of study.

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Admissions

Our admissions deadline is 30 June 2015.

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A transformational year at the boundary of business and government

We seek to take scientists and engineers from the 'engine room to the bridge' by helping you gain new perspective on the main challenges facing key sectors including energy, ICT, biomedical and logistics. You are given the skills to anticipate future developments and learn to analyse, influence and operate at the nexus of business and government. We give you the tools, frameworks and contexts to answer the following kinds of question:

  • What is the future of the digital economy – and how will we meet challenges of big data, privacy, the digital divide and develop new models for education provision, collaboration and banking?
  • How will our energy systems be transformed to balance security, competitiveness, affordability and sustainability?
  • Can society be better at dealing with natural and human-made emergencies and catastrophes?
  • What are the impacts of demographic transitions such as ageing populations and rapidly emerging markets, and how do these transitions interact with the technologies that are affecting life expectancy and economic growth rates, labour markets social cohesion?
  • What tools exist that can provide technology foresight in order to help us anticipate future trends in industry evolution and in technology development?
  • How do governments design and analyse policy, how do firms react to government actions and how can both government and industry do more to anticipate the evolution of policy? Should governments be supporting national champions? Should they be supporting entrepreneurs?

Although the programme straddles the boundary of business and government and has a strong common core taken by all students on the programme, it features two main pathways: public sector and private enterpri

 
Coming to Cambridge was an experience of a lifetime. I was a bag of mixed emotions and had my fears but was overwhelmed by the sheer attraction of Cambridge, the diversity of its culture, and the warmth of its people. That attraction rode mainly on the strength of its intellectual reach. The programme was challenging but it was an absolutely incredible learning adventure.
Aazar Bhandara, MPhil Technology Policy 2007, now at the United Nations Development Programme

Applications closed

Admissions for entry in 2015/16 have now closed.

Applications for entry in October 2016 will open on 1 September 2015.

Scholarships

Funding available to our MPhil in Technology Policy students includes University of Cambridge scholarships, Cambridge Judge Business School bursaries, ESRC funding and external scholarships.

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