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MPhil in Technology Policy

The MPhil in Technology Policy is an intensive, nine-month master's 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 and policy.

The programme gives you the opportunity to enhance your technical knowledge, whilst also providing you with both the tools to manage technological implementation, and an awareness of the wider socio-economic and regulatory contexts.

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 March 2015, though we recommend you apply before December.

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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 them gain new perspective on the main challenges facing key sectors including energy, ICT, biomedical and logistics. We prepare you to anticipate future developments and learn to analyse, influence and operate at the boundaries of business and government.

Critical questions we provide you with the tools, frameworks and contexts to answer include:

  • 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 deal with natural and man-made emergencies and catastrophes better?
  • What are the impacts of demographic transitions – such as aging 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 do we have to provide technology foresight that can 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?

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 focus on providing students 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.

Although we straddle the boundary of business and government, there are two main pathways through the course: public sector and private enterprise, though we have a strong common core taken by all students on the programme.

Programme Director David Reiner on the MPhil in Technology Policy:

 
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

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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