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PhD & Research MPhils

The PhD programme

The PhD programme is designed to prepare you for an academic career in a business school. As a PhD student you receive training in state-of-the-art research methods and the knowledge-base of your chosen management discipline, to enable you to contribute as an independent researcher to ongoing academic debates in your field. However, we do not educate ivory tower academics. In addition to achieving academic impact at the highest level, we expect that you aspire to wider societal impact through your PhD and future academic research. We will work with you on the development of an exciting research programme that addresses important problems of business and society and will help you gain insights into the practical aspects of your work through deep engagement with firms and organisations that wrestle with these problems.

The route to a PhD at Cambridge Judge Business School takes four to five years of full-time study - an initial one-year research MPhil, followed by three to four years of PhD research. In the MPhil year you will complete most of the coursework required for doctoral study; in the subsequent three to four years you will concentrate on independent PhD research, supervised by a team of faculty and chaired by a senior faculty member as your principal supervisor.

During the MPhil year, you will select one of six PhD pathways, in which you specialise during your PhD:

Note for applicants

Please note that the information on these pages is for applicants for entry in 2015. Information relevant to entry in 2016 will be posted over the summer.


Financial support

All PhD students and a number of research MPhil students are fully funded through scholarships, covering fees and maintenance.

Cambridge Judge Business School is able to offer four scholarships funded by the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) to Research MPhil and PhD students. These prestigious scholarships are open to UK and EU applicants and cover all fees and maintenance for UK residents and all fees for EU students.

The wider University offers many additional funding sources for domestic and international students, such as the Gates scholarships.

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