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: