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The PhD programme at Cambridge Judge Business School prepares you for an academic career in a business school. The programme starts students on one of five academic career pathways with clearly defined academic communities and well-established learned societies:

  • Information Systems, Strategy & Organisations
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Business Economics

The PhD programme consists of two components. A series of coursework modules trains you in research methodology and foundational subjects and introduces you to current academic debates. This coursework prepares you for your substantial independent research component, which is supervised by a team of faculty, chaired by a principal supervisor.

Much of the coursework for the PhD is offered through one of the School's research MPhil programmes. The standard route to a PhD is therefore to complete a nine-month research MPhil in the first instance, and then continue to the PhD, which will take between three and four additional years to complete.

PhD pathways

Each "PhD pathway" in the School comprises:

Nine months of research MPhil + Year 1 of PhD + Years 2-4 of PhD

Each PhD pathway has a different research MPhil route into the PhD and different coursework/dissertation requirements (see the table below to find out more). You may be required to select a particular subset of MPhil modules if you wish to continue to the corresponding PhD pathway.

These are the standard MPhil routes to the PhD. If you are currently taking a Cambridge MPhil degree not listed above please see Applying to the PhD for more information.

Fees & financing

The School is able to offer four ESRC scholarships per year for Home/EU students, and the University of Cambridge offers many other funding sources, including the prestigious Gates scholarships. All PhD students secure full funding before they begin the programme as Cambridge Judge Business School tops up funding for all students with an admissions offer.

Visit the Fees & Financing section to find out more


Alumni of the Cambridge Judge PhD programme have been placed at leading international business schools.

Nicos Savva
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.
Dr Nicos Savva, Assistant Professor of Management Science & Operations, London Business School