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FAQs

What is the duration of the programme?
The MPhil in Finance is a full-time, nine-month Master's programme.

When does the programme start?
The programme starts with a preparatory Maths & Statistics programme in mid-September.

Can I work part-time while I am enrolled on the programme?
As the MPhil is a full-time programme the University does not permit you to undertake any employment whilst studying for the degree. Visit the online Graduate Studies Prospectus to find out more

Can I visit Cambridge Judge Business School/talk to faculty or someone from Admissions in person?
Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we receive, it is not possible for prospective applicants to meet faculty or admissions staff. They will, however, be able to answer any queries you have via the online query form.

Do you hold "open days" for MPhil programmes?
No open days are planned.

When can I apply for the 2017/18 programme?
Applications for 2017 entry will be open from 5 September 2016. You may apply when the appropriate application forms are available on the Board of Graduate Studies website.

What's the deadline for applications?
The closing date for applications is 29 June 2017. However, candidates are strongly advised to send in their applications well before this date and ideally before 31 December 2016.

What are the requirements for entry into the programme?
View the minimum requirements for entry to the MPhil in Finance. The MPhil is a full-time, nine month programme and requires the completion of any current training or education programme or release from your current institution for the duration of your study.

Is there an application fee?
There is an application charge of £50 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. For further details please visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Do you require work experience?
We do not require work experience; the MPhil in Finance is a pre-experience programme designed for those with no more than one year of work experience after their first degree. For finance professionals with a minimum of two years work experience who wish to develop their career in finance, we offer a post-experience Master of Finance.

Do you require a GRE/GMAT score as part of the application process?
Applicants are encouraged to take the GRE. Although this is not a formal requirement, for applicants from universities which may not be well known to members of the admissions committee, a strong GRE test result may well make a difference.

  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) 
    Cambridge Judge Business School's institution code for GRE is 7020.

    When a GRE score is submitted, a minimum score of 780 in the quantitative section is expected.

I have more than one year of work experience but want to continue to a PhD. Can I be considered for the MPhil in Finance?
Yes, but you will be considered only if you include a 1,500-word research proposal at the time of application. The research proposal is intended to demonstrate your ability to pursue a research-oriented academic career. It should identify the key research questions, review the relevant academic literature in the area, and highlight the expected contribution to knowledge. Those with PhD aspirations who have less than one year of work experience should include a 500-word research proposal when they apply for admission to the MPhil in Finance. No research proposal is required from students who do not expect to continue to a PhD after the MPhil.

Can I send my application materials directly to Cambridge Judge Business School?
Visit the Applying webpage for full details on how to apply.

When will I hear if my application has been successful?
You should not expect to hear about the outcome of your application before the end of March.

Do I have to come to Cambridge for an interview?
There are no formal interviews, although in some cases the programme director may contact prospective students for further information.

Which college am I likely to join?
When completing your application form you may choose up to two Colleges at which you wish your application to be considered if you are offered a place on the MPhil in Finance programme. It is possible that the Colleges you choose will not be able to offer you admission. In that case, your application will be circulated to other Colleges. This process is carried out by the Graduate Admissions Office and they will ensure that you receive an offer of a place from one of the colleges once you have a conditional offer to study the MPhil in Finance. Please consult the University's Graduate Studies Prospectus for more details.

Do I have to take an English language proficiency test?
Fluency in English is a pre-requisite for our programmes. If your first language is not English you should take a language proficiency test to show you have the necessary command of the language to get the most out of the programme. You do not need to take the test before you apply, but, if you are made an offer and have not already met our English language requirements, one of the conditions of admission will be that you pass a test at the correct level. You must have achieved the minimum requirements no more than two years before the start of your programme. Find out more about our minimum English language proficiency requirements

Do I need a visa to study at Cambridge?
Please consult the University's Graduate Studies Prospectus for the most up-to-date information on visa requirements. The following websites provide information on whether you will require a visa to study in the UK. These sites include information on how to obtain a visa, and the paperwork you are required to submit. Also included is the location of your nearest British Embassy or Consulate:

  • UK Visas & Immigration is the website of the Home Office department that administers visas.
  • UKCISA is a website designed especially for overseas students who wish to study in the UK.

What is the cost of the MPhil in Finance programme?
Please visit the Student Registry website for details of the fees for the current academic year.

Are the fees different for overseas students?
Yes - please visit the Student Registry website for details.

What scholarships do you offer?
There are a range of scholarships available to our MPhil students. Visit the Fees & Financing webpage for details of scholarships, bursaries and loans.

I have more than one year of work experience but want to continue to a PhD. Can I be considered for the MPhil in Finance?
Yes, but you will be considered only if you include a 1,500-word research proposal at the time of application. The research proposal is intended to demonstrate your ability to pursue a research-oriented academic career. It should identify the key research questions, review the relevant academic literature in the area, and highlight the expected contribution to knowledge. Those with PhD aspirations who have less than one year of work experience do not have to include a research proposal when they apply for admission to the MPhil in Finance.