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MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation

The MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation (ISO) is an integral part of the route to a PhD via the PhD pathway of the same name.

The ISO masters programme has been designed for students wishing to extend their knowledge of social science methodologies, specifically qualitative research methods, and their application to the interdisciplinary study of organisations. It is oriented to those wishing to prepare for a career in academic research.

There are a number of scholarships available to MPhil ISO students, ranging from ESRC scholarships, University of Cambridge and College scholarships, to corporate research funding. Find out more

Continuation to the PhD is regulated through a PhD admissions process during the MPhil year, which includes an interview, and is subject to the student's performance on the MPhil programme.

I regard the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation as an invaluable first step in my research career. The ISO programme provided me with a rigorous grounding in a range of disciplines, which really assisted the transition from my first degree in psychology to the multidisciplinary management environment of Cambridge Judge Business School. The faculty place a strong emphasis on rigour and imagination, and my work became far more creative as a result. Following the ISO programme, I was successful in getting a highly competitive scholarship from St John's College to study for a PhD at Cambridge Judge Business School.
Raina Brands (MPhil ISO 2006, PhD ISO 2010), Assistant Professor, London Business School

Closing dates

Deadline for applications: 15 Feb 2015
However we recommend you apply before December.

Cambridge Trusts funding deadlines are 15 October for US applicants, 3 December for applicants from all other countries.


Funding available to our MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation students includes University of Cambridge scholarships, Cambridge Judge Business School bursaries, ESRC funding and external scholarships.

Find out more about scholarships