“I believe every doctor should have the opportunity to learn fundamental business and management skills. Whether you train to be a hospital consultant, a general practitioner (GP) or go into allied fields, management skills help empower doctors to try and make positive changes within the National Health Service (NHS) and to wider society. This was my primary motivation for applying to this programme, and having recently graduated and returned to clinical medicine, I can safely say it was one of the best decisions I made.
“This programme provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of business and management theory. Lessons learned in class are applicable across a diverse range of industries, making the programme highly appropriate for students looking to become leaders in their chosen field. The MPhil provided me with the tools to analyse and frame business and management problems, as well as consider ways in which organisations can improve. In this way, it has given me a different lens through which to analyse and reflect upon my experiences and observations working in a health service that is facing major challenges.
“If I had to choose one reason why the programme is so great, it would be the diversity of students, lecturers and admin staff who make up the programme. Between them they share a wealth of experience and a willingness to engage, which was evident during lectures where questions often resulted in new insights or class debate. Some of my favourite modules included Organisational Analysis, Strategy, Operations Management and Business Innovation, which were fun and thought-provoking. The Consulting Project was a particular highlight and I was fortunate to be teamed with four good friends from my programme. Together we formed a cohesive, high-performing team tackling a strategy problem for our client, a major brand and leader in their field. Being client-focused was an important element in helping us to build a trusting relationship with our client. By doing this, we were able to get to the root of the problem and develop innovative yet actionable recommendations for them to implement. After our final presentation, we were awarded first place for the best consulting team in our class, which was a very proud moment.
“Outside of the MPhil, I have made great friends and formed a strong bond with the Business School, my College and the wider University. Cambridge is a beautiful city. It’s small but vibrant, and there are endless activities to choose from. During my year, I played for the University Blues and College netball teams, rowed for my College in Bumps and went to a variety of social events, talks and performances. It was also fun to visit different Colleges, which all have a unique ‘feel’ and personality. I would never have thought hospital night shifts would have prepared me for May Ball Week but it helped me ‘survive’ three balls in a row (Trinity, St John’s, Magdalene) and a final one (Wolfson) at the end of the week – I challenge you to do more!
“Overall, Cambridge has truly been a life-changing experience. The knowledge and skills gained on this programme will carry through to the rest of my career. I would encourage anyone who is interested in this programme to apply.”
Jordan is a medical doctor working for the National Health Service (NHS) in Birmingham, UK. She achieved first class degrees in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) and International Health (BMedSc) from the University of Birmingham before working for a year within the NHS. She embarked on the MPhil in Management programme in order to learn about management theory and increase her business acumen, graduating with Distinction. Her major interests include health services management, public health and healthcare research and innovation. Whilst at Cambridge, she played for the University Netball ‘Blues’ 1st Team in the Varsity Match against Oxford, captained the St Edmund’s College Mixed Netball team and rowed for St Edmund’s College Women’s Boat Club during Lent and May ‘Bumps’.