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Diploma programme structure

PGDE students

The Diploma is delivered through a carefully designed combination of: 

  • immersive residential learning and networking in Cambridge (three weeks in total)
  • working through our online learning content and tools, with an 'action learning set' of fellow innovators and creators
  • coaching and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs, matched to your individual challenges, who help you review and reflect on the actions you take as you build your skills (10 times each year)

September 2019-March 2020

The programme starts with a residential week in Cambridge on 2-6 September 2019. During the residential week, you will form your action learning set with four to six other innovators. Peer-to-peer learning is a critical part of the journey of the programme. Students are carefully matched to a group designed both to expose you to those facing similar challenges and to give you diverse perspectives from other experienced, driven professionals. You commit, as a member of the action learning set, to help keep your colleagues in the "stretch zone" where learning happens, and they will commit to support you in a similar way. In addition, you will meet your first mentor: an experienced entrepreneur, drawn from a group of mentors recruited and vetted by the Entrepreneurship Centre. Both your peers and your mentor will work with you to ensure your learning of concepts, skills and the innovator's mindset is maximised. This is done by ensuring that theory is converted into practical action.

After the first residential week, your self-driven journey begins. Throughout October, November, January, February and March, you will work for about 10 hours per week through dynamic, engaging online content - in our Virtual Learning Environment - around the core modules. As a result of consulting your peer group and checking in with your mentor regularly, you will reflect on the learning experience and decide how best to put the content into action for the highest impact.

March-July 2020

The second Cambridge residential week takes place on 16-20 March 2019. It provides an opportunity for you to bring together all you have learned, reconnect with your peers and mentor, and, guided by Cambridge Judge Business School faculty, prepare for the "home stretch" of the Diploma. A major emphasis of the second residential is supporting you to connect your venture or project to key stakeholders - through pitching, networking and selling. At this time you also begin to study the specialist pathway and/or elective modules.

Following the second residential week and until the end of the programme, you will continue to work on online content and to interact with, and be supported by, your action learning set and your mentor. The emphasis of the programme will shift to concepts, skills and mindsets you may need in the future as your venture or project grows. Students return to Cambridge at the end of the programme in July (6-10 July 2020) for a final synthesis of work and planning. This also offers exposure to further teaching from Cambridge Judge Business School faculty and the chance to celebrate the ways in which you have stretched yourself and developed an innovator's mindset.

  Dates Activity
Residential 1 at CJBS Sep 2019 First residential: meet your mentor and action learning set
Core modules Sep 2019-Mar 2020 Opportunities, Business Models & Strategy
  Sep-Dec 2019 Entrepreneurship Skills & the Entrepreneurial Mindset
  Sep-Dec 2019 Assembling & Managing Innovative Teams
  Jan-Mar 2020 Persuasion, Sales & Social Capital
  Sep 2019-Mar 2020 Financial Literacy
Residential 2 at CJBS Mar 2020 Second residential: pitching and networking emphasis
Specialist pathway modules Mar-Jul 2020 Choose one of 11 pathways
Elective modules Mar-Jul 2020 Choose four electives
Residential 3 at CJBS Jul 2020 Third residential: planning emphasis