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Are you ready to join the diverse and talented people who, each year, prepare to launch their leadership careers in business at Cambridge Judge Business School?

Our MPhil in Management programme enables you to acquire both the knowledge and skills you need to transition into a leadership career in business.  

Applications now closed

Applications for entry in 2024 have now closed. Admissions for 2025 will open in September 2024.

Who are we looking for?

Join other ambitious, driven and intellectually curious graduates on our MPhil in Management programme, and prepare to enter the competitive and rewarding world of management and business. 

This programme is right for you if: 

  • you have a UK First Class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a subject other than business or management
  • you have English language proficiency*, maths and stats proficiency
  • you have less than a year of work experience since graduation (excluding vacation employment and internships)
  • you have good interpersonal, communication and team-working skills, in addition to numeracy, problem-solving and reasoning skills
  • you are ambitious and willing to work hard

*English proficiency: English as the native language or IELTS minimum overall score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in each element or TOEFL minimum overall score of 110, with not less than 25 in each element. 

Find out if the MPhil in Management is right for you.

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Application process

We are delighted that you are ready to apply for the MPhil in Management programme. Please note that entry to the MPhil programme is very competitive, so we advise you to apply early. This is particularly important if you are planning to apply for scholarship funding. 

Here’s our application process: 

Application preparation

Prepare your application

Start your application process as early as you can. Contact your referees, gather all required documentation and research Colleges. Applying early is especially important if you intend to apply for scholarship funding. 

Application submission

When you’re ready, submit your application online

Submit your application form and supporting documents via the University of Cambridge Applicant Portal.

Go to applicant portal

Applications for entry in 2024 have now closed. Admissions for 2025 will open in September 2024.

Receipt of application

Get receipt of your application

You will receive an email or letter of acknowledgement of receipt of your application and supporting documentation, and an ID number from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Application review and video interview

A review period where we consider applications

Our Admissions Committee meets to review applications and decides on conditional offers. This process takes several weeks. If shortlisted, you may be invited for a video interview during this time.

Applications are considered in stages as part of a gathered field and the earliest decisions on applications can be expected in January 2024, with the majority of decisions finalised by the end of April 2024 after all received applications have been considered by the admissions committee of the MPhil in Management programme.

You will be notified of the outcome by email and the Applicant Portal.

Fraudulent applications

The University of Cambridge takes robust action against admissions fraud. If we find that fake documents or false information has been submitted, we will withdraw the application and any others made by the same person.

Learn more about postgraduate admissions fraud

Conditional offer

Successful candidates receive a Conditional Offer

If your application is successful, you will receive a formal offer letter via email and be given access to your Self-Service account. 

Use the Self-Service account to find out everything you need to know about the progress of your application and to provide the required documents to meet your offer conditions. You can print a summary certificate of offer from your Self-Service account, if needed.

Please note that conditions attached to your offer may include: 

  • financial (proving that you have the funds to support yourself while on the programme)
  • language (proving that your English language skills are proficient)
  • academic (the provision of original documents)

It is your responsibility to meet these requirements and to let the Postgraduate Admissions Office know when you have done so by providing the necessary documentary evidence.

Unconditional offer

Progress to unconditional offer

The Postgraduate Admissions Office will confirm by email and the Self-Service account that you may begin your MPhil programme at the start of the academic year. Where appropriate you will also receive a Confirmation of Acceptance of Study (CAS) certificate for visa application

At this stage of the process you can begin arranging your accommodation in Cambridge and make visa applications where applicable.

Our minimum requirements

Ensure you have everything you need to submit your optimal application. Below is the list of requirements for applying to the MPhil in Management programme. 

Visit the University of Cambridge’s Graduate Admissions website to apply online using the Applicant Portal. You will need to submit all required supporting documentation at the same time as completing the rest of your application.

You will see all the instructions on how to complete the application clearly included during the online application process. Take your time and read the instructions carefully as mistakes can invalidate your application and delay the process.

Note that deadlines for application submission are 12:00am (midnight) UK time on the date stated. Plan to submit your application in advance so that if you experience any issues, we can assist you.

There is an application charge of £50 per application (unless you are from a country which is eligible for fee waiver). You can make the payment by providing your card details to the secure server when you submit your online application.

Have your CV (curriculum vitae, or résumé) ready to upload via the Applicant Portal, as this is a required part of your application for admission.

You do not need any prior work experience to apply for this programme. If you have prior work experience, it must be less than one year since graduation (excluding vacation employment and internships) to be accepted to this programme.

Suitably qualified candidates with work experience may wish to consider applying to our MBA programme instead.

You’ll need university transcripts and certificates for each degree you have studied or are currently studying for.

When you start your MPhil studies, you’ll need to have completed any current training or education course.

The minimum standard required is a UK First Class Honours or a very high standard in a degree course of equivalent level to a UK bachelor’s degree with honours, in a subject other than business or management.

In most countries, this is a First Class Honours degree (Bachelor’s, Licentiate, Vordiplom), but a masters-level degree may be required. Please refer to the Postgraduate Admissions website to find out the minimum requirement from graduates completing their studies in other countries.

You will not be eligible for the programme if you have previously studied business and management, specifically if you have previously studied more than three modules, at single or joint honours level, on the subjects of:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Operations management
  • Strategy
  • Supply chain management

Please view the list of business and management-related modules (PDF).

While the programme does not assume a high level of mathematical knowledge, if you don’t have a mathematical background, we recommend you prepare for the programme by studying mathematics and statistics, to the level of A-level or final year in high school, before the programme starts. Some modules in the programme make use of basic algebra, equations, calculus (basic differentiation rules), graphs (linear, quadratic, logarithmic, exponential), as well as introductory probability and statistics.

Download the pre-course material for our Quantitative Techniques for Management module

If you need extra support, you may benefit from reading our suggested textbooks.

You’ll need to be fluent in English and we assess fluency in the following ways:

  • If English is your native language.
  • You have an IELTS minimum overall score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in each element. The separate components must have been taken at the same time and in the past two years.
  • If you have a TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) minimum overall score of 110, with not less than 25 in each element.

Not yet taken a language test? Is your test result out-of-date or not up to the required standard? Don’t worry, you don’t have to include your English language test scores with your initial application documents; they can be forwarded on later in the process. If you are made an offer, one of the conditions of entry will be getting the required standard of language test score.

Please note that applicants for the MPhil in Management will not be referred to the Language Centre for assessment.

You’ll need to provide details of 2 academic referees, when completing your application in the Applicant Portal. Your referees will then need to provide your reference via the referee portal. You’ll need to ensure these references are provided before any course or funding deadline for your application to be considered.

You can track the submission of references via the applicant portal, and you should remind your referees if your references are not submitted (or request a new referee). Before you submit your application, make sure you have your referee’s consent to provide a reference for you.

Our expectations 

As a management conversion programme, beyond individual assignments, the programme draws on group class discussions, group interactions, group consulting work, and other interactive activities that involve teamwork. We have high expectations from your active engagement and, once admitted, we expect you to: 

  • strive for academic excellence
  • participate in all academic-related activities and events organised by the programme
  • actively participate in the intellectual and social life offered by the University community
  • be a responsible and committed team-player and make contribution to the overall learning experience of all your classmates
  • behave professionally and treat all your lecturers and members of Cambridge Judge Business School with proper manners and respect
  • provide constructive comments and feedback to lecturers and to the programme

Fees and funding for MPhils

Find out more about financing your MPhil and explore scholarships and loans available to you.

Fees and funding