Below you’ll find answers to the most common questions we get about the MSt in Social Innovation programme.

Overview FAQs

No – you’ll mainly study online, so you can complete the programme from anywhere in the world. You just need to ensure you’re available to come to Cambridge for the residentials, as these are compulsory.

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Curriculum FAQs

It’s a part-time master’s degree, which our students normally fit around full-time work. Our programme combines teaching with a research project/dissertation and most of this happens remotely, with four one-week residentials in Cambridge.

Our aim is to help you develop academically, personally and professionally in order to progress your career.

Our programme begins at the start of October each year.

Two years.

We encourage you to! Most of our students work full-time (in the UK or overseas) while studying for the MSt; the programme is part-time and has been designed to fit around other commitments.

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Careers FAQs

An MSt isn’t a route into a PhD at the Business School  however we have had students going on to study a PhD in other departments at the University of Cambridge and beyond, but this depends on the admissions requirements of the particular department you’re applying to for the PhD.

If you’re thinking of doing a PhD at Cambridge Judge after completing a master’s degree, we’d normally recommend one of the specialist research master’s programmes instead.

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Fees and funding FAQs

No – the fee is the same for all students on the programme, regardless of nationality.

Tuition fees for the MSt in Social Innovation class of 2024/2026 at Cambridge Judge Business School are £33,900 (£16,950 per year). There is an additional application fee of £50. Visit the Postgraduate Admissions’ Application Fee page to learn more and to find out which nationals are entitled to a fee waiver.

CJBS has several studentships for candidates already involved in the social sector, and some of them in partnership with Colleges. 

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Applying FAQs

Our applications open in September (the year before you wish to start) and close at the end of March. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as we review applications on a rolling basis.

No – if you’re shortlisted for an interview, it will be done via video call.

We don’t host open days for the MSt in Social Innovation, but we offer online/hybrid Meet the Director information sessions to find out more. You can also ask questions via our online query form.

Unfortunately, we can’t arrange in-person meetings with individual candidates, due to the large number of applications we receive.

Unfortunately, we can’t accept applications by post. Applications are processed by the Institute of Continuing Education.

We don’t defer offers on this programme; if you decide not to take up your offer for the year stated, you’ll need to reapply again for the following year.

Candidates need to be fluent in English for our programmes. If your first language isn’t English, you’ll need to take a language proficiency test and have achieved the minimum score required no more than 2 years before the start of your programme.

You don’t need to take the test before you apply. However, if you’re made an offer and haven’t already met our requirements, we’ll ask you to take the test.

Please visit the University’s Postgraduate Admissions Immigration page for the most up-to-date information on visa requirements.

If you’re offered a place on the course, the Programme Manager will let you know if you need a visa before each residential week in Cambridge and provide any letters needed.

The following websites also provide useful information, including how to get a visa, the paperwork required and the location of your nearest British Embassy or Consulate:

We normally ask for a minimum of 2 years’ full-time or equivalent work experience.

You won’t normally need to complete a GRE/GMAT test. However, if you don’t have a UK 2:1 honours degree or the equivalent from an overseas institution, we’ll ask you to take the test. Candidates will need to rank above the 50th percentile in each quantitative and qualitative element to be considered.

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