Student experience 

What to expect as an MSt student  

Our MSt in Social Innovation is about more than just studying a curriculum.  

On this 2-year, part-time programme, you’ll get a taste of life in Cambridge during the 4 one-week residentials and combine it with remote study from anywhere in the world. 

While in Cambridge, you’ll join interactive workshops at Cambridge Judge Business School to consolidate and extend your online learning. You’ll spend a week at a time in this unique environment, meeting students from a diverse range of disciplines, experiencing the Cambridge traditions and gaining lifelong membership to the alumni community.  

Outside of the programme, you’ll have time to explore this centuries-old city, studying in surroundings that have inspired some of the greatest innovators in history. 

At the end, you’ll come away with a network of powerful contacts and inspiring friends – alongside the knowledge, skills and experience needed to help guide you in your journey towards social change. 

People cycling in front of the Kings College at Cambridge.

The part-time nature of the course just suited my personal circumstances. I mean, it lets me work. It let me make my base in Melbourne. My family’s in Melbourne. But it also gives me an opportunity to experience a bit of Cambridge life. So it sort of ticked all the boxes."

Khoi Cao-Lam, MSt in Social Innovation alumnus

College membership 

Cambridge Judge is one of the only business schools in the UK to offer a College system, and it’s a key part of our programmes.  

If you’re accepted onto the MSt in Social Innovation, you’ll be guaranteed College membership; the admissions team will apply directly to a College to secure your place.  

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Choosing the right College

Every College is different, ranging in size from 150 to 1,000 students. Some are hundreds of years old, while others are newer and more modern. Most have their own libraries, dining halls and bars – some even have their own sports facilities and theatres. They also run their own clubs and societies, adding to those on offer at the wider University. 

In addition to being a temporary home, your College can also offer pastoral and financial support, and is responsible for arranging graduation.  

College membership isn’t just about accommodation. It will give you the opportunity to grow your network beyond the Business School, broadening your horizons and providing influential connections to help inspire your next steps and open doors in the future. 

Your community

From NGO leaders to corporate professionals, our students come from a wide variety of sectors, all united by a drive to address pressing social issues. You’ll mix with your cohort during the residentials, working on a group project and taking part in interactive workshops. Hear more from some of our students below.

At the heart of our community is the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation – a platform that supports social innovators and ventures across the city and beyond. As a student on our MSt in Social Innovation, you’ll meet fellows of the Centre who carry out cutting-edge research in the sector.

The faculty at Cambridge Judge Business School is made up of around 80 members covering a wide range of research areas. Many are leaders in their field, combining professional experience with academic rigour. Our MSt in Social Innovation combines resident staff with external practitioners, who’ll provide real-world insight and hands-on training to help you get the most out of the programme.

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As a Cambridge Judge alumnus, you’ll become part of a global, influential community of entrepreneurs and leaders, gaining a peer support network that will long stay with you. Our alumni are currently spread across more than 40 countries, and we arrange a number of local events throughout the year to keep the community connected.

The Bridge of Sighs.

Beyond academics

Cambridge life

Learn more about what it’s like to live in Cambridge. 

Virtual tour

Visit the Business School on a virtual tour. 

Entrepreneurship at the Business School

Find out how entrepreneurship unites our programmes at Cambridge Judge.   


As part of the University of Cambridge, we are an international community that has been at the forefront of new discoveries that have changed thinking over centuries. We believe inclusion encourages the innovation that makes change happen. Our faculty, students and staff are from all over the world, providing a global perspective to your interactions and learning. We strive for a better world through sustainable, equitable, diverse, and inclusive business practices that allow every individual to flourish.

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MSt in Social Innovation stories

Extraordinary students, extraordinary stories. Find out what our students, alumni and faculty have been up to.

Group of women.

Career and personal development

Women’s collective leadership for social change

The online WomenEd community of educational reformers around the world illustrates alternative forms of organising in the digital age, says research from the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation.

United Nations vehicle with soldiers.

Two papers co-authored by Cambridge Judge academics using social innovation approaches to solve defence issues will be presented at a military conference in the US this month. The first outlines suggested improvements to the United Nations (UN) deployment decision-making process, and the second addresses under participation of Asian American Pacific Islanders in the United States Air Force.

Yijing Wang.

While writing her dissertation at Cambridge Judge, Yijing Wang (MSt SI 2019) came up with the idea of founding an impact investing firm in China. It has led to a collection of global accolades, including winning the British Council Study UK Business and Innovation Award.