Get started with your MRes application
We are delighted you’re thinking of applying for the Master of Research in Management Studies. If you have a masters degree from an institution with a strong international research reputation, and wish to continue to doctoral studies, then this masters programme is for you. The MRes is an integral part of the route to a PhD.
Take the time to review our application process and admissions requirements. Ensure you apply early to make use of available funding opportunities and increase your chances of getting your preferred College placement. Bear in mind that if you are shortlisted you will need to write a full research proposal by the end of December.
Applications now open
Admissions for entry in October 2024 are now open, with a closing date of 30 November 2023.
Who we are looking for?
Begin your journey towards becoming a research-oriented faculty member at one of the world’s foremost business schools.
This programme is for you if:
- you have a UK First-Class Honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent), which equates to a USA CGPA of 3.7/4.0.
- you have a masters degree (not an MBA or MFin, or other professional practice masters) in which you were amongst the top 5% of students in your year
- your degree is relevant to your chosen PhD specialisation and from a university/department with a strong international research reputation
The Master of Research in Management Studies is a great choice for those with ambitions to spearhead the field of management research – we’re delighted you’ve selected our programme. Here are the key steps of the application process:
- Step 1: Funding application
- Step 2: Programme application
- Step 3: Receipt of application
- Step 4: Application review
- Step 5: Research proposal development
- Step 6: Selection for interview
- Step 7: Interview
- Step 8: Conditional Offer
- Step 9: Funding decisions
- Step 10: Unconditional Offer
Our minimum requirements
The MRes programme has limited places for exceptional individuals – here’s what you need to ensure you’re ready for the course:
All applications are made online, and you need to submit all required supporting documentation, including references and transcripts. There is no application fee for this programme.
You’ll need an excellent degree equivalent to a UK bachelors degree from a reputable university. The minimum standard normally required is a first-class honour or a mark considered equivalent by the University of Cambridge, which translates in most countries into ‘A’ grades.
In most countries the equivalent to a UK bachelors degree is a first degree (bachelor), but from some countries a masters-level degree may be required. We consider the standing and selectivity of the university as well as the student’s rank within their class.
- from the UK – First Class
- from the USA – a CGPA of 3.7 out of 4
- from China – a mark of 95%
- from India – an average mark of 75%, or a 4-year bachelor of engineering/technology from a prestigious institution, or a masters degree
- from Germany – a minimum mark of “sehr gut” (1.3)
We look for students with a masters degree (not an MBA or MFin, or other professional practice masters) relevant to their intended PhD specialisation and from a university/department with strong international research standing. We look for indications that you have the calibre and training to undertake a research-focused degree.
We will ask you to provide evidence, through transcripts and reference letters, that you are among the top 5% of masters students in your year, or among the top 10% of students if your masters degree is from the University of Cambridge or a similarly selective university.
Applicants with an MBA, MFin or other professional practice masters are required to have a further masters degree with a research component.
For MRes applicants interested in the Finance PhD pathway, please note that we will only accept MRes applications from MPhil in Economic Research students at Cambridge, and we will expect your references to indicate that you will achieve at least 70% in the MPhil in Economic Research.
Work experience is not a requirement, although work experience relevant to your research interests is highly appreciated. We normally expect no more than 5 years of work experience.
We require 2 academic references, one of which should be from the supervisor most familiar with your work. If you are a student currently on a Cambridge masters degree, please provide an academic reference from the member of faculty who knows your work best on your current degree.
Automated reference requests will be sent to your referees once you have input their contact details into our online application system. Keep track the receipt of your references online. It is your responsibility to follow up with your referees if they fail to send a reference or change their contact details.
The Master of Research in Management Studies is taught entirely in English, and you must be able to read, write, speak and understand English fluently. If you are a non-native English speaker, you must provide us with evidence of your fluency in English.
You will need to provide test results that meet the requirements of one of the tests listed below. Your results must be from a test taken in the 2 years prior to starting the programme.
- TOEFL – minimum overall score of 110, with not less than 25 in each element.
- IELTS – minimum overall score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in each element.
Not yet taken a language test? 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.
We will ask you to give a summary of your research interests and intended research topics. We recommend a maximum of 700 words, as there is a 3,000-character limit set up for this field. Note that only if you are shortlisted, you will be put in contact with a member of Faculty and asked to submit a research proposal.
We require one sample of your writing, no more than 25 pages in length (eg excerpts from a thesis), which has been assessed or peer reviewed.
If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, you will also need to provide the following:
- Gates Cambridge Reference
- Research proposal