Why choose a PhD at Cambridge Judge Business School?
At Cambridge Judge Business School, you will engage in research that really matters for business and society. We view research as a means to create impact far beyond our academic peers and scholars. We embed our research work, in deep engagements with organisations dealing with complex and important real-world issues. This is a key reason Cambridge Judge leads performance in the impact category in the latest UK research evaluation, with PhDs and faculty co-authors regularly publishing in leading academic journals.
The Business School has a unique position in one of the world’s greatest universities – a university that is home to more Nobel laureate affiliates than any other. Enjoy convenient proximity to the City of London and a location at the centre of the European high-tech and entrepreneurship hub, with one of the largest academic health sciences centres in Europe. This gives you the opportunity to forge close-knit networks of corporate and academic partners that are the basis for high-impact work. You will also build a lifelong network of friends from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds pursuing diverse interests and ambitions.
When I started my PhD at Cambridge Judge Business School I knew I was embarking on a challenging programme that would equip me with the resources to do original research. What I did not realise was the extent to which I was going to be a part of a vibrant and intellectually stimulating community.
Quality of supervision
As a PhD student, you will be viewed as junior colleague in your research group preparing to become a future colleague in your research community. You will be an apprentice in the very best sense of that word.
For me, faculty are the best aspect of Cambridge Judge Business School. They all treat me like a junior colleague. My supervisors provide incredible support whilst allowing me freedom to express my own ideas. This will be invaluable throughout my upcoming 12-month ethnography in a high security prison.
Complementary training opportunities
In addition to the core components of your PhD programme, you will find a wealth of additional valuable training opportunities on offer. You are free to utilise and design these into your own schedule.
Join other PhD students, faculty and research MPhil students one day each week over lunch. These can take the form of for example:
- a specific research presentation by a PhD student
- an expert talk about methodological issues
- career talks about the job market or publication.
A meeting point for students and faculty working in diverse areas providing an opportunity to get acquainted with other people’s work and for first year students to get a taste of advanced doctoral research. You will experience a safe, academically useful environment that nurtures the development of PhD students in terms of creating research papers and making presentations at professional seminars and conferences.
The Business School welcomes frequent academic visitors from around the world, who engage with PhD students individually and offer workshops or seminars in their areas of specialisation.
As part of your PhD you will need to learn and develop the essential skills of teaching and assessment, an integral part of academic life You will have the chance to provide vital assistance for our taught and executive education programmes (undergraduate, MBA, research MPhils, Executive MBA, Executive Education, professional practice masters). You may teach undergraduates, take undergraduate supervisions, run masters tutorials or review sessions, supervise masters student projects or co-teach part of a course with a member of faculty.
You will be able to take advantage of the numerous high-quality research seminars and speaker events that take place at the Business School each week. Organised by the various special interest groups, research centres and subject groups, seminars include talks by both business leaders and academics.
Training offered by other departments can help develop:
- knowledge of specialised methods (eg modules from the Faculty of Mathematics)
- interdisciplinary awareness, which inspires great research questions.
You can choose to attend lectures which range from economics, finance and social science programmes to lectures on astronomy, medieval history and nanotechnology.
You’ll be entitled to attend lecture series from nearly all the University’s degree programmes (with the permission of the lecturer).
Benefit from undertaking research visits at other leading business schools. Recent research stays have included the University of Michigan, Cornell University, Northwestern University, UCLA, the University of Alberta, the University of Chicago, McGill University and Yale School of Management.
The Experimental Laboratory is a dedicated space where you can run your own psychology and behavioural economics experiments. The lab contains 21 computers equipped with experimental software, including z-Tree (Zurich Toolbox for Readymade Economic Experiments), which allows both stand-alone and networked experiments.
At the lab, you’ll have access to a subject pool database and an online recruitment system, which allows you to filter participants based on different characteristics.
Enhance your academic writing ability with free, one-to-one mentoring in writing skills throughout the year. You can book 45-minute sessions directly with the mentor, and you can usually book as many sessions as you wish (subject to availability).
Attend a “Presence, Voice and Delivery” workshop for all PhDs. We also offer free, one-to-one training that focuses on aspects of voice projection, intonation and confidence, and you can book up to 3 one-hour sessions per year.
Attend a presentation skills workshop for PhD students to help you prepare for your first- year report. Access funding for language or software training (if approved by your supervisor).
The University of Cambridge also offers a comprehensive range of free researcher development courses that you can sign up for, including on presentation, negotiation and supervision skills.
At Cambridge Judge Business School, we view real-world impact as essential. Whether it be through meaningful research, deep engagement or policy research – we want to make a difference with our research. This is the reason we focus on building active partnerships with organisations at the Business School: for business, public sector and international development. Our aim is to address real-world challenges through rigorous and methodologically sound research.
Never has it been so pivotal to strengthen primary care delivery, in order to prevent overload in hospitals. One of Cambridge Judge Business School's PhD students, Harshita Kajaria-Montag, works together with faculty member Professor Stefan Scholtes and primary care provider Granta Medical Practices to understand managerial and organisational issues hampering primary care and develops recommendations to overcome them. We talked to Harshita to ask her how her collaborative project came to be and what happened because of it. Why did you decide to engage with Granta Medical Practice? As I began my PhD, my supervisor, Stefan Scholtes, was starting talks with Granta Medical Practice to do a collaborative project to improve their organisational practices. He told me about it, and I decided to tag along to some meetings he was having with them, to see if an interesting research project might come out of it. As soon as I did that, I knew I wanted to work with them. I was fascinated by their drive, their desire to change and to improve. I have kept working with Granta Medical Practice, now for around three years, and they are a very valuable collaborator. What was the project with Granta Medical Practice…
Translating research into valuable insights on how to support the reintegration of people with convictions. The last few months have brought a significant disruption to labour markets around the world. While many people now feel their job is under threat or are struggling to find employment, those from vulnerable categories such as people with convictions are seeing their opportunities for a new life shrink even more rapidly and worryingly. Jan Lodge, one of Cambridge Judge Business School's PhD students, is working on this issue through a collaboration with Clean Sheet, a social enterprise helping people with convictions to re-enter the job market. We asked him some insights about his research project. Why did you decide to work on the issue of re-integration of people who leave prison? As a management scholar, I had always been interested in the topics of stigmatisation and marginalisation and how this is experienced in organisations and in work reintegration processes. My focus on people with convictions really came about after having realised that the reintegration back into employment is a major factor in reducing their recidivism. I felt that by focusing on this group I could find a good balance between doing rigorous academic but…
Cambridge Judge Business School PhD students are a vibrant community, excelling in research but also determined to make a difference in the world. Every year, their research projects bring them in close contact with non-academic organisations and their engagement helps their work go the extra mile, generating not only sound theoretical research but insights that can benefit society. Sytske Wijnsma, fourth year PhD student at Cambridge Judge Business School, is a perfect example of what PhD students can achieve when they engage with non-academic organisations as a way to develop novel and original research. For the past three years, she has collaborated with Europol, the European Law Enforcement Agency, to reduce illegal electronic waste (e-waste) disposal. We asked her to share her experience and how engagement and impact can happen already in the earliest stages of an academic career. Why did you decide to engage with Europol? When I started my PhD, I wanted to use my research to help solve pressing sustainability issues. This meant choosing an impactful topic and answering a research question that was relevant for stakeholders. I attended some non-academic conferences and heard the talk of an employee of Europol about e-waste, which immediately attracted my attention.…
College and research environment
Benefit from the Cambridge Collegiate system which puts you at the centre of a multidisciplinary, multicultural pools of friends and ideas. Our PhD students often talk about the huge impact that this has on their research.
From day one, as a PhD student you will become a full member of the Cambridge Judge research community. Working together closely with faculty and other students to advance ideas, enhance each other’s work and start important academic conversations. This combination of a strong research focus, a constructive atmosphere and a highly collaborative approach creates an ideal learning environment for research students aspiring to a career in academia.
Research and skills funding
Take a look at the research and skills funding that will be available to you.
- Cambridge Judge Business School
- University fieldwork funding
- College funding
- Grants for ERSC-funded students