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MBA curriculum

The programme has four distinct phases, arranged across four terms. The curriculum is designed to produce graduates who demonstrate intellectual rigour and who are skilled in the practice of management and core business principles in finance, strategy, marketing, operations, accounting, economics, corporate governance, organisational behaviour, technology and entrepreneurship, within a global context. The skills and knowledge acquired on the MBA are achieved through a collaborative ethos—the core value of the Cambridge MBA. At the end of the MBA, graduates will complete the MBA ready to make an impact at organisational level, and lead teams on a global scale.

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The Cambridge difference

Cambridge attracts brilliant people, and the work done at this university impacts society globally. As an MBA, you will be learning and connecting in this rich environment, able to explore options, follow interests, seek supporters, and pursue future goals. Students with strong motivation and self-direction, open minds, and big ambitions thrive here.

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Cambridge MBA: key learning features

Three team projects are required, and one optional individual project. The three team projects engage external companies or organisations.

Taught through a blend of workshops, seminars, lectures, small-group work, group discussion, presentations and experiential learning. Core courses form the foundation of the degree, and a wide variety of elective subjects for students to choose from. In the third term specialist coaches run Concentrations in key areas of interest.

Our unique ‘Concentrations’ allow you to follow your areas of interest through electives, projects and summer term choices.

Our aim is to produce graduates who demonstrate intellectual rigour and who are skilled in the practice of management and core business principles in finance, strategy, marketing, operations, accounting, innovation and human resources within a global context.

Your MBA will integrate the academic curriculum, the careers programme, as well as allowing time to interact with the wider University and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cambridge.

Students are exposed to live cases and situations throughout the programme, and apply their learning through this lens. We constantly invite business practitioners into the MBA experience to ensure the learning is realistic, relevant and impactful.

Your classmates will be mature, experienced and diverse, making your peer-to-peer learning valuable.

The ‘Management Praxis’ course, running throughout terms one and two, will be the core framework to explore successful teamwork. Other team interactions will be your study group, team projects and assessments.

Learning milestones

Our programme is structured to progress through four key learning milestones to consolidate and apply your learning. These milestones are vital opportunities to assimilate your knowledge and skills, work in teams and with external companies and advisors.

The milestones are:

  • Michaelmas Term – Cambridge Venture Project
  • Lent Term – Global Consulting Project
  • Easter Term – Concentration Capstone Project
  • Summer Term – Individual Project

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Given the structure of the degree and the class demographic, there are no formal supervisions through Colleges, or during the course of the MBA. However, there are a great many opportunities to link with academic and professional staff throughout the year, and students are encouraged to use these links.

Assessment and feedback

A variety of assessment methods are used during the programme:

  • Assessment methods may include:
  • Active class participation
  • Formal University written examinations
  • Individual written assignments
  • Group written assignments
  • Group presentations
  • Individual presentations
  • In-class tests

Students are given formal written feedback on most coursework assignments submitted during the programme, which is released alongside the marks. The style and content of this feedback is dependent on the style of assessment. There is no formal individual feedback on examinations and in-class tests.


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