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Summer Term activities

To allow you to tailor the MBA towards your own individual career objectives, we offer a choice in the final Summer Term.

Please note: the Cambridge MBA is a 12 month MBA programme which runs from mid-September to mid-September. Students may work full-time in a work placement/internship for their summer option, but are not able to start in full-time permanent employment until mid-September, when the programme has finished.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Six Sigma is a powerful management tool that promotes process improvement, cost reduction and significant enhancement of bottom-line performance. Lean thinking focuses on the elimination of non-value-adding work and reduction in waste to increase profitability. Students will attend a mix of lectures, site visits and project initiation activities. Over the remainder of the summer students will work on a project (individually or in groups) to observe a process, identify improvement opportunities and make recommendations supported by data and analysis. 

Creative Arts and Media Management

The Cambridge Folk Festival is the largest festival of its kind in Europe, with a 50 year history, an annual attendance of over 14,000 people and a broadcast audience of roughly 13 million. A new charitable trust has recently taken over the management of the festival and is looking for opportunities to revisit its business model, expand its earning potential, reach new (younger) audiences and enhance its national and international brand/reputation. The summer project will be an opportunity to augment this research and, most importantly, to market-research and field-test some of the ideas during the actual festival itself. 


The summer programme provides the structured mentoring and thinking space you'll need to develop a viable business model for a new venture. The emphasis is on learning as much as possible about which customer segments to target; the most compelling value propositions for each segment; competition in your market space; the nature of your upstream value chain; and how to communicate with and serve your customers. Having completed your taught classes on the entrepreneurship concentration you will have laid a solid academic foundation on which to build a successful venture. The practicalities, however, present a different set of challenges that can only be faced by engaging with potential customers, and at least 75 per cent of your time will be spent talking to and interacting with key stakeholders.

Private Equity

This projects will be an opportunity to engage in individual research focussing on thesis-based investing. Students will be required to define their precise area of interest, including the geographic region of business, the sector, and the stage at which a particular company finds itself. Once the scope of the project has been set students will undertake primary research, outlining their thesis, and backing up their findings with valid real life examples. 

Case Writing

This course is an opportunity for students to learn by doing. Students will individually choose an organisation to base their case study on. They will investigate, through interviews and desk research, a major business challenge that the organisation is facing. Based on their research, students will write up a case study of the firm and the options it can employ to address the challenge it is facing. The case will be written as a pedagogical tool that can subsequently be used in the classroom for learning through role play and discussion. There will only be one in-class session at the start of the course. This session will be one and a half hours in length and will involve a lecture outlining what a case is, why case writing is important, and what the elements of a good case are. It will go on to offer practical tips on how to plan, structure and write a case along with a teaching note. The session will also address the use of audio and video materials and new online media to supplement the written case and teaching note. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions and debate different approaches to case writing. Following the introduction session, students will work independently on their case throughout the summer. 

My summer project Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification has been immensely beneficial in developing and designing a product distribution and feedback process for an innovative international organisation. Having the ability to take the Lean Six Sigma elective and to obtain a Green Belt certification in the summer has deepened my knowledge and appreciation for both Lean and Six Sigma process improvements.
Andrew Hanson, Cambridge MBA 2011

Individual Project

The Individual Project (IP) gives students the opportunity to experience real work as a consultant on a business problem, anywhere in the world. Students can use this opportunity to gain valuable experience for their CV and as a first step into their new career. Students can expect to work full time for six to eight weeks during July-September depending on the client's requirements and their post-MBA plans. The IP may cover any aspect of management and may be located in any commercial, industrial, public sector or not-for-profit organisation, anywhere in the world. Recent projects have included product extension strategy for a financial services company, analysis of the US railway sector, branding strategy development for a national retailer and derivatives modelling. 

Work placement

Work placements give students the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and valuable experience for their CV within a sector or company of interest. They can also lead to offers of full-time employment. Students can expect to work full time for six to eight weeks during July to September. Previous employers offering internships include: the Financial Services Authority; Credit Suisse Private Banking; Google; Amazon; and Asian Development Bank. Students often self-source their own internships based on their particular interests.

Research paper

Students undertaking a research paper can expect to be involved in independent, in depth research into an area of business management of personal interest for the summer term. The deliverable will be a 3000 word paper written for a business audience similar to those appearing in publications such as Harvard Business Review or the Sloan Management Review

The individual project was an excellent conclusion to the Cambridge MBA as it gave me the opportunity to work as an intern at Google where I could broaden my experience and apply what I had learned throughout the year.
Matt Dodds, Canada, Director of the Volaris Group

The dissertation is an 8,000-10,000 word report which may be on any aspect of business or management. It is intended to serve two main purposes: programme customisation and the opportunity for deeper exploration of a topic of personal/professional interest; and provide career progression opportunities. 

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