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The MBA is taught through a blend of workshops, seminars, lectures, small group work, group discussion, presentations and experiential learning.

Progress logically through a ‘micro to macro’ pathway, starting with the fundamental disciplines of business and team building, through to team leading skills, and organisational impact.

Tailor your MBA through ‘Concentrations’, Summer Term activities, plus student-led activities and sector sector-related elements of the Career Development Programme.

The academic curriculum

Team leading: project focus

Core courses:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management Science
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Microeconomics
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Management Praxis I

Team project: Cambridge Venture Project

Team leading: organisational complexity

Core courses:

  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Corporate Governance: Organisations
  • Digital Business
  • Management Praxis II

Electives: three (chosen in Michaelmas Term)

Team project: Global Consulting Project (GCP)

Influence and Impact: global context

Core courses:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Operations Management
  • Business & Society

Electives: three (chosen in Lent Term)

Concentration: one of 10 available thematic Concentrations (chosen in Lent Term)

Project: Concentration Project – Board Impact

Application and relaunch

Choose one from:

  • Individual Project.
  • Work Placement.
  • Research paper.

Apply your learning: projects

The CVP, undertaken in Michaelmas Term, features small teams working on a market analysis project with a UK based company, to develop team skills as part of the Management Praxis course.

The GCP is the highlight of the Cambridge programme for many, enabling team consulting work for a major international company, anywhere in the world. It is a four to six week project, on a live issue of strategic importance for the client. The GCP is a valuable opportunity to apply your learning across the range of disciplines as well as test career options and make useful connections.

You will choose from one of ten Concentrations to participate in during the Easter Term  – see further down the page for a list of Concentrations. At the end each Concentration you will undertake a team project, in which you will present your findings in a simulated boardroom situation.

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.

In the Summer term, you may choose one of the following activities:

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.

Research Project

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.

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.

Customise your learning

Our curriculum is carefully designed to deliver a rigorous and relevant business masters degree which covers the whole range of business disciplines and management skills. As the programme progresses, you can start to tailor your route through the programme, by combining the following elements with your core curriculum.

Choose three electives in Lent Term, and another three in Easter term.

Download the list of electives

Please note this list is representative and subject to change, and we cannot guarantee the running of each of these courses in every academic year.

A Concentration is a set of courses and projects undertaken in the Easter Term, to allow you to delve deeper into an area of interest. You may pick one Concentration, from this list:

  • Culture, Arts & Media Management
  • Digital Transformation
  • Energy & Environment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Global Business
  • Healthcare Strategies
  • Marketing
  • Social Innovation
  • Strategy

The extra-curricular learning opportunity as a Cambridge MBA is wide-ranging and enriching. Support and extend your learning and interests by involvement in:

  • International treks, organised by student groups.
  • Student Interest Groups support inititiatives through networking and organising conferences or events.
  • Engage with the various research centres at CJBS, plus other initiatives such as the Entrepreneurship Centre and more.
  • Engage with peer-led organisations at the University of Cambridge such as CUTEC – Cambridge University Entrepreneurial Society and Cambridge Union Society.