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Apply to the MPhil in Management

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Applications for 2022/23 are now open. The closing date for applications is 25 February 2022.

Entry to the MPhil programme is very competitive, so we advise candidates to apply early. This is particularly important if you are planning to apply for scholarship funding.

Admissions requirements

Professional experience

This is a pre-experience programme. Applicants should not have more than a year of work experience between graduation and the start of the programme (excluding vacation employment and internships during the course of their undergraduate degree).

Undergraduate achievement

A First Class Honours degree in a subject other than business or management.

English proficiency

English as your native language
or
IELTS minimum overall score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in each element
or
TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) minimum overall score of 110, with not less than 25 in each element

Maths and stats proficiency

A willingness to reach the necessary level of maths and statistics. Download some pre-course material for an idea of the level of knowledge required (pdf, 324KB).

Skills and competencies

Ambition and a willingness to work hard, as there will be a lot to cover in the programme. Evidence of good interpersonal, communication and team-working skills, in addition to numeracy, problem-solving and reasoning skills.

Professional experience

This is a pre-experience, professional practice programme. We do not accept applicants with more than a year of work experience (excluding vacation employment and internships during the course of their undergraduate degree). Suitably qualified candidates with work experience may wish to consider our MBA programme.

The programme is designed for graduates who have not previously studied business and management. If you have previously studied more than three modules on the subject of marketing, strategy, finance, accounting, operations, human resources or supply chains (at single or joint honours level) you will not be eligible for the programme. View a list of business and management-related modules (PDF). As a full-time course, the programme requires the completion of any current training or education course or release from your current institution for the duration of your study.

Undergraduate achievement

A very high standard in a degree course of equivalent level to a UK Bachelor’s degree with honours. In most countries this is a first degree (Bachelor’s, Licentiate, Vordiplom) but from some countries a masters-level degree may be required. The minimum standard required is a First Class Honours or equivalent from an overseas institution. Please refer to the Postgraduate Admissions website to find out the minimum requirement from graduates completing their studies in other countries.

English proficiency

Applicants to the programme need to be fluent in English and we assess fluency in the following ways:

  • if English is your native language.
  • or you have an IELTS minimum overall score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in each element. The separate components must have been taken at the same time and in the past two years.
  • or if you have a TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) minimum overall score of 110, with not less than 25 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.

View the latest University guidance for applicants regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, including advice on taking a language test.

Maths and stats proficiency

While the programme does not assume a high level of mathematical knowledge, if you don’t have a mathematical background we recommend you prepare for the programme by studying mathematics and statistics (to the level of A-level/final year in high school) before the programme starts. The delivery of the MPhil in Management is by lectures, seminars and workshops, and those of you who need extra support may benefit from arranging additional private tuition.

You can assess the standard required by consulting some of the pre-course material for our Quantitative Techniques for Management module (pdf, 324KB).

Skills and competencies

Ambition and a willingness to work hard as there will be a lot to cover in the course. Evidence of good interpersonal, communication and team-working skills, in addition to numeracy, problem-solving and reasoning skills.

Our expectations

Once admitted, we expect you:

  • to strive for academic excellence
  • to participate in all academic-related activities and events organised by the programme
  • to actively participate in the intellectual and social life offered by the University community
  • to be a responsible and committed team-player and make contribution to the overall learning experience of all your classmates
  • to behave professionally and treat all your lecturers and members of Cambridge Judge Business School with proper manners and respect
  • to provide constructive comments and feedback to lecturers and to the programme

Completing & submitting your application

Applications can be made online or occasionally by paper application. Both methods of application are handled by the central University.

Please visit the University of Cambridge’s Graduate Admissions website to:

Apply online

All the instructions on how to complete the application are included during the online application process.

It’s worth taking the time to read the instructions carefully as any mistakes in your application may make it invalid and delay the application process.

Funding deadlines

For those candidates who wish to be considered for Cambridge funding (from the Gates Cambridge Trust, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Cambridge Overseas Trust, and the Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme), deadlines can be found in the Funding Opportunities section of the University website. Note than an earlier deadline applies if you are a US citizen applying for Gates funding.

What happens next?

Learn what happens once you’ve submitted your application to the MPhil in Management.

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