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The MPhil in Technology Policy is an intensive, nine-month masters programme designed for people with a background in science or engineering who are interested in developing the skills needed to meet the challenges of integrating technology, management, economics and policy.

Our focus is on business-government interactions and our graduates will be able to anticipate technology trends; analyse and influence legislative developments; and identify business opportunities created by policy initiatives, regulation, and legislation. We aim to provide you with both the wider political and institutional context and the analytical skills delivered by Cambridge Judge Business School faculty working in operations, strategy and most especially in economics and policy.

The programme

Our programme provides the context and skills needed to cope with the rapidly evolving environment in many technology-rich areas.

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Why an MPhil in Technology Policy?

We seek to take scientists and engineers from the 'engine room to the bridge' by helping them gain new perspective on the main challenges facing key sectors.

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Our admissions deadline is 16 June 2020.

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A transformational year at the boundary of business and government

We seek to take scientists and engineers from the 'engine room to the bridge' by helping you to gain new perspective on the main challenges facing key sectors including energy, ICT, biomedical and logistics. You are given the skills to anticipate future developments and learn to analyse, influence and operate at the nexus of business and government. We give you the tools, frameworks and contexts to answer the following kinds of question:

  • What is the future of the digital economy – and how will we meet challenges of big data, privacy, the digital divide, and develop new models for education provision, collaboration and banking?
  • What will be the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics on the economy and employment?
  • How will our energy systems be transformed to balance security, competitiveness, affordability and sustainability?
  • Can society be better at dealing with natural and human-made emergencies and catastrophes?
  • What are the impacts of demographic transitions such as ageing populations and rapidly emerging markets, and how do these transitions interact with the technologies that are affecting life expectancy and economic growth rates, labour markets and social cohesion?
  • What tools exist that can provide technology foresight in order to help us anticipate future trends in industry evolution and in technology development?
  • How do governments design and analyse policy, how do firms react to government actions and how can both government and industry do more to anticipate the evolution of policy? Should governments be supporting national champions? Should they be supporting entrepreneurs?

Although the programme straddles the boundary of business and government and has a strong common core taken by all students on the programme, it offers opportunities to examine public and private sector perspectives.

My time at the University of Cambridge was extremely rewarding. The MPhil in Technology Policy was a great opportunity to develop the skills required to meet the challenges of integrating technology, economics, policy, and law. The programme was no doubt challenging, but also extremely stimulating and rewarding. In my current role working for an EU institution, the MPhil has helped me understand the strategic importance of today's complex social, economic, and political issues. I make use of the skills I learned on a daily basis.
Alexandros Pamnani, MPhil Technology Policy 2015

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Admisssion deadline: 16 Jun 2020
However we recommend you apply before December if you wish to be considered for funding.

Cambridge Trusts funding deadlines:

  • 9 Oct for Gates US applicants
  • 3 Dec for applicants from all other countries


Fees & scholarships

Programme cost: £30,222

Visit the Graduate Admissions website to learn about course costs, your fee status and more. Please note that in addition to the University Composition Fee there is a £1,000 charge to cover the costs of the orientation week, stakeholder engagement activities and an educational visit to Brussels or another European country.

There are a range of scholarships available to MPhil students at Cambridge Judge Business School.

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Alumnus Ed Klinger explains what made him choose the Cambridge MPhil in Technology Policy.

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