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Browse the below tabs to find the answers to common questions about matters such as application fees, admission interview, study visa, and student fees for overseas candidates.

What is a Master of Studies?
It is a part-time master's degree, designed for individuals who are typically studying in addition to working full-time, allowing students to develop their professional and academic interests for career progression or diversification and personal development. You can find out more on the University's website.

What is the duration of the programme?
The MSt in Social Innovation is a part-time programme delivered over two years.

When does the programme start?
The programme starts at the beginning of October every year.

Can I work while I am enrolled on the programme?
Yes, you can. Most of our students combine full-time employment (in the UK or overseas) with part-time study.

Can I progress onto PhD following the completion of a Master of Studies?
This will depend on the admissions requirements established by the university department where you wish to study at PhD level. If you wish to study PhD at Cambridge Judge Business School, a Master of Studies is not a suitable route. You can view more information on about Research Masters at on the School's research programmes page.

Do I need to relocate to Cambridge during the duration of the programme?
No, only the residential weeks are a compulsory element of the programme. You need to ensure you can be fully available to attend the residential phases. View our indicative timeline on our programme overview page.

When can I apply for the 2018/20 programme?
Applications for October entry open in September of the previous year.  Follow our guidance on how to apply.

What's the deadline for applications?
We close for applications at the end of March. However, since applications are considered on a rolling basis, candidates are encouraged to send in their applications as soon as possible (well in advance of the application deadline).

What are the requirements for entry into the programme?
View the minimum requirements for entry to the MSt in Social Innovation.

Is there an application fee?
There is an application charge of £50 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. For further details please visit the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) website.

Do you require work experience?
Yes, a minimum of two years. View the minimum requirements for entry to the MSt in Social Innovation.

Do you require a GRE/GMAT score as part of the application process?
A GRE/GMAT score is not a requirement unless an applicant does not hold (at least) a 2:1 honours degree or an equivalent standard from an overseas institution. Such applicants will be required to take a GRE/GMAT (and rank above the 50th percentile in each of the elements of the test) in order to be considered for the programme. 

Can I visit Cambridge Judge Business School and talk to faculty or someone from Admissions in person?
Yes, contact the Programme Manager to book an appointment or register for an admissions event. We are able to talk to you via Skype if visiting us in Cambridge is not convenient or feasible.

Can I send my application materials directly to Cambridge Judge Business School?
No. Visit the applying webpage for full details on how to apply. Note that all applications are processed by the Institute of Continuing Education in the first instance.

When will I hear if my application has been successful?

The duration of the selection process will vary depending on committee meeting dates, although standard applicants can expect to hear if they have been shortlisted for an interview within six weeks of submitting an application. Then, if successful, a conditional offer would normally be sent to the applicant within eight weeks of attending the Skype interview.

Do I have to come to Cambridge for an interview?
No. Should you be shortlisted for the interview stage, this will be performed via Skype (where practicable).

Do I have to take an English language proficiency test?
Fluency in English is a pre-requisite for our programmes. If your first language is not English you should take a language proficiency test to show you have the necessary command of the language to get the most out of the programme. You must have achieved the minimum language requirement no more than two years before the start of your programme. You do not need to take the test before you apply, but, if you are made an offer and have not already met our English language requirements, one of the conditions of admission will be that you pass a test at the correct level. Find out more about our minimum English language proficiency requirements

Do I need a visa to study at Cambridge?
Overseas students will most likely need a short term study visa to enter the UK for the purpose (exclusively) of attending the residential phases but please consult the University's Graduate Studies Prospectus for the most up-to-date information on visa requirements. The Programme Manager will inform admitted students of the exact visa requirements prior to each residential week in Cambridge and provide the necessary invitation letter.

The following websites provide information on whether you will require a visa to study in the UK. These sites include information on how to obtain a visa, and the paperwork you are required to submit. Also included is the location of your nearest British Embassy or Consulate:

  • UK Visas & Immigration is the website of the Home Office department that administers visas.
  • UKCISA is a website designed especially for overseas students who wish to study in the UK.


What is the cost of the MSt in Social Innovation programme?
Please visit the Student Registry website for details of the fees for the current academic year.

Are the fees different for overseas students?
No, the University  Combined Graduate Fee is the same for all MSt in Social Innovation students regardless of nationality.

What scholarships do you offer?
There are a range of scholarships available to our MSt students. Visit the "Fees & Financing" webpage for details on scholarships, bursaries and loans.