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The Cambridge Judge Business School PhD programme

Our PhD programme is designed:

  • to prepare you for a rewarding academic career in a business school
  • to enable you to emerge as an independent researcher who can contribute to the ongoing debates in your field
  • to enable you to develop a research programme that has an impact on society and the wider world through deep engagement with firms and organisations.

Learn more about why you should join our PhD programme

Masters + PhD structure

The route to a PhD consists of:

masters degree (nine months) + PhD degree (three-four years)

From the start of the masters degree our students join one of our seven "PhD pathways" which means that they specialise in a particular discipline of Management Studies.

Explore our PhD pathways

Read the transcript

Hello, I'm Professor Jennifer Howard-Grenville, and I'm the director of our PhD programme here at Cambridge Judge Business School. I'm glad you're exploring the possibility of a PhD. And we'd like to tell you a little bit about how our programme works. The goal of the PhD is to train students who are aiming to become research oriented faculty members at one of the world's leading business schools. We also aim to help you develop your own independent research and contribute to lively academic debates in the field of management and business.

Finally, it's important in our programme that you develop research that has an impact on society through your deep engagement with real world business and organisational problems. It's really important to know that we operate a little differently from some other programmes, and we do not have direct entry to our PhD programme. This is because the PhD is part of a five-year programme of study, which begins with one of our master's degrees, either the MPhil or the MRes degree.

On your MPhil or MRes year, you'll learn essential theories and methods needed to conduct research for PhD. As well, you will have a chance to explore if a PhD in a career as a research academic is the right one for you. When you complete an MPhil or an MRes with us, we also get to know you and you get to know us, meaning that in the first year of your PhD, you hit the ground running conducting research, while you also learn some additional essential methods and research literatures.

We will work closely with you as a PhD student to mentor you and developing your research skills and identity. Our PhD and research master's students also benefit from the fact that Cambridge Judge Business School is a vibrant place for wider scholarly exchange. In addition to our own leading faculty members who regularly publish with students in top journals in their fields and who hold senior editorial positions with those journals, we also regularly host visitors from around the world who are doing cutting edge research. We hope this helps you consider if you will be a strong fit for our research programmes.

Financial support

All PhD and MRes (Master of Research) students, as well as a number of MPhil research students, receive full funding (including University fees and a maintenance stipend) through University or departmental scholarships. Students in the fourth year of their PhD receive funding conditional on their progress.

We offer a number of scholarships for research students funded by the UK's Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC). These prestigious scholarships are open to UK and EU applicants. The wider University of Cambridge offers many additional funding sources for domestic and international students, such as Gates Cambridge Scholarships.

Find out more about funding your PhD