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PhDs & Research Masters

The Cambridge Judge Business School PhD programme

Our PhD programme is designed to prepare you for a rewarding academic career in a business school. As a PhD student you receive training in state-of-the-art research methods and build a knowledge base in your chosen management discipline - the essential stepping stones for emerging as an independent researcher and contributing to ongoing academic debates in your field.

However, we do not educate 'ivory tower' academics: in addition to achieving academic impact at the highest level, we expect you to aspire to have a much broader impact on society through your PhD and future academic research. We will work with you to develop an exciting research programme that addresses important issues in business and society and help you gain insight into the practical aspects of your work through deep engagement with the firms and organisations that are tackling these problems.

The route to a PhD at Cambridge Judge Business School takes four to five years of full-time study - an initial one-year research masters (either MPhil or MRes), where you will complete most of the coursework required for doctoral study, followed by three to four years focusing on independent PhD research, where you are supervised by a team of faculty and a senior faculty member acts as your principal supervisor.

Specialising via a PhD pathway

From the start of your masters year, you become a member of one of the eight 'PhD pathways' within the School:

These pathways - which have specific coursework requirements - are associated with well-established academic communities and learned societies that host major job market conferences. Each pathway feeds into clearly identifiable departments in business schools around the world.

Financial support

All PhD and MRes (Master of Research) students, as well as a number of MPhil research students, are fully funded through scholarships covering fees and maintenance.

CJBS offers 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.