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Applying to the PhD

Admission via a standard research MPhil

One route to gain admission to Cambridge Judge Business School's PhD programme is via one of the School's research MPhil programmes. You will need to take a particular MPhil and specific modules within the programme in order to be eligible to continue to the PhD programme on your desired pathway.

Find out more about the standard MPhil routes to the PhD

To progress to the PhD programme after your MPhil year you must: 

  • submit an application for the PhD programme, which includes a research proposal, paper or literature review that will be assessed for quality
  • perform well at an interview with a panel of faculty members, resulting in a recommendation and agreed supervision arrangement from the relevant PhD pathway representative
  • be ranked sufficiently highly by the panel in order to receive an offer (admissions offers are usually conditional on overall performance in the MPhil or parts thereof, and the usual conditions are an overall mark of 70 per cent and 70 per cent in any dissertation)

We automatically shortlist all PhD applicants from the above three research MPhil programmes for interview.

Admission via the Master of Research

The School's Master of Research (MRes) programme offers another route to the PhD for all pathways except the Finance and Accounting pathways.

Find out more about the MRes route to the PhD

Students who obtain 60 per cent in each module and an overall mark of 70 per cent in the dissertation in the School's Master of Research programme will progress automatically to the PhD programme - no further application is necessary.

MRes application deadlines

1 December 2017 Apply to the Master of Research programme

Admission directly to the PhD

All applicants must apply for one of the three research MPhils or the MRes in the first instance. 

In very rare cases, outstanding MRes applicants who have exceptional prior research experience (as evidenced by journal publications in reputable management journals) and substantial relevant research methodology training may be considered for entry to the PhD programme directly (without taking the MRes year in the first instance). In this case their MRes application would be transferred to the PhD.

Funding deadlines

12 October 2017
Deadline for USA students who wish to be considered for Gates funding.

4 January 2018
Deadline for student eligible to be considered for Cambridge Trust funding. However the departmental deadline of 1 December 2017 takes precedence for the MRes.