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FAQs about the Business Doctorate

What is the duration of the programme?
The Business Doctorate is a full-time, four-year programme that requires you to be resident in Cambridge for 24 weeks in your first year, and for at least four weeks per year for the subsequent three years of the programme. Although you are not resident in Cambridge for the final three years, you are expected to be in regular contact with your supervisor and demonstrating appropriate progress. The workload of the programme is substantial and equivalent to that of a full-time PhD (a minimum of 24 weeks of study per year).

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

Can I work part-time while I am enrolled on the programme?
The BusD programme is designed for part-time work, however it is not a part-time programme. Students may be flexible about how the programme is integrated into their existing work commitments. You will have to be in Cambridge during the three terms of the first year of the programme (24 weeks in total) and for at least four weeks every year in the subsequent three years. You should also be aware that the workload of the programme is equivalent to that of a full-time PhD, and so is substantial and demanding.

Can I visit Cambridge Judge Business School/talk to faculty or someone from Admissions in person?
Yes, visits can be arranged and are in fact encouraged after your application has been received and evaluated.

When can I apply for the 2020/21 programme?
Applications for 2021/22 entry open in September 2020. You may apply when the appropriate application forms are available on the Graduate Admissions website.

What’s the deadline for applications?
The closing date for applications is 26 April 2021.

What are the requirements for entry into the programme?

Visit our Applying webpages for detailed requirements for entry to the BusD

Is there an application fee?
There is an application charge of £70. Visit the Graduate Admissions’ Application Fee webpage to learn more.

Do you require a GRE/GMAT score as part of the application process?

Do you require a full research proposal for admission?
Yes; visit our Applying webpages for further details

Can I send my application materials directly to Cambridge Judge Business School?
No. Applications should be made via the Graduate Admissions Application Portal only.

Visit the Graduate Admissions website to access the online application form and read guidance on how to apply.

When will I hear if my application has been successful?
The Admissions Committee consider applications on a rolling basis from September through to April.

Do I have to come to Cambridge for an interview?
Yes, shortlisted applicants are invited to interview. Interviews are conducted face-to-face, although video-conferencing is a possibility as well.

Do I have to take an English language proficiency test?
Fluency in English is a prerequisite 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 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. You must have achieved the minimum requirements no more than two years before the start of your programme. Visit the Graduate Admissions’ International Student webpages for more details.

Do I need a visa to study at Cambridge?
Please consult the Graduate Admissions’ Immigration webpage for the most up-to-date information on visa requirements. 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 which administers visas.
  • UKCISA is a website designed especially for overseas students who wish to study in the UK.

Non-EEA students on a Tier 4 visa will need to abide by the Tier 4 visa strict working conditions. Anytime students are in the UK they must not:

  • undertake work on a self-employed basis
  • engage in business activity which the Home Office defines as working for a business in a capacity other than an employee in which the student has a financial or other significant beneficial interest.

The stipulations of the visa also require that during years two through to four when students will be undertaking their work-based research this must not be based within the UK.

Students on a Tier 4 visa will also be required to register with their College each term.

What is the cost of the Business Doctorate programme?
Visit the Graduate Admissions Fees webpage for details of the fees for the current academic year.

Are the fees different for overseas students?
No; visit the Graduate Admissions website for details.

What scholarships do you offer?
Please note that there are no scholarships available for the BusD programme.