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Overview of the Business Doctorate programme

The Business Doctorate (BusD) lasts four years. During the first year, you will be resident in Cambridge and will take tailored coursework covering research methods and relevant academic literature to enable you to carry out independent and high-calibre research. At the end of the first year you will be required to produce and defend a final research proposal for your doctoral dissertation.

Continuation to the BusD years two to four will be subject to satisfactory performance during the first year.

In years two to four you will undertake work-based research in relation to your thesis. During years two to four you must be resident in Cambridge for at least four weeks per year. When not in residence, you are required to keep in regular contact with supervisors while collecting and analysing data in the business environment. When absent from Cambridge you must apply for formal “Leave to Work Away”. 

Non-EEA candidates (on a Tier 4 visa) must not undertake their work-based activity taking place in years two, three and four within the UK, as this visa type does not permit candidates to engage in UK-based employment. View the “Overseas applicants” section of our FAQs for more information on visas and regulations.

A progress report will also be submitted at the end of year two and three.

In year four of the programme you will submit your thesis. 

It is important to note that the programme is not part-time, although you may be flexible about managing your workload and integrating the programme within your existing commitments. It is expected that over the duration of the BusD, your total time commitment will be equivalent to the full-time PhD (a minimum of 24 weeks of study per year).

The Certificate of Postgraduate Studies will be available to candidates successfully completing the first year requirements but not continuing to the BusD.