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Seven pathways to a career in a business school discipline

Use the table below to explore our seven PhD pathways (specialisations) and the masters degree(s) you will need to study to complete each pathway:

PhD pathway

Masters programme required in the first year

Business Economics

Master of Research (MRes)
or exceptionally a Cambridge MPhil in Economic Research

Finance

Either MPhil in Finance
or Master of Research (MRes) (for students with a Cambridge MPhil in Economic Research)

Marketing

Either MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations
or Master of Research (MRes)

Operations & Technology Management

Either MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations
or Master of Research (MRes)

Organisational Behaviour

Either MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations
or Master of Research (MRes)

Organisational Theory & Information Systems

Either MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation
or Master of Research (MRes)

Strategic Management

Depending on which stream you take, either
MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation
or MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations
or Master of Research (MRes)

Why we have pathways (specialisations)?

The placement of PhD students in junior faculty positions is done within discipline boundaries, at specific job-market conferences with clear expectations of signals for high research potential.

Therefore, it is important for your future academic career that you attach yourself to a specific discipline at the start of your PhD.

Our PhD specialisations (which we call “pathways“) reflect these disciplines and prepare you for the academic job market in your chosen discipline.