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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 the 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.