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The Dissertation option

It may be possible for you to offer a dissertation in place of three taught elective modules. This is subject to the approval of the Programme Director and the Head of the Finance & Accounting Subject Group, and the availability of a supervisor.

Students interested in continuing to the School's PhD programme (either at the end of the MPhil or after a gap year) are strongly encouraged to take taught modules only, and may only take the dissertation option if they have had sufficient prior research training. A student who is allowed to exercise this option will write a 12,000 word dissertation and take six courses in total. The dissertation is weighted the equivalent of three courses, and is submitted in June.

Preparatory Maths & Statistics

Normally you will be expected to attend a pre-course in mathematics and statistics in September (before registering on the programme in October), but this will be confirmed in your offer letter.


Assessment is by written examination, project, or coursework, depending upon the nature of the particular course. Each course carries the same weighting towards the final mark. The dissertation is weighted the equivalent of three courses.

Closing dates

Deadline for applications: 1 Mar 2018
However we recommend you apply before December.

Cambridge Trusts funding deadlines are 11 October for Gates US applicants, 6 December for applicants from all other countries.


Funding available to our MPhil in Finance students includes University of Cambridge scholarships, Cambridge Judge Business School bursaries and external scholarships.

Find out more about scholarships