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The MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation (ISO) is an integral part of the route to a PhD via both the Strategic Management pathway and the Organisational Theory & Information Systems pathway.

The ISO masters programme has been designed for students wishing to build substantive and methodological knowledge in the areas of innovation, strategy and organisation and its application to the interdisciplinary study of organisations. It is oriented to those wishing to prepare for a career in academic research. You can choose either a qualitative or a quantitative stream to pursue research in the ISO domain.

There are a number of scholarships available to MPhil ISO students, ranging from ESRC scholarships to University of Cambridge and College scholarships. Find out more

Continuation to the PhD is regulated through a PhD admissions process during the MPhil year, which includes an interview, and is subject to your performance on the MPhil programme.

The MPhil in ISO prepares students to think about organisations and their role in society through a rigorous programme. This programme stands out for its emphasis on management studies in a modern world, reflecting on how scholars can make an impact through studying grand challenges and issues that matter to organisations beyond traditional theory. Students develop essential research skills to tackle meaningful research, and are well-prepared to continue to PhD studies. My research will be in contexts that are both unconventional and impactful for the communities I seek to understand.
Jonah Zankl (MPhil ISO 2018), Canada
Jonah Zankl.

After receiving the MPhil ISO, Jonah joined the PhD programme in 2019 as a Benavitch Scholar at St Catharine's College. His research aims to answer how healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems are developed in communities - whether they are globally connected or geographically and economically isolated.

The MPhil in ISO is the ideal stepping stone for a career in academia. Compact and rigorous, this nine-month programme allows students to focus on their areas of interest from an early stage in their career onwards and equips them with the knowledge and skills to thrive in the competitive environment of management scholarship. The small class sizes and fantastic supervision render this programme a unique experience in a beautiful setting. My fellow students at CJBS constitute a supportive network of inspiring companions and, most importantly, great friends.
Tirza Gapp (MPhil ISO 2018), Germany
Tirza Gapp.

Tirza's research focuses on environmental sustainability and organisational culture – in particular, on how individuals can leverage organisational culture in order to advance issues of sustainability in their organisations.

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Our application process is divided into three steps:

  1. Check you meet our requirements
  2. Complete and submit your application

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Closing dates

Deadline for applications: 27 Feb 2020
However we recommend you apply before December.

Cambridge Trusts funding deadlines are 9 October for Gates US applicants, 3 December for applicants from all other countries.


Funding available to our MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation students includes University of Cambridge scholarships and external scholarships.

Find out more about scholarships


The winner of the Top Dissertation Prize will receive £250.