skip to navigation skip to content

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 is the ideal choice for those who aspire to switch from reading novel management ideas to creating them. The programme provides rigorous training in methods coupled with thought-provoking discussions about the most important management problems and theories. I found it fascinating to learn from faculty and students, who are respectively today's and tomorrow's thought-leaders in the field. Needless to say, I continued onto the PhD programme at Cambridge Judge Business School to take the next step on the journey towards an academic career.
Christian Hampel (MPhil ISO 2010), Austria
Christian Hampel

After completing the MPhil ISO, Christian joined the PhD programme in 2012 as an ESRC scholar. His research explores how organisations manage reputations with a particular focus on fighting stigmatisation, reviving legitimacy, and altering institutions. 

The MPhil in ISO is an essential step in preparing for an academic career in research. It provides a rigorous foundation in theory, helps acquaint you with the core findings and debates in the literature, and encourages you to think creatively about pressing issues in the field. The faculty who teach on the programme are outstanding, and the chance to experience college life in Cambridge is itself a very important part of the overall experience.
Blaine Landis (MPhil ISO 2008), USA
Blaine Landis

After receiving his MPhil from Cambridge Judge Business School in 2009, Blaine was awarded the St Benavitch Scholarship at St Catharine's College to study towards a PhD in organisational behaviour, graduating in 2014. He is currently an assistant professor in organisational behaviour at University College London. His research focuses on the psychological aspects of social networks in organisations.

Applications closed

Admissions for entry in 2019/20 have now closed.

Applications for entry in October 2020 will open in September 2019.

Cambridge MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation alumnus Peter Duraliev explains what drew him to the programme.

Watch the video


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.