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Applications closed

Admissions for entry in 2021/22 have now closed.

Applications for entry in October 2022 will open in September 2021.

Entry to the MPhil programme is very competitive, so we advise candidates to apply early. This is particularly important if you are planning to apply for scholarship funding.

Admissions requirements

Undergraduate achievement

The minimum standard required is a First Class Honours or equivalent. This equates to a minimum CGPA of 3.7/4.0 and in some cases may be higher. A degree in a social science or humanities discipline is normally expected.

Maths and stats proficiency

Competence in quantitative methods is desirable.

Professional experience

Prior work experience is not required.

English proficiency

English as your native language
IELTS minimum overall score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in each element
TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) minimum overall score of 110, with not less than 25 in each element

Undergraduate achievement

A very high standard in a degree course of equivalent level to a UK bachelors degree with honours. In most countries this is a first degree (bachelors, licentiate, vordiplom) but from some countries a masters level degree may be required. The minimum standard required is a very good first degree, which translates in most countries into ‘A’ grades. Please refer to the Postgraduate Admissions website to find out the minimum requirement from graduates completing their studies in other countries.

A degree in a social science or humanities discipline will normally be expected, provided that it entails a significant social science component. You will be expected to have research-related career aspirations that connect social science contributions to innovation in diverse organisational contexts.

Maths and stats proficiency

Although the programme focuses on qualitative research, it includes a compulsory course in quantitative research methods.

Professional experience

Prior work experience is not required.

English proficiency

Applicants to the programme need to be fluent in English and we assess fluency in the following ways:

  • if English is your native language.
  • or you have an IELTS minimum overall score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in each element. The separate components must have been taken at the same time and in the past two years.
  • or if you have a TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) minimum overall score of 110, with not less than 25 in each element.

Not yet taken a language test? Test result out-of-date or not up to the required standard? Don’t worry, you don’t have to include your English language test scores with your initial application documents; they can be forwarded on later in the process. If you are made an offer, one of the conditions of entry will be getting the required standard of language test score.

View the latest University guidance for applicants regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, including advice on taking a language test.

Completing & submitting your application

Applications can be made online or occasionally by paper application. Both methods of application are handled by the central University.

Please visit the University of Cambridge’s Graduate Admissions website to:

Apply online

Alternatively, you can request a paper application form

All the instructions on how to complete the application are included during the online application process or are present at the top of the paper form.

It’s worth taking the time to read the instructions carefully as any mistakes in your application may make it invalid and delay the application process.

Funding deadlines

For those candidates who wish to be considered for Cambridge funding (from the Gates Cambridge Trust, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Cambridge Overseas Trust, and the Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme), deadlines can be found in the Funding Opportunities section of the University website. Note than an earlier deadline applies if you are a US citizen applying for Gates funding.

What happens next?

Learn what happens once you’ve submitted your application to the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation.

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