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The MPhil in Strategy, Marketing, and Operations (SMO) prepares students for an academic career in a business school. This intensive nine-month programme is made up of four specialisations, each providing foundational coursework for the Strategic Management PhD pathway.

Programme specialisations

Continuation to PhD

Those wishing to continue to the PhD must apply by the end of your first term on the MPhil. Interviews take place early in the second term, with final decisions based on:

  • Reports from interviews
  • Academic reference letters
  • How your research interest fits the faculty’s expertise
  • Performance in Michaelmas Term

Formal PhD offers are made in February, typically conditional on final performance in the programme. All continuing PhD students are fully funded.

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Admisssion deadline: 14 Jun 2021
However we recommend you apply before December if you wish to be considered for funding.

Cambridge Trusts funding deadlines:

  • 14 Oct for Gates US applicants
  • 3 Dec for applicants from all other countries


Fees & scholarships

Programme cost: £13,002 (Home/EU status) or £31,734 (Overseas status)

Visit the Postgraduate Admissions website to learn about course costs, your fee status and more.

There are a range of scholarships available to MPhil students at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Visit the MPhil Scholarships webpage

Cambridge MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations alumnus Charles Ebert explains what drew him to the programme.

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Learn what it’s like to study for an MPhil degree in our beautiful and historic city, and why it’s a perfect location for a business school and your transformational year of study.

MPhil student life in Cambridge