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The MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations (SMO) is one of three research MPhils offered by Cambridge Judge Business School to prepare students for an academic career in a business school. It is an intensive nine-month programme and comprises four specialisations; each specialisation provides foundational coursework for the Strategic Management PhD pathway.

Programme specialisations

Continuation to PhD

Continuation to the PhD is regulated through a PhD admissions process during the MPhil year. Application for PhD continuation must be completed by the end of the first term of the MPhil year. The applicants will be interviewed by a panel of faculty members early in the second term. The PhD admissions committee will make PhD continuation decisions on the basis of the interview report, the strength of the overall application, with particular weight on academic reference letters, the performance in the Michaelmas Term MPhil courses, and the fit of the student's research interest with faculty expertise. Students will receive confirmation of a PhD offer in February. All continuing PhD students are fully funded. PhD offers are usually conditional on the final performance on the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations.

Closing dates

Deadline for applications: 16 Jun 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.

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

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There are a number of scholarships available to MPhil in SMO students, ranging from University of Cambridge and College scholarships to corporate research funding.

Find out more about scholarships