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

Applications closed

Admissions for entry in 2021/22 have now closed.

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

Admissions requirements

Professional experience

Prior work experience is not required but relevant work experience is appreciated.

Undergraduate achievement

The minimum standard required is a First Class Honours or equivalent. This equates to a CGPA of 3.7/4.0. A degree with honours in a discipline with a strong quantitative orientation (e.g. mathematics, physics, engineering, mathematical economics) will normally be expected.

Maths and stats proficiency

Degree-level mathematical training is expected.

English proficiency

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

Professional experience

Prior work experience is not required but relevant work experience is appreciated.

Undergraduate achievement

An excellent degree equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university in a discipline with a strong quantitative orientation (e.g. industrial or general engineering, operations research, statistics, physics, mathematics, mathematical economics). In most countries the equivalent to a UK Bachelor is a first degree (Bachelor, Licentiate) but from some countries a master’s level degree may be required. The minimum standard required is a First Class Honours or equivalent from an overseas institution. Please refer to the Postgraduate Admissions website to find out the minimum requirement from graduates completing their studies in other countries. We take the standing and selectivity of the university into account, as well as your rank within your class.

Maths and stats proficiency

Your first degree must have contained solid degree-level mathematics training, with courses in differential calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics as a minimum requirement.

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.

GRE

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the GRE. Although this is not a formal requirement, for applicants whose first degree or masters is from a university not listed among the top 200 universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, a strong GRE test result may well make a difference.

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.

Research interests

When you fill out the application form, please state your preferred specialisation and research interests under research title and summary.

Required supporting documents

In addition to the standard University of Cambridge graduate application documents, we ask you to also send the following in support of your application:

  • A separate letter in your application in which you explain the level of mathematics or statistics training you have received.

We assume that your referees will be able to comment on your quantitative abilities.

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

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