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FAQs about the MPhil in SMO

What is the duration of the programme?
The MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations is a full-time, nine-month masters programme.

When does the programme start?
The programme starts in mid-September with the preparatory mathematics and statistics course.

Can I work part-time while I am enrolled on the programme?
As the MPhil is a full-time programme the University does not permit you to undertake any employment whilst studying for the degree. Visit the Cambridge Students website to find out more.

Can I meet with the faculty before I apply for the programme?
Faculty will be happy to discuss research proposals with admitted students who wish to take the dissertation option.

Can I visit Cambridge Judge Business School/talk to someone from Admissions in person?
Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we receive, it is not possible for staff to arrange meetings with individual candidates. There are, however, opportunities to meet some members of the admissions team during open days. The team is also be able to answer any queries you have via the online query form.

When can I apply for the 2021/22 programme?
Applications for 2021 entry will open on 1 September 2020. You are required to apply via the Applicant Portal. Guidance is available from the Postgraduate Admissions website.

What’s the deadline for applications?
The closing date for applications is 14 June 2021. However, candidates are strongly advised to send in their applications well before this date and ideally before the University’s December funding deadline.

What are the requirements for entry into the programme?
View our minimum requirements for entry to the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations. The MPhil is a full-time programme and requires the completion of any current training or education programme.

Is there an application fee?
There is an application charge of £70. Visit the Postgraduate Admissions’ Application Fee webpage to learn more and to find out which nationals are entitled to a fee waiver.

Do you require work experience?
Work experience is not required but relevant work experience is appreciated.

Do you require a GRE score as part of the application process?
We do not accept GMAT. A GRE score is not required, but is strongly recommended for students from outside Europe or the US, or from lesser known universities in Europe and the US. Applicants wising to submit a GRE test score should upload an electronic copy of their test report via the Applicant Portal.

Do you require a full research proposal for admission?
A full research proposal is not required but a brief statement of your research interest and intended research topics is required.

Do you hold “open days” for MPhil programmes?
The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day is usually in November. Visit the Postgraduate Admissions Events page for more details. Cambridge Judge Business School also hosts Experience Days throughout the year. Please see our School-wide Events page for further information.

Can I send my application materials directly to Cambridge Judge Business School?
No. Applicants should make a formal application via the Applicant Portal available on the Postgraduate Admissions webpages. 

Visit our Applying webpage for full details on how to apply

When will I hear if my application has been successful?
We aim to respond within three months from the date when you submit your application. If you have not received any message from us after three months, please get in touch to enquire about the status of your application.

Do I have to come to Cambridge for an interview?
We conduct Skype interviews with shortlisted applicants before a final decision is taken. Interviews can also be held in person in some cases, but this is not required.

Which College am I likely to join?
When completing your application form you can specify two Colleges by whom you would like to be considered for membership if you are offered a place on the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations programme. It is possible that the Colleges you choose will not be able to offer you admission. In that case, your application will be circulated to other Colleges. This process is carried out by the Postgraduate Admissions Office and they will ensure that you receive an offer of a place from one of the Colleges once you have a conditional offer to study on the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations. Please visit the Postgraduate Admissions’ College Membership webpage for more details.

Do I have to take an English language proficiency test?
Fluency in English is a prerequisite for our programmes. Depending on your nationality and your most recent country of study, you may be required to take a language proficiency test to show you have the necessary command of the language to get the most out of the programme. You do not need to take the test before you apply but, if you are made an offer and have not already met our English language requirements, one of the conditions of admission will be that you pass a test at the correct level. If you have already taken a test in the past, you must have achieved the minimum requirements no more than two years before the start of your programme. Visit the Postgraduate Admissions’ International Student webpages for more details.

Do I need a visa to study at Cambridge?
Please consult the Postgraduate Admissions’ Immigration webpage for the most up-to-date information on visa requirements. The following websites provide information on whether you will require a visa to study in the UK. These sites include information on how to obtain a visa, and the paperwork you are required to submit. Also included is the location of your nearest British Embassy or Consulate:

  • UK Visas & Immigration is the website of the Home Office department that administers visas.
  • UKCISA is a website for overseas students who wish to study in the UK.

What is the cost of the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations programme?
Please visit the Postgraduate Admissions’ Finance webpages to learn more about our programme fees.

Are the fees different for overseas students?
Yes. Please visit the Postgraduate Admissions’ Finance webpages for details.

What scholarships do you offer?
There are a range of scholarships available to our MPhil students.

Visit our MPhil scholarships webpage for details of scholarships, bursaries and loans