skip to navigation skip to content

The MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations programme has the following specialisations:

Alternatively, as a discretionary option, you may take a suite of coursework specialising in Organisational Behaviour. This option is part of the Organisational Behaviour PhD pathway.

You are required to complete nine modules, covering research methodology, foundation courses, and research seminars on cognate subjects. Apart from taught research courses, you may also do a short, 5,000-word individual research project in lieu of one module. This typically takes place towards the end of the programme, and can only be approved if a faculty member commits to act as supervisor. 

If you are taking either the Strategic Management or the Organisational Behaviour specialisation and have a well-developed research proposal, you can take six modules instead of nine, and write a 12,000-word dissertation (which carries a weight equivalent to three modules), working closely with a faculty member on your research topic. Students wishing to do a dissertation would need to submit a dissertation proposal to the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations Programme Director by early Michaelmas Term. Dissertations can only be approved if a faculty member commits to act as supervisor. If you wish to do a dissertation we strongly encourage you to contact prospective supervisors during the summer and develop your dissertation proposal jointly with the supervising faculty.

Preparatory Maths & Statistics

The online pre-course in mathematical and statistical methods takes place in September before the academic year begins in October. The pre-course is mandatory; those who do not take it will not be admitted to the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations programme. The details about the pre-course will be confirmed in your offer letter.


Assessment will be by written examination, project, or coursework, depending upon the nature of the particular module. The exact composition will be determined in advance by the co-ordinator for the particular module, in consultation with the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations Programme Director. In the final assessment, each course module will have equal weight and a dissertation is equivalent to three courses.