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The Master of Research (MRes) is a foundation year for PhD students with research experience at masters level in any relevant subject.

The programme accepts applicants for all PhD pathways; however applicants for the Finance PhD pathway must be students on the University of Cambridge’s MPhil in Economic Research.

The MRes programme is fully integrated with your PhD. During the MRes year you acquire tailored foundational and methodological training for your doctoral work and are introduced to the frontier of academic knowledge in your chosen discipline. You also develop and expand your research skills by conducting a significant supervised research project/study, which you will summarise in a dissertation that accounts for 50% of the total mark.

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Applications for entry in 2023/24 have now closed.

Applications for entry in October 2024 will open in September 2023.

MRes students receive full PhD funding.

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The MRes in Management Studies programme consists of:


The Master of Research (MRes) route to our PhD is designed specifically for students with experience at masters level in a subject relevant to one of the following PhD pathways:


Taught modules are assessed by essay, coursework, individual presentation or group presentation. The 16,000 word dissertation mark counts for 50% of the final mark.

Continuation to the PhD is subject to performance on the MRes programme. You continue to the PhD if you obtain at least 70% overall (modules and dissertation combined) and at least 70% in your dissertation. The pass mark for obtaining the MRes degree is 60% overall.