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Completing and submitting your application

Applications can be made online or by paper application. Both methods of application are handled by the central University.

Please visit the University of Cambridge Graduate Studies website to:

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) the application deadline is 7 December, or 12 October if you are a US citizen.

At question A12, please indicate your PhD pathway (specialisation) if you know it. The programme currently accepts applicants for all the PhD pathways except Finance. There is no need to give the name of a supervisor.

You must apply to all relevant funding sources shown on the application form, by ticking the relevant boxes in Section B and completing personal statements (question B1 and B2).

Required supporting documents

After you have submitted your application form, you will be able to upload the following documents through your self-service page. All of these documents (except English scores) must be uploaded by the closing date of 7 December 2016. Please remind your referees of the closing date.

First academic reference If you are a student currently on a Cambridge masters degree, please provide this academic reference from the member of faculty who knows your work best on your current degree.
Second academic reference  
Transcripts Please provide a transcript and certificate for all previous degrees. If you are currently studying for a degree, please also provide independent evidence of your mid-term marks or a provisional transcript.
Evidence of competence in English See our minimum entry requirements
Research proposal Please submit an initial research proposal for your MRes dissertation, of typically 500 words. This should outline:
  • a wider research topic and its relevance for practice
  • an initial more specific research question relevant to your chosen specialisation
  • research method(s) and data that are appropriate to address the research question and
  • some recent literature in your chosen specialisation related to the research question
If you are shortlisted for interview, you will be put in contact with relevant members of faculty and asked to refine and extend your research proposal (to 2,000 words) by 9 January 2017 in preparation for your video interview.
Sample of written work Please provide a sample of your writing, eight to 15 pages in length, which has been assessed or peer-reviewed (for example a chapter from your masters dissertation).
GRE score Please provide a recent GRE score. This is not required if you are currently on a masters programme at Cambridge. Cambridge Judge Business School's institution code for GRE is 7020. GMAT scores are not accepted.
Personal reference Please provide a personal reference if you are eligible for Gates funding.

Applications closed

Admissions for entry in 2017/18 have now closed.

Applications for entry in October 2018 will open in September 2017.


Funding available to our PhD/MRes in Management Studies students ranges from University of Cambridge and College scholarships to corporate research funding.

Find out more about scholarships