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Here's an overview of the stages in the admissions process:

Stage 1 - Receipt of application

Once the Graduate Admissions Office has received your application and your supporting documentation it will process your application. The Graduate Admissions Office will send you an acknowledgement letter and ID number if you made a paper application; online applicants will receive this information by email. Details on how to log into your self-service account to track the progress of your application will be included.

Stage 2 - Application review

The PhD/MRes Admissions Committee will review your application.

If you are shortlisted, the PhD Admissions Secretary will email you to confirm this.

If your application is not accepted, the Graduate Admissions Office will notify you by email and self-service.

Stage 3 - Research proposal development

If you are shortlisted, you will be put in contact with members of Cambridge Judge Business School's faculty from the most appropriate PhD pathway. After discussion with them, you will be asked to complete a research proposal (of up to 2,000 words). This must be submitted to the PhD Admissions Secretary by 4 January 2019.

Stage 4 - Selection for interview

After 4 January, research proposals will be reviewed by the PhD Admissions Committee and some applicants selected for interview. The PhD Admissions Secretary will confirm whether you have an interview by email. Details of the time and length of your interview will be send to you in the preceding week. 

Stage 5 - Interview

PhD/MRes interviews are estimated to take place from 21-25 January 2019. There is a different interview panel for each PhD pathway.

Your interview will be based upon your research proposal. You will need to prepare for the interview and you are strongly advised to discuss with faculty the interview requirements of your particular pathway.

The panel will write comments on your interview and make recommendations to the PhD/MRes Admissions Committee on whether to make you an offer and who should be your Principal Supervisor.

Stage 6 - Conditional offer

The decision about whether to offer you a place on the programme will be made by the PhD/MRes Admissions Committee in the first week of February.

Please do not contact the PhD office directly. An email will be sent to you in due course explaining the outcome of the interview and details of your offer (where relevant).

We pass our decision to the Graduate Admissions Office. You can view and print their offer letter from your self-service account in CamSIS (it is called a 'Certificate of Offer'). Your initial offer will come with conditions attached. If you are currently completing a degree, then you will normally be set an academic condition to achieve a particular grade or to provide independent evidence that you were in the top five per cent of your year. There might be a language condition (proving that your English language skills are proficient) or a request to provide original documents. It is your responsibility to meet these requirements by providing the Graduate Admissions Office with the necessary documentary evidence.

Stage 7 - Funding decisions

Cambridge Judge Business School will provide funding if an admitted applicant does not secure funding through the University or external sources. The School will fund the difference between any bursaries obtained and a full scholarship. Our funding guarantee will be subject to your acceptance of the PhD offer within three to four weeks of receiving the offer.

Whilst waiting for the results of the Cambridge Scholarship competitions, you are expected to be proactive and search for other suitable scholarships and bursaries.

Stage 8 - Unconditional offer

This is the final stage of the applications process. Once you have met all the conditions of your admission and have the offer of a college place, you can view the online 'Certificate of Confirmation'. This letter confirms that you may begin your MRes programme at the start of the academic year.

Graduate Admissions will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Study (CAS) certificate for visa application where appropriate.

At this stage you can now start to make arrangements, such as visa applications where applicable, and arranging your accommodation in Cambridge.

Applications closed

Admissions for entry in 2019/20 have now closed.

Applications for entry in October 2020 will open in September 2019.


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