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Complementary training

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Alongside the core components of the PhD programme, other valuable training opportunities are offered. You are free to utilise and design these into your own schedule:

Research lunches bring together PhD students, faculty and research MPhil students one day each week over lunch. They can take the form of:

  • a specific research presentation by a PhD student
  • an expert talk about methodological issues
  • career talks about the job market or publication.

The School’s Winter Doctoral Conference is a meeting point for students and faculty working in diverse areas. It is an opportunity to get acquainted with other people’s work and for first year students to get a taste of advanced doctoral research. The conference aims to provide a safe, academically useful environment that nurtures the development of PhD students in terms of creating research papers and making presentations at professional seminars and conferences.

Normally, two prizes worth £250 each are awarded to the papers considered to be the most outstanding. At the 2019 conference, the prize-winning papers were “Shared Identity, Says Who? How Diverse Organisations Interact in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems” by Shi Tang and “Dynamism versus Persistence in the Resource Allocation of Multi-Business Firms” by Niklas Lindlbauer.

The School welcomes frequent academic visitors from around the world, who engage with PhD students individually and offer workshops or seminars in their areas of specialisation.

Teaching and assessment form an integral part of academic life, and you’ll need to learn and develop these skills as part of your PhD. PhD students provide vital assistance for our taught and executive education programmes (undergraduate, MBA, research MPhils, Executive MBA, Executive Education, professional practice masters). Within the University of Cambridge system PhDs may teach undergraduates, take undergraduate supervisions, run masters tutorials or review sessions, supervise masters student projects or co-teach part of a course with a member of faculty.

CJBS Certificate of Teaching Proficiency

The CJBS Certificate of Teaching Proficiency includes a teaching workshop, presence, voice & delivery training, observation and reflection, presentation at ‘teaching lunches’ as well as teaching assistance and co-teaching with faculty. Whilst the certificate is voluntary, we strongly recommend that you register for this. The majority of observation and teaching assignments will be in core courses relevant to your own discipline on the MBA, Executive MBA and Master of Finance (MFin) programmes.

Teaching awards

Students on all our programmes give feedback (both quantitative and qualitative) on their PhD Teaching Assistants.

PhD Teaching Assistants who obtain a teaching rating of over 4 (out of 5) receive an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

Numerous high-quality research seminars and speaker events take place at the School each week. These are organised by the various special interest groups, research centres and subject groups, and include talks by both business leaders and academics.

Training offered by other departments can help develop:

  • knowledge of specialised methods (e.g. modules from the Faculty of Mathematics)
  • inter-disciplinary awareness, which inspires great research questions

With the permission of the lecturer, you’ll be entitled to attend lecture series from nearly all of the University’s degree programmes. These range from economics, finance and social science programmes to lectures on astronomy, medieval history and nanotechnology.

Our students often value the opportunity to undertake research visits at other leading business schools. Recent research stays have included the University of Michigan, Cornell University, Northwestern University, UCLA, the University of Alberta, the University of Chicago, McGill University and Yale School of Management.

The Experimental Laboratory is a dedicated space where you can run your own psychology and behavioural economics experiments. The lab contains 21 computers equipped with experimental software, including z-Tree (Zurich Toolbox for Readymade Economic Experiments), which allows both stand-alone and networked experiments.

At the lab, you’ll have access to a subject pool database and an online recruitment system, which allows you to filter participants based on different characteristics.

First and second year PhD students currently take part in a five-day workshop on “Crafting Your Research Identity”. The goal of this is to help you to surface your personal motivations, skills and values and figure out the implications for pursuing your career as a scholar and teacher.

We offer free, one-to-one mentoring in writing skills throughout the year. You can book 45-minute sessions directly with the mentor, and you can usually book as many sessions as you wish (subject to availability).

We provide a “Presence, Voice and Delivery” workshop for all PhDs. We also offer free, one-to-one training that focuses on aspects of voice projection, intonation and confidence, and you can book up to three one-hour sessions per year.

We offer a presentation skills workshop for PhD students to help them prepare for their first year report, as well as funding for students wishing to take language or software training (if approved by their supervisor). The University of Cambridge also offers a comprehensive range of free researcher development courses that you can sign up for, including on presentation, negotiation and supervision skills.

Visit the University of Cambridge Researcher Development Programme website to find out more.