Welcome to Management Studies Tripos admissions 

If you are an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge, you have completed at least 2 years of another Tripos and you are interested in pursuing a career in management, then this programme is for you.

Please note that it is not possible to take the Management Studies Tripos immediately on entry to Cambridge (ie in your first year), nor is it possible to transfer to the programme from any other institution in the UK or abroad. 

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Who we are looking for?

We’re after University of Cambridge undergraduates, with a strong academic record and an interest in acquiring the knowledge and skills associated with good management. 

The Management Studies Tripos is for you if: 

  • you are in your second or third year of a University of Cambridge bachelor’s degree
  • you want to become more knowledgeable about the world of business and management

Application process

Here are the key steps to our application process. 

College Tutorial Office

Inform your College Tutorial Office

The first step is to inform your College’s Tutorial Office that you are interested in the Management Studies Tripos. Your College may ask you to attend informal meetings (with Directors of Studies, Tutors, etc) before endorsing your application. 


Apply through your College’s Tutorial Office

Colleges are asked to provide the Cambridge Judge MST Office with the names of interested students by Friday 26 April 2024. Please note that your College may have an earlier deadline than this for their own administrative purposes.   

Entry is competitive, and you should have a strong academic record over your 2 or 3 years at Cambridge.  

Application review

A review period where we consider applications

The MST Admissions Committee meets to review applications and decide on conditional offers. 

Conditional offer

Strong candidates receive a Conditional Offer

We aim to make an initial round of conditional offers for current third year students before examination results are published. Offers made in the first round are conditional upon meeting a required overall average (set by the MST Admissions Committee) after the current year’s examinations.

Candidates from MML and AMES Tripos who are on the Year Abroad and intending to take MST as a Part 2 on their return will receive unconditional offers if their second-year grade meets the requirement set by the MST admissions committee.

A second round of decisions will be made after the publication of examination results and breakdowns. This round considers all second-year applicants, as well as other third-year applicants who did not receive a conditional offer in the first round. 

In addition to your academic record, comments from College Tutors and Directors of Studies may also be taken into account, so you should not assume you will be made an offer on your academic record alone, even if it meets (or exceeds) our requirement. 

Unconditional offer

Progress to Offer

We will inform you that you have been accepted  and you can now prepare to attend the Management Tripos programme in October 2024.

Unsuccessful applicants will also be informed once final decisions are made after the publication of examination results.

Appeals process (if relevant)

Entry to the Management Studies Tripos is highly competitive, so we can’t provide individual feedback on the review process and decisions. However, you can make an appeal within 28 days of receiving your formal written admission decision. 

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Our minimum requirements

Take the first step with our checklist to see if you meet the course requirements.  

For 2024/25, we anticipate the minimum entry requirement will be at least 67.5% over your previous 2 years of Cambridge study. Please note that the minimum requirement for applicants in their second year may be slightly higher than that for third-year applicants. Places are limited and third-year students will not be eligible to apply again. The admissions criteria are:

  • Third-year students: If you are currently in your third year of study, offers will be based on a weighted average of results from your second-year (30%) and third-year (70%) university examinations. Applicants currently on their Year Abroad (eg Modern Languages students) will be considered on the basis of their second-year results.
  • Second-year students: If you are in your second year to study, offers will be on the basis of your current year’s university examinations. First year results will not be considered in the admission decision, except where no other results are available.

References from your College tutors and directors of studies may be requested by the Tutorial Office to make their final decisions. 

It is not necessary for you have a high level of mathematical knowledge. However, if you don’t have a mathematical background (or mathematics to A-level), you might want to prepare for the programme by studying some mathematics and statistics in advance.