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Applying for the Management Studies Tripos

The Management Studies Tripos is a one-year programme that can be taken only by students who have already completed two, or in some cases three, years of another Tripos at the University of Cambridge. It is not possible to take the Management Studies Tripos immediately on entry to Cambridge (i.e. in your first year), nor is it possible to transfer to the programme from any other institution, either in the UK or abroad.

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Maths & stats proficiency

The Management Studies undergraduate programme takes students who have been studying in all departments of the University, and does not therefore assume that you’ll have a high level of mathematical knowledge. However, if you don’t have a mathematical background (or mathematics to A-level), we recommend you prepare for the programme by studying some mathematics and statistics in advance.

The programme is delivered predominantly through lectures and supervisions. It is expected that students without at least A-level Mathematics will recognise the need to spend more time familiarising themselves with the material.

The MST is challenging and rewarding for students from all disciplines, and there is no reason why those with non-mathematical backgrounds should not do extremely well on the programme.

How to apply

Applications for the MST are made through your College’s Tutorial Office. To begin your application, please inform your Tutorial Office of your interest in reading for the MST. Your College may ask you to attend informal meetings (with Directors of Studies, Tutors, etc.) before endorsing your application. Colleges are asked to provide Cambridge Judge with the names of MST applicants at the end of April 2020. Please note that your College may have an earlier deadline than this for their own administrative purposes.  

Entry to the MST is competitive, and you should have a strong and consistent academic record over your two or three years at Cambridge. The current minimum requirement is a 2:1 in every previous year, with an overall average of at least 64 per cent. While this percentage requirement is an absolute minimum, the required grade to receive an offer may be higher in any given year, according to the number of applications and the strength of the field of applicants in each round. Please note that offers will typically not be made if an applicant received a 2:2 result in any previous year.

We aim to make the first round of decisions for current third year students before Examination results are published. Offers made in this round are normally conditional upon meeting a required overall average (set by the MST Admissions Committee) after the current year’s Examinations. The second round of decisions considers all second-year applicants. Second round offers cannot be made until after the publication of examination results and breakdowns.

In addition to your academic record, comments from College Tutors and Directors of Studies are also 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.