The Cambridge MBA is academically rigorous and has its own distinct learning style. Inspired by the University's tradition of tutorial group discussion and lively debate, our programme is taught through workshops, seminars, lectures, discussion groups, and team and individual projects. We bring together a dynamic class of more than 40 nationalities from a wide range of sectors and our class sizes are small, allowing you to interact directly with our faculty.
We deliver an engaging and impactful learning experience in an intensive 12 month programme. Our approach combines core skills with specialist sector training; faculty-led teaching with live consulting projects; professional skills with personal development. It is a broad education designed to develop deep understanding, practical application and vital interpersonal skills.
The aim is to produce graduates who demonstrate intellectual rigour and who are skilled in the practice of management and core business principles in finance, strategy, marketing, operations, accounting, innovation and human resources within a global context. The skills and knowledge acquired on the MBA are achieved through a collaborative ethos—the core value of the Cambridge MBA.
The MBA is taught through a blend of workshops, seminars, lectures, small group work, group discussion, presentations and experiential learning. There are 14 core courses which form the foundations of the degree, and a wide variety of elective subjects for students to choose from. In the third term specialist coaches run concentrations in (currently) eight key areas of interest, details of which can be found here: http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/mba/learning/tailored-learning/
Students who opt for a dissertation as their summer option will receive formal supervision across the summer. Supervision by both a mentor and faculty member is also a key part of the practical project work that all students undertake. Given the structure of the degree and the Cambridge MBA demographic there are no formal supervisions through Colleges. However, there are a great many opportunities to link with academic and professional staff throughout the year, and students are encouraged to use these links.
The core MBA courses start in September during the Orientation period, beginning with Foundation modules, and for this reason all students are expected to be present for the full two weeks of Orientation. You will work closely with faculty, business practitioners and your student colleagues; you will build a solid core of knowledge and enrich your personal understanding of management issues. For electives we bring in experts from both the University of Cambridge and the wider business and academic worlds to teach our extensive portfolio of advanced specialist courses. This is the ideal opportunity to broaden your experience, focus on subjects in which you are particularly interested, and make it your Cambridge MBA.
Across the course students are given the opportunity to engage in practical opportunities for experiential learning. This includes two live consulting projects, with real clients, a capstone project as part of the concentration and an individual project or work placement, often self-sourced, during the summer.
- Students are given the option to work on a dissertation on any aspect of business or management, of between 8,000 and 10,000 words during the summer term (July-September); the assessment does not include a viva.
- Assessment varies between courses and includes a range of formal exams, written assignments, class participation, short in class tests, group projects and presentations.
- Essays and written papers are an integral part of the assessment of the MBA and are part of the assessment in some core classes and electives.
- Projects are a fundamental part of the programme and students are expected to undertake two live consulting projects in groups during the first half of the course; the assessment for these are a presentation and a project report which is marked by Faculty. A similar group project is undertaken as part of the Concentration and assessment is based on presentations and written reports. A further optional opportunity to do an individual project is available during the summer term.
- There are currently formal written examinations at the end of Michaelmas and Lent terms in the core subjects of Corporate Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Strategy and Operations Management.
- Projects form the backbone of the experiential, practical learning on the MBA and are assessed as outlined above. Often presentations are made in front of clients or a panel of practitioner experts, as well as the Faculty assessor; this is also considered to be an important part of a student's personal and professional development.