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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    9 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    02 November 2018

Course content

Advanced study and research in this degree focuses on innovation and change through three interconnecting themes: innovation and work practices, innovation and strategic change, and organisation theory. One taught module is provided in each of these areas. You also have the option to either write a dissertation or an extended research project, and take modules in research methods and taught electives. The MPhil ISO degree offers a route to a PhD.

Learning Outcomes

Educational aims of this programme are:

  • to give students, with relevant experience at first-degree level, the opportunity to carry out focused research under close supervision in the fields of strategy, organisations and information systems relevant to innovation; and
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.


Following their application for PhD continuation by the end of the first term, students will be interviewed by a panel of faculty members early in the second term. The PhD admissions committee will make PhD admission decisions on the basis of the interview report, the strength of the overall application with particular weight on academic reference letters and the performance in the Michaelmas term MPhil courses, and the fit of the student's research interest with faculty expertise. Students will receive confirmation of a PhD offer in February.

All admitted PhD students are fully funded. PhD offers are usually conditional on the final performance on the MPhil – candidates are required to achieve over 70 per cent in their MPhil. Students are also required to achieve at least 70 per cent in their dissertation (if any).


The MPhil in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation is an interdisciplinary degree exploring innovation and change through three interconnecting themes: innovation and work practices, innovation and strategic change, and organisational theory.

The programme seeks to provide the methodological and theoretical foundation for further research and is specifically aimed at students intending to continue to a PhD degree, whether in Cambridge or elsewhere.

The MPhil in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation degree consists of: 

  • three core courses, one for each of the three areas of innovation, strategy and organisation;
  • two research methodology core courses;
  • a specialist elective; and
  • either one 12,000-word dissertation or two additional electives and one individual research project module.


Students receive qualitative feedback on their assessed performance and suggestions for improving their performance on the courses which are assessed in a number of stages. Students are also welcome to approach lecturers for informal advice and guidance.



If the dissertation option is chosen, a 12,000-word thesis is required. Should the individual research project option be chosen, a 4,000-word assessment is required. In either option an oral examination is not normally held, but may be given at the discretion of the examiners.


Assessment across the nine courses will be by written examination, project, or coursework, depending upon the nature of the particular course.

Practical assessment

Presentation features as an assessment component in a number of Cambridge Judge Business School modules offered on the MPhil in ISO.

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £60 application fee
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to specify on the application form their research interests and, if known, a plan for the research they intend to conduct for the MPhil in ISO.

Selection Process

Applications will be considered by the MPhil in ISO admissions committee in chronological order as gathered fields at their regular meetings running from December 2018 until the end of April 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview via Skype.

Further information on How To Apply

Visit the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!