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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    11 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    02 November 2018

Course content

If you want to become the most effective and visionary entrepreneur you can be, through an action-based part-time programme, then consider the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship (PGDE) at Cambridge Judge Business School.

The Diploma is designed specifically for experienced professionals, scientists, and technologists, as well as early-stage entrepreneurs. It leads to a qualification awarded by the University of Cambridge, but we are equally proud of the fact that over 50 per cent of participants on the programme from 2011-2018 founded a business during or after the programme.

You will go on an entrepreneurial journey where you travel from vision to action; accelerate your progress with better odds for success through avoiding common mistakes; develop a business plan; and prepare to create a high impact venture. A critical element of the journey is peer to peer learning and interaction with your fellow students, who, like you, will be of a high calibre.

Around two-thirds of our Diploma students have masters degrees or higher, and you normally must have five years or more of work experience to join the programme. In 2018/19 the average age of students was 36 and students ranged in age from 27-58. If you have less work experience, you may wish to consider our Masters programme.

The Diploma is suitable for entrepreneurs (25 per cent of our students have already started a business before they join us, and want to take it to the next level), would-be entrepreneurs (as mentioned above, over 50 per cent of our alumni over the last six years founded a business as a result of working on the programme) and intrapreneurs (some of our best students join us from companies in order to bring the tools and skills of entrepreneurship back to their organisations).

The part-time nature of the programme is compatible either with continued employment during the programme, or with putting an entrepreneurial vision into action during the year of study.

Diploma programme structure

The Diploma is delivered through a carefully designed combination of: 

  • immersive residential learning and networking in Cambridge (three weeks in total)
  • working through our online learning content and tools, with an 'action learning set' of fellow innovators and creators
  • coaching and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs, matched to your individual challenges, who help you review and reflect on the actions you take as you build your skills (10 times each year)

Diploma programme content

The content of the Diploma is made up of 10 modules, which are of three types:

Core curriculum

All core courses are taken during the first year of the programme. The four core courses are:

  • Opportunities, Business Models & Entrepreneurial Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship Skills & the Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Assembling & Managing Innovative Teams
  • Persuasion, Social Capital & Sales

At the beginning of the programme we administer a financial literacy test. Those who do not achieve a pass mark are expected to take the Financial Literacy course (further details below). However those who demonstrate mastery of the module learning outcomes may take an additional elective module instead.

Specialist pathway modules

You may take exactly one 'pathway' module. The modules are taught by pathway leaders, who are world-leading practitioners in that domain; the aim of the modules is to build understanding and expertise relevant to your venture idea and to help you build an appropriate networking and credibility-building strategy and tactical plan within your chosen domain.

Pathway modules are optional – you may choose not to take any pathway and take an extra elective instead. You may change your pathway choice up to the end of February.

Pathway modules are taught March-July. Masters and Diploma students are taught together on pathway modules. The modules are:

  • Fintech Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Entrepreneurship
  • Biotech Entrepreneurship
  • Retail & Consumer Entrepreneurship
  • Cleantech Entrepreneurship
  • Agritech & Food Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Industries Entrepreneurship
  • Manufacturing Technologies Entrepreneurship
  • Government Services Entrepreneurship
  • Construction & Property Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Education

Learn more about the specialist pathways

Elective modules

You normally choose four electives. However, students who gain exemption from Financial Literacy, or students who opt not to take a pathway module, may take an extra elective – in theory, therefore, the maximum is six.

Elective modules are taught March-July. Masters and Diploma students are taught together on pathway modules. Some modules are taught with a blend of offline and online instruction; others are taught online only.

Blended offline/online instruction 

  • Pitching & Investor Networks
  • Intrapreneurship Practice
  • Design: Creating, Making & Service Design
  • Becoming a Startup Engineer 

Online only instruction

  • Intrapreneurship Theory
  • Raising Early Stage Finance
  • Lean Startup Theory & Practice
  • Managing Scaleups
  • Intellectual Property
  • B2B Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Leadership & Vision
  • Decision Making & Systems Thinking
  • Managing the Early Growth of a Firm
  • Managing Early Stage Finance
  • 21st Century Entrepreneurship: Sustainability & Emerging Topics
  • Raising Later Stage Finance

Please note that the content of the programme is subject to change.

Launchpad mentors

Cambridge Judge Launchpad mentors are assigned to each student, and offer continuous 1:1 practical support throughout the year of the Diploma or the two years of the Masters. They are experienced entrepreneurs who aim to support students to develop their ideas into real businesses, or to find ways of efficiently scaling their existing businesses.

Introduce yourself

Register your interest in the Launchpad and join our community of aspiring entrepreneur applicants.

Visit the PG Dip in Entrepreneurship page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!




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