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MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations

Course Description

The MPhil in Strategy, Marketing and Operations (SMO) is an intensive nine-month programme that prepares you for continuation to the CJBS PhD in the fields of Strategy, Marketing or Operations Management.

Educational aims of the programme:

- To prepare students for doctoral work in the areas of operations management or marketing at Judge Business School (JBS) (the programme is an integral part of the JBS PhD programmes in these disciplines)

- providing teaching in research methodology, in particular in econometrics and mathematical modelling
- providing teaching in foundational subjects, such as economics
- providing research seminars in which students will learn about the current debates in the field and about the canonical literature that underpins these debates
- providing guidance on the structuring, writing and critiquing of academic research papers
- giving students the opportunity to experience research first-hand, either through an individual research project or a dissertation.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/bmjbmpmso


Students have to complete 9 modules, covering research methodology (e.g. statistics, mathematical modelling, experimental research), foundation courses (e.g. micro-economics, game theory), and research seminars on subjects such as strategy, marketing, innovation, and operations and technology management.

Students may also apply to do a dissertation, in lieu of 3 modules, or a short individual research project, in lieu of 1 module.

Students receive qualitative feedback on their assessed performance and suggestions for improving their performance on the courses. Several courses have mid-term assessments to allow students to track their knowledge of the subject. Students are also welcome to approach lecturers for informal advice and guidance.


- If dissertation option is chosen: 12,000 words.
- Short module on individual research project if chosen; 4000 words.

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

Faculty of Mathematics courses offered on the MPhil in SMO as electives are assessed exclusively by written examination.

Presentation features as an assessment component in a number of CJBS modules offered on the MPhil in SMO.


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.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

ESRC scholarships (1+3, including 3 years of PhD funding).

Lyondell Basell scholarship in Operations (1+3, including 3 years of PhD funding).

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Visit the MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree. A degree in a discipline with a strong quantitative orientation (e.g. engineering, economics, operations research, statistics, mathematics, physics, computer science, or a similar course) will be expected. Students are required to have degree-level courses in calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics.

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