Strategy, Marketing and Operations (MPhil)

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

Educational aims of the programme

  • To prepare students for doctoral work in the fields of strategy, marketing or operations at CJBS (the programme is an integral part of the CJBS PhD programme for these fields)


  • 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 their field of specialisation 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.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have:

  • Acquired or consolidated foundational knowledge and methodological skills necessary for research in their chosen field of specialisation;
  • Demonstrated an ability to critique research papers;
  • Presented their own ideas in a public forum and learned to contribute constructively within an international environment.


Students have to complete 9 modules, covering research methodology (e.g. statistics, mathematical modelling, experimental research), foundation courses (e.g. microeconomics, 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.

One to one supervision Each student will be assigned supervisors as appropriate for dissertations or research projects, and a faculty mentor to discuss their research interests for their PhD application.

Students taking the dissertation option will be allocated a supervisor towards the end of Michaelmas Term. Students will engage with dissertation supervisors over Lent and Easter Term.Supervisors will provide general academic advice to students, and subject-specific advice relating to the dissertation; students and supervisors normally meet about once a month to discuss progress, but meetings may be more or less frequent depending on the project’s progression.


Seminars & classes Students will normally attend an average of 10 hours of classes per week as well as  participating in the research seminars of the subject group pertaining to their field of specialisation, though this may vary depending on the choice of modules.


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.

Individual research project if chosen; 4,000 words.

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.

Written examination

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

Practical assessment

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

Expected Academic Standard

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

Admission requires:

A high II.i degree/GPA 3.3 or above/top 25% of class

Please refer to the course website for further details:

University Minimum Academic Requirements

Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score
Listening 7.0
Writing 7.0
Reading 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Total 7.5

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score
Listening 25
Writing 25
Reading 25
Speaking 25
Total 110


Score: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment.


Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element)

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No ATAS required

Funding Opportunities

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

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