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Graduate Admissions


The MPhil ISO 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.

From 2020/21 the core module in quantitative methods is based on a blended learning model, which combines online pre-reading with timetabled classes and lectures (10 hours online; 10 hours face-to-face).

The MPhil ISO programme 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 (4,000 words).
One to one supervision

Students taking the dissertation option will be allocated a supervisor towards the end of the Michaelmas Term. Students will engage with dissertation supervisors over the Lent and Easter Terms.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.


Students will normally attend an average of ten hours of classes per week, as well as weekly seminars, though this will vary depending on the choice of modules.


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 dissertation is required. Students choosing to replace the dissertation with three modules will be required to submit a 4,000-word assessment as part of these modules.  In either option, an oral examination is not normally held, but may be given at the discretion of the examiners.


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

Practical assessment

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

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Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Judge Business School


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Feb. 27, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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