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Teaching is delivered through a variety of media. During Cambridge term times, there will be traditional academic lectures and interactive seminars; the dissertation is based in one of the Institute for Manufacturing's research groups and will involve normal graduate-level supervision.

Much of the learning during the course takes place during the industrial visits, and on the projects themselves. During the projects, students can expect to receive substantial "supervisory" feedback from their line managers and colleagues. Academic assessment of the course is split into two components: the first comprises assessments of the eight taught modules and project reports; the second consists of examination of the research dissertation.

One to one supervision

100 hours per year: the bulk of this figure includes meetings with industrial supervisors during the industrial projects, but it also encompasses individuals meetings with ISMM core staff, and one-to-one sessions with the student's dissertation supervisor during the dissertation-writing period.

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

Seminars & classes

40 hours per year


160 hours per year


600 hours per year


Students undertake a literature review as a substantial component of the dissertation-writing period. This will consume approximately 200 hours of working time.


At the end of each of the four projects, students are required to deliver a 30-minute presentation to the senior management of the company in which the project was based.


In addition to the series of industrial visits, students will undertake four industrial projects over the course of the programme. During this time they will be working on live business and technical issues relevant to the company, and will be treated as an employee. These placements will conclude in a presentation to the senior management of the company, and in the writing of a handover document that will be examined as part of the course assessment.


Students can expect to receive reports at least termly from the course director. They will have access to a University supervisor for their dissertation, and can expect to receive input from their line managers during project placements. Students will also receive feedback on the written assignments and project activities from supervisors and staff.



All students will be required to write a dissertation of no greater than 15,000 words. Achieving a passing mark on this dissertation is a precondition for obtaining the degree.


All students are required to submit assessed assignments for each of the eight modules, typically between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Students also submit a "handover" document to the company following the industrial projects for discussion and assessment by supervisors.


At the discretion of the examiners, candidates may be required to take an oral examination on the work submitted during the course, and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

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Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2019

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
June 28, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 5, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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