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Business, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #3 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
The Business programme at Judge Business School is a four-year programme designed specifically for accomplished, senior executive-level business leaders who have built or lead major companies and wish to embark on a rigorous programme of research on a highly relevant business or societal issue. 
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The Business programme at Judge Business School lasts four years. 


During the first year, you will be resident in Cambridge and will take tailored coursework covering research methods and relevant academic literature to enable you to carry out independent and high-calibre research. At the end of the first year you will be required to produce and defend a final research proposal for your doctoral dissertation.

Continuation to the BusD years two to four will be subject to satisfactory performance during the first year.

In years two to four you will undertake work-based research in relation to your thesis. During years two to four you must be resident in Cambridge for at least four weeks per year. When not in residence, you are required to keep in regular contact with supervisors while collecting and analysing data in the business environment. When absent from Cambridge you must apply for formal "Leave to Work Away". 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The programme will enable you to:

  • translate your tacit business experience into methodised and rigorously assessed knowledge
  • identify drivers of your experience that can be applied to other contexts
  • enhance your knowledge and become a better leader
  • develop an awareness of the current academic debates of your chosen research programme
  • gain in-depth knowledge of the relevant underlying theories of management and methodological expertise across a spectrum of research methods

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • We will normally require a masters degree but will consider applications of candidates with an undergraduate degree equivalent to a 2:1 honours degree at a UK university, provided they can demonstrate exceptional personal achievements relevant to their research proposal.
  • English proficiency
Candidates will be asked to submit the following supporting documents with their application:
  • Academic transcripts for all degree-level education
  • Two academic references
  • Brief statement on your reasons for applying (approximately 1,000 words)

Work Experience

We would expect candidates to have substantial experience in leadership positions (normally in the region of 20 years' experience) and to provide evidence that they have led major initiatives in their organisations.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    80000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 80000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    80000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 80000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Years 2, 3, 4: £ 50,000

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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