Cambridge is unusual in not offering a Management or Business Studies course covering three years. Instead Management Studies can be taken as a single year course in the third (or possibly fourth) undergraduate year. This means that students will apply to read some other subject and then change to Management Studies at the end of their second or third year. If you apply to Clare with this intention, then you ought to state the fact on your Application Form. There is, however, no necessity to change to Management Studies, even if this has been your declared intention. Conversely, many students only decide to opt for Management Studies sometime during their second or third year at Cambridge.
If a student wishes to read Management Studies as an extra fourth year, after initially coming to do a three-year BA, College permission will depend on his/her academic record.
There are six core courses, all of which are taken by all students, and six options, from which you will choose two. One core course and one option is offered by each of the six teaching groups in the Judge Institute:
- Business and management economics;
- Finance and accounting;
- Human resources and organisations;
- Management science;
- Operations and information systems;
- Strategy and marketing.
The core courses do not require any prior mathematical or other standard. The options build upon the material covered in the core.
Exams for the core courses take place in the first week of the Easter Term and account for 60% of the marks on the tripos. The options are assessed by continuous assessment and account for 20% of the marks. You would take a business simulation exercise in the last week of the Lent Term, and an organisationally-based project in the Easter Term.
There is a restriction (currently 45) on the number of students taking the course, and in the last few years the course has been over-subscribed. Consequently an excllent performance in previous examinations will be the deciding factor.
Management Studies at Cambridge has a more quantitative bias than similar courses elsewhere. As a rough guide we have found that a level of mathematics skill roughly equivalent to a reasonable grade at A2-level is an appropriate starting point. The majority of those on the course have taken some quantitative subject in their first two years (eg Economics, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Mathematics). There are, however, always a number of students taking the course after studying an Arts subject. Some Medical students also opt to read Management Studies in their third year.
The Director of Studies in Management Studies is Prof Jaideep Prabhu, who is based at the Judge Business School. His research interests are International business, marketing, strategy and innovation.