ABOUT THE JUDGE MBA

Cambridge Judge Business School is a subsidiary of the prestigious University of Cambridge. Since 1990, it has earned the reputation of a center of rigorous thinking and the source of providing various opportunities in the field of business studies. The institute constantly takes a good position in the top ranking charts published by various organizations globally or locally. It drives the most successful technology entrepreneurship cluster in Europe. The School boasts a world-class faculty of around 55 members, around all continents, whose research interests span the globe and the full spectrum of business issues. Many are leaders in their field, directing cutting-edge research and consulting for businesses and government. This makes it a very reputed institute to study in the UK.

THE 1 YEAR MBA PROGRAM 

The Judge MBA is a 1 year MBA program based in  Cambridge, UK. It ranks 22nd globally in the Financial Times Global business school rankings.

Judge faculty members are world-renowned not only for generating new thinking in their fields but also for having a genuine impact on current business practices. 

The fees for the MBA class of 2022/23 at Cambridge Judge Business School are £61,000.

Generous scholarships are offered to outstanding international candidates on a merit basis. 

  • Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship
  • Cambridge Society Bombay Scholarships
  • Chevening Scholarships
  • The Christoph Loch Scholarship

CLASS PROFILE

The MBA cohort typically represents a wide array of industries and professional backgrounds, providing a truly global learning experience.

The industry experience of students, prior to joining, is also diverse, ranging from consulting, banking, and financial services to fashion and performing arts. About 94% are international students.

The average work experience for the full-time MBA is 6 years which ensures that students contribute richly to classroom learning by bringing forward their varied industry experience Peer-peer learning beyond the classroom is also facilitated through this.

The median GMAT score for the incoming class is 693. The infographic below depicts the Judge MBA class profile with statistics about the gender distribution, age, work experience, and geographical background of the students. 

Females in the class were about 43%.

COURSE CURRICULUM SUMMARY

The programme has four distinct phases, arranged across four terms. The curriculum is designed to produce graduates who demonstrate intellectual rigor and who are skilled in the practice of management and core business principles in finance, strategy, marketing, operations, accounting, economics, corporate governance, organizational behavior, technology, and entrepreneurship, within a global context. The skills and knowledge acquired on the MBA are achieved through a collaborative ethos—the core value of the Cambridge MBA. At the end of the MBA, graduates will complete the MBA ready to make an impact at the organizational level, and lead teams on a global scale.

  • The Cambridge Venture Project

The CVP, undertaken in Michaelmas Term, features small teams working on a market analysis project with a UK-based company, to develop team skills as part of the Management Praxis course.

  • Global Consulting Project

The GCP is the highlight of the Cambridge programme for many, enabling team consulting work for a major international company, anywhere in the world. It is a four to the six-week project, on a live issue of strategic importance for the client. The GCP is a valuable opportunity to apply your learning across a range of disciplines as well as test career options and make useful connections.

  • Concentration Project

You will choose from one of ten Concentrations to participate in during the Easter Term  – see further down the page for a list of Concentrations. At the end of each Concentration, you will undertake a team project, in which you will present your findings in a simulated boardroom situation.

  • Summer Project

To allow you to tailor the MBA towards your own individual career objectives, we offer a choice in the final Summer Term.

Please note: the Cambridge MBA is a 12-month MBA programme that runs from mid-September to mid-September. Students may work full-time in a work placement/internship for their summer option but are not able to start full-time permanent employment until mid-September, when the programme has finished.

In the Summer term, you may choose one of the following activities:

  1. Individual Project

The Individual Project (IP) gives students the opportunity to experience real work as a consultant on a business problem, anywhere in the world. Students can use this opportunity to gain valuable experience for their CV and as a first step into their new career. Students can expect to work full-time for six to eight weeks from July-September depending on the client’s requirements and their post-MBA plans. The IP may cover any aspect of management and may be located in any commercial, industrial, public sector, or not-for-profit organization, anywhere in the world. Recent projects have included product extension strategy for a financial services company, analysis of the US railway sector, branding strategy development for a national retailer, and derivatives modeling.

2. Research Project

Students undertaking a research paper can expect to be involved in independent, in-depth research into an area of business management of personal interest for the summer term. The deliverable will be a 3000-word paper written for a business audience similar to those appearing in publications such as Harvard Business Review or the Sloan Management Review.

  • Work Placement

Work placements give students the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and valuable experience for their CV within a sector or company of interest. They can also lead to offers of full-time employment. Students can expect to work full-time for six to eight weeks from July to September. Previous employers offering internships include the Financial Services Authority; Credit Suisse Private Banking; Google; Amazon; and Asian Development Bank. Students often self-sourced their own internships based on their particular interests.

  • Concentrations

A Concentration is a set of courses and projects undertaken during the Easter Term, to allow you to delve deeper into an area of interest. You may pick one Concentration, from this list:

  • Culture, Arts & Media Management
  • Digital Transformation
  • Energy & Environment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Global Business
  • Healthcare Strategies
  • Marketing
  • Social Innovation
  • Strategy

PLACEMENT STATISTICS

Each year, Judge achieves high employment rates in excess of 91% of each MBA class. 

The return on investment is huge given a median alumni salary after graduation of £96,429.

Many students started their own companies while many students joined startups and new ventures.

98% of students switched at least country, function, or industry sector. 

These are the key placement statistics.

Source: The official career report 2021

Consulting, Financial Services emerged as the 2 industries in which the majority of the class was placed. 74% of the class was placed in these industries.

Amazon, Deloitte, Genpact, Google, and McKinsey & Co. were among the top recruiters.

NOTABLE ALUMNI

Eben Christopher Upton, Founder, and CEO of Raspberry PI 

Badr Jafar, Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Enterprises

Alison Jane Brittain, CEO Whitbread.

APPLICATION DETAILS

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Work experience
  • A GMAT/GRE score
  • A reference
  • The ability to finance your MBA
  • A visa
  • Essay questions on the form
  • English language requirement

Application Fee: £150

Application Deadlines

Source: The official school website

Essay questions

The following are the main essay questions on the Cambridge MBA application:

Essay 1 – Please provide details of your post-MBA career plans. The statement should not exceed 500 words and must address the following:

  • What are your short- and long-term career objectives? How will the Cambridge MBA equip you to achieve these?
  • Looking at your short-term career goal, describe the research you have done to understand how this industry/role/location recruits MBA talent and what they are looking for in a candidate?
  • How do you meet the requirements of your short-term career goal? What preparation are you doing now?

Essay 2 

Describe a difficult decision that you had to make. What did you learn from this and how have you changed as a result? (up to 200 words)

Essay 3

Describe a time when you worked with a team on a project. What did you learn from the experience and how might you approach it differently today? (up to 200 words)

Essay 4

If you could give one piece of advice to your 18-year-old self, what would it be? (up to 200 words.

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