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Cambridge Judge Business School
Cambridge shield and name, with "Judge Business School" below
Former names
Management Studies in the Engineering Department (1954-1990)
Judge Institute of Management Studies (1990-2005)
Judge Business School (2005-2010)
Type Public
Established 1954
Parent institution
University of Cambridge
Dean Christoph Loch
Academic staff
Students ~420
Location Old Addenbrooke's Site, Trumpington Street
52°12′01″N 0°07′17″E / 52.200224°N 0.121461°E / 52.200224; 0.121461Coordinates: 52°12′01″N 0°07′17″E / 52.200224°N 0.121461°E / 52.200224; 0.121461
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Cambridge Judge Business School is the business school of the University of Cambridge. The School is a provider of management education and is consistently ranked as one of the world's top business schools, with the Cambridge MBA programme ranked among the top in the world by Bloomberg, the Financial Times, BusinessInsider, US News & World Report and Forbes Magazine.[1][2] It is named after Sir Paul Judge, a founding benefactor of the school.[3]

The School is situated on the site of the Old Addenbrooke's Site on Trumpington Street, near the University's Fitzwilliam Museum.

History and architecture[edit]

Cambridge Judge Business School
Interior of Cambridge Judge Business School

The School was established in 1954 as Management Studies in the Engineering Department of the School of Technology.

In 1990 it became the Judge Institute for Management Studies. In 1991, benefactions from Sir Paul and Lady Judge, together with the Monument Trust, provided the funds for the construction of a building for the newly formed business school. Architect John Outram was appointed to the project. The building was completed in August 1995 and officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

The Judge Institute of Management Studies was renamed Judge Business School in September 2005. It adopted the title Cambridge Judge Business School during 2010, and revised its logo to read "University of Cambridge Judge Business School" rather than "Cambridge Judge Business School" in November 2010. It remains in the School of Technology, as an independent Department.


The Cambridge MBA[edit]

The full-time MBA is the flagship MBA programme of the University and roughly 150 MBA students attend the 12-month programme each year. Admissions standards are high, with an average Graduate Management Admission Test score of 710.[4][5] The average age of students on the full-time MBA is 29.6[4] and generally students come with extensive work experience in distinguished firms.[2] Currently 95% of students come from outside of the UK and approximately 30% of students are women.[4][6]

MBA students from Cambridge Judge Business School and Oxford's Saïd Business School maintain a friendly rivalry and have numerous opportunities throughout the year to meet for athletic events and business conferences.

The School markets this programme as "The Cambridge MBA".

Master of Finance (MFin)[edit]

The Master of Finance is a one-year specialist finance course designed for people with at least two years' experience in the finance and banking world who wish to accelerate their career in finance.

The course is designed to give students a rigorous grounding in the theory and practice of finance.[7][8] It combines a set of core courses that provide the theoretical and statistical foundations for a range of electives that cover the main areas of applied finance. There are three compulsory projects and one optional one, which help students to integrate theory and practice.[7][8] The other part of the course is the City Speaker Series, which is a weekly series of practitioner talks aimed at providing up to date financial knowledge and commentary from sector experts.

MPhil Finance[edit]

The MPhil Finance is a one-year postgraduate course in finance designed for people with no prior work experience. The programme combines advanced study and research and is especially suitable for students intending to continue to a PhD although the majority of graduates decides to work in the financial industry. Based on the number of applications, the MPhil Finance programme is the most competitive degree offered by the whole of the University of Cambridge; applicants need the equivalent to a first class degree to even be considered.[9] Students on the MPhil Finance programme can choose from a variety of modules offered by the business school, the Faculty of Economics and the Maths Faculty.

MPhil Technology Policy[edit]

The MPhil in Technology Policy is an intensive, nine-month masters programme designed for people with a background in science or engineering who are interested in developing the skills needed to meet the challenges of integrating technology, management, economics and policy. The focus is on business-government interactions and graduates will be able to anticipate technology trends; analyse and influence legislative developments; and identify business opportunities created by policy initiatives, regulation, and legislation. The programme aims to provide graduates with both the wider political and institutional context and the analytical skills delivered by Cambridge Judge Business School faculty working in operations, strategy and most especially in economics and policy. The minimum standard required is a First Class Honours or equivalent (equates to a CGPA of 3.7/4.0) and a degree in science or engineering will normally be expected but in the past graduates from other disciplines with a strong interest in technology policy have joined the programme.

Executive Education open and custom programmes[edit]

The Executive Education portfolio consists of over 20 open enrolment programmes, typically two-day to three-week programmes covering fundamental business management topics such as finance, marketing, general management and strategy. These programmes are taught by Cambridge Judge Business School faculty and academic staff from the wider University of Cambridge community.

Cambridge Judge Business School also offers custom programmes which are tailored to the specific learning and development requirements of an organisation. Programmes are delivered internationally in areas such as leadership, strategy and finance.

DisruptEd Venture Creation Weekend[edit]

In March 2017, Cambridge Judge Business School partnered with the Cambridge English to run DisruptEd, an annual intensive mentoring weekend to encourage and support new edtech start-ups. This year's winners were Popup Medical, a tool helping medical students by pre-filtering Google results, and Starling Software, an adaptive learning platform.[10]


  • The Executive MBA (EMBA)
  • Professional Practice Masters and Diplomas
  • Phd and Research Masters
  • Programmes for members of the University of Cambridge
  • The Digital Business Academy


Business school rankings
Worldwide overall
QS[11] 7
Times Higher Education[12] 7
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider[13] 19
Economist[14] 62
Financial Times[15] 5

Cambridge is widely regarded as one of the top business schools in the world: its MBA program was ranked 5th worldwide in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings[16] (top ranked MBA programme in the UK), 4th in Businessweek[17] and 3rd in Forbes Top International Business Schools.[18] In the 2017 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report the school placed 8th,[19] and 8th in the world by Business Insider.[20]

In the field of marketing, the report lists the Cambridge MBA as the best European program and as the fourth best program in the world.

The Cambridge MBA was also ranked best in the world in two key areas of the 2017 FT survey: it was ranked 1st for "value for money" and 1st for "aims achieved" with 89 per cent of students who responded to the survey indicating that they fulfilled their goals or reasons for doing an MBA. Cambridge Judge is ranked seventh among the world's business schools in the effectiveness of the careers office, in areas such as career counselling, personal development, networking events, internship search, and recruitment.

Cambridge ranked 2nd worldwide on the 2014 Financial Times rankings of Masters in Finance.[21]

The School is particularly strong in entrepreneurship and innovation management, and offers related courses and seminars via the Entrepreneurship Centre.[22] It has its own accelerator,[23] and it has close ties with Cambridge Enterprise,[24] the university's technology transfer office, as well as with the local high-tech cluster known as the Silicon Fen.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) from the UK government, nearly nine of 10 submissions from Cambridge Judge were rated as "world leading" or "internationally excellent"

Cambridge connections[edit]

Research centres[edit]

Cambridge Judge Business School has a number of research centres which are founded on interdisciplinary networks linking people from across the School, the wider university, business and policy community.

The centres are:

  • Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Cambridge Centre for Health Leadership & Enterprise (CCHLE)
  • Centre for Business Research (CBR)
  • Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management (CEAM)
  • Centre for Financial Analysis & Policy (CFAP)
  • Centre for India & Global Business (CIGB)
  • Centre for International Human Resource Management (CIHRM)
  • Centre for Process Excellence and Innovation (CPEI)
  • Centre for Risk Studies (CRS)

Chaired Professors[edit]

The following staff members hold full university professorships at the University of Cambridge and are assigned to Cambridge Judge Business School.[25][26][27]

Notable Alumni[edit]


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  17. ^ "Fill-Time MBA Programs 2016". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
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  21. ^ "Judge Business School and MIT Sloan make strong debut". Financial Times. 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
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