Cambridge Judge Business School

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]

Cambridge Judge Business School
Former names
Judge Institute of Management Studies (1990-2005)
Judge Business School (2005-2010)
Parent institution
University of Cambridge
DeanChristoph Loch
Academic staff
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The School is considered to be particularly strong in entrepreneurship and innovation management, with its own accelerator[4] and close ties with Cambridge Enterprise,[5] the university's technology transfer office, as well as with the local high-tech cluster known as the Silicon Fen.

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

Administration and governance

The School is a department of the University's School of Technology administrative group.[6]


Founding and early years

The School was established in 1990 as the Judge Institute for Management Studies.[7] In 1991, donations 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, which was completed in August 1995 and officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

Prior to the founding of the business school, management studies had been taught at the University since 1954.

Name changes

In September 2005, the Judge Institute of Management Studies was renamed as the Judge Business School. It then 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.

25th Anniversary

The School celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, with a year-long programme of celebratory events. These included breaking ground on a new building—the Simon Sainsbury Centre; the promotion of a women's leadership initiative; the launch new Centres for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation; and an anniversary reception at the Palace of Westminster in London., hosted by Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea.[8]

Benefactor and namesake Sir Paul Judge died in 2017.


John Outram converted the listed ward blocks and arcades of the old hospital building, and rebuilt the central block into a space that now contains a library, common room, seminar and teaching rooms, floating staircases and balconies, break-out boxes and the main hall. He also added three new buildings:

  • The Ark, containing rooms for faculty, research graduates, and administrative staff.
  • The Castle, containing two key lecture theatres and MBA teaching spaces and room.
  • The Gallery, an 80 feet (24.5m) high space containing seminar rooms, multi-level circulation routes, and part of the hall.[9]



The full-time "Cambridge MBA" is the flagship MBA programme of the University and c. 200 MBA students attend the 12-month programme each year.[10] Admissions standards are high, with an average Graduate Management Admission Test score of 710.[11][12] The average age of students on the full-time MBA is 29 [11] 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.[11][13]

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.

Executive MBA (EMBA)

The School also offers the "Cambridge Executive MBA" for those who have already reached a senior level in their organisations or professions, and are seeking to study part-time while maintaining their current role. As of 2017, the average age of students is 38, with around 14 years of working experience, who from a wide range of professional backgrounds.[14]

Master of Finance (MFin)

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.[15][16] 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.[15][16] 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

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.[17] 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

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.

MSt Social Innovation

The Master of Studies in Social Innovation is a part-time postgraduate programme for practitioners in the business, public and social sectors who wish to design and lead innovative solutions to pressing social issues. The programme will be delivered over two years by the Cambridge Judge Business School through online delivery and residential weeks in Cambridge. In recognition of the fact that social innovation cuts across sectors and types of organisation, the programme is aimed at middle- and senior-level leaders operating in all sectors of the economy – including firms, public bodies, NGOs and social – who wish to build on their experience and expertise to collaborate with others to create social change.

Executive Education open and custom programmes

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.


  • Professional Practice Masters and Diplomas
  • Phd and Research Masters
  • Programmes for members of the University of Cambridge
  • The Digital Business Academy
  • DisruptEd Venture Creation Weekend: An annual intensive mentoring weekend to encourage and support new edtech start-ups.[18]

Research centres

  • Alternative Finance
  • Business Research
  • Chinese Management
  • Circular Economy
  • Endowment Asset Management
  • Experimental & Behavioural Economics
  • Finance
  • Financial Reporting & Accountability
  • Health & Leadership Enterprise
  • India & Global Business
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Process Excellence & Innovation
  • Psychometrics
  • Risk Studies
  • Social Innovation
  • Wo+Men's Leadership Centre[19]

Reputation and rankings

Business school rankings
Worldwide overall
Times Higher Education[21]4
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider[22]19
Financial Times[24]16


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[25] (top ranked MBA programme in the UK), 4th in Businessweek[26] and 3rd in Forbes Top International Business Schools.[27] In the 2017 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report the school placed 8th,[28] and 8th in the world by Business Insider.[29] 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 1st worldwide on the 2016 Financial Times rankings of Masters in Finance (post-experience) .[30]

The Cambridge Executive MBA was ranked 15th worldwide in the Executive MBA Ranking 2017.

Research Excellence Framework

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, nearly nine of 10 submissions from staff at the School were rated "world leading" or "internationally excellent".

Notable alumni


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