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Management Studies

Management Studies introduces students to the fundamentals of management and gives them the opportunity to develop skills which will better prepare them for a potential future career in this area. It is a one year course, which only current undergraduates who are in their 2nd or 3rd year can apply to. It is not possible to apply to Management Studies through UCAS or as the first subject you will study at Cambridge.


The programme is varied and includes: taught courses focusing on Economics, Finance & Accounting as well as Organisational Behaviour and Marketing; a choice of papers that allow you to specialise in Environment and Sustainability, Business Innovation in a Digital Age or Human Resource Management (among others); a group Negotiations Workshop and a four week placement consultancy project. All this leads to a thorough intellectual understanding of the characteristics of great management and practical experience in the business world.

Only undergraduates in their second or third year can apply to take the Management Studies Course, as the final year of their degree. The course is run by the Judge Business School, one of the leading business schools globally, allowing students access to excellent library and computing facilities.

Places on the Management Studies Course are limited across the University, with up to 60 places typically available each year (although the average number of students admitted each year recently has been around 45). St John’s’ students have been very successful in securing a place, with an average of 6 students taking the course in each of the years 2013 – 2018, which is well above the average within the university. Management students at the College have come from a variety of backgrounds; their earlier Tripos subjects include Economics, History, Natural Sciences and English. While it is important that you do have proficiency in Maths and Statistics (equivalent of A Level recommended), it is not required that you come from a purely Mathematical or Economic academic background.

Graduates from the course have gone on to careers in consultancy (including Management and IT consultancy), marketing and communications, and the finance sector (including investment banking, investment analysis, and risk analysis) after consistently gaining 2:1 and first class degrees.

Entry Details

Applicants are usually expected to achieve a minimum of a 2.1, with around at least 64% or above in the years of study preceding entry to the course. Please note that this percentage requirement may be increased in future years.

Applications are handled by the Judge Business School, who run an information meeting for all interested parties in March and accept applications until the end of May. Details of how to apply will be circulated by the Academic Administrator for Management Studies at St John’s in Lent Term, and all students intending to apply should register their interest as advised. You can also discuss your intentions to apply with your College Tutor at any time. All St John’s applicants will be asked to meet with the Director of Studies in Management before their application is submitted to discuss their motivation for taking the course.

In addition to your academic record, college references (which also takes into account feedback from your meeting with the Director of Studies) are also taken into account, so you should not assume you will be made an offer on your academic record alone, even if it meets (or exceeds) the stated requirement.

On the other hand, even very good college references cannot compensate if you fail to meet the entry requirements.

Applying 2018

If you are interested in applying for Management Studies beginning Michaelmas Term 2019, please contact Hayley Duignan, Academic Administrator, by 26th March 2018 with your full name and crsid. 


Directors of Studies
Dr Robin Chatterjee

Students taking Management Studies keep the same Tutor as they had for their first Tripos. 

Further Information

Further Information

A full overview of the Management Studies course can be found on the Judge Business School website. If you have questions that are not answered by the website, you can contact the Programme Administrator Bella Stewart.