Cambridge Judge Business School

Cambridge Judge Business School
Cambridge Judge Business School
Former names
Judge Institute of Management Studies, Judge Business School
Type Public
Established 1954 as Management Studies in the Engineering Department, in 1990 as Judge Institute for Management Studies, and in 2005 as Judge Business School
Dean Christoph Loch
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
Campus Urban

Cambridge Judge Business School, formerly known as the Judge Institute of Management Studies, is the business school of the University of Cambridge. Established in 1954 as Management Studies in the Engineering Department, in 1990 as Judge Institute for Management Studies, and in 2005 as Judge Business School.

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 part of the Department of Engineering within the School of Technology.

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

Interior of Cambridge Judge Business School

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 and work on 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.


The Cambridge MBA

Master of Finance (MFin)

The Executive MBA (EMBA)

Executive Education

Professional Practice Masters and Diplomas

Phd and Research Masters

Programmes for members of the University of Cambridge

The Digital Business Academy

The Cambridge MBA

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)

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

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.

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.


Business school rankings
Worldwide overall
QS[10] 7
Times Higher Education[11] 7
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider[12] 19
Economist[13] 62
Financial Times[14] 10

Cambridge is widely regarded as one of the top business schools in the world: its MBA program was ranked 10th worldwide in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings[15] (top ranked one-year programme in the UK), 6th in Businessweek[16] and 3rd in Forbes Top International Business Schools.[17] In the 2013/2014 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report the school placed 13th,[18] 8th in the world by Business Insider,[19] 10th by the Telegraph's top European business schools[20] and 37th by the Economist.[21]

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 featured in the top ten business schools in the world in three key areas of the 2014 FT survey: it was ranked 10th for career progression, 8th for value for money and 7th for aims achieved.

Cambridge ranked 2nd worldwide on the 2014 Financial Times rankings of Masters in Finance.[22]

The School is particularly strong in entrepreneurship and innovation management, and offers related courses and seminars via the Cambridge Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning.[23] It has its own accelerator,[24] and it has close ties with Cambridge Enterprise,[25] the university's technology transfer office, as well as with the local high-tech cluster known as the Silicon Fen.

Cambridge connections

Research centres

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:

Chaired Professors

The following staff members hold full university professorships at the University of Cambridge and are assigned to Cambridge Judge Business School.[26][27][28]


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  2. 1 2 "University of Cambridge: Judge Business School". Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  3. "Benefactors". Cambridge Judge Business School. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  4. 1 2 3 "MBA students - Overview figures for the class of 2012". Cambridge Judge Business School. 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  5. "Cambridge's Judge Business School - Poets and Quants". Poets and Quants. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  6. "Full Time MBA Profiles - Cambridge Judge Business School". Retrieved 25 June 2012.
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  10. "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 - Business & Management Studies". Quacquarelli Symonds. 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  11. "World University Rankings by subject: business and economics". Times Higher Education. 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  12. "The 50 best business schools in the world". Business Insider. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  13. "Full time MBA ranking". Economist. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  14. "Global MBA Ranking". Financial Times. 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  15. "Global MBA Rankings 2016". Financial Times. 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  16. "Fill-Time MBA Programs 2014". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  17. "The Top International Business Schools". Forbes. September 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  18. "TopMBA Global 200 Business Schools Report 2013/2014". QS Top MBA. 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  19. "The World's Best Business Schools". Business Insider. 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  20. "MBA: Europe's top 10 business schools". London: The Telegraph. 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  21. "The Economist Which MBA". The Economist. 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  22. "Judge Business School and MIT Sloan make strong debut". Financial Times. 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  23. Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning
  24. Cambridge Enterprise
  25. See pages 2-11 and page 22
  26. Vacancies, Appointments, etc. - Cambridge University Reporter 6176. (2010-01-27). Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  27. Vacancies, Appointments, etc. - Cambridge University Reporter 6196. (2010-07-21). Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
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