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 leading business schools. It is named after Sir Paul Judge, chief founding benefactor of the school. The School is part of the School of Engineering and 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

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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.


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

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.

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

David Back, co-founder of Zoom, a car-sharing organization in India, became the first person to dropout of Cambridge to pursue entrepreneurship. Zoom received early seed funding from Lady Barbara Judge, the wife of Sir Paul Judge, who is a principal benefactor of the Judge Business School.


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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 690. The average age of students on the full-time MBA is 29.6 and generally students come with extensive work experience in distinguished firms. Currently 95% of students come from outside of the UK and approximately 30% of students are women.

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".

Executive MBA

Cambridge Judge Business School launched their Executive MBA offering in 2008, with the first class joining the School in September 2009. The programme is targeted at senior executives and is taught over a 20-month period. Participants attend sixteen weekend sessions and four week-long blocks. As with other Executive MBAs the programme is intended for those who wish to continue working while studying towards the qualification.

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. 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. 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. Students on the MPhil Finance programme can chose 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.

Cambridge connections

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  • University of Cambridge
  • Cambridge-MIT Institute
  • Cambridge Finance
  • Cambridge Enterprise
  • Cambridge Network
  • Cambridge Programme for Industry
  • Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE)
  • Research Services Division (RSD)
  • Cambridge Science Parks and the Business Community

Strategic collaboration

On 4 April 2009, Judge Business School signed an agreement with the Karachi Educational Initiative (KEI) to form a strategic collaboration. Under the agreement, Cambridge is providing faculty to teach Executive Education programmes for Karachi School for Business and Leadership in Karachi. A University of Cambridge certificate will be awarded to those participants who successfully complete the programmes. Cambridge is also working with KSBL in formulating the curriculum for its graduate and executive education programmes.

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:

  • Cambridge Centre for Health Leadership & Enterprise (CCHLE)
  • Centre for Business Research (CBR)
  • Centre for Endowment Asset Management (CEAM)
  • Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL)
  • 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

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

  • Dame Sandra Dawson
  • Gishan Dissanaike
  • Lord Eatwell
  • Christoph Loch
  • Geoff Meeks
  • Jaideep Prabhu
  • Raghavendra Rau


External links

  • Cambridge Judge Business School website
  • The Cambridge MBA

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