University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Technology Policy

The MPhil in Technology Policy is an intensive, nine-month professional practice master's 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. Although the programme straddles the boundary of business and government and has a strong common core taken by all students on the programme it features two main pathways: public sector and private enterprise.

Entry requirements

The minimum standard required is a 1st class Honours or equivalent. 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. Applicants whose 1st language is not English should have an IELTS minimum overall score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in each element; or TOEFL minimum score of 110 (iBT), with not less than 25 in each element; or CAE minimum score of Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment; or CPE score of Grade A, B or C (with at least 200 in each individual element).

Course modules

Students will take a total of six electives: two skills or sectorial electives; two stream electives (public sector or private enterprise); and two open electives (drawn from other skills, sectorial, and stream electives; or from a select list of other electives). During the final two terms students will produce a written report for their final group project, which will be based on a placement at a major public or private sector technology-intensive organisation.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed by formal examinations, term papers, regular written assignments, and some assessment of class participation (including bulletin board �discussion�). The Final Group Project is assessed by a 12,000 word final report produced under faculty supervision.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 22,674 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
MPhil Full-time £ 22,674 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

MPhil Enquiries Secretary
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01223 339700