The most expensive four-year course for biz bigwigs

If you have the money, inclination and the right qualification, you could spend the next four years in one the most expensive academic programmes in the world.

Cambridge Judge Business School’s new Business Doctorate (BusD) in Management Studies costs £80,000 for the first year and £50,000 (Rs 41,80,900) for each of the following three years. And there are no scholarships available!

“The annual fees are comparable to leading Executive MBA programmes, and reflects the fact that the programme will be very small and selective, demanding substantial resources for intensive teaching and support services,” shares a University of Cambridge spokesperson.

Designed specifically for accomplished, senior, executive-level business leaders who have built or run major companies, the Business Doctorate is an exhaustive, full-time programme that promises research on highly relevant business or societal issues.

The curriculum, with detailed modules, will be finalised before October 2017, when the programme is scheduled to begin, according to the University of Cambridge Judge Business School website.

The course is designed to enable students to translate their wealth of business experience into methodised and rigorously assessed knowledge. It is also meant to enhance their knowledge by developing an awareness of the current academic debates of their chosen research programme, while imparting in-depth knowledge of underlying theories of management and methodological expertise across a spectrum of research methods. The absolute aim of the course is to help executives evolve into better leaders.

The course, which will admit a maximum of two students per year, will require students to reside at Cambridge in the first year. During academic years two to four, students are expected to be on campus for at least four weeks per year and remain in regular contact with their supervisors when not present in person.

With academic standards comparable to a PhD, “This degree will give students the chance to translate their accumulated experience into transferable knowledge, and become more thoughtful business leaders”.

Course Cruise

Applications open:

September 15, 2016

Deadline: April 30, 2017

Eligibility: A Master’s degree, but the applications of candidates with an undergraduate degree equivalent to a 2:1 Honours degree at any UK university will be considered. Candidates also need to submit their applications with an outline research proposal.

English as the native language or IELTS — an overall band score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in each element, or TOEFL — 110 on the Internet-based test with no less than 25 in each element

Application fee: £50 (Rs 4,180) for online applications and £100 (Rs 8,361 )for paper applications