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Department of Computer Science and Technology


The Department of Computer Science and Technology (formerly known as the Computer Laboratory) is the academic department within the University of Cambridge that encompasses Computer Science, along with many aspects of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. At present there are about 380 undergraduate students and 107 Master's students here. A further 180 postgraduates are engaged in research for the PhD.

We offer a world-class research facility combining theory with practical activities, and significantly advancing both the field and computing in the wider world. The Department sustains active research across the breadth of computer science and encourages the development of new technologies and applications. Professor Alastair Beresford is our Head of Department.

You can read more about the research environment we provide here in the Environment Statement we submitted as part of the Research Excellence Framework 2021. This is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. In 2021 (the most recent exercise), all aspects of our research environment were rated 4*, or 'world-leading'.

Key elements of the Department's ethos are our focus on impact, and openness to working closely with both academic and non-academic organisations. 

Research themes
Our current research themes are:

Application areas
Our research is applied in a wide range of areas. Please see the Application Areas web page for more details of our work in areas including:

  • Climate & Sustainability 
  • Education 
  • Healthcare 
  • Human-Machine Interaction, and
  • Security