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Department of Computer Science and Technology


Information for prospective students

Undergraduate courses

  • The undergraduate course, called the Computer Science Tripos, is a three-year or a four-year course. Students graduating after three years receive the BA honours degree. Students who achieve a high standard in the third year can stay on for a fourth year and receive both the BA and Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees.
  • Open Days will be held virtually from 5 - 18 July 2021 with live events on 8th and 9th July and virtually from 13 - 26  September 2021 with live events on 16th and 18th September.

Masters courses

Doctoral courses

  • The PhD is the primary research degree that can be taken in the Computer Laboratory. The Cambridge PhD is a three-year programme of individual research on a topic agreed by the student and the Laboratory, under the guidance of a staff member as the student's supervisor. There is no compulsory coursework, and students are expected to complete the substance of their research by the end of their third year, submitting their thesis then or within a few months.

Postgraduate Open Day

  • A University-wide Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day takes place at the beginning of November. The event will be of interest to those considering applying for the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science and/or the PhD in Computer Science. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. The next Open Day will be taking place from 1 - 14 November 2021. Please visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.
  • The department Postgraduate Open Day will be on 4 November 2021 from 1 - 5pm. The event will be held via Hopin and a link will be provided 48 hours before the start of the event for students to register.
  • Information from previous Open Day (November 2020)

Contact us

General admissions enquiries should be sent to any of the Admissions Offices in the Colleges who admit all undergraduate students and will be able to advise you on their entry requirements. If you have any further questions concerning the undergraduate degree please contact (or for postgraduate admissions) after you have checked the information on these pages.