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Department of Computer Science and Technology


Undergraduate courses

  • At Cambridge, the undergraduate course is called the Computer Science Tripos. It is a three-year or four-year course. Students graduating after three years receive the BA honours degree. Students achieving a high standard in the third year can stay for a fourth year and receive both the BA and Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees.
  • In-person Open Days will take place on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July 2024, offering an opportunity to visit this Department, meet students and staff here and attend a sample lecture. Alongside these Open Days, the University will run Warm-Up Webinars, covering topics such as applying to Cambridge, how to pick your College and financial support available during your studies. Places must be booked in advance. You can book your place here.
  • There will also be a smaller University Open Day on Friday 13 September 2024.

Masters course

Doctoral course

  • The PhD in Computer Science is the primary research degree that can be taken here. 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

  • Cambridge University Open days for postgraduate students will take place 4-15 November 2024We will add more details about our own Open Day session closer to the time. This will interest 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. 

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.

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Undergraduate admissions

Postgraduate admissions


Undergraduate entry requirements

Entry requirements for Computer Science

Accepted qualifications

International entry requirements

Choosing a college: It is the Colleges (where students live and have small group teaching sessions called supervisions) that are responsible for undergraduate admissions. Once you've chosen your course, you need to choose a college.