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Department of Computer Science and Technology


Potential applicants should go to the Postgraduate Admissions application information in the first instance.

  Those who are applying for one of the department's PhD studentships and RA'ships, you should use the deadline published on the individual job listing.

For those applicants who have not secured external scholarships and who wish to be considered for the various University and Cambridge Trusts' funding competitions, applications for the academic year commencing October 2021 open early September 2020. The deadline for submission of complete applications is 3rd December 2020. Applicants who have secured scholarships funded externally may apply up to the end of June 2021. Nonetheless, we recommend submission of the complete application as early as possible.



Applications for admission in October 2021 will open in early September 2020 and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applications submitted between mid-May 2021 and 30 June 2021 will be considered if there is a named potential supervisor who has invited the application, if the application is complete, and if funding is readily available.

Applicants should refer to the Postgraduate Admissions page for links to the application portal, deadlines, guidance and information.

Please note the following:

  • Applications for funding support from the University and Cambridge Trusts must be submitted earlier than the deadline above: see University funding deadlines.
  • Research students are admitted to the Certificate of Postgraduate Studies in Computer Science (see CPGS) in the first instance.
  • Applicants will also need to include a brief research abstract within the section of the application form which asks for a research topic and to indicate a potential supervisor's name.
  • Please note that there is an application fee.
  • Applications are considered as they are received.

Please note that your application can only be considered by the department once it has been submitted. Your application can only be submitted if it is complete.
You will be able to upload all your supporting material including a research proposal and the same time as submitting the application form. It is therefore very important to have all your supporting material, including agreement from your referees to provide you with references, your transcripts and research project proposal, ready before you start the application.

Funding competitions and grants

Applicants wishing to be considered for funding competitions should check their eligibility on the University-wide Sources of Funding web page.

The application portal acts as a scholarship funding application as well as an application for admission. In most cases, no further funding application form is required. There are some exceptions, however: we recommend checking the Student Funding webpage which provides information about other grants for students applying to Cambridge and their closing dates.

The current costs of a PhD are available from the Student Registry's Graduate Course Costs and Fee Status page. You will need sufficient funding to cover the University Tuition Fee, and at least the minimum maintenance for three years.

Once again, if you wish to apply for one of the department's PhD studentships and RA'ships, you should use the deadline published on the individual job listing.

Home and EU Students

The Laboratory makes awards to UK and eligible EU students both from funds supplied, for example the EPSRC Doctoral Training grant, and from its own funds such as the Premium Studentship. In the year starting October 2019, the department will help to fund seven research students from its Doctoral Training grant. These funds are limited and we encourage applicants to seek other funding, for example scholarships from their home countries, to come to Cambridge. The Funding Panel considers all successful applicants for funding awards within its gift and submits the names of highly ranked home and EU students to the Cambridge Trusts.

The Laboratory may also have positions associated with industrial collaborations and particular research projects. Such studentships are advertised on the University's Jobs web page.

International students

Very highly ranked international students will be considered for nomination to the Gates Cambridge Trust and Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme (CISS) competitions.

The department will contact applicants directly about its internal awards such as the Premium Studentship.

It is worth noting that full funding must be secured before starting a course at Cambridge. Most of the scholarships will not accept applications from students who are already in residence. Do not assert that you will be able to support yourself and hope that something else will turn up once you are in Cambridge.

Admission conditions

The Faculty's Degree Committee makes recommendations to offer places to successful applicants via the University's central Graduate Admissions Office, the only body with the authority to make an offer of a place as a graduate student. Offers from Graduate Admissions are usually conditional. A deadline will be set by which date all conditions must be met and, once met, the offer is confirmed by the Graduate Admissions Office.

Standard conditions include securing sufficient funding for three years to meet the financial conditions of the University and College membership. Additionally, applicants may be asked to achieve a certain grade in their current studies; to take or retake an English Language proficiency test; and any other conditions the Graduate Admissions Office might apply.

Successful applicants who have applied online may be required to send original documents to the University's Graduate Admissions Office for validation. We strongly recommend the use of a reputable courier and that you obtain a tracking number.


Please contact the department's Postgraduate Education Manager with any questions not answered above.

Email: Graduate Education Manager

Department of Computer Science and Technology
William Gates Building
15 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD

Tel: +44 1223 334656 (NB currently not accessible due to remote working)

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Academic Division
Student Services Centre
Bene't Street, New Museums Site
Cambridge, CB2 3PT, U.K.