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Department of Computer Science and Technology


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

An applicant who has secured full external funding may apply for admission as a research student up until 30 June 2018 (to commence October 2018). Those who are applying for one of the Computer Laboratory's PhD studentships and RA'ships should use the deadline published on the individual job listing.

For those applicants who have not secured external scholarships, applications for admission in October 2018 will open on 1 September 2017, and the deadline for submission of complete applications is 6 December 2017.


Applicants are expected to have

  • a very good degree (in the UK a First Class Honours degree) in Computer Science or a related subject;
  • a masters-level degree (or other post-graduate work) is increasingly desirable; some PhD applicants may find prior study of our MPhil in Advanced Computer Science useful;
  • a Research Proposal;
  • a good IELTS or TOEFL score is also required where an English language qualification is necessary.

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 Computer Laboratory's Graduate Education Manager with any questions not answered above.

Email: Graduate Education Manager

Computer Laboratory
William Gates Building
15 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD

Tel: +44 1223 334656

Graduate Admissions Office
Academic Division
17 Mill Lane
Cambridge, UK


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