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Department of Computer Science and Technology

Computer Science students at the University of Cambridge

There will be two Virtual Open Days this week, on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July, where would-be undergraduates can find out what it’s like to study Computer Science here.

Offering an admissions talk, a sample lecture and the chance to ask questions about studying here, the Computer Science Open Days are aimed at prospective applicants in Year 12 (or equivalent) and prospective mature applicants (aged 21 or over). 

They take place as part of the wider University Open Days that additionally offer opportunities to visit the colleges virtually and find out about student life and finance.

The Open Days will take place on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July, and booking is now open. Please note, in order to attend, you will need to book your place. To do so, please complete this booking form.

During our Virtual Open Days, you can come on a virtual visit to the department and find out about the Computer Science course (or Tripos, as it’s called here) and about the application process. You will be able to hear the Computer Science admissions talk. This is normally given in a lecture theatre here, but this year it will be pre-recorded instead and made available for the whole of the week of the Open Days. 

The talk will be given by Dr Rob Harle who will explain the admissions process, the structure of the Computer Science Tripos, the projects students undertake at different stages of the Tripos, and the skills they learn along the way.

There will also be the opportunity to hear a sample lecture, to get a flavour of learning here in the department. And we are offering a Q&A facility during the Virtual Open Days so attendees can get answers to any questions they have.

We will do our best to answer attendees' questions directly, but we will also have a live 'Q&A' web page that we will be updating over the course of the two open days and afterwards, showing answers to the questions that we are asked. We will be accepting emailed questions up to 5pm on Friday 3rd July.

For those unable to attend an Open Day, you can find lots of useful information in our undergraduate admissions brochure.

You may also be interested in the example pathways that show how students with different specialisms or interests could progress through the course.


Published by Rachel Gardner on Sunday 21st June 2020