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Department of Computer Science and Technology



To be eligible for the Research Ready programme, you will need to meet the following criteria:

    Essential criteria (all required)

  1. have, or expect to have and be able to prove right to live and work full time in the UK for the duration of the programme;
  2. you are currently undertaking or have completed an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a related subject at a UK or Irish university;
  3. have an interest in undertaking a research postgraduate degree.

    Academic criteria (all required)

  1. be on track to achieve or have achieved a final undergraduate degree grade of a high 2:1 or First in computer science, or a related subject;
  2. have not completed or hold an offer for postgraduate study.

Note: if you have already received an offer for postgraduate research study or have completed a postgraduate research degree, you are not eligible to apply for the programme. You will be asked to confirm this when applying and accepting your offer. 

    Widening participation criteria (at least one required)

  1. be in the first generation of your family to study at undergraduate level;  
  2. have entered university at undergraduate level from a care background or a Foyer resident;   
  3. have been a young carer under the age of 18 or currently have caring responsibilities;  (i.e. providing support for a family member who has a physical or mental health condition, or misuses substances) 
  4. be estranged from their parents/guardians;   
  5. have been in receipt of free school meals at secondary school;   
  6. be in receipt of full state support for maintenance for their course of undergraduate study;   
  7. be a mature undergraduate student (aged 21 or over on the first day of an undergraduate course)    
  8. would be a mature postgraduate student (aged 25 or over on the first day of a postgraduate course) 
  9. be either a single parent, or lone guardian of a young person who is aged under 18 and/or is still in full-time education;   
  10. have refugee status.

In addition. we particularly encourage applications from students who:

  1. identify as Black or Mixed Black, Bangladeshi or Mixed Bangladeshi, Pakistani or Mixed Pakistani;
  2. identify as female or non-binary;  
  3. are not studying/studied at a Russell Group university.  

The University of Cambridge is committed to widening participation in postgraduate studies. The University will be using positive action under the Equality Act 2010, where appropriate, to tackle the underrepresentation of certain groups in postgraduate study within the Department of Computer Science and Technology.