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What is Part III?

Part III is similar to the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science (the ACS). The ACS comprises twelve modules, while Part III comprises nine modules of material: five taught modules and a project, worth four modules. The modules are shared with the ACS and almost all of next year's ACS modules will be available to Part III students. The exceptions are those ACS modules which contain significant overlap with material from earlier years of the Tripos. There are no compulsory modules in Part III.

How do I apply?

Any student wishing to take Part III must complete, sign, and submit an application form (please print all pages)and an Indicative module selection and project proposal. The completion of the module selection will be for internal planning purposes only and will not have an impact on whether students are allowed to progress to Part III or not.

Entrance to Part III is conditional on results in Part II, as explained on the application form. The standard criterion is that you must get a First in Part II of the Computer Science Tripos.

Applications should be submitted by the division of Lent term (13 February). We are asking for your applications to be submitted before you sit your Part II exams, so that we can give decisions as soon as possible after the Part II results come out.

When will I hear?

Students applying for Part III will be told whether they are on the course a few days after the Part II results come out. If you are successful in getting onto the Part III course it is vital that you do not graduate in June. Doing so will stop you from being an undergraduate and therefore make you ineligible to read Part III. Successful completion of Part III will lead to you being awarded your BA and your MEng at the same time in the following June or July.

Who is eligible?

Part III is available only to students who have read Part II of the Computer Science Tripos. A student who has read another Tripos at Cambridge may be able to make a special case; they will need to talk to their College Tutor.

Can I apply for a PhD in the same year as applying for Part III?

Yes. Cambridge students may apply for any or all of Part III, the ACS, and the PhD simultaneously. The funding for each is different. Students are most likely to receive funding for the Part III (see below), and some may consider the Part III as a backup plan if their application for one of the other courses is unsuccessful or unfunded. Students who did not graduate in June (see above), but who then get accepted onto the ACS or PhD programme, can graduate with their BA in October, shortly after starting the ACS or PhD.

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