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Department of Computer Science and Technology


Information for undergraduate students 2023-24

Important dates

Michaelmas term

Wednesday 4 October   1.45pm-4.15pm, LT1 and Intel Lab Part 1A Registration and ice-breaker
Wednesday 4 October 3-3.30pm, LT1 Part 1B Briefing
Wednesday 4 October 3.30-4pm, LT1 Part II Briefing
Tuesday 24th October 09-11am, FW26 Research ethics and GDPR seminar - for Part II students, Postgrads and Postdocs. There is limited space on this seminar, please sign up here if you would like to attend.
Monday 13 November 10-11am, LT1 Part 1B Group Project Lecture with Dr Rob Harle
Thursday 19th October 2-3pm, LT1 Part 1A Library Induction. This session is to introduce libraries you can assess, finding resources, where to find Library help and Library tools to help you.

Friday 27th October

3- 4pm, The Old Library (GN06) Part II Literature Searching with the Librarians
Tuesday 31st October 10- 11am, LT2

The PhD -how to apply talk- For Part II students, Part III amd Mphil students

Lent term

Thursday 18 January 11am-12noon, LT1 Part 1B Group project kick-off Lecture
Monday 22nd January 2 -3pm, West 2, West Hub Part II Presentation Skills with the Librarians
Tuesday 13 February   Deadline for applications for Part III
Thursday 15th February 2-3pm West 2, West Hub Part 1B Presentation skills sessions UTBS sign up, link to follow.
Friday 1 March 11-12noon, LT1 Part II Project dissertation Lecture 'How to Write a Dissertation', with previous Chair of Examiners for Part II
Wednesday 14 March 11am-12noon, LT1 Part 1B Group Projects announcement of results and prizes

Easter term

Friday 10 May 12noon Part II Project dissertation submission
Thursday 23 May 2-3pm, LT1 Part II Project Lecture for the 1B students with the Director of Undergraduate Teaching
Wednesday 22 May 12noon-1pm, Lecture Theatre A, Art School Part 1A Examination Lecture with Chair of Examiners for 1A

All coursework deadlines (for Part 1A/1B ticks and Part II Units of Assessment) can be found in the Head of Department announcements.

University term dates

The Academic Year commences on 1 October and finishes on 30 September each year - see here for full term dates.

Workload and expectations

Term time

Each year of the Computer Science course is organised into four strands and the amount of work in each strand ranges from 8 to 12 hours per week. This translates to 48 hours a week in the most intense periods of study. Typically, per strand, this would likely be 3 hours of lectures, 2 hours private preparation for lectures, 1 supervision, 3 hours of private preparation for supervision, and 3 hours of practical work (including preparation for the practical).


84 hours of exam revision, 4 hours of exam supervisions, 6-12 hours of examinations (varies for each year group).

Practical work

Details and deadlines for Part 1A/1B ticks can be found in the Head of Department announcements. Further information can be found on individual course websites. Some practicals are run as drop-in sessions whilst others require attendance. Do read the course guidance carefully.

Exams advice

The main exams take place in June. You can find exam timetables and other information here, including the structure of the exam papers and formal notices about deadlines for practical work together with some useful information and tips on how to be successful in your exams.

Lecture attendance

All CST students are expected to attend all lectures in-person where possible. Lectures will be recorded and distributed according to the Department's Lecture Recording Policy.

Blended learning guidance

The Department plans to provide as much in-person teaching as possible during the 2022-23 academic year.  We feel strongly that our teaching should remain rooted in residential, in-person delivery.  However, there may be occasions where this in-person teaching is blended with online activities where it is considered a better or more suitable educational experience.  

The University has produced four short videos to help you make the most of blended learning:  

  1. What to Expect 
  2. Approaching Blended Content 
  3. Structure and Routine 
  4. Wellbeing

Student Representative

The department Staff and Student Consultative Forum (SSCoF) meets twice termly. Do contact your Student Representative with any suggestions or problems you feel should be discussed at the meeting. Find your Rep’s contact details here.