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Department of Computer Science and Technology


Information for students 2019-20

Welcome to the Computer Science Tripos

Full information about your courses is available at where you can find the timetables, individual course details and tick and project deadlines.


Course dates

Michaelmas term

IA Pre-arrival course This should be completed by the start of term.
Notify Department of IA student option decision Final - Tuesday 1st October 2019
IA (75) first Database lecture 11am Thursday 10th October 2019
IA Registration (all students inc NST taking Paper 1) 2pm Thursday 10th October 2019
IA Scientific Computing practicals All CST students attend - briefing lecture Thursday 28th November 4pm in LT1
IA Christmas vacation IA CST students should complete ML tick 5 and submit before the start of Lent term
Part II Project proposal deadline 12 noon Friday 25th October


Lent term

IB Group project presentations Wednesday 4th March
Part IA and Part IB tick deadlines See course websites for interim deadlines and HoD notices


Easter term

Part II dissertation submission 12 noon Friday 8th May. A PDF by electronic submission on Moodle
All years - Tripos written exams  1st - 4th June 2020
Publication of IB and Part II classlists  19 June 2020
Publication of IA classlist  30 June 2020


Workload and expectations

Term time

Each of years 1 to 3 of the Computer Science Tripos is organised in four strands and the amount of work in each strand ranges from 8 to 12 hours per week, meaning that, in the most intense periods of study, you would be expected to be working 48 hours a week.Typically, per strand, this might 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.


2.5 hours per weekday


84 hours of exam revision, 4 hours of exam supervisions, 12 hours of examinations.

Practical work

Details of practical ticks can be found in Head of Department notices. 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 around the first week in June. You can find exam timetables and other information, including the structure of the exam papers and formal notices about deadlines for practical work. Here's some useful information and tips on how to be successful in your exams.

Lecture attendance

Part IA and IB students are expected to attend all lectures. In Part II you specialise and select your courses (see guidance below). Only students who have been given permission may record lectures so please do not make recordings unless the lecturer has given you permission.

Student reps

The Computer Lab Staff and Student Consultative Forum (SSCOF) meets twice termly. Do contact your rep with any suggestions or problems. The Lab is always ready to listen. Find your rep’s contact details. There are also student reps on the CL Faculty Board.