University of Cambridge Computer Science

By | 5th May 2017

University of Cambridge Computer Science

Computer Science at Cambridge

Cambridge was a pioneer of computer science and continues to lead its development. There are more than 1,000 specialist computing and advanced technology companies and commercial laboratories in the area (known as ‘Silicon Fen’), and many support our teaching and employ our students.

Our course is broad and deep – giving skills to create future technology. All aspects of modern computer science are covered, along with the underlying theory and foundations in economics, law and business. You also develop practical skills, such as programming (in various languages, eg ML, Java, C/C++, Prolog) and hardware systems (eg chip design using Verilog).

Facilities and work experience

Our students benefit from the Computer Laboratory’s cutting-edge research and extensive facilities. The purpose-built Computer Laboratory is packed with the latest technology, advanced lecture theatres, dedicated practical rooms, a well-stocked library, and even a café.

Group projects during the course, where small teams of students deliver a product to an external client, ensure relevant industrial experience. Projects often lead to commercialisation, licensing or employment.

Accreditation

Our course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and contributes towards professional membership (MBCS, MIET) and chartered status (CEng, CSci, CITP).

Additional course costs

Year 1

  • Required: A University approved scientific calculator – Estimated cost £17
  • Strongly recommended: Copies of core textbooks for Part IA options (students that don’t have their own copies may be disadvantaged) – Estimated cost £150
  • Strongly recommended: Laptop – a modern entry-level laptop is sufficient but we would recommend dedicating at least half of the main drive to a bootable Linux system, such as Ubuntu – Estimated cost £300

Year 2

  • Strongly recommended: Copies of core textbooks for Part IB options (students that don’t have their own copies may be disadvantaged), number/costs dependent on options chosen – Estimated cost £150

Year 3

  • Strongly recommended: Copies of core textbooks for Part II options (students that don’t have their own copies may be disadvantaged), number/costs dependent on options chosen – Estimated cost £150-£250

Year 4

  • Strongly recommended: Copies of core textbooks for Part III options (students that don’t have their own copies may be disadvantaged), number/costs dependent on options chosen – Estimated cost £150-£250

The syllabus booklet – containing descriptions of lecture courses and recommended textbooks – can be downloaded from the Computer Laboratory website and contact the Faculty for advice and details about costs.