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Computer Science

Girton is passionate about high quality computer science teaching and education

Why choose Computer Science at Girton?

At Girton we admit a small number of undergraduate computer science students per year who all join our wider computer science community. We actively encourage the pursuit of broader interests in the subject and as such the community meets at least twice per term for informal group sessions. These extracurricular sessions create a stronger sense of community and sometimes include visits from guest speakers, practical sessions, workshops or simply getting together to discuss how the course is going.

The main Girton facilities are just a short 10 minute cycle ride from the West Cambridge Site, which houses the Department of Computer Science and Technology, also known as the Computer Laboratory. The Computer Lab is where most of our lectures from world-class experts are held. Students also benefit from regular supervisions which are the small group teaching sessions organised by the colleges in addition to our extracurricular group sessions.

Girton is passionate about high quality teaching and education and an example of this is that our Director of Studies has worked on educational research projects such as and

Undergraduate Computer Science

  • No. of students admitted per year: 3-4
  • Entry requirements: All entry requirements are A-Level standard or equivalent, unless otherwise stated. Mathematics is essential. If your school teaches Computer Science we strongly recommend that you take it. If your school teaches Further Mathematics we strongly recommend that you take it. ICT is not a substitute for Computing or Computer Science. Physics is useful (but less so than Computer Science or Further Mathematics).
  • Typical offer: A*A*A
  • Assessment arrangements: All Cambridge candidates are required to take a 2 hour 30 minute written assessment (CTMUA) prior to interview. Candidates will sit the assessment in their school or college and must register by 15 October 2020. Further information about the written assessment can be found here
  • Interview arrangements: Usually 2 interviews. One interview will aim to understand your ability in mathematics and logical thinking. The second interview will assess your interest and motivation for studying Computer Science.

Computer Science undergraduate information

The Cambridge Computer Science Tripos enables students to explore a broad range of topics including algorithms, digital electronics, computer graphics, machine learning and software engineering. The course is highly distinguished on the world stage thanks to the breadth of topics covered as well as the depth of learning provided by the college supervision system.

The Department’s undergraduate admissions website contains lots of information on the benefits of studying Computer Science at Cambridge, the course content as well as employment prospects.

Computer Science postgraduate information

The Department of Computer Science and Technology offers a one-year MPhil in Advanced Computer Science. MPhil students are often closely linked with particular research groups, working alongside staff and PhD students on major research projects.

The fact that most graduate accommodation is located at Swirles Court in North West Cambridge makes Girton particularly convenient for Computer Science students, who can live just a 9 minute walk from the laboratory.

Research and postgraduate students are admitted to the University by the Board of Graduate Studies. You must therefore apply centrally and not to the College, however you must be admitted to a College to be able to study at the University. To ensure that this is Girton you need to indicate this on your application form.

Career destinations

Computer Science graduates are in very high demand since the skills we teach are so far reaching and transferable. An example of the high demand can be seen by the annual recruitment fair held at the Computer Laboratory. This attracts a large number of companies, from the well-known (Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft), to the less well-known, including software houses, games developers, and financial institutions. The number of graduate vacancies which employers aim to fill at this event is typically more than 5 times the number of Computer Science students. One hundred per cent of our graduates are employed with a graduate level job six months after graduation, and will often have had several offers.

A surprisingly large number of our graduates go on to start their own companies (and we’ll teach you how to do that too!)

Girton stories

Dr Ben Griffin

Official Fellow and Director of Studies in History

One of our History students once described Girton as ‘a safe place to be intellectually daring.’ That is precisely the environment that the History Fellows are committed to providing: a supportive, intellectually stimulating environment where we go the extra mile to ensure that everyone can fulfil their academic potential. The endowment of a History Fellowship at Girton has been transformative.