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Undergraduate Study

BA Computer Science Tripos


Course Overview

Computer science is a fast-moving field that brings together disciplines, including mathematics, programming, engineering, the natural sciences, psychology and linguistics. Our course provides you with skills highly prized in industry and for research.
After completing three years of the Computer Science Tripos, you will be awarded your BA degree.  Some students also go on to study for a fourth year, giving them the opportunity to graduate with an additional Masters of Engineering (MEng) qualification.

The College is ideally situated for students of Computer Science, being one of the closest to the splendid new Computer Laboratory facility on the West Cambridge site. There are usually a number of undergraduates and affiliated students, with a similar number of PhD students mixing freely in a supportive and cooperative environment. 

The Director of Studies is associated with the Computer Laboratory and gives final year lectures.  Complementary to the formal academic teaching, St Edmund's Computer Science students will also gain an insight into the commercial world, in particular the mechanics and culture of start-up companies.

If you are considering studying a course from another subject alongside Computer Science, there are two options available to you:
75% Option: Here, 75% of your first year is spent studying computer science, 25% studying mathematics. You sit three Computer Science papers (Papers 1, 2 and 3) and the Natural Science mathematics paper at the end of your first year.
50% Option: This option involves studying 50% computer science, 25% mathematics and an option worth 25%. The option is selected from a range of courses, including Physics. You sit two Computer Science papers (Papers 1 and 2), the Natural Science mathematics paper, and the exam paper for your chosen option. You would then take Computer Science Paper 3 in your second year.  For more information about first year options, please visit the Computer Science Faculty webpages.

There is further information about the course on the University and Faculty webpages.

Entry Requirements

St Edmund's would expect all applicants for Computer Science to have a strong background in Mathematics, with at least an A Level or equivalent in Mathematics.  If you intend to apply for Computer Science with Mathematics, it is likely that you will be asked to sit the STEP I paper as part of your conditions.

For many of the first year options, an A Level or equivalent in the relavent subject is required.

At-Interview Assessment

All applicants for Computer Science are required to take the Computer Science Admissions Test (CSAT) at interview, if interviewed.  The test will be maths-based, and 100 minutes long.  You do not need to register or be registered in advance for the assessment at interview – we will provide details of arrangements in the letters inviting applicants to interview.
Please note that your performance in the assessment at interview will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.
For Computer Science candidates interviewed overseas, a written Maths assessment will be administered by the overseas interviewing team instead of the CSAT. This will then be made available to the Cambridge College along with the overseas interview report.