Computer Science

The information below is provisional for entry in 2025.

Entry Details

  • Typical intake per year:  6-8

  • Minimum offer level
    A Level:  A*A*A
    IB:  41-42 points with 776 at Higher Level

  • Subject requirements
    A Level:  A Level Mathematics and AS or A Level Further Mathematics if your school offers it, with A* in at least one of A Level Mathematics or A Level Further Mathematics
    IB:  7 in Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches

  • Useful preparation: Computer Science, Physics.

    If your school offers Further Mathematics to AS or A level, you should take it.  

    Additional mathematics is helpful and all candidates are strongly encouraged to take up opportunities to develop their skills, such as by participating in olympiads or accessing the online resources in the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme.

Course Outline

The Cambridge Computer Science course brings together disciplines including mathematics, engineering, the natural sciences, psychology and linguistics.  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 in areas such as programming and hardware systems.

Information about the course structure, departmental teaching arrangements, offered topics and options can be found on the University of Cambridge website: Computer Science Course Outline

Computer Science at Queens'

Welcoming and supportive atmosphere from peers and Directors of Studies, weekly subject meetings, compsci formals and many more, only at Queens’. Definitely THE BEST College for computer science at Cambridge.

The College supports your study on an individual basis and provides teaching in small groups of two or three students, known as supervisions.  We aim to admit between six and eight Computer Science undergraduates every year.  This number provides a supportive cohort of Computer Science students, which we encourage to work together, while being small enough that we can support every student individually. Students typically participate in three or four hours of small-group supervisions a week. These supervisions are delivered by Queens’ teaching staff, complemented by researchers based in the Department.

We actively pursue wider interests in the subject: in addition to supervisions at Queens’, we run a general meeting once a week for all Computer Scientists. Recent activities have included collaborative programming challenges, summer internship reports, and short project talks from undergraduates as well as researchers from the Department.

We provide every first- and second-year student with a copy of the core course text books. Books are returned at the end of the year for use by the next group of students. Queens’ and the University have well-stocked libraries to support students in the third and fourth year.

We are passionate about high-quality teaching and education. For example, two of Queens’ teaching staff have a leading role in the construction and delivery of the teaching platform, which is funded by the UK’s Department for Education to support and improve Computer Science teaching in all English schools.

Computer Science at Queens' is supported by the Robin Walker Fund.

When your education is the same regardless of College, what makes Queens’ the uncontested best for Computer Science? Well it’s our distinctive, close-knit community of students and academics! Everyone is your friend, and it makes studying here an absolute joy. I love it here.

Academic and Teaching Staff

  Professor Alastair Beresford (Robin Walker Fellow), see also Alastair Beresford | Department of Computer Science and Technology

  Professor Neil Lawrence, see also Neil Lawrence | Department of Computer Science and Technology

  Dr Challenger Mishra, see also Dr Challenger Mishra | Department of Computer Science and Technology

Man in a suit with a white backdrop  Dr.-Ing. Jasmin Jahić, see also Jasmin Jahic | Department of Computer Science and Technology

  Dr Ramsey Faragher

  Professor Andrew Rice

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