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Computer science is a fast-moving field that brings together disciplines including mathematics, engineering, the natural sciences, psychology and linguistics. Students develop practical skills, such as programming (in various languages, e.g. ML, Java, C/C++, Prolog) and hardware systems (e.g. chip design using Verilog).

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'). About half of our students go on to work in the computer industry, while a fifth pursue further study and careers in teaching and research. Many graduates have founded companies or gained employment in software, hardware, the games industry, finance, communications and commerce. 


Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Typical offers require

  • A Level: A*A*A
  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level 

For other qualifications, see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website.

Course Requirements

  • Required: A Level/IB Higher Level (or equivalent) in Mathematics

  • Highly recommended: Further Mathematics*, Computer Science and/or Physics

  • ALevel applicants are encouraged to take A Level Further Mathematics if available.

*A-Level Further Mathematics is very strongly encouraged. If unavailable or you’ve recognised its desirability too late, we’d advise you to do as much additional pure maths and decision maths as possible, e.g. by studying Further Mathematics AS-Level, or by using online resources covering advanced material such as the STEP Support Programme, NRICH, and the Advanced Maths Support Programme. Good performance in maths competitions can be a positive aspect of an application.

Mature students and those taking other qualifications are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office, to discuss the entry requirements for their qualifications.

Number of students 

We aim to admit around two students per year.

Admissions Assessment

Students applying for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in 2022 are required to take the Test of Mathematics for University Admissions (TMUA) at an authorised assessment centre (usually their school or college) for which they must be registered by 30 September 2022. Information on the TMUA, including test dates, costs, and how to prepare and register, can be found here

Written Work

Applicants are not typically asked to submit examples of written work. 

For more information