Research course

Computer Science

University of Cambridge · The Computer Laboratory

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a very good degree (in the UK a First Class Honours degree) in Computer Science or a related subject, or performance at Distinction level in a conversion course, for instance the Laboratory's Diploma in Computer Science, or a Master's course.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

The PhD is the only research degree in the Laboratory. There is no compulsory taught component. Students work for three years on an individual research topic agreed with a member of staff who acts as a supervisor. A dissertation is submitted shortly thereafter and is the only material examined.

Department specialisms

Automated Reasoning; Natural Language and Information Processing; Programming; Computer Graphics and Interaction; Architecture and Electronic CAD; Security; Networks; Operating Systems; Theory and Semantics; Machine Learning.

Information for international students

English language proficiency essential.

Fees and funding

Industry; EPSRC studentship; Gates, Cambridge Trust or National scholarship; Grant-attached studentship; Private.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Student Administration Manager
+44 (0)1223 334656
+44 (0)1223 334678