Computer Science is a rapidly changing and exciting field where systems can develop from research ideas to global deployments in a matter of months. The course is constantly updated to include cutting-edge topics: in the last few years quantum computing and bioinformatics have been introduced alongside existing coverage of emerging topics in artificial intelligence, electronic security, and very high speed networking.
Cambridge was a pioneer of Computer Science and continues to lead its development. There are over 1,000 specialist computing and advanced technology companies and commercial laboratories in the area (known as ‘Silicon Fen’). Many support teaching at the University and employ its students.
Computer Science at Churchill
Churchill is the biggest college for Computer Science in Cambridge, in terms of numbers of current undergraduates. We aim to offer 20 to 30 places each year to students who will thrive on a combination of teaching in the Computer Laboratory and within the College. Churchill consistently ranks very highly in the exams and its graduates can be found leading research and industry around the world.
Teaching at Churchill is supported by the broad experience and expertise of Computer Laboratory staff, Fellows of the College, PhD students and graduates. This would give you the opportunity to discuss topics in Computer Science with the researchers defining the subject and with those practicing it every day in industry at companies (such as Google and Microsoft). You could develop this into summer internships with one of the Cambridge- or London-based companies with which Churchill maintains close contact, especially since such opportunities often lead to gainful employment after graduation.
There are three current teaching Fellows in Computer Science at Churchill: individuals whose experience in academia and industry has been recognised by the College. Their areas of specialisation cover most of the Tripos and, between them, they provide a substantial proportion of the College’s teaching. As a student here, you would benefit from this regular contact with the College’s Fellowship and the opportunities this provides. You would likely have three to five supervisions per week. Supervisions in Churchill are also given by senior PhD students and graduates now working in local industry.
For more information and for all admissions enquiries, please contact the Admissions Office.