M.Phil. On Campus

Advanced Computer Science

University of Cambridge

9 months
37815 GBP/year
15735 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Advanced Computer Science programme is offered by the University of Cambridge. The aim of the course is to provide preparation appropriate for undertaking a PhD programme in computer science. 


The Advanced Computer Science programme offered by the University of Cambridge aims to:

  • Give students, with relevant experience at the first-degree level, the opportunity to carry out directed research in the discipline;
  • Give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests;
  • Provide preparation appropriate for undertaking a PhD programme in computer science;
  • Provide the Faculty with an extended period in which to train students and then to judge the suitability of students for PhD study; and
  • Offer a qualification that is valuable and highly marketable in its own right that equips its graduates with the skills and expertise to play leading roles in industrial and public-sector research.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, the students will have:
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their chosen area
  • Demonstrated some originality in the application of knowledge, together with an understanding of how research and inquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their chosen area
  • Shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies
  • Demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research


The minimum requirement for continuation to the PhD programme in computer science is that MPhil students achieve an overall pass in the taught modules and, separately, the project. The pass mark is 60 per cent; however, higher minimum requirements may be set at the discretion of the Department and Degree Committee.  Continuation to the PhD degree is dependent on the approval of the Department and Degree Committee.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theoretical and practical areas 
  • Instilling the elements of research practice
Thesis / Dissertation
  • All students submit a research project on a topic approved by the Degree Committee, of no more than 15,000 words (excluding bibliography, photographs, diagrams and data listings, but including narrative text in tables, captions, footnotes, and appendices).
  • Individual modules may include a final assessment piece by an essay or a mini-project report of up to 4,000 words.
  • Individual modules may include weekly assignments of up to 1,500 words.
  • Individual modules may be assessed by written in-class test or by take-home test.
  • The Degree Committee will publish a list of available modules in each year, with accompanying information about the form of assessment for each module.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

An application is only complete when:

  • you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  • you have paid the £75 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  • your referees have provided their references.

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37815 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37815 GBP per year during 9 months.
  • National

    15735 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15735 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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