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Computer Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #3 (WUR) ,
The PhD is the primary research degree that can be taken in the Computer Laboratory. The Cambridge PhD is a three-year programme of individual research on a topic agreed by the student and the Laboratory, under the guidance of a staff member as the student's supervisor.

About

All research students are admitted to read for the PhD Degree on a probationary basis and most will be registered for the Certificate of Postgraduate Study (CPGS) in the first instance. During this year students may do some additional coursework and will write a research report that is likely to form the foundation of the eventual PhD dissertation. The CPGS will involve four components:

  • Research Skills training
  • Practical work
  • Research report of no more than 10,000 words
  • Attendance at a research workshops and research seminars.

At the end of the third term and on completion of the CPGS, students whose performance indicates that they would be able to complete a PhD in reasonable time will be upgraded to PhD status. A student who is not upgraded to PhD status will normally be awarded the CPGS (as will a student who is upgraded to PhD status) but will leave before submitting a PhD dissertation.

Students are expected to complete the substance of their research by the end of their third year, submitting their thesis then or within a few months.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Thesis

The PhD is assessed through the examination of a dissertation, including an oral ("viva voce") examination. The dissertation must not exceed 60,000 words including footnotes, tables and equations, but excluding appendices, bibliography, photographs and diagrams.

  • Essays

All candidates for the PhD Degree are admitted on a probationary basis. In the Department of Computer Science, probationary students are registered, in the first instance, for the Certificate of Postgraduate Studies. At the end of the first academic year, a formal assessment of progress is made. This takes the form of a single document of no more than 10,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, bibliography and appendices.

The document is principally an extended PhD proposal. That is, a document that demonstrates a clear path from the candidate's current position to a complete PhD dissertation at the end of the third year. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: First Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to First Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Academic References
  • Transcripts
  • Research Proposal
  • Gates Cambridge References
  • Funding Letter
  • Evidence of Competence in English
  • GRE Scores
  • CV/Resumé
  • Written Work

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29343 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29343 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8337 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8337 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 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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