Computer Science

Computer Science has quickly become indispensable, supporting and extending the abilities of individuals across many diverse disciplines and industries. It is a particularly exciting time to be studying computer science and computer scientists continue to be in very high demand. It provides the tools to help us tackle some of the world's toughest problems and continues to develop quickly, e.g. with recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and machine learning, rapidly improving hardware capabilities, and the ability to represent an ever greater fraction of our world digitally.  A computer science degree provides a lasting, broad and solid foundation to help you contribute and innovate to help solve important problems.

First-year papers include foundations of computer science (taught in OCaml), Java and object-oriented programming, operating systems, and digital electronics, graphics, interaction design and Mathematics. The second and third years of the Computer Science course cover a full range of hardware, software and application areas; include Group and Individual projects and advanced topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computation, Security, e-Commerce and Complexity Theory.

The Computer Science Faculty website provides more guidance and information. 

Computer Science at Peterhouse

Peterhouse does not operate a fixed quota of places in Computer Science, but tends to admit 1 or 2 students each year. Professor Robert Mullins is the Director of Studies for Peterhouse as well as St John's College.

Course Requirements

Mathematics to A level (or equivalent) is required and Further Maths AS or A level (or equivalent) is desirable, as is either Physics or Chemistry. Computing A level (or equivalent) qualifications are not required, but may be useful once you get here.

The application process

All applicants for Computer Science across the University will be asked to sit a pre-interview written assessment (the TMUA) at their school, college or local testing centre. Registration for this assessment is required in advance. These will form part of our holistic assessment of candidates' achievements, abilities and potential and are no more, and no less important than any of the other pieces of information considered during the admissions process. Further information can be found on the University website.

Peterhouse also requires applicants who have been invited to interview to sit the CSAT

Candidates will usually have 2 interviews of 30 minutes each, focussing on mathematics and candidates' aptitude for the course.

Typical conditional offers

Our typical conditional offer for Computer Science is A*A*A at A level. IB offers are usually for a minimum of 40-42 points, to include 776 or 777 at Higher level in relevant subjects with grade 7 in Mathematics. Offers are designed to be realistic, taking into account individual circumstances, and to reflect potential and likely levels of achievement. Most of those who receive offers will attain the grades required.