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Computer Science

A course on the cutting edge of its research, but with the university’s unique focus on the theoretical side.
βŒ›οΈLast updated: July 7, 2020, 1:03 p.m.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Computer Science.


Overview πŸ”— A good overview of the course with an outline of its structure and options.

More detail on admissions πŸ”— 🌟 This provides more information on typical offers for the course and subject requirements.

Alternative Prospectus πŸ”— This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Oxford Student Union; it’s written based on students’ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as a Computer Science student is like, compared to official materials.


The first year of the course covers the basic algorithmic skills required to understand the building blocks of code, progressing later to specialisation in fields such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

Faculty YouTube video πŸ”— A YouTube video produced by the Computer Science department about the course.

Computer Science group projects πŸ”— 🌟 A couple of students discuss the practical projects they completed as part of the undergraduate course.

Application Resources

Computer Science admissions page πŸ”— Check out the Maths Admissions Test (MAT) and Interview tabs on the left hand side, as well as the student experiences.

Maths Admissions Test information πŸ”— All applicants to Computer Science courses are required to take the Maths Admissions Test (MAT).

Reading Lists πŸ”— These are the reading lists for the papers that first-years take. Don’t be intimidated by how long they are; they’re intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly no one reads everything anyway.

FAQ πŸ”— 🌟 Some useful answers to common questions about the application process.

Sample interview questions πŸ”— Remember that it is very unlikely that these exact questions will come up in your interview, but these should give you an idea of the kinds of questions to expect.

InsideUni Computer Science interview experiences πŸ”— 🌟 Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. We’re biased, but we think they’re useful!

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