Academy Review: University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is a prestigious and well-renowned institution in Cambridge, England. It is the third oldest university in continual operation, with a rich history dating back to 1209. This institution was originally established for students of the University of Oxford who wanted to escape riots in Cambridge.
Cambridge is a ‘collegiate’ university with faculties and departments in different academic subjects. The University of Cambridge comprises 31 Colleges– this environment is a longstanding association that provides a sense of community post-graduation. The University and Colleges work together to provide the best possible experience for students. The University determines course content, sets and marks examinations, and awards degrees. Whereas, Colleges admit students and provide pastoral and academic support when needed.
Computer Science is the leading and only program in the Computing sector that the University of Cambridge offers. Currently, Computer Science course is offered in all the colleges of the University of Cambridge.
We at Cybernews Academy researched some notable alumni from the University of Cambridge include Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Sir David Attenborough, and Emma Thompson. These are only some examples of people who have made revolutionary contributions to the sciences and the arts.
- Sir Isaac Newton - one of the most influential scientists of his time for his discoveries in optics and mathematics.
- Charles Darwin - revolutionized the theory of evolution and natural selection.
- Sir David Attenborough - a world-renowned broadcaster and natural historian known for his documentaries featured on the BBC.
- Emma Thompson - known famously as an award-winning actress, screenwriter, and author.
- Sir Tim Bernews-Lee - a pioneering computer scientist who created the World Wide Web.He proposed this distributed information system and created the first web browser and server.
Cambridge is located in the county of Cambridgeshire, East of England. It’s approximately 80 kilometers north of London. It takes about 1,5 hours to travel from Cambridge to London by car and about 1,15 minutes by train.
Cambridge is famous not only for the university but also for the green parks and botanical gardens that surround the institution. We suggest visiting Jesus Green, Parker’s Piece, and Punting on the River, all located in the heart of Cambridge.
As the University of Cambridge has a large student population (over 20’000 students from all over the world) and the general population of Cambridge is estimated at over 150’000, the environment in Cambridge is electric. Here are some things that you can do in Cambridge as a student:
As the University of Cambridge has a large student population (over 20’000 students from all over the world) and the general population of Cambridge is estimated at over 150’000, the environment in Cambridge is electric. Here are some things that you can do in Cambridge as a student.
- Cambridge Market Square - Cambridge Market Square is the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere and shop for fresh produce, crafts, and fantastic street food.
- Student Societies - The University of Cambridge offers various student societies. No matter what your interests are, you will be able to find something to do. Academic clubs, sports, arts, and culture are just some of the societies you can choose from.
- Pubs and Bars - There are many pubs, bars, and restaurants where you can wind down after a long day. Some include Fitzbilies Cafe, Nanna Mexico, and Bould Brothers Coffee.
- Museums - There are also fantastic museums to visit. For example, you could visit the Fitzwilliam Museum of Arts and Antiques or the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
At the University of Cambridge, rather than choosing halls of residence, students usually live in their colleges for three years. Some colleges offer students to stay for four years of their studies. Most students will be guaranteed a place of residence at their college.
The university housing is usually situated close to the college– once you have been offered a place at the University of Cambridge, you will receive information about your accommodation.
Computing study programs
The University of Cambridge offers only one program - Computer Science. All of the University of Cambridge colleges in 2023 offer this course.
Here is the basic structure of the program:
You will complete four assessed papers and three compulsory subjects in your first year. These include Java and project-oriented programming, operating systems, graphics, and interaction design.
You will complete four papers comprised of these four subjects:
- Theory - includes computation theory
- Systems - includes computer networking
- Programming - includes programming in C/C++
- Human aspects - includes Human Interaction design and Artificial Intelligence
In your first and second year, you will have a 3-hour written examination at the end of your final term.
In Year 3, you will be assessed by coursework and a 3-hour examination. You will choose a mix of various subjects of your choice and write a dissertation on this topic (10’000 to 12’000 words). Often these projects are connected to the university’s current research projects.
Year 4 (optional if you decide to take on Integrated Masters)
The fourth year is designed for someone considering an academic or research career. You will explore issues of computer science and undertake a considerable research project.
Entry requirements and acceptance rates
The acceptance rate for the University of Cambridge is 20-21%
The entry requirements for the Computer Science course at the Univeristy of Cambridge are strict. Also, entry requirements can differ from college to college. Here is an overview of the overall entry requirements for this program.
- You will not need any previous experience in programming
- All Colleges will require A level/ IB Higher Level Mathematics*
- Some colleges will also require an A level/ Higher IB Level in at least one other science/ mathematics subject.
- Generally, it is advised to have the Further Mathematics subject.
*Please note, IB applicants are expected to take IB Higher Level 'Analysis and Approaches' for any course requiring Mathematics. If this option is unavailable at your school, please contact the university for further advice.
Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA)
Please be aware that students who apply for a Computer Science course must take the Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA) at any authorized assessment center, for which you will have to apply in advance.
You can find more information on this test here.
Here you can find the full entry requirements for each college:
For international entries, visit the Cambridge website.
Please be aware that if you are an International student, you must pass the international English language test. For the specific English language requirements, please visit the university website for more information.
Although the application process for the University of Cambridge is made through the UCAS application portal, please be aware that the deadline for applications ends earlier than most universities. The deadline is extremely strict and usually closes in mid-October. October 16, 2023, is the deadline for the next Academic year, 2024/2025.
Once the university receives your application from the UCAS system, you will receive an email within 48 hours with a link to fill in the direct application on the university’s website: My Cambridge Application. Usually, the deadline to submit this application will be 23 October 2023 (18:00 GMT).
In addition, you must also submit an Additional Applicant Information Form (AAIF). This form will help to plan your interview arrangements, and you will receive this form via email. If your application is successful, your chosen college will notify you. You will also receive confirmation from UCAS.
The College that you will get your offer from will get in touch with the information of how you can apply for the accommodation (usually, this will be late spring/ early summer time).
You must await your final grades in the summer to receive an unconditional offer from your chosen College.
If you receive the Unconditional Offer and do not require a visa, you can get excited because you are ready to start your studies!
However, the admission process will take longer if you are an international student and require a visa.
Once you get an unconditional place at your university, you will receive a CAS letter (Confirmation of Studies). It is essential to use this letter when applying for a visa. When you receive your visa, you are ready to go! We at Cybernews Academy wish you luck on your fruitful and prosperous journey.