Putting you at the Top of the Field: the CS Tripos

Our three-year course (the Computer Science Tripos) is designed to put you at the forefront of modern CS with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) qualification. If you’re looking to go a bit further and experience the leading edge of CS research, our fourth year option provides you with the opportunity to graduate with an additional Masters of Engineering (MEng) qualification.

For 2016 entry onwards, a pair of alternative routes to a Computer Science degree are available, according to whether or not you wish to study a course from another subject alongside computer science.

75% Option: Here 75% of your first year is spent studying computer science and 25% studying mathematics. You sit three Computer Science papers (Papers 1, 2 and 3) and the Natural Science mathematics paper at the end of your first year.

50% Option: This option involves studying 50% computer science, 25% mathematics and an option worth 25%. The option is selected from a range of courses, including Physics. You sit two Computer Science papers (Papers 1 and 2), the Natural Science mathematics paper, and the exam paper for your chosen option. You would then take Computer Science Paper 3 in your second year.

Course content

  1. The First Year - 75% Option (25% another subject)
  1. The First Year - 50% Option (50% another subject)
  2. The Second Year (100% Computer Science)
  3. The Third Year (100% Computer Science)
  4. The Fourth Year (100% Computer Science)

If you would prefer to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge, then it is also possible to study a subset of the first year of CS as part of the Natural Sciences course.


The two main professional computing societies in the UK, the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), have both accredited our Computer Science degree from its inception.

Employment prospects

Cambridge computer science graduates are highly employable. The latest statistics from Unistats, the official website to help you make an informed choice when deciding which UK university to apply to, show that 100% of our graduates were employed with a graduate-level job six months after graduation. This is best possible outcome, and is better than most other subjects, even at Cambridge!