Computer Laboratory

Preparation, registration and the first week

This page contains information for students new to the Computer Science Tripos (Part III) and the MPhil in ACS.


M.Phil in ACS Course Advisers

If you are starting at Cambridge as an M.Phil in Advanced Computer Science, and your place has been confirmed by Graduate Admissions, your details will have been sent to your assigned Course Adviser. Your Course Adviser is appointed for Michaelmas Term in the first instance. Your Course Adviser will contact you over September to discuss your module choices and your project or essay ideas. He or she will liaise with the Graduate Education Team and the Advanced Taught Courses Management Committee if there needs to be a change to your module or option selection before the start of term.

In early Lent Term it is likely you will be transferred to a Project Supervisor if you are taking the Research Project Option. If you are taking the Essay Option, your Course Adviser will be appointed until the end of Lent Term after which you will be transferred to an Essay Supervisor. The Course Adviser will assist you in finding a project or essay supervisor and in some cases will continue as your Project or Essay Supervisor. Your Course Advisor and Project/Essay Supervisor will report on your progress to the Student Registry, Degree Committee and Graduate Education Committee via CamSIS. Reports are written termly. Once a report is approved you will be able to read it.

CST (Part III) Directors of Studies

Students taking Part III of the Computer Science Tripos do not normally have Course Advisers. The College Director of Studies will provide advice and direction, monitor progress, and will assist their Part III students in selecting a Project Supervisor.

Preparatory work

Before arriving or returning to Cambridge, you should endeavour to do the preparatory reading provided by module lecturers on the syllabus web pages. In some cases, lecturers will email you directly with exercises or additional reading you will need to complete before arriving.

Arriving in Cambridge

You should take advice from your College when deciding a date to arrive. When you arrive, you should go straight to your College to register, collect your University identity card, and be given directions to your accommodation. Do not come to the Computer Laboratory before Monday 6 October 2014 as we will not be ready to receive you.

You will be able to log in to a College machine to obtain your login name and initial password for your University Computing Service accounts, including an email account called Hermes. Students who have been at the University of Cambridge as undergraduates will not need to do this; your password and login will be as before.

Please ensure you read the rules issued by the University of Cambridge Information Strategy and Services Syndicate at before you come to the Computer Laboratory to register for the course.

Please also read the Faculty's guidance on plagiarism and collusion before you come to register.

First week

Monday 6 October 2014 Registration Day

  • All new M.Phil and Part III students should come to the William Gates Building on 6 October 2014 to register with the Graduate Education Team. There will be two queues, Surnames A-K and Surnames L-Z.
  1. Registration 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Students will receive a Computer Laboratory login and passwords for machines used on the course and will be asked to sign that they have read the UCS ISSS rules above. Please bring your University Card or some other form of identification with you.
  2. Introductory talk 11:00 a.m., Lecture Theatre 1: the Course Director will give a brief introduction to the course.
  3. Tour 12:00 noon. The Graduate Education Team will take new students on a tour of the facilities. Students arriving late should report to the Reception Desk and wait for the tour groups to return.
  4. Course Advisers 14:00 - 17:00 Some Course Advisers will have arranged to meet their advisees during the afternoon of 6 October. Please check with your adviser for arrangements. Others will meet advisees later in the week or early the following week.
  5. Library 14:00 - 16:40 Collect a copy of the set book for C00 Research Skills, Zobel, Justin (2004). Writing for computer science. Springer (2nd ed.) from the Computer Laboratory library (ground floor).

Tuesday 7 October 2014 Health and Safety Course - 09:30 registration

All new M.Phil students must attend the compulsory Health and Safety Course. This is not given at the Computer Laboratory but at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street in the Cambridge city. See the map of the site. You should arrive by 09:30 for a 10:00 session start.

We also recommend you attend the session on Computers and Pipettes (which covers upper limb disorders) given on Wednesday 8 October in the afternoon, in the Mill Lane Lecture Rooms.

Thursday 9 October 2014 Lectures start

Lectures start on Thursday 10 October at 9:00 a.m.

The first lecture is E4F8 Image Coding and Image Processing taught in the Department of Engineering at 10:00.

Please see the timetable for details of other ACS modules; please note that lectures at the University of Cambridge start on a Thursday and finish on a Wednesday.

All MPhil attend the C00 Research Skills course starting on Thursday 9 October at 14:00 in Lecture Theatre 2. Likewise, Part III students who have selected C00 need to attend.

Friday 10 October 2014 Welcome party

17:30 Friday 10 October, The Street, William Gates Building

Come and meet your module lecturers, new and current research students (many of whom are M.Phil and Part III graduates), and your class mates. Beer, wine and non-alcholic refreshments will be provided by the Graduate Students' Forum/Happy Hour Team. Dress code: neat casual