Computer Laboratory

Masters courses

Preparation, registration and induction

This page contains information for students new to the Computer Science Tripos (Part III) and the M.Phil 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 the module choices made in July and your project 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 selection before the start of term.

In early Lent Term it is likely you will be transferred to a Project Supervisor. The Course Adviser will assist you in finding a project supervisor and in some cases will continue as your Project Supervisor. Your Course Advisor and Project 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 2 October 2017 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.

Induction - Masters students

Monday 2 October 2017 Registration Day

  • All new M.Phil and Part III students should come to Room SW01 in the William Gates Building on 2 October 2017 to register with the Graduate Education Team. There will be three queues, MPhil's Surnames A-K, MPhil's Surnames L-Z, and Part III's.
  1. Registration 10:00 - 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. Induction talk 11:00 a.m., Lecture Theatre 2: 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 2 October 2017. Please check with your adviser for arrangements. This will an opportunity to discuss your module choices and make changes if necessary. Others will meet advisees later in the week or early the following week.

Tuesday 3 October 2017 Health and Safety Course

All new M.Phil students (including former Cambridge undergraduates) must attend a compulsory Health and Safety Course. Further details will be sent to students once arrangements have been confirmed. Part III students are exempt from this requirement.

Thursday 5 October 2017 Lectures start

Lectures will start on Thursday 5 October from 9:00 a.m. Module conveners will explain the module structure and assessment criteria in the first class for each module.

The timetable is still being constructed and is arranged as far as possible to avoid clashes in students' module choices but a draft has been posted at Please note that lectures at the University of Cambridge start on a Thursday and finish on a Wednesday.

All M.Phil students must attend the Research Skills Programme on Thursday 5 October at 14:00 in Lecture Theatre 2. Likewise, Part III students who would like the opportunity to pick this up should attend the first session at least.

Friday 6 October 2017 Welcome party

17:30 Friday 6 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-alcoholic refreshments will be provided by the Graduate Students' Forum/Happy Hour Team. Dress code: neat casual

Project Briefing

This is a session on projects, project proposals and project supervision presented by the Course Director. All students must attend the relevant session:

  • Part III Students   Monday 9 October 2017 10:00     FW26, William Gates Building
  • M.Phil Students     Wednesday 11 October 2017 10:00   FW26,William Gates Building