Department of Computer Science and Technology

Research students

Important dates

The academic year

There are three terms to a University of Cambridge academic year: Michaelmas, Lent and Easter.

Start End
Michaelmas 1 October 19 December 
Lent 5 January 24 March
Easter 17 April 25 June

As a research student you will normally pay tuition and College fees for nine terms. However, Graduate Students operate on the basis of the whole academic year which extends beyond the end of Easter Term. Your academic year begins on 1 October and ends on 30 September. College and tuition fees are not payable for the period between the end of Easter Term and the beginning of Michaelmas Term.

As a Graduate Student, you are expected to work around 40 hours per week and will be expected to be resident in Cambridge for this period unless you have

*You may take vacations during Computer Laboratory closure dates such as Christmas and Easter and, with your supervisor's agreement, a period over the summer.

See Cambridge Term dates for information about full term dates.

Registration and week 1

Event Notes Where Date & Time
Registration Michaelmas admissions; students arriving in Lent term may register from 5 January. Graduate Education FS05 From 14:30, 4 October 2016
Health and Safety Course Compulsory; students need to book a session Babbage Lecture Theatre
See invitation for details
Tuesday 4 October 2016
Research Skills programme Mandatory Starts in Lecture Theatre 2, WGB; thereafter in Lecture Theatre 1 and other rooms Every Monday and Thursday throughout the academic year, 15:00 from Thursday 6 October
Induction All new research students and new research assistants Seminar Rooms FW11 and SS03

7 October 2016

13:00 until 17:00

Welcome event   The Street, WGB 7 October 2016, 17:30 until 19:00

First, second and third-year report submissions

First-year report and thesis proposal/CPGS

Date of admission   Report submission date 
October 30 June
January 30 September
April 10 January

Second-year report and Third-year progress statement

Date of admission    Report submission date 
October by 30 June
January by 30 September
April by 10 January

Researcher development: RSP Blue books must be submitted annually with your reports (see above); tally sheets are due on 31 July regardless of admission date

Other important dates

Graduate Studies Open Day  2 November 2016 p.m.
Industry Recruitment Fair: The Street  17 November 2016 TBC
PBI Contact dates (International students)  At your College
Lab closure dates  
Christmas  24 December - 2 January
Easter  14 April - 17 April 2016

The Graduate Education Team
August 2016