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Department of Computer Science and Technology

Computer Laboratory




The Computer Laboratory has over 200 research workers: academic staff, research associates, and PhD students. Research is carried out across a broad range of subjects within Computer Science. This work is conducted primarily in small research groups.

A general introduction about the Computer Laboratory

Research groups

Research support

These pages list the various funding sources available for grant applications, fellowships, meetings and travel, industrial collaboration, and commercialisation.

There is some general information on preparing an application, and on constructing impact statements.

You can also find help with current open access and open data requirements.

Potential collaborators can find information about setting up a research collaboration with the Computer Laboratory here.

The Computer Laboratory brings the University of Cambridge Research Integrity Statement to the attention of all staff and research students.


Academic staff publications can be found from each individual's web page.

The Laboratory has published its own Technical Report series since 1974. Many of these reports are available online. Most of the PhD dissertations prepared at the Computer Laboratory have been published in this series.


The Laboratory runs a series of general seminars on Wednesdays in term. They are open to all members of the University and other interested parties. Individual research groups run seminars and group meetings. Details of these are on the weekly seminar timetable.

Research degrees

The PhD is the primary research degree offered in the Department of Computer Science and Technology. The Cambridge PhD is a three-year programme of individual research on a topic agreed by the student and the Laboratory, under the guidance of a staff member as the student’s supervisor. Students primarily work on their own project from the start of the PhD. There is no taught component other than a mandatory course on Research Skills. Students are expected to complete the substance of their research by the end of their third year. Please look at the information on applications for the PhD for more detail.

The MPhil in Advanced Computer Science is a nine-month masters degree, designed to prepare students for doctoral research. The course consists of 5 taught modules; a research project report (worth seven modules); and 12 units from the mandatory Research Skills Programme including compulsory units in written English and presentation skills.