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Royal Institution Masterclass: Computer Science
Royal Institution Masterclasses in Computer Science

For: Year 9 from state-funded schools in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Swindon, Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire. (subject to funding, returning for further sessions in Y10 & Y11)


To apply: students must be nominated by a teacher (see 'how to apply' below)

The Royal Institution Masterclasses are a series of hands-on and interactive extracurricular activities that are designed to encourage, inspire, and engage young people in the creativity and practice of computer science, helping to highlight the links between this wide-reaching discipline and other subjects. Each session is led by enthusiastic speakers from industry, academia, and education. They offer students in-depth investigations of topics areas outside of the school curriculum, combining theory with interactive exploration. We aim to help students explore the world of Computer Science and hope to inspire them to continue their engagement with the subject.

The series of six Saturday morning workshops will each last around two and a half hours, and will be led by different speakers on various computer science topics. Topics we have run previously include:

The Oxford Ri Masterclasses in Computer Science are supported by Morgan Stanley and University of Oxford's Department of Computer Science to bring you a series of lectures to cover the theory and practical elements of computer science, plus practical sessions to implement the theory covered in lectures.


The purpose of the masterclasses is to build a network of engaged and inspirational young people who are likely to consider Computer Science at a higher level at the University of Oxford, or another higher education institution.

The attendees are invited from state-funded schools in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Swindon, Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire. Eligible schools are invited to nominate up to maximum of two attendees from Year 9. If the nominating school accepts female pupils in Year 9, then at least one nominee should self-identify as female.

The Ri Masterclass series will admit circa 25 students onto the programme.

Nomination criteria

Eligible schools may nominate up to two students for the Year 9 according to the following criteria:

When and Where

The 2024 programme will run in person at the University of Oxford’s Department of Computer Science, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, OX1 3QD. There will be a short break during the session, and refreshments will be provided. The programme will run from: 9:30am to 12:00pm on each of the following dates:

In order to attend the programme you must have been nominated by your teacher, accepted onto the programme, as well as confirmed your attendance with us prior to arriving for the programme. Please see ‘how do I apply’ below.

How do I apply?

Teachers in eligible schools are asked to nominate up to a maximum of two students from Year 9. If your school accepts female pupils in Year 9 at least one of your nominees should self-identify as female. Teachers, to receive information on how to nominate students from your school, please contact us via using a school email address and we will send you further details. Nominated students (with the help of their parents/guardians) will also be asked to fill out a short online application form in order to complete the application process.

How will the Masterclass candidates be selected?

We aim for at least 50% of the cohort of students to self-identify as female. Candidates from schools who've not engaged with Computer Science outreach events in recent years will also be prioritised. We will also use ACORN and POLAR data - based on students' home postcodes - to prioritise students:

What previous participants have said:


"It has reinforced my desire to take it further for A level and eventually university"

"Computer science is now a more broader term in my eyes as to what it covers, as reflected by the varying topics in the masterclasses’"

"It seemed very well organised and had a nice balance of theory and practical aspects"

I've got a question — who do I talk to?

Please contact us at

Please note that the organisers reserve the right to change the programme without notification or to make alterations to the advertised details for the day at short notice.