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Student Life

The following are just some of the resources, facilities and sources of support which are available to students undertaking the MSc or DPhil in Computer Science.

Learning resources

Seminar and Lecture Series

The department hosts regular lecture and seminar series which don't form part of our course, but which you are very welcome to attend.

Support Services

There are a huge range of support services available to help you make the most of your time at Oxford. These include:

The Department's Many Friendly Faces

The Computer Science Graduate Society (CoGS) provides a platform for the academic and social life of postgraduates in the department. It covers both student representation on academic committees, as well as organising a variety of social events to give postgraduate and postdoctoral students the opportunity to mingle and catch up outside their research groups. Activities include weekly ‘coffee and cake’ gatherings, pizza and games nights.

The Oxford Women in Computer Science Society (OxWoCS) aims to support and promote women in Computer Science. The society exists for all women in Computer Science, be they students, faculty, or staff. OxWoCS runs a number of academic, social, and career events throughout the year, including weekly coffee meetings, talks by distinguished female speakers, and industry sponsored events. The society provides networking opportunities and a support network comprising role models, mentors, and peers.

The Oxford Computer Society (CompSoc) is a student-run society, which organises social events, talks, and practical courses.

The department's friendly and experienced team of administration and support staff is on hand to advise you through the application process and during your time with the department. Throughout the year the department also runs a range of events and activities for graduate students, staff and their families, including festive parties, cake sales and an annual BBQ.

International Students

If you are one of the many students thinking of joining our department from another country, the following resources give additional information for you to consider before applying:

Mature Students

Coming to university as a mature student can be both exhilarating and challenging. There is plenty of support on offer to help you extend your qualifications, improve your employment prospects or indulge in an interest for its own sake.


Oxford is a lively and beautiful city, of stunning architecture, history and culture, with much to offer both students and visitors. You'll find ancient and modern colleges, fascinating museums and galleries, with plenty of parks, gardens and green spaces. As Oxford is a relatively compact city, most colleges (plus accommodation) and departments (including ours) are situated in and around the city centre, so only a short walk or cycle ride away from other college and University buildings. Oxford has excellent public transport links, and is just 57 miles (90 km) northwest of London, and you can be in the capital city in one hour by train.

The department's main building, the Wolfson Building, stands at the south-eastern corner of what is known as the Keble Road Triangle consisting of Keble Road, Banbury Road and Parks Road. The reception is situated opposite the entrance to Oxford University Parks, a large area covering 70 acres of parkland. Our second location, The Robert Hooke Building, is a three-minute walk down Parks Road.

Living in Oxford

Useful information about living in Oxford can be found on the main university website. Plus there is a web page on colleges and accommodation. Oxford's DailyInfo website and Oxford City Guide are both excellent independent sources of information about what’s going on in Oxford.

Annual Computer Science Student Conference

Established in 2004, the conference now runs annually and all staff and students are welcome to participate in it. Both DPhil (the Oxford PhD) and MSc students are encouraged to submit abstracts for talks or posters. The day usually consists of a keynote speech, short talks and poster sessions, with the conference culminating in a wine reception and conference dinner. The conference provides a great forum for students to present their work, and prizes are awarded for the best talk, best abstract and best poster.