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Computer Science

This is a three or four year course, leading either to a BA degree after three years, or a Masters degree after four years. Students decide in the summer before their third year whether they are going to stay for one or two more years.

The Department of Computer Science is currently reviewing its second and third year course structure. We expect these changes to be in place from 2017/18. The pages on this website reflect the expected changes to the course. For information on the current course structure, please see this page.

On the right is a short video clip in which one of our tutors talk about the teaching of Computer Science courses here at Oxford. Two of our students also share their experiences and enthusiasm during their study of Computer Science at Oxford.

To find out more about each part of the course, click on the relevant links in the diagram below:

First year Core 1
Five examinations
Second year Core 2
Four examinations
Third year Options
Ten examinations
+ project report
Fourth year
Advanced options
Continuous assessment
+ project report

(The percentages shown reflect the amount of time students will typically spend on each part of the course. In the exams, options and the projects are weighted more heavily than core material to reflect their more advanced nature.)

When applying, if you do not know whether you will want to leave after three or four years, it is best to apply for the four year course, as doing so makes sure of local authority funding for all four years should you need it.