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Computer Science

In Oxford’s Department of Computer Science, the main research goal is to find ways of understanding computer systems through mathematical models. In the first two years of the Computer Science course, teaching consists mainly of college-based tutorials and classes which are tailored to the needs of individual students. Later, a wide range of options covers nearly every part of Computer Science, and specialist classes are run by experts in each area.

Oriel’s Computer Science Fellow, Dr Michael Spivey, has taken a leading role in the teaching of the Computer Science degree, and is responsible for a major part of the University’s practical courses in Computer Science. His research interests centre on the use of mathematics in describing and developing computer hardware and software and measuring its performance.

Admission Criteria

Candidates sit a written Mathematics test in schools before being shortlisted for interview. Conditional offers: usually A*AA at A-level (or equivalent), including Mathematics and Further Mathematics if taken, with the A* in Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Computing/Computer Science.

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Department of Computer Science

Teaching Staff

Organising Tutor
Dr Michael Spivey

Misys & Andersen Fellow | Tutor in Computer Science | Vice Provost

Fabian Falck

Graduate Teaching & Research Scholar in Computer Science | DPhil Candidate in Statistics

Professor Ian Horrocks

Fellow & Professor of Computer Science

Dr Irina Voiculescu

College Lecturer in Computer Science

Mr Dominik Wagner

Graduate Teaching & Research Scholar in Computer Science


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