Welcome to our first Computer Science undergraduates!

This year sees the arrival of the first ever cohort of undergraduate students studying Computer Science at Christ Church, with four students beginning degrees in the subject in the 2017/18 academic year. This comprises two students reading Computer Science, and two reading the joint school of Mathematics & Computer Science. Our students will be taught by Professor Yarin Gal, Associate Professor of Machine Learning in the Computer Science Department, and we are delighted that they will also receive highly valuable input from Christ Church Research Student (Research Fellow) Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.

From October 2017 entry, Christ Church is offering places to students studying for both of these degrees, in addition to the other subjects in Mathematical Sciences that are already taught here. In doing so, Christ Church becomes one of only 17 colleges teaching Computer Science and 18 teaching Mathematics & Computer Science, roughly half of all of the 34 colleges accepting undergraduate students. There will also shortly be several graduate students in Computer Science at Christ Church, as well as a position for a Junior Research Fellow.

The newly-appointed Computer Science tutor at Christ Church is Professor Yarin Gal, who joined Oxford from the University of Cambridge in 2017 and will be teaching the core papers to our new undergraduates, as well as taking on the role of Associate Professor of Machine Learning in the University’s Computer Science Department. His research interests include machine learning and game theory, and he is also affiliated with the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national research centre in Data Sciences.

Computer Science students at Christ Church also benefit from the college’s links to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who is affiliated with Christ Church as a Research Student (Research Fellow) whilst also holding a Professorial Research Fellowship in the Department of Computer Science. We are sure that the influence of both Professor Gal and Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee will be hugely beneficial and inspirational to our students at the very beginning of their careers in computing.

Both the Computer Science and Mathematics & Computer Science courses at Christ Church are built on the mathematical foundations of computer science, especially in the first year of an undergraduate course. Although the Mathematics & Computer Science course concentrates predominantly on Mathematics, all courses involving Computer Science focus on the fundamental principles of computing, including the design of both computers themselves (hardware) and the algorithms that they execute (software).

The essential nature of both hardware and software to modern life means that both courses are excellent preparation for a very wide range of careers, with students from Oxford often ending up in highly-skilled jobs such as computer programming, software design and engineering, financial analysis, and scientific research. A 2014 Sunday Times report indicated that Oxford Computer Science graduates were amongst the top earners in their peer group six months after graduation.

More information about both of these courses is available in the course profiles on our website. There are full details about the courses and their entry requirements on the websites of the Department of Computer Science and the Mathematical Institute. Information about the courses and how to apply is also available on the University of Oxford website under Computer Science and Mathematics & Computer Science.


We wish all of our new students the best of luck as they begin their studies with us, and hope that they enjoy their time here at Christ Church!