Computer Science

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Computer Science at Balliol College

Balliol was one of the first three Oxford colleges to have a Tutorial Fellow in Computer Science, and undergraduate study in the subject is well supported here. All first-year and second-year core courses in Computer Science are taught in College. The College Library is richly stocked with study resources in Computing subjects. In addition to the Tutorial Fellow in Computation, the Fellowship includes Nick Trefethen, Professor of Numerical Analysis. The Oxford Internet Institute is also housed within Balliol.

Computing teaching and computing students are well integrated into the broader Mathematics community within Balliol. There is a flourishing undergraduate mathematical society (BUMS: Balliol Undergraduate Maths Society), which helps introduce new Mathematics students to the College and also organises an annual dinner with a guest Mathematical speaker.

Number of places at Balliol: Altogether around 6 students are typically admitted each year in Computer Science, Computer Science & Philosophy, and Mathematics & Computer Science.


Edith Elkind
Research Fellow in Computational Game Theory
Tom Melham
Professor of Computer Science and Fellow and Tutor in Computation
Edwin Lock
Lecturer in Computer Science
Cas Widdershoven
Lecturer in Computer Science

About the course

Please see the Department of Computer Science website website and the University’s course pages.

Course requirements and selection criteria

Computer Science is approached in a mathematically rigorous way at Oxford, and the best preparation is to take Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-level or equivalent Scottish, European or other qualifications. But strong students with single-subject mathematics can also succeed at Balliol. Please also see the University’s entrance requirements.

For information on how applicants are assessed, please see the Department of Computer Science website.

How to apply to read Computer Science at Balliol College