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Part III and MPhil ACS projects and essays

Part III and MPhil in ACS projects and essays

Part III projects

Part III students undertake a research project similar to the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science project below, but of only half the size (and no more than 12,000 words). Part III students submit their project reports to the Graduate Education Office by 12:00 noon on 4 June 2014. Each project must be supervised by a member of the academic staff (or alternative approved by Head of Department) who also acts as one assessor.

The timetable, resources and guidelines for Part III projects

 

MPhil in Advanced Computer Science projects and essays

MPhil in ACS students taking the Research Project Option undertake a substantial research project during the Lent and Easter terms, and submit a project report of no more than 15,000 words. Each project must be supervised by a member of the academic staff (who will also act as one assessor).

MPhil in ACS students taking the Essay Option write an essay of no more than 7,500 words. The essay must be supervised by a member of staff (who will also act as one assessor).

Timetable

  • All MPhil in ACS and Part III students Project and essay briefing session: Monday 21 October 2013 09:00 in Lecture Theatre 1

MPhil in Advanced Computer Science - Project Option:

  • Submit project proposal with coversheet and project resource form: Friday 22 November 2013.†
  • Examiners consider proposals: Friday 29 November 2013. Proposals in need of revision will be returned to students.
  • Final date for revised proposals (signed, as above): Friday 6 December 2013
  • Preliminary work on projects begins: Monday 9 December 2013
  • Lent Term 2014: students expected to spend 50% of time on project work
  • Project progress reviews (students to arrange meetings with supervisors): week commencing 6 March 2014
  • Easter Term 2014: 100% project work expected
  • MPhil Project presentations: 26 June 2014 09:00 - 17:00 LT1, LT2 and SW01; all MPhil students to attend and present
  • Project title changes: no later than 2 June 2014
  • Submission: 12:00 Friday 13 June 2014 (*hard* deadline)

† MPhil students who wish to propose their own research must identify a qualified and willing academic supervisor as soon as possible. They should discuss this with their course advisor at their first meeting. The supervisor's help should be obtained in the development of the proposal. To ensure that the project meets the requirements for the MPhil, such proposals should be submitted to the examiners no later than Wednesday 13 November.

MPhil in Advanced Computer Science - Essay Option:

  • Submit essay proposal with coversheet and project resource form: Monday 3 March 2014.
  • Examiners consider proposals: Monday 10 March 2014. Proposals need to be revised will be returned to students.
  • Final date for revised proposals (signed, as above): Monday 17 March 2014
  • Preliminary work on projects begins: Monday 17 March 2014
  • Essay progress reviews (students to arrange meetings with supervisors): week commencing 5 May 2014
  • Easter Term 2013: 100% essay work expected
  • MPhil Project presentations: 26 June 2014 09:00 - 17:00 LT1, LT2 and SW01; all MPhil students to attend and present
  • Essay title changes: no later than 2 June 2014
  • Submission: 12:00 Friday 13 June 2014 (*hard* deadline)

Examiners' meetings and viva voce (oral) examinations

MPhil in Advanced Computer Science

  • Internal Examiners' meeting, Michaelmas 2013 modules: Friday 31 January 2014
  • Internal Examiners' meeting, Lent 2014 modules: Friday 9 May 2014
  • Final MPhil Examiners' meeting: Monday 30 June 2014, 10:00 — 16:30
  • MPhil Oral examinations (if required): Monday 30 June 2014, afternoon
  • Degree Committee meeting (approval of MPhil recommendations; approval of MPhil class lists): Tuesday 1 July 2014

All MPhil students must be available to attend a viva voce examination (oral exam) if called by the Examiners.

Resources for students and supervisors

Project and essay proposals have 3 parts:

  1. Project/essay proposal coversheet
    All project and essay proposals must be accompanied by a proposal coversheet. This needs to be signed by the project or essay's originator, the supervisor and also the Course Adviser.
  2. Project proposal
    Write a project proposal, respecting the word limits. A LaTeX template is available if required.
  3. Project resource form
    Please note that all project and essay proposals must be accompanied by a project resource form even if you are using your own machine.

If your project may involve experiments with human participants, be sure to read the department's Ethical Review Policy, which explains the steps you need to take to obtain the necessary approval first.

All project and essay proposals and project resource forms must be signed by the Project or Essay Supervisor and the Course Adviser before submission

Some further guidelines:

If your project may involve experiments with human participants, be sure to read the department's Ethical Review Policy, which explains the steps you need to take to obtain the necessary approval first.

Project suggestions

In practice, we expect students to start thinking about their project in the latter half of Michaelmas term. As mentioned above, all projects must have a faculty supervisor, and so the first step usually involves deciding which research area(s) you are interested in, and then contacting potential supervisors.

You may suggest your own project, but several research groups and members of staff maintain web pages with project suggestions:

In many cases these are indicative and not final: ideally you, in conjunction with the supervisor, will work on fleshing out the details. This will likely involve doing background reading and preparation in October and early November so that the official project proposal submitted on 22 November represents an informed and realistic idea of what you will do.

Submission and assessment