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Part III and MPhil ACS projects

Part III and MPhil in ACS projects

MPhil in ACS students undertake a substantial research project during the Lent and Easter terms, and submit a project report of no more than 15,000 words to the Graduate Education Office by 12:00 noon on 8 June 2018. Each project must be supervised by a member of the academic staff (who will also act as one assessor).

Part III students undertake a research project similar to the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science project above, 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 1 June 2018. 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.

Resources for students and supervisors

Project proposals

  • Project proposals have 2 phases:
    1. Phase 1 Due 27 October: complete Moodle online form indicating project supervisor's name and topic and confirm the supervisor has agreed to supervise the project.
    2. Phase 2 Due 24 November:†
      1. Project proposal coversheet
        All project proposals must be accompanied by a proposal coversheet. This needs to be signed by the project'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
        All project proposals must be accompanied by a project resource form even if you are using your own machine.
  • † Self-proposed projects
  • Students who wish to undertake a project of their own devising must identify a willing supervisor and have their agreement to supervisor the project. Phase 2 of the project proposal must be submitted a week earlier than those projects suggested by the teaching staff. The deadline to submit a self-proposed project is 17 November. The Graduate Education Committee will consider the project being proposed to ensure it meets the criteria for the MPhil or Part III. If the proposal is not acceptable, the student and supervisor should select a project from those published and submit the alternative proposal, as above, by 24 November.

  • NLIP Projects
    • Projects based in the NLIP Natural Language Processing Group are allocated by the Group's lecturing staff.
    • Students interested in undertaking a project in this Group select 3 projects from those published and indicate their preferences on the NLIP project preferences form.
    • Once allocated, students write up a full Phase 2 Project proposal with the approval of the project supervisor, as above, and submit it to the Graduate Education Office at the beginning of Lent Term. Background work on the project will, nonetheless, commence at the end of Michaelmas Term.

All Phase 2 Project proposals and project resource forms must be signed by the Project Supervisor and the Course Adviser before submission


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.

Some further guidelines:

Submission and assessment