Computer Laboratory

Part III and MPhil ACS projects and essays

Submission of Part III and ACS project reports and essays

Paper copy submission

The absolute deadlines are:

  • Part III 12:00 noon Wednesday 3 June 2015
  • MPhil in Advanced Computer Science 12:00 a.m. on Friday 12 June 2015

You should submit the following to the Graduate Education Office (FS03 in the William Gates Building):

  • Two soft-bound copies of your report or essay;
  • [MPhil students only] a completed copy of the BoGS Certificate of Submission; and
  • [MPhil students only] a completed copy of the BoGS Declaration of Originality as well as a declaration of originality within the document.
  • Part III students require a declaration of originality in the document.

    Remember to include the word count (for example, 15,000 words for a report, or 7,500 words for an essay).

Please ensure that your name is clearly marked.

Late submissions are not permitted and failure to submit will result in the student failing the course. In the case of acute medical problems, family emergencies and so on which cause problems with completion of the project, the student's college must be informed so that they can raise the case with the Examiners.

Additional electronic upload

A further electronic version of the report or essay (in PDF) as well as any source code that you wrote for the project (as a .zip or tar.gz package) should be uploaded:

Part III by 16:30 on 3 June 2015
MPhil by 16:30 on 12 June 2015

The source code is required in case the Examiners need to refer to it for clarification of statements made in the report or essay, or they may wish to study it in advance of a viva voce examination.

The upload site is open now and requires a login using your Raven password. It is very easy to use and should be self-explanatory, but you are strongly advised to try some test uploads in advance of the deadline; you can delete and replace any file that you upload any time before the deadline.

Viva voce examinations (oral exams)

Viva voce examinations, if deemed necessary, will be held during the afternoon of final examiners' meeting at the end of June. You should make sure to be available if called.

Thesis presentation

When the report is lying flat and unopened on a table the following information must be immediately visible:

  • Your Name
  • The Title of your Essay/Project Report.
  • The Examination for which you are a candidate (and, for M.Phil students, which Option, A or B).
  • Your College and the Year in which you are submitting the Essay/Project Report.

There's some advice on preparing suitably formatted documents here.

The manner in which the essay/report is presented, and the care with which it has been prepared and illustrated, are in themselves evidence of your capabilities, and will receive consideration as such. You are strongly advised to check your essays/reports carefully, prior to submission, for typing errors, spelling mistakes and poor English. The essay/report, apart from quotations and recognised technical formulae, must be written in English.

When you submit your essay/report, you must state, generally in a preface and specifically in notes or in a bibliography, the sources from which your information is derived, the extent to which you have availed yourself of the work of others, and the portions of the essay/report which you claim are your own original work. Please read the Board of Graduate Studies advice on plagiarism and the Faculty's advice.

[MPhil students only] When submitting your essay/report you must declare for what purpose, if any, other than for the M.Phil. Degree (one-year course), the whole or part of it has already been or is concurrently being submitted. The Board cannot accept a essay/report that is substantially the same as one that you have submitted, or are concurrently submitting, for any other degree, diploma, or similar qualification at any university or similar institution, except as declared in the Preface and specified in the text.


Each paper copy should be ring-bound, either comb or wire binding, with a clear plastic cover and black backing, and at least one copy should be double-sided.

You may like to use the Computing Service's Printing Service: the Computing Service's Reception Desk is located on the Second Floor of the Cockcroft Building, New Museums Site, Downing Street and you will need to complete a print-room job sheet before the work can be done.

The alternative is to print and bind your projects through stationery companies such as Rymans.

The CL library holds small stocks of comb binders, plastic covers and backs but you should not rely on this. We strongly advise against leaving your binding, or indeed printing, to the last moment as the Lab's binder and printers are often in use by other students.