MPhil in Advanced Computer Science and CST (Part III) projects and essays

MPhil ACS students taking the Essay Option write an essay of no more than 7,500 words.

MPhil 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).

Part III students undertake a research project similar to the above ACS project, but of only half the size (and no more than 12,000 words). 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.


Computer Science Tripos, Part III:

MPhil Research Project Option:

MPhil Research Essay Option:

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

Examiners' meetings and viva voce (oral) examinations

Computer Science Tripos, Part III

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

Resources for students and supervisors

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 can 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 15 November (Part III) or 22 November (MPhil) represents an informed and realistic idea of what you will do.

Submission and assessment