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Department of Computer Science and Technology


ACS projects

MPhil in ACS students will 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).



All MPhil in ACS students Project briefing session: Tuesday 10 October 2023 at 10:00am in Lecture Theatre 2

Project proposals have two phases. Phase 1 indicates the project supervisor and indicative project topic. Phase 2 includes a 500-word description of the proposed project and a workplan which should also be no more than 500 words in length.

  • Submit Project Proposal Phase 1 via Moodle: noon, Wednesday 1 November 2023
  • Submit Phase 2 Project Proposal via Moodle: noon, Wednesday 15 November 2023. †
  • PEC considers proposals: Wednesday 22 November 2023 Proposals in need of revision will be returned to students.
  • Final date for revised proposals (signed, as above): noon, Friday 1 December 2023
  • Preliminary work on projects begins: Monday 4 December 2023
  • Lent Term 2024: students expected to spend 50% of time on project work
  • Project progress reviews (students to arrange meetings with supervisors): week Friday 8 to Friday 15 March 2024
  • Easter Term 2023: 100% project work expected
  • Project title changes: no later than Monday 20 May 2024 16:00
  • Submission: 11:00 a.m. Monday 3 June 2024 (*hard* deadline)
  • MPhil Project mini-conference: 17 & 18 June 2024 (TO BE CONFIRMED); ALL MPhil students to present

Self-proposed Projects

†  MPhil students who wish to propose their own, original research project 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 noon, Wednesday 8 November 2023.

A project idea which is an original proposal made by the supervisor is not a self-proposed project. The proposal should be submitted by 15 November.

A project idea which is a variation of one suggested by a supervisor is not a self-proposed project. The proposal should be submitted by 15 November.

A project idea which was jointly developed by a student and the supervisor is not a self-proposed project. The proposal should be submitted by 15 November.

NLP Projects

‡ MPhil students who wish to do a project within the Natural Language Processing Group will need to nominate three projects topics from different supervisors in preference order by 16 November 2022. They will be assigned to a project and project supervisor by the NLP Group. The projects may be three selected from those proposed by academic staff or may include one self-proposed topic. This procedure has been adopted in order to balance staff load, but every effort will be made to give students their first choice project.

Once the NLIP group have allocated projects, MPhil students will have until noon Thursday 18 January 2024 to submit a full proposal, work-plan and resource form to the Postgraduate Education Office.

Examiners' meetings and viva voce (oral) examinations

MPhil in Advanced Computer Science

  • Internal Examiners' meeting, Michaelmas 2023 modules:  February 2023
  • Internal Examiners' meeting, Lent 2024 modules: May 2024
  • Final MPhil Examiners' meeting: Thursday 27 June 2024 (to be confirmed) 10:00 — 16:30
  • MPhil Oral examinations (if required): This will take place from Monday 24 - Thursday 27 June 2024
  • Degree Committee meeting (approval of MPhil recommendations; approval of MPhil class lists): Tuesday 2 July 2024
  • Final results letters available: Thursday 4 July 2024, afternoon
  • Graduation (earliest): 18 - 20 July 2024

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