skip to content

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: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday 7 October 2020 via video conference

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 4 November 2020
  • Submit Phase 2 Project Proposal via Moodle with Part 2 coversheet and project resource form: noon, Friday 20 November 2020. †
  • PEC considers proposals: Wednesday 25 November 2020 Proposals in need of revision will be returned to students.
  • Final date for revised proposals (signed, as above): noon, Friday 4 December 2020
  • Preliminary work on projects begins: Monday 7 December 2020
  • Lent Term 2021: students expected to spend 50% of time on project work
  • Project progress reviews (students to arrange meetings with supervisors): week Friday 12 to Friday 19 March 2021
  • Easter Term 2021: 100% project work expected
  • Project title changes: no later than 21 May 2021 16:00
  • Submission: 11:00 a.m. Friday 4 June 2021 (*hard* deadline)
  • MPhil Project mini-conference: 17 & 18 June; 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, Friday 13 November 2020.

A project idea which is an original proposal made by the supervisor is not a self-proposed project. The proposal should be submitted by 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 November 2020. 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 21 January 2021 to submit a full proposal, work-plan and resource form to the Graduate Education Office.

Examiners' meetings and viva voce (oral) examinations

MPhil in Advanced Computer Science

  • Internal Examiners' meeting, Michaelmas 2020 modules: 17 February 2021
  • Internal Examiners' meeting, Lent 2021 modules: 19 May 2021
  • Final MPhil Examiners' meeting: Wednesday 23 June 2021 (to be confirmed) 10:00 — 16:30
  • MPhil Oral examinations (if required): THis will take placve from Monday 21 June 2021 via video conference
  • Degree Committee meeting (approval of MPhil recommendations; approval of MPhil class lists): Tuesday 29 June 2021
  • Final results letters available: Thursday 1 July (to be confirmed) 2021, afternoon
  • Graduation (earliest): 23 / 24 July 2021 (to be confirmed)

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