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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: 10:00 Wednesday 11 October 2017 in Seminar Room FW26

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, Friday 27 October 2017
  • Submit Project Proposal Phase 2 with Part 2 coversheet and project resource form: noon, Friday 24 November 2017. †
  • GEC considers proposals: Wednesday 29 November 2017. Proposals in need of revision will be returned to students.
  • Final date for revised proposals (signed, as above): Friday 8 December 2017
  • Preliminary work on projects begins: Monday 4 December 2017
  • Lent Term 2018: students expected to spend 50% of time on project work
  • Project progress reviews (students to arrange meetings with supervisors): week commencing 12 March 2018
  • One-minute Madness: project 'elevator pitch', 16 March 2018
  • Easter Term 2018: 100% project work expected
  • Project title changes: no later than 1 June 2018
  • Submission: 12:00 noon Friday 8 June 2018 (*hard* deadline)
  • MPhil and Part III Project presentations: 12 and 13 June 2018; LT2 and SW01; all MPhil students to attend and present

† MPhil students who wish to propose their own research 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 Friday 17 November 2017.

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 24 November 2017. 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 16:30 Thursday 25 January 2018 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 2017 modules: Wednesday 7 February 2018
  • Internal Examiners' meeting, Lent 2018 modules: Friday 4 May 2018
  • Final MPhil Examiners' meeting: Wednesday 27 June 2018, 10:00 — 16:30
  • MPhil Oral examinations (if required): Wednesday 27 June 2018, afternoon
  • Degree Committee meeting (approval of MPhil recommendations; approval of MPhil class lists): Tuesday 3 July 2018
  • Final results letters available: Wednesday 4 July 2018, afternoon
  • Graduation (earliest): July 2018

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