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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: 9:00 a.m. Friday 5 October 2018 in Seminar Room LT2

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 26 October 2018
  • Submit Phase 2 Project Proposal with Part 2 coversheet and project resource form: noon, Friday 23 November 2018. †
  • GEC considers proposals: Wednesday 28 November 2018. Proposals in need of revision will be returned to students.
  • Final date for revised proposals (signed, as above): noon, Friday 7 December 2018
  • Preliminary work on projects begins: Monday 3 December 2018
  • Lent Term 2019: students expected to spend 50% of time on project work
  • Project progress reviews (students to arrange meetings with supervisors): week commencing 11 March 2019
  • Easter Term 2019: 100% project work expected
  • Project title changes: no later than 24 May 2018 16:00
  • Submission: 11:00 a.m. Monday 10 June 2019 (*hard* deadline)
  • MPhil Project mini-conference: Friday 21 June 2019; 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 noon, Friday 16 November 2018.

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 23 November 2018. 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 24 January 2019 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 2018 modules: Wednesday 6 February 2019
  • Internal Examiners' meeting, Lent 2018 modules: Friday 3 May 2019
  • Final MPhil Examiners' meeting: Monday 1 July 2019, 10:00 — 16:30
  • MPhil Oral examinations (if required): Wednesday 26 June 2019, afternoon
  • Degree Committee meeting (approval of MPhil recommendations; approval of MPhil class lists): Tuesday 2 July 2019
  • Final results letters available: Wednesday 3 July 2019, afternoon
  • Graduation (earliest): 19 & 20 July 2019

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