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Part III projects

Part III students undertake a research project similar to the 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.


  • Part III students Project briefing session: 2 p.m. Wednesday 11 October in Seminar Room FW26

Part III:

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 Phase 2 Project Proposal 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
  • Easter Term 2018: 100% project work expected
  • Project title changes: no later than 25 May 2018 16:00
  • Submission: 12:00 noon Friday 1 June 2018 (*hard* deadline)
  • MPhil and Part III Project presentations: 12 and 13 June 2018, LT1 and/or LT2 and SW01

† Part III 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 Director of Studies.The supervisor's help should be obtained in the development of the proposal. To ensure that the project meets the requirements for the examination, Part 2 of such proposals should be submitted to the examiners no later than Friday 17 November 2017.

NLP Projects: Part III 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, Part III 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

Computer Science Tripos, Part III

  • Internal Examiners' meeting, Michaelmas 2017 modules: Wednesday 7 February 2018
  • Internal Examiners' meeting, Lent 2018 modules: Friday 4 May 2018
  • Final Part III Examiners' meeting: Wednesday 20 June 2018, 10:00 — 16:00
  • Part III Oral examinations (if required): Friday 15 June 2018, afternoon

All Part III students must be available to attend the project presentations and a viva voce examination (oral exam) if called by the Examiners.