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In practice, we expect students to start thinking about their project in the latter half of Michaelmas term. As mentioned before, all projects must have a department supervisor, and so the first step usually involves discussing your areas of interest with your Course Adviser, and then contacting potential supervisors. Please do not approach potential supervisors until after the Project Briefing lecture. Once you have found a supervisor who has agreed to supervise your project, and you have agreed upon a topic, you will need to complete a Phase 1 form on Moodle. This will need to be complete by no later than Friday 1 November.

Project suggestions

Several research groups and members of staff maintain web pages with project suggestions:

In many cases these are indicative and not final: ideally you, in conjunction with the supervisor, will work on fleshing out the details. This will likely involve doing background reading and preparation in October and early November so that the official project proposal and workplan submitted on 22 November represents an informed and realistic idea of what you will do.

Self-proposed projects

If you have a plan for a project of you own devising, and you have already discussed this with a potential supervisor and he or she has agreed to supervise it, you should also submit a Phase 1 form by 1 November. However, as approval for you project will not have been given by the Postgraduate Education Committee and you may need a Plan B, i.e. choosing a project from those published above, you need to submit your full proposal and workplan a week earlier on 15 November. To be clear, a self-proposed project is one that is your own, original idea.

A project idea which is an original proposal made by the supervisor is not a self-proposed project. The proposal should be submitted by 22 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 22 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 22 November.