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Department of Computer Science and Technology


Supervisors are expected to be fully aware of the contents of the PINK BOOK.

Because a Part II Project counts towards 25 percent of Tripos credit it is important that students receive careful attention from the project supervisor. If a project looks as though it might be getting stuck or heading for any other problem, please inform the student's DoS straightaway.

Students vary enormously in the level of project supervision they require and the load is never even throughout the project duration. Please make regular progress enquiries even during periods when not much supervision is needed.

If a student has more than one project supervisor, please be sure, at all times, who is responsible for monitoring progress and reporting to the DoS.


Project Structure

It is helpful if a basic version of the project is working as early as possible in the work programme. A really-basic version could form part of the preparation for the main project. Ideally, also aim for the main deliverable to be working at some time in the Lent Term. Not all projects can be structured this way of course.

Please help the student by suggesting ways that the project can be evaluated and ensure they structure their work towards a good evaluation, rather than merely a 'working' project.

Experiments with Human Subjects

If a student's project interacts in anyway with human subjects the student should request approval from the Laboratory's Ethics Committee by submitting an online application for ethics approval. Please read the ethics committee guidance at


A supervisor may sign a non-disclosure agreement in a personal capacity in order to help supervise a project with confidential content. However, please ensure that everything that is submitted for examination is unrestricted. The source code for the project that is created or substantially modified must be submitted along with the dissertation itself. However, libraries or other bodies of code that would be required to make the project run do not need to be submitted and could be subject to NDA. Please note that both the supervisor and the student sign any NDA in a personal capacity and that this does not impose any liability on the University.


Please make sure that the dissertation meets the required structure and has sufficient material in each chapter to match the expectations of the marking schema.

It is expected that the Supervisor and the DoS will both read drafts of the dissertation before it is submitted. Please ensure that the student allows sufficient time both for you to read the dissertation and for the student to make changes before it is submitted.

Supervisors' Form

The Supervisor's Form must be completed with factual information (no opinions) regarding supervision and other help provided, demonstrations viewed and any other information that will assist the Examiners with deciding whom to call for Viva. Please ensure that the Supervisors' Form is submitted as soon as possible after dissertation submission. We expect to receive all of the forms on the Monday after submission.

Supervision Reports

Project supervisors are formally appointed by the student's Director of Studies at their College. Supervisors should register on the CamCORS supervision reporting system and file a report at the end of each term that includes the hours of supervision given. Payment for supervision will generally be approved by the DoS or Senior Tutor at the College shortly afterwards. Supervisors should ask the student's Director of Studies if they wish to know the mark awarded to a project they have supervised.