MSc Individual Projects 2017/2018
Full information on conducting your project is provided on the
Project Guidelines page.
It is essential for you to read this material.
You can also view the slides for
the Proposal Selection page of the
project portal to identify
interesting projects and proceed as stated in
the project guidelines.
Attend MSc Project Introduction lecture:
10.00 Wednesday 10th January 2018
Meet with prospective supervisors: Weeks 2-4 of Spring term
Shortlist potential projects by: 24.00 Friday 2nd February 2018
Submit background and progress report: 24.00 Friday 8th June 2018
Give oral presentation and demonstration:
no later than Friday 14th September 2018
Submit final report and software archive:
14.00 Friday 7th September 2018
Background and Progress Report
The background report should describe the background research you have
completed in preparation for the work of the project,
due on the date given above.
You should summarise the essential material related to the
subject of the project.
There is no minimum or maximum page length,
but typical reports are between 10 and 20 pages long.
The material in this can be incorporated into the final report.
You should also include a separate section on progress that
describes: the activities and accomplishments of the project to date;
any problems or obstacles that might have cropped up and how they
are being dealt with;
and plans for the next phases of the project.
Finally, you should include a completed ethics checklist.
See Legal and Ethical Considerations
You must be aware of codes of ethical conduct for computing professionals.
You must also be aware of and take interest in IT related legislation.
As part of the individual project, your final report must include:
A penalty of 10% will be deducted from your project mark if this material
is not included.
the ethics section of the project guidelines
- A completed ethics checklist.
A short appendix (100-300 words) on
ethical and professional considerations.
Final Report Submission and Assessment
Please read the instructions in the
There are two files to submit electronically
report.pdf containing your report document,
and archive.[tar.gz,tgz,zip] containing any code you have produced.
Do not submit third party library code in your archive.
The standard layout of the report title page is
A LaTeX template
including a formatted title page is available.
Oral presentation and demonstration: Near the end of July you
will learn from your supervisor the name of the second marker for your
project. At the end of the project, you will need to give an oral
presentation and demonstration to your supervisor and second marker
(and anyone else who may be interested in the subject area). This
should be scheduled to occur before the submission date or, at the
latest, within one week after. The format of the oral presentation and
demonstration is to be decided with your supervisor.
Distinguished Projects: Each year we may recognise and
acknowledge some of the best individual projects.
Queries? Please send them to the MSc Projects