MSc Individual Projects 2016/2017
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 Introductory Talk.
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 11th January 2017
Meet with prospective supervisors: Weeks 2-4 of Spring term
Shortlist potential projects by: 24.00 Friday 3rd February 2017
Submit background and progress report: 24.00 Friday 9th June 2017
Give oral presentation and demonstration:
no later than Friday 15th September 2017
Submit hard copy of final report:
16.00 Friday 8th September 2017
Submit electronic version of final report and software archive:
24.00 Friday 8th September 2017
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.
Resources from the library talk on managing references can be downloaded from
the notes section of the Individual Project module in CATE.
for LaTeX examples from that session.
Final Report Submission and Assessment
Please read the instructions in the
Submission: You are required to provide both an electronic copy
and hard copies of your final report.
The standard layout of the report title page is
A LaTeX template
including a formatted title page is available.
Carefully follow the requirements
and binding your project report.
Prepare and bind up to three hard copies of your project report for
submission, as follows:
Be sure to also print and hand in the hard-copy
submission form generated for you
by CATE. We do not require
hard-back binding, but instead you can use a 'pocket' style binder,
which has transparent front and back covers attached to the bridge.
All materials, and the machine for binding, are provided by the
You will be sent an email closer to the submission deadline containing detailed
- One copy for the external examiner
- Copies for your supervisor and second marker
if they request them
There are two files to submit
report.pdf and archive.[tar.gz,tgz,zip].
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